About thirty graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty devoted four Friday afternoons in June 2018 to our second annual “Leadership in Action” workshop. They explored leadership styles and strengths, experienced hands-on activities highlighting leadership skills and application of team-building skills to professional and career goals, identified areas of growth and potential career paths, and created five-year plans to work toward their professional goals. On the last day we enjoyed a closing plenary session presented by Dr. David Guzick. In what ended up being hi last official act as our Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Dr. Guzick shared his “Leadership Pearls”. Workshop participants then met in small groups to share their five-year plans and discuss ways to put their leadership skills and plans into action.
Regardless of your intended career pathway, today’s health research predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees must be well rounded in a variety of leadership skills and abilities while defining career goals and action steps. Consider participating in this workshop next year! Through a four-week practical and interactive series, you will enhance your skills as a leader in the context of your career and professional development. Based on the social change model and design thinking, you will work with a network of faculty members and peers to develop into a well-rounded professional prepared for the health sciences research workforce, while learning how to translate your research training to be a positive force for change. A certificate of completion will be awarded for attending all four sessions.