Voices 2011: Insight into leadership and professional networking

January 31, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- The Voices 2011 conference on leadership is now open for registration. The conference, organized by Penn State Graduate Women in Science is open to anyone interested in understanding why leadership skills are important and how to get them, along with building professional relationships that can strategically position someone in the future. The conference runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 27. The deadline for registration is Feb. 16.Tickets are $10 for Penn State student, $15 for non-Penn State students and $20 for faculty, staff and other professionals.

Karin Foley, a leader in various sectors including academia and industry, is the keynote speaker. Foley has held significant leadership positions at DuPont including managing large numbers of people and large budgets in both research and manufacturing environments. She is currently the associate dean for Administration and Research in the Eberly College of Science and chair of the Penn State Commission for Women. She is married and has two grown daughters, both currently in graduate school. Her views on women in undergraduate, graduate and professional (post-graduate) settings are quite refreshing and optimistic. She will speak about leadership and about positioning oneself to be offered leadership opportunities.

The breakout sessions and panel discussion groups offer time to share practical ideas, experiences, successes and struggles from persons who have had personal experiences on these issues. Breakout sessions and panel discussion topics include different aspects of leadership in government, industry, academia and in self-employment; why leadership skills are important for the next step and how to get them; building relationships: mentoring, collaborations and networking; managing cultural clashes within academia; and coaching and mentoring for excellence.

For more information contact Irene Darku at idd103@psu.edu or (814) 865-5616.



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Last Updated February 01, 2011