Professional Development

Creating Positive Relationships: coaching and skills practice with Gwen Gnazdowsky & Cheryl Kristiansen

November 17, 2015
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Transitioning into the Vancouver job market is not easy—particularly if your professional network is based somewhere else. A mentor can make it a lot easier. A mentor is someone, usually a senior professional, who can share their experiences and skills and connect you with opportunities in your field.

In this session, you will learn how to find a mentor—including techniques for marketing yourself in 30 seconds or less and how to make an effective request—and how to make the most of that relationship. This session is specifically targeted to women pursuing STEM careers but will apply to anyone interested in fostering positive career relationships.   

When: November 26, 12pm - 1:30 pm

Where: Research Commons, W.A.C. Bennett Library Room 7010

Register via this link.

This session is offered in partnership by the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology, the SFU Postdoctoral Fellows Association, and the APEX Professional Development Program with the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows. 

Background of Presenters:

Gwen Gnazdowsky of ONE Conversation Coaching & Facilitation has been helping people achieve personal, professional and relationship goals for over 25 years - One Conversation at a Time!  She is the National Mentorship Program Developer and Coordinator with the Women in Leadership Foundation.  Gwen recently delivered a Ted Talk on “Happiness is a Paradigm Shift” for TEDxBCIT and an Assertiveness Workshop for BCIT Nurses.  She teaches Communication and Public Speaking Courses at Langara College and Vancouver School Board.  

Cheryl Kristiansen from SCWIST brings diverse expertise in project management, engineering innovation and leading transformative change in STEM.  She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, hands-on engineering experience in the alternate fuels technology sector and senior leadership experience in the oil and gas sector.  As Managing Director of the Mitchell Odyssey Foundation, Cheryl developed an effective network of Odyssey supported schools across BC with innovative programs that motivate and inspire high school students to pursue careers in STEM.   

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