Professional Empowerment Workshop Series

View All

Campus Notes

Printer-friendly version PDF version

Professional Empowerment Workshop Series

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
August 30, 2018

Please Join Us for the Professional Empowerment Workshop Series (Lunch Provided-RSVP Required)


This series of six workshops will run throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. The goal of the series is to provide targeted professional development opportunities in support of career-track faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND? All staff and faculty with an emphasis on those who are not on a tenure track


SEPTEMBER 13 – Preparing Your "A" Game: Resume Reviews and Mock Interviews

11:00am-1:00pm, Environment and Natural Resources 2, Room S107

Participants will bring a printed copy of their current drafted resumes and curriculum vitaes to the workshop and will receive feedback and recommendations from experienced reviewers on their documents. They will also have an opportunity to participate in a mock interview with the facilitators and gain insight and feedback on their answers and performance. Facilitated by Heather Roberts-Wrenn, PHR, SHRM-CP, Assistant Director, Organizational Effectiveness Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension


OCTOBER 11 – Effective Mentoring

11:00am-1:00pm, Student Union Memorial Center, Sonora Room

Participants will learn some of the curriculum from the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) in creating a more skilled and effective mentoring relationship. You will be provided with a toolbox of strategies to use in creating effective mentoring relationships with your mentors and mentees, including learning about your Communication Styles, establishing a Mentoring Agreement and creating an Initialized Academic Plan. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to identify roles mentors and mentees play in the overall professional development and effectiveness of their mentoring relationship, how to accommodate styles that differ from their own, which enhances the diversity and vibrancy of their environments and community, develop strategies for guiding professional development, initiate and sustain periodic mentoring conversations, increase understanding of equity and inclusion and their influence on mentor-mentee interactions. Facilitated by Lydia Kennedy, Director, UAHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion, who is also a certified facilitator with NRMN from the University of Wisconsin – Madison


NOVEMBER 8 – Public Speaking Tips: How to Tell Your Story with Style

11:00am-1:00pm, Student Union Memorial Center, Sonora Room

We'll break the ice with some public speaking games and hear a personal story. Afterwards, we'll deconstruct how our speaker wrote the story and prepared to share it. Participants will be given writing prompts to draft their own personal stories. We'll review general public speaking tips and Toastmaster style critiques (including recommendations for body language, eye contact and speech organization). After some de-stress warmups, public speaking participants will be given an opportunity to share their story with the group. Finally, we'll share information about joining UA Toastmasters. Facilitated by Courtney Coffey, Ph.D., Coordinator, Grants and Contracts


This series is brought to you by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee in collaboration with the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, the UAHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Native Faculty, CALS Staff Council and CALS Appointed Professionals Council.


Background information:

The topics featured in this series were developed with extensive stakeholder input in June 2018. Workshop topics suggested spanned over 20 themes and the 6 most requested will be covered in this series throughout the year. Those top themes included: Highlighting University resources that support professional advancement, skill building and strategic planning for career advancement, storytelling and public speaking for self-promotion, building community through mentoring and networking, managing a team with an emphasis on embracing diversity, and professional best practices for resumes and interviewing for the working professional.

UA@Work is produced by University Communications

Marshall Building, Suite 100. 845 N. Park Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719 (or) 
P.O. Box 210158B, Tucson, AZ 85721

T 520.621.1877  F 520.626.4121

Feedback University Privacy Statement 

2020 © The Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of the University of Arizona