NSPN Hosts Professional Development Week to Provide Skill-Building Opportunities for Members

From Monday, June 21st through Friday, June 25th, 2021, NSPN held the first ever Science Policy Professional Development Week. The events of the week included three workshops that aimed to help participants cultivate vital skills in the digital arena. The workshops focused on discussing email etiquette, how to develop a personal brand, and how to set achievable, effective goals. Each workshop was attended by 20-30 participants. The week also included a virtual science policy happy hour which was run by NSPN in conjunction with the Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy Coalition (ESEP).

Workshops

Setting the Table

Most connections in the digital age are made online making the need to understand the unspoken social rules very important. Dr. Christina Willis, a laser scientist and author of Sustainable Networking for Scientists and Engineers, headed an Email & Networking workshop aimed at educating participants on how to establish and maintain a sustainable network online. She laid out tips on how to introduce yourself to someone you have never met before and discussed the different practices seen in academia compared to policy.

What’s your Special Sauce?

Dr. Ashley Huderson ran a workshop on Personal Branding, an essential skill in a competitive market. Dr. Huderson wears many hats. She is the Director of Engineering Education and Outreach at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of the District of Columbia. She is also the Founder and President of Milton Strategies, a consulting company, and a science policy advocate. During the workshop she discussed how to highlight your best traits and create a personal brand to market yourself on social media. Topics she went over included defining what makes a personal brand, why having one is important and how to create a brand that sets you apart.

Create your Recipe for Success!

This workshop aimed to teach participants how to set SMART and achievable goals to create the most successful outcome in any endeavor. The workshop was led by Dr. Chanel Matney, a neuroscientist who works at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine as a program officer in the forum of neuroscience in nervous system disorders. She also works as the Mentorship and Professional Development Coordinator at NSPN. During the workshop, participants worked on setting bite-sized goals, learned to prioritize tasks and learned to plan effectively.

Social Media

A social media bingo was launched for the event using the hashtag #SciPolPD. The winners of the social media bingo were Rachel Haake and Annabelle Lolinco! Congratulations to both of our winners.

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Learn more about NSPN’s Professional Development Week on our website.

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