FIU Annual Women Faculty Leadership Institute

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Venue:College of Business Complex, Room 235

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8:30am-9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:30am Welcome and Update

Yesim Darici, Ph.D., Director, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Arts, Sciences & Education, and Professor, Physics

Walter Van Hamme, Ph.D., Executive Director, School of Integrated Science & Humanity, and Professor, Physics

Ana Viamonte Ros, M.D., Associate Dean and associate professor, Women in Medicine and Science, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Suzanna Rose, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity, Academic Affairs, and Professor, Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies


Effective Communication Tips and Techniques

Cynthia Simpson, Association for Women in Science

Ineffective communication skills can hamper individuals as they navigate through their professional careers while trying to reach their goals and objectives. During this workshop, tips and techniques will be shared that can be used by the participant to ensure continued success in their personal and professional life. Interactive exercises will assist attendees in better understanding and enhancing their style of communication. Participants will gain an understanding of the factors that inhibit effective communication, become familiar with verbal and nonverbal communication techniques, and assess how to improve one’s communications style.

Cynthia Simpson, M.Ed, CGMP, CAE, is the Chief Business Development Officer with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She has co-authored various publications concerning women’s academic careers including, “Mentoring Postdoc Women from an Institutional Perspective” in the book, From Ph.D. to Professoriate, and “Work-Life and Childcare Resources for Postdoc Women” in the Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook.

11:00am-11:15am Coffee Break

11:15am-12:30pm Panel Presentation: Voicing Leadership

Chair: Valentina Bruk-Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology, FIU.

Linda Walters, Ph.D., Director, Center for Success of Women Faculty, and Professor, Biology, University of Central Florida.

Heather Russell, Ph.D., Chair, Department of English

Susan S. Bell, Ph.D., Professor, Integrative Biology, University of South Florida.

Debra Reinhart, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Research and Scholarship, and Pegasus Professor, Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida.

12:30pm-1:15pm Networking Lunch

1:15pm-2:15pm What Next for FIU Women Faculty?

2:15pm-2:30pm Wrap Up: Feedback and Evaluation


Sponsored by the Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity; Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the School of Integrated Science and Humanity; the Office of Women in Medicine and Science, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine; the Center for Leadership; and FIU's NSF ADVANCE Grant.