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Graduate Student Leadership Conference

Thanks!The ACS Graduate Student Committee will host the fourth Graduate Student Leadership Conference in Tampa, FL this fall in conjunction with the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meeting. The purpose of the conference is to provide professional and leadership development to graduate students, and the conference will include sessions on networking, professional etiquette, leadership, and oral and written communication.

The Conference application has closed for 2017 and will re-open in spring for the 2018 meeting.  Participants must have been accepted to attend the 2017 Conference.

The conference begins on Saturday with skills building and networking, and continues on Sunday with leadership sessions that will lay the foundation for your week. It then moves into a design-your-own experience that allows you to get the most out of the leadership conference while still getting the most out of your week at the Annual Meeting.

The conference will be held at the Marriott Tampa Waterside, Grand Ballroom D.  View the schedule for this year's conference:


1:00 – 2:00 pm - Introduction and Icebreaker

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm - Leadership Ethics - Mark Frankel, PhD

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm - Break

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm - Personal Branding - Patricia Rossi

5:35 pm - Announcements and Adjourn

5:30 pm - Dinner on your own - Update! From 6:00 - 7:30 we'll meet at The Sail (outside of the Convention Center for a beverages and light food)

Time TBD - Social - note this event has been moved to Sunday evening


6:00 am – 7:30 am - Breakfast

7:30 am – 8:00 am - Getting Involved in the Societies - Susan Chapman, CAE

8:00 am – 10:30 am - Understanding your Leadership Personality - Sherry Harsch-Porter

This is a practical hands-on learning session that explores what it means to be a leader within the scientific domain. You will learn about your preferences and priorities in communicating, approaching work, and building relationships using the Everything DiSC-Workplace® self-assessment.

10:30 am - 11:00 am - Break

11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Conflict Management - Sherry Harsch-Porter

This session builds on Saturday's leadership session. You will learn about four typical approaches to conflict related to DiSC® style: Direct, Empathic, Diplomatic, and Analytical. you will understand which of these approaches is most natural for you and how to become more skilled at positively resolving conflict by using effective behaviors from all four approaches.


12:45 pm – 1:45pm - Lunch with the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Leadership - Jacksons Bistro

This marks the end of the scheduled portion of the conference. To earn your Leadership Certificate, you must then attend at least two  sessions that take place throughout the meeting and at least one of the sessions must come from the Graduate Students Sessions listed on the left side of the below table.  Please note that you will be required to sign in and out of the sessions to get credit.

Graduate Student Leadership Conference Participants must attend at least two sessions from the below list with at least one of the sessions coming from the Graduate Student List in the left column:

Graduate Student Sessions*
*Attend at least 1 of these sessions
Additional Sessions*
*One additional session may be selected from this group
Graduate Student Networking Session - Building Professional Relationships
Sunday, October 22, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Tampa Convention Center, Ballroom D
Tips from the Experts on the Job Application and Interviewing Process
Monday, October 23, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Tampa Convention Center, Room 25
Career Path Opportunities for Students, Post-Docs, and Early Career Members
Monday, October 23, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Tampa Convention Center, Ballroom D
Behavioral Interviewing
Monday, October 23, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Tampa Convention Center, Room 25
Communicating Your Science: Messaging for a Greater Impact
Monday, October 23, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Marriott Tampa Waterside, Room 8 & 9
Negotiation Strategies for Early Career Scientists Workshop
Tuesday, October 24, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Tampa Convention Center, Room 25
Science Policy Graduate Student Luncheon
Tuesday, October 24, 12:00-1:30 PM
Mariott Tampa Waterside, Grand Ballroom E
Interactive Workshop: Writing Manuscripts for Publication
Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Tampa Convention Center, Room 25
Elevator Speech Contest (participation required)
Tuesday, October 24, 5:30 - 6:45 PM
Tampa Convention Center, Room 3
Expert Panel: ASA/CSSA/SSSA Journals-From Manuscript Submission to Publishing
Tuesday, October 24, 3:15 - 5:00 PM
Tampa Convention Center, Room 25

Science Not Silence: An Advocacy Workshop
Wednesday, October 25, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Marriott Tampa Waterside, Room 9

$10 fee - add to your registration

  Grant Application Navigation and Resources for Expanding Early Career Opportunities
Wednesday, October 25, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Tampa Convention Center, Room 25


Speaker Bios

Mark S. Frankel, PhD, retired this past December from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), following 30+ years as director of AAAS’s activities on the ethical, legal, human rights and policy issues associated with science and technology.  At the time of his retirement, he was director of the Association’s Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Programs.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress and multiple government ethics bodies, and has published in the scientific, medical, ethics, and legal literature.  He is an internationally recognized commentator on the ethical and social responsibilities of scientists and engineers.

Sherry Harsch-Porter is President of PorterBay Insight, a leadership development firm focused on scientists, engineers and other technical experts. Her corporate experience includes AT&T and DuPont where she held leadership positions in Finance, Information Systems, International Business Development and Human Resources. Sherry holds a Ph.D. in Social Science, an M.S. in Human Resources Management, a B.S. in Business Administration and is a Board Certified Coach. She teaches graduate courses at Washington University (St. Louis) in the Schools of Engineering and Arts and Sciences. She is a contributing author to "The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From theory to practice" and author of "Education as Possibility: Coaching for Persistence". Sherry lives in St. Louis with her husband of 32 years. | Linked In

Susan Chapman, CAE, is the Director of Member Services for the Societies where she is responsible for ensuring member value for our 10,000 members. She directs the recruiment and retention, K-12 activities/outreach, scientific community/division activities, career programs, member communications, market research, student activities, awards, leadership, and branch program activities. She has over 25 years of association management experience serving members in various organizations and has earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.

Patricia Rossi works with students and professionals at all levels to avoid business faux pas and networking awkwardness, and guides them through easy-to-understand professional etiquette. Through interactive and entertaining lessons, Patricia teaches that etiquette doesn't have to be stifling. It's about being comfortable, confident, anxiety-free and representing oneself with social confidence. She is NBC Daytime's National Etiquette Correspondent, author of Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common and Uncommon Social Situations, is Twitter's #1 etiquette professional worldwide, and has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers (Money, Bloomberg Business, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and more).