Past Professional Development Programming

Laser Conference

4 - 8 Nov 2018

Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel
Boston, MA, United States

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Date: Monday, 5 November 12:30 -14:00
Location: Marina 1

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the 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

Latin American Optics & Photonics Conference

11 - 14 November 2018

Lima, Peru

Student & Early Career Professional Development Presentation Feedback Lunch & Learn

Date: Tuesday, 13 November
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Location: N-101

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development and engagement with a focus on providing an effective conference talk or poster. Conference presentations are an important aspect of communicating cutting-edge research. In this workshop we will discuss some key elements of giving an effective conference talk. This will be followed by an interactive session where individual feedback to your slides would be provided by the moderators and by your peers. So, please bring along your laptop with your conference presentation or any other technical talk.

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

Hosted by  OSAF

FiO Frontiers In Optics

16 - 20 September 2018

Washington Hilton
Washington, DC, United States

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

Date: Sunday, 16 September 

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
 

Leveraging LinkedIn – Building Relationships, Attracting Recruiters, Finding the Best Jobs and Growing Your Network

Tuesday, 18 September, 14:00 – 15:00
Location: Showcase Theater - Show Floor
Speaker: Josh Henkin, STEM Career Services, USA
 
Networking is the primary way people build relationships to learn about unadvertised career opportunities, get their foot in the door at a company and grow their professional contacts. LinkedIn is a fantastic tool to accomplish all of these goals. LinkedIn is, by far, the most popular social media platform used by professionals in the workforce, as well as recruiters looking to fill open positions. Learning how to create and present a strong LinkedIn profile is essential for building relationships, developing a professional network,
establishing your brand and thought leadership and finding new career opportunities. As LinkedIn frequently enhances its platform to offer new features, this workshop will also introduce any new tools and features that will benefit LinkedIn users. Space is limited RSVP Today!
 
After this workshop, you will be able to:
1. Build a strong personal LinkedIn profile to enhance your networking experiences
2. Understand how recruiters use LinkedIn to identify candidates for positions and improve your chances of being found by recruiters on LinkedIn
3. Learn LinkedIn features and tools, along with a strategy to make the best use of LinkedIn and its features and tools, to enhance your career development goals
 

Foundational Skills of Professional Networking – How First Impressions and Elevator
Pitches Lead to Career Success and Longevity

Monday, 17 September, 16:00 – 17:00
Location: Hilton, Cabinet Room
Speaker: Josh Henkin, STEM Career Services, USA
 
When you enter a new organization and seek to meet new people or to build relationships to expand your professional network, you are inevitably asked: “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” The traditional “elevator pitch”—a 30-60 second introduction about oneself—is commonly practiced, memorized and delivered to initiate this conversation. This initial interaction can often determine you value and “likeability” that can set you on a path of relationship success, or failure. Making a mistake can be costly and difficult to recover from. In a very short time, you must be able to quickly establish a relationship with a new person and show them why it’s important to remain connected to you. Once this occurs, this new contact will want to include you in their network and help you achieve the outcomes you desire. Space is limited RSVP Today!
 
After this workshop, you will be able to:
1. Understand the criticality of first impressions, “likeability” and the double edged sword of networking
2. Craft and deliver an elevator pitch that clearly communicates your professional highlights, what you currently do, why you do it and who it benefits, and what is next for you professionally
3. Learn how to express yourself authentically to differentiate from others with similar training/skills/experiences
 

The Rules of Engagement: Navigating Important Business Relationships

Monday, 17 September, 16:00 – 17:30
Location: Hilton, Georgetown East
Speaker: Mary Crane, USA
 
Important business relationships often are formed and cemented in social settings. Yet, many professionals feel uncomfortable in these environments.  Working a crowded room and managing the more formal dining setting—these and other business entertainment opportunities challenge many professionals, junior and more senior alike. This 90-minute program is specifically designed to help your professionals feel competent and comfortable in any business-social setting. Participants will learn ten specific rules for working a reception and ten more rules for managing a business lunch or dinner. To the extent your organization would like, we also cover rules for electronic communications and personal presentation. Space is limited RSVP Today!
 
