Success Strategies for Women in Industry and Business

It is a well-known fact that the number of women in science, engineering and business fields is growing, yet men continue to outnumber women, especially at the upper levels of these professions. Many women appear to encounter a series of challenges at early or midcareer stages that contribute to them leaving their careers prematurely due to feelings of isolation, an unsupportive work environment, extreme work schedules, and unclear rules about advancement and success.

This program serves as a unique opportunity to obtain both formal and informal mentoring tips from a successful woman engineer who spent over 25 years in the petrochemical/specialty chemical industry. She has seen and has experienced significant changes in the number of professional women active in the technical/scientific field and is convinced that more positive change can happen in the future.

This seminar will provide detailed guidance, based on real life examples, on how female professionals can become proactive in creating career opportunities via self-assessment, self-motivation, an objective view of one"s own abilities, and continuous steps in self-improvement. The program will take participants beyond theory to case studies and real life examples exemplifying potential for immediate use.

What Will You Learn

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Identify obstacles and common challenges that hold you back in your career
  • Develop and utilize critical communication skills
  • Develop focused and well defined criteria for processional progress
  • Define your professional relationships with clear boundaries and respect
  • Create a flexible career plan
  • Handle criticism and difficult situations with composure

Is This Course For You

This seminar will benefit professional women who want to positively impact their careers. Recent engineering graduates, as well as experienced female engineers and/or scientists having responsibilities in research, design, product and process development, manufacturing, quality, information technology, sales/marketing, and management will learn skills to help them navigate these male-dominated fields. Additionally, individuals currently working in non-engineering disciplines, including general management, human resources, academia, business, and law as well as current engineering students, will also benefit from this unique perspective.

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  • Course Motivation: Why are you here?
  • Historical Perspective - Women in Engineering and Scientific Professions
    • Dr. Ewa Bardasz - personal story
    • Survey data - status of women professionals: tenure, promotions, salary trends, recognitions, etc
  • Case Study #1: What holds you back in your career?
  • Common Challenges
  • Case Study #2: Career Goals: Success Defining Questions
  • Work Climate Changes
  • Definition of Professional Success
    • Technical know-how
    • Leadership skills
  • Refining Critical Verbal Communication Skills
    • Presentations/ public speaking
    • Negotiations/ conflict communications
    • Getting your points across
    • How to speak up without coming across as to aggressive
    • How to find balance between "being to nice" and "coming on too strong"
    • How you can say "no" without feeling guilty
  • Case Study #3: How can you successfully negotiate with a group of aggressive men?
  • Refining Critical Written Communication Skills
    • Reports, technical papers
    • Email, social media
  • Networking
  • Behaviors and Relationships
    • Handling emotions at work
    • Mentors/Advisors - pros and cons
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Key Resources
    • Professional organizations
    • Community activities
  • Reflections and Final Thoughts
  • Take Away Message
  • Case Study #4: What will I do next?