HRDC monthly seminar series, 'Dynamic Skills for Women,' continues

July 06, 2009

Penn State's Human Resource Development Center (HRDC) has launched, "Dynamic Conversations Skills for Women," a monthly series of lunchtime seminars that will address the communication challenges encountered by women in the workplace. A lineup of dynamic female leaders from across the Penn State community will share their experiences, challenges, and practical advice for communicating and interacting professionally in the workplace. Sessions will be in a relaxed atmosphere so that there is opportunity for open dialogue and dynamic conversations between presenters and participants.

Six more speakers are scheduled in the second half of 2009. On July 21, Dr. Maryellen Gusic, associate dean for clinical education at the Penn State College of Medicine will give a talk titled, "Knowing Ourselves and Understanding Others: Leveraging the Currency of Communication." Gusic, a board-certified pediatrician, has extensive experience in medical education and is involved in the development and implementation of programs for students, residents, and faculty. She directs the standardized patient program for the Medical Center and oversees the Objective Structured Clinical Exams for assessment of students’ skill development. Dr. Gusic also serves as the co-director of the Junior Faculty Development Program for the College of Medicine.

On Aug. 18, Molly Wertheimer, professor of women's studies and communication arts and sciences will give a talk titled, "Getting Your Point Across Effectively." A teacher of courses in public speaking, communication and conflict resolution, women, the arts and humanities, Wertheimer has published books and articles on women's political rhetoric, especially on first ladies’ use of communication to influence policy decisions and on their speaking styles. She serves as chair of the Commission for Women from 2008 to 2009 and as the discipline coordinator of Arts and Humanities in the University College. She is a life member of several professional associations, including the American Society for the History of Rhetoric, the Rhetoric Society of America, the National Communication Association, and the Eastern Communication Association. She also serves the community as President of Beth Israel Temple in Hazleton.

On Sept. 15, participants will hear about "Graceful Self-Promotion" from Dr. Luanne Thorndyke, associate dean for professional development and professor of medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine. She is responsible for leading activities to develop and sustain faculty, for professional development of post-doctoral scholars and fellows, and for oversight of the Office of Continuing Education to conduct programming for physicians, nurses, and allied health personnel. Thorndyke facilitates initiatives in women’s leadership development and mentoring at the College of Medicine. She has extensive experience in educational planning, program implementation, accreditation standards, and administration. A board-certified internist with certification in geriatrics and menopausal medicine, Thorndyke remains an active clinician with a primary focus in women’s health and geriatrics.

Oct. 20, seminar participants will hear a talk titled, "Positively You - Communicating," by Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen, Chancellor of Penn State Worthington Scranton. Krogh-Jespersen holds an American Chemical Society certified bachelor’s degree, including cooperative work experience from Northeastern University, and a master's degree and doctorate in chemistry from New York University. She also undertook post-doctoral research in theoretical chemistry at the Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg in Germany. She has three articles published with the 1998 Nobel Laureate, John Pople. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, Association for Women in Science and American Association for University Women, among other professional societies. In 1990, Krogh-Jespersen completed an Executive Master of Business Administration in management at Pace University, where she focused on national and international management of science and technology, and of higher education institutions. Her articles for the Women Chemists Committee recount her personal experiences with a dual-career family and European scientists.

On Nov. 17, Professor Emily Grosholz will teach participants how to deal with conflict and opposition in the workplace in her talk titled, "Women and the Art of Deliberation." Grosholz is a professor of philosophy, African-American studies, and English, and a fellow of the Institute for Arts and Humanities at the Penn State. She is a member of the research group REHSEIS at the University of Paris 7. She has been an advisory editor for The Hudson Review for 25 years. The most recent of her 12 books are, "Representation and Productive Ambiguity in Mathematics," and "the Sciences and Leaves / Feuilles."

On Dec. 15 Barbara Gray, professor of organizational behavior and director of the Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation at Penn State, will give a talk titled, "Women Don’t Ask." Her research focuses on conflict, collaboration, change, and sense-making in multiparty alliances and intergroup and team contexts. She has published or coauthored three books, including "Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts: Concepts and Cases," and over 80 articles. Gray consults internationally to public, private, and nonprofit organizations. She currently has an NSF grant to study the architecture of collaboration, in which she is looking at large scale transdisciplinary scientific collaborations including the ATLAS project at CERN in Switzerland.

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Last Updated July 06, 2009