Past Professional Development Programming

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 27 June, 12:15–14:00
Location: Bayview A

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Imaging and Applied Optics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

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Closing the Wage Gap - AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation

Monday, 10 July, 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Colorado AB

Join us for an interactive workshop focused on closing the wage gap and providing women and men resources designed to help negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion. Attendees will gain confidence in negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play.

  • How to identify and articulate your personal value
  • How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, including how to get a raise or promotion
  • How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
  • About the wage gap, including its long-term consequences

Why is negotiation so important? AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than their male counterparts. Women who work full time take home  80 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. And over a lifetime, those lost potential earnings add up.

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Creating Effective Conference Posters Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, 11 July, 12:30–14:00
Location: Colorado AB
Speaker: Jean-luc Dumont, Principae, Belgium

Join us for an interactive lunch & learn program focused on creating effective conference posters. Jean-luc will provide relevant examples and real life experiences to enhance your communication and conference poster development. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of the best practices in poster creation and presentation. Lunch will be provided.

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Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 25 July 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Toulouse A

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Advanced Photonics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

Programs are open to OSA Members. There is limited space and we ask that you RSVP to attend.

Hosted by:   OSAF


Women of Light, a Special Program for Women in Optics hosted by WiSTEE CONNECT

Sunday, 17 September 09:00 - 15:00 (Breakfast 08:00-09:00)
Location: OSA HQ 

WiSTEE Connect (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) is collaborating with the OSA Foundation to organize the 2nd international symposium “Global Women of Light” (GWL) at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics on 17 September 2017 in Washington DC, US. The program will be hosted at the OSA Headquarters, The Optical Society from 8:00-14:30. A full description of the program and biographies of the panelists is available by clicking here.

The goal of the second GWL Symposium is to continue building a strong network among women across academia, industry, government and to collaboratively establish strategies to advance women’s leadership across career ranks. Panel and round-table open discussions on “Collectively Advancing Women Leadership” will be hosted at this event. We have invited internationally renowned women leaders from both STEM and entrepreneurial backgrounds to provide their strategies and best practices on advancing women leaders in these fields. A networking session will be close out the days program and provide an opportunity for informal discussion. A community of women across career ranks and disciplines in STEM and Entrepreneurship will continue to be built, creating cross pollinated best practices and strategies across sectors. Career growth, mobility, mentorship, and leadership will be collectively developed by this community.

Hosted by:   OSAF

Workshop: Understanding Unconscious Bias

Monday, 18 September 16:00 - 17:30
Washington, Hilton Georgetown East
Speaker: Sara Bendoraitis, American University, USA

Research demonstrates that we all have unconscious biases. These biases can result in best and brightest talent made to feel unwelcome, invisible, and not important to the success of the organization. This training will explore concepts and engage participants to better understand implicit bias, increase awareness and understanding the impact on organizational culture and identify ways to promote greater engagement with diversity and inclusion.

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