2015 Annual Meeting


Workshop #1:
Pre-Meeting Career Workshop

Monday, 20 April 2015, 1:00-5:00 PM - $25-sign up fee
(the day before the start of the regular meeting program).

Career Game-Changers: Strategic Avenues to Landing the Right Job
and Finding Success in Science

Workshop Presenter: Alaina G. Levine, President, Quantum Success Solutions

Alaina asks the big questions early-mid career scientists and engineers often have the most difficulty answering.

Alaina asks the big questions early-mid career scientists and engineers often have the most difficulty answering. Participants will leave the workshop and their one-on-one career consulting session with the skills necessary to understand and utilize their own value, to maximize their potential, and to achieve their career goals both in the short and long term.

Specifically targeted towards graduate students, postdocs, and early career professionals, this workshop will focus on the current and expanding crisis in the job and career market for scientists, and how early-career scientists can best prepare for this challenge. We will specifically address career planning strategies for international scholars, and touch on opportunities both in and outside of academia.

Topics Include

How to orchestrate a personal career plan and develop a Plan B and Plan C for contingencies;
What early-career scientists should do now to enhance their CVs/resumes and research reputations;
What traditional and non-traditional career opportunities are available;
How to access and assess “hidden” job opportunities;
The biggest mistakes early career scientists can make and how to avoid them (this can be removed or edited)
How to develop a networking strategy that delivers real results;
How to find unique sources of funding.

One-on-One Career Consulting Sessions

After the workshop, Alaina will meet with workshop participants about career issues. As a neutral, external, third-party, she can be a completely confidential and objective resource who can provide advice specifically for your situation. Consultations will be approximately 20 minutes long and will be offered to the first 36 who sign up for the course. Participants meet to discuss any career-related issues they have including: career planning and searching, CV/resume writing; cover letter writing, professional development, professional etiquette, networking, negotiation, etc. Participants are encouraged to bring their CV/resume, cover letter, or any other item they wish to have evaluated.

Workshop #2:
Government Relations Workshop

How Congress Works & How You Can Work Congress

1 Hour, Free.
Offered 3 Times During the Meeting:
Wednesday 7:30–8:25 AM & 1:30–2:30 PM, and Thursday 2:45–3:45 PM

Workshop Presenter: Elizabeth Duffy, President of the Federal Affairs Office,
Washington, D.C. and government affairs coordinator for SSA

The midterm elections are over, the new Congress is in place and we face the same issues as before: a contentious legislative environment, declining budgets, and sequestration impacts. In this environment, every scientist needs to know how to make the best case for their science. Come for an informative session and learn more on the inner workings of the US Congress, how laws are made, and what to do to become an effective advocate for science.

Elizabeth brings over 20 years of business, political and advocacy experience and will inform you how to speak to representatives to get your message heard, how to establish productive relationships with elected officials and their offices, and how to best impact legislation in Congress, even in this political environment.