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Professional Development Workshop: Communication Skills for Individual Career Success

Sunday, November 27
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sheraton, 5th Floor, Public Garden

Cynthia Simpson, Association for Women in Science & Jocelyn Dunphy, Draeger Medical Systems
Communication Skills for Individual Career Success

Professional development and educational opportunities are central to personal effectiveness and career growth.  Strong communication skills are critical to individuals who are pursuing or are currently involved in a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). With the philosophy that good relationships are enabled by good communication, in this workshop participants will learn techniques to build bridges, demonstrate confidence, and engender trust.

In this highly interactive session, participants will be provided with the tools they need to develop strong communication skills and thereby facilitate sustainable engagement and success in their careers. Topics include an introduction to communications—its various components, why it is important, and different communication attitudes. Specific challenges that individuals face while communicating in a professional environment will be highlighted, with the goal to increase participant awareness and capability to be effective in a variety of difficult situations. Finally, participants will be provided with pragmatic approaches and critical analytical steps for identification of their own styles of communication through personal assessment. Using this information, participants will be able to develop an action plan that can be implemented immediately or in the future to address the key communication strengths and weaknesses as discovered in the assessment.


Sign-up to attend this FREE workshop for meeting attendees and learn how to advance your career with learning improved communication skills! Event includes a networking reception directly following the workshop.  Deadline to register is November 18.

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Cancellation Policy
Workshop participation is complimentary and limited to 50 individuals. If you have registered and find you unable to attend this workshop, you will need to inform Lorri Smiley at smiley@mrs.org by no later than 5:00 pm, November 22. If you have registered and do not attend the workshop, you will be invoiced and charged a penalty fee of $50.00.


Hosted by the Broadening Participation in Materials Subcommittee, Women in MSE Working Group.

About Cynthia Simpson

Cynthia SimpsonCynthia Simpson is Chief Business Development Officer with the Association for Women in Science. She is responsible for the association’s talent and leadership development programs designed to address issues impacting women in the workforce. She has developed and given over 100 presentations on the topics of importance to women in STEM including work-life satisfaction, mentoring, communications skills, implicit bias and volunteer management at universities, corporations and professional societies devoted to STEM. In addition, Simpson oversees all business development aspects for the association. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BS degree in Business Management, and George Mason University with a MEd degree in Curriculum Instruction and Design. She is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, the International Mentoring Association, and the American Society of Association Executives. In her spare time, Simpson enjoys walking, reading and traveling.

About Jocelyn Dunphy

Jocelyn DunphyJocelyn Dunphy is a learning and organization development professional with a vast background in business communication training and coaching, career development strategies and performance management, among others. She has a PhD degree in Chemistry from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University. Dunphy has authored publications in several scientific journals during her career as an analytical chemist.  Currently Director of Human Resource Development for Draeger Medical System’s North American operations, she was employed for many years with the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Boston, and served as adjunct professor at Emmanuel College in Boston for their Master's Program in Biopharmaceutical Leadership.  She also has provided independent training and consulting programs on a variety of business topics for organizations such as Navis Learning & Springboards Consulting, and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She is a member of AWIS, the American Chemical Society, Association of Talent Development, and Organization Development Network. In her spare time Dunphy enjoys skiing, hiking, choral singing and classic movies.