Future Graduate and Professional Student Leaders (FGPSL) Conference
2021 Theme: “Assertiveness, Negotiation, and Humility”
Committee: Professional Development & Networking
Dates: Monday, February 15, 2021 through Friday, February 19, 2021
All events will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST via Zoom webinar.
The Graduate Student Congress (GSC) understands that being a leader in today’s society requires more than just being knowledgeable in your field. Accordingly, the purpose of the Future Graduate and Professional Student Leaders (FGPSL) Conference is to help graduate students and professional students learn what it takes to be a leader, and understand how being a leader now can prepare them for their future career inside or outside academia. The theme of this year’s conference – “Assertiveness, Negotiation, and Humility” – is specifically designed to help graduate and professional students develop some of the important skills needed to lead and succeed in academia and beyond. Registered conference participants who attend three (3) or more sessions will receive a certificate of participation.
Monday, February 15, 2021
“On Leadership” by Kaylynne Glover
Good leaders are easy to recognize but hard to find – and even harder to emulate. What attributes make up a good leader, and what priorities do you need to set to become one yourself? This presentation distills the messages taught by experts in leadership, relationships, and organizational success into concrete steps you can take – and crucial questions you must answer – in order to become a great leader.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
“Risk Tolerance in Leadership: One Scientist’s Journey” by Ruth Hall Sedlak
Ruth Sedlak will discuss a bit of risk theory and how that relates to risks she’s taken in her own career, hopefully encouraging participants to challenge their thinking on risk taking as they assess their own career decisions in the future.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
“Perseverance – An Entrepreneur’s Journey” by Vidur Bhatnagar
“I might not be the smartest person in the room, but I would out-work every single person, every single day, without fail!"
Hear from Vidur S. Bhatnagar, Principal Product & Engineering Manager at Amazon and 2x founder, on why persistence is an unfair competitive advantage and how success comes to those who have the courage to want it.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
“Stop the Doom Scrolling: Communicating Science in the Modern Era of Distractions” by Vince Tedjasaputra
Today, we're all distracted by everything from the 24-hour news cycle, to email overload, to doom scrolling on social media. How can science communicators hope to break through the noise? The key is to customize messages for each audience in a visually appetizing way, but staying true to the science. This seminar on science communication will cover common content missteps we make as scientists and best practices for more effective and engaging presentations of data—presentations that encourage discussion, collaboration, and engagement on social media. Through real-life examples, we’ll discuss how attendees can improve their own presentations with tools freely available online.
Friday, February 19, 2021
“Translatable Leadership: Five Key Vitamins on Management” by Fang Zhang
Have you ever wondering how to build an effective resume with leadership and management skills, while such opportunities were rarely provided in your graduate training? Yes, the feeling is mutual among many graduate and professional students, who are navigating through their degree progression and start to realize what is missing to reach their goals. In this talk, we will be going through several key aspects of leadership and management tips and attitudes - learned in the field and with peers, which is translatable from your daily lab routine to your future job environment. The goal is to help you get started in gaining your very own, tailor leadership experience, and help you succeed in the future transition from academic to professional life.