Personal Growth


The Multitasking Mirage: Find Your Focus, Flow, and Finish Line
Presented by Sarah Hanson


The research is overwhelming—our brains aren’t built for multitasking. When we constantly juggle various cognitive tasks, we experience decreased productivity, impaired cognitive ability, increased stress, and diminished creativity—all of which reduce us to fractions of the effective professionals we are capable of being. Many professionals surrender to a frantic and unfocused workstyle out of the belief that there is no other way.

The modern-day workplace simple demands us to function in this manner, right? Wrong. In this course, you will learn how to recognize and squash your multitasking tendencies and recalibrate your approach to work. By setting clear priorities, increasing your focus, managing your time and effort, reducing physical and mental clutter, executing on what matters most, and giving yourself space to be innovative, you can elevate your performance and put yourself on the path to greater productivity.

Friday, September 24 from 9:00am – 12:00pm via Zoom.


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Join the Micro-Resistance against Microaggressions
Presented by Zareen Zaidi


Academies have openly acknowledged the importance of role models, but very little effort has been directed to address the negative psychological sequelae underrepresented individuals report and the effect that ongoing microaggressions have on their careers. Microaggressions are subtle (often implicit), patterned exchanges, looks, or gestures that devalue race or gender.

Because microaggressions can pass as acceptable questions and lines of inquiry between individuals, it is often difficult to identify them. The purpose of this session is to provide you with hands-on micro-resistance training that can empower bystanders to address microaggressions in the workplace.

Wednesday, September 22 from 10:00am – 11:30am via Zoom.


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Cultural Competence, Crucial Conversations (C4) & Equity – Part II
Presented by Maria Leite & Luisa Amelia Dempere


As we navigate the complexities of social interactions within multiple contexts (e.g., personal, academic, professional), it is important to consider how diverse we are as human beings and how our individual characteristics (e.g., race, ethnicity, language, culture, ability) play a role in social dynamics. This is a two-part workshop in which we will examine interactions through the lens of cultural competence models to engage in effective communication. In module II, we will apply knowledge from cultural competence models presented in module I in connection with introductory Crucial Conversations tools, and skills. Attendees will participate in group activities and will have the opportunity to share personal experiences and discuss perspectives with others.

Monday, September 20 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm via Zoom.


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Stronger Together Fall Virtual Webinar Sessions – Begin Sept. 8th


Inside Out. Emotionally Intelligent Conversations About Race
September 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Explore the benefits of Emotional Intelligence and the power self-awareness and self-regulation can have when engaging in conversations around race. We will unpack the R.U.L.E.R. model to explore how our emotions shape our experiences. We will discuss strategies for regulating these emotions and practice the art of a emotionally aware conversation. The session includes a guided method for such conversations.
REGISTERUnderstanding and Cultivating Your Cultural Intelligence
September 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
During this session we will review why cultural intelligence (CQ) is essential for success in today’s increasingly culturally diverse world and how it is linked to a variety of desirable outcomes including better judgment, decision making, creative collaboration, and job performance. We will reflect on aspects of our own culture, cultural identity and cultural biases so we can better understand and interact with others. We will use the Cultural Intelligence Model to provide a more thorough understanding of the four CQ capabilities, assess our own CQ, and apply strategies for cultivating our CQ.
REGISTEREngaging in Productive Conversations on Race
October 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join this webinar as we begin to learn how to engage in and learn how to have conversations about race. There is no script for these conversations, so we must get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The conversations can be scary and risky; and they can be harmful if we don’t address them with care, attention and intentionality. Positively, learning and practicing skills can be the start of healing and connection, of understanding ways in which you and others move through the same world in very different realities.




zoom- link to be shared day of event
Sep 17, 2021 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Speaker(s): Lori Conlan, PhD, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services
This event is recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

Let’s explore themes of self-awareness and self-management. We will discuss your preferences, work, and communication styles that influence interactions you encounter in any research group or workgroup.

Read more about the Workplace Dynamics series.

  • Event registration is limited to the following NIH user types: Graduate Students, NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinicians, Postbacs, Postdocs/Fellows and Other NIH Staff. Please Log in to register.

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