Professional Skills for Career Success

Career Development Program – Winter Intensive

January 15-16, 2020
Alumnae Hall
Brown University
194 Meeting Street
Providence, RI

Whether you pursue a career in academia, the private sector, government, or a non-profit, your ability to understand leadership, mentorship and management is essential to success in your chosen field.

The RI C-AIM Career Development Program Winter Intensive will introduce participants to the dynamics of intentional leadership, productive work relationships in a variety of work settings, and application of this knowledge to job readiness. Throughout these two days, participants will build their understanding of leadership objectives, learn how to establish productive relationships with mentors and colleagues, and apply this knowledge to their searches. STEM professionals working in different sectors will share their expertise on effective management styles and how team relationships vary across professional settings and circumstances. The program will conclude with a job readiness skills session focused on creating compelling CVs and cover letters, interviewing for jobs, and salary negotiation.

The program is being held in partnership with Brown University.

All participants are required to attend the January 15 morning session and may choose to attend any of the other sessions based on preference. 

The Winter Intensive morning and afternoon sessions (excluding Visathon Announcement) qualify for Career Development Certificate credit.


January 15, 10am – 4pm

10am-12pm: What is Leadership? Concepts for Enhanced and Intentional Practices
Jonathan Kroll, URI;
Through a hands-on experiential activity and reflective dialogue, participants will explore three understandings of leadership: leadership as influence, process, and outcomes.

12-12:30pm: C-AIM Visathon Announcement
Georgia Rhodes and Stewart Copeland, RISD

12-1pm: Lunch

1-4pm: What is Mentorship? Insights for Mentors and Mentees
Alycia Mosley Austin, URI

January 16, 10am – 4pm

10am-12pm: Effective Team Management across Sectors
Gretchen Macht, URI; Jens Alkemper, FM Global; Caitlin Chaffee, Coastal Resource Management Council; Nicole Vance, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council; Alfred Rodriguez, Gilbane Building Company
Building strong working relationships and effective teams requires a variety of skills. This session will feature panelists who are applying their STEM graduate degrees in a variety of sectors, including non-profits, industry, government, and academia.

12-12:45pm: Lunch

1-4pm: Job Readiness for Career Success
Cara Mitnick, URI; Beverly Ehrich, Brown University CareerLAB; Peg Lamere, Toray Plastics Human Resources
Following an introduction to the principles of job readiness, participants will break into consecutive one-hour sessions to build specific skills including developing a compelling CV and job application cover letter, preparing for job interviews, and salary negotiation.

Register for Winter Intensive