Working Cocktail Parties and Receptions

  • Pre-event preparation
  • Introductions
  • Remembering names
  • Business card etiquette
  • Breaking and entering conversations
  • Transforming small talk into business conversations
  • Becoming memorable to new contacts
Managing Business Lunches and Dinners
 
  • Selecting an appropriate restaurant
  • Making seating & ordering decisions
  • Timing business discussions
  • Solving dining mysteries (Including strange silverware, bread-and-butter plates, messy foods, and inedibles)
  • Mastering trick foods
  • Managing wait staff
 

Cheeky Scientist Career Development Workshops

Monday, 17 September, 16:00- 17:00 & 18:00 – 19:00
Location: Hilton, Jefferson East
Speaker: Isaiah Hankel, Cheeky Scientist, USA

Isaiah Hankel works with hundreds of graduate students and postdocs daily assisting them to
transition to industry by first showing them how to present themselves as business professionals. These programs will provide you with a strong understanding of what it takes to have a tailored industry resume and how to showcase your transferrable skills. Space is limited RSVP Today!
 
Session Schedule
Session 1: Networking: An Art & Science: 16:00 – 17:00
This section is created based on the networking strategies of some of the most strategic networkers in the world and also goes into the science of building rapport and why this is important for the job seeking professional. While this topic tends to be popular, it seems people are still not using it effectively and thus we have detailed specific action steps job seekers can take, and specific scripts to use while networking.
 
Session 2: The Modern Job Search:  18:00 – 19:00
Using online profiles to maximize the effectiveness of the job seeking/transition process. Hiring managers use LinkedIn to determine whether they will bring in a candidate for an interview, this topic will cover all the key elements of the LinkedIn profile and how each section should be used to strategically maximize its impact. In addition, we will show candidates how to use LinkedIn algorithms to support their job search, and sell themselves to perspective employers.

 

Workshop: Understanding Unconscious Bias

Monday, 17 September, 18:00 - 19:00
Location: Hilton, Georgetown East
Speaker: Sara Bendoraitis, 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.

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

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Advanced Photonics Congress

2 - 5 Jul 2018
ETH Zurich
Zürich, Switzerland

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Date: Tuesday, 3 July 12:30 - 13:30
Location: F26.3

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.

Hosted by  OSAF


OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress

25 - 28 Jun 2018

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Orlando, FL, United States

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Date: Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Time: 12:00-13:30
Location: Jasmine Ballroom

This program will provide a unique opportunity for students and early career professionals, who are close to finishing or who have recently finished their doctorate degree, to interact with experienced researchers. Key industry and academic leaders in the community will be matched for each student based on the student's preference or similarity of research interests. Students interested in all career paths – from those seeking an academic position, to those wishing to start a technology business, to those interested government/public service, to those looking to translate their benchwork skills to product development – are encouraged to apply.  Students will have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with their mentor, while mentors will share their professional journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

This Workshop is complimentary for OSA Members and space is limited. Not all who apply will be able to attend due to space limitations and priority will be given to those who have most recently or are close to graduation.

Hosted by  OSAF
 


CLEO Laser Science to Photonic Applications

13 - 17 May 2018

San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, California, USA


Cheeky Scientist Career Development Workshops

Date: Sunday, 13 May 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00 & 16:00 - 17:00 (2 Sessions)
Location: Wincheser 1-2,  Hilton
Instructor: Isaiah Hankel, Cheeky Scientist, USA

Isaiah Hankel works with hundreds of graduate students and postdocs daily assisting them to
transition to industry by first showing them how to present themselves as business professionals. These programs will provide you with a strong understanding of what it takes to have a tailored industry resume and how to showcase your transferrable skills.
 
Session Schedule
Session 1: The Modern Job Search: 13:00 - 14:00
Using online profiles to maximize the effectiveness of the job seeking/transition process. Hiring managers use LinkedIn to determine whether they will bring in a candidate for an interview, this topic will cover all the key elements of the LinkedIn profile and how each section should be used to strategically maximize its impact. In addition, we will show candidates how to use LinkedIn algorithms to support their job search, and sell themselves to perspective employers.
 
Session 2: Networking: An Art & Science: 16:00 - 17:00
This section is created based on the networking strategies of some of the most strategic networkers in the world and also goes into the science of building rapport and why this is important for the job seeking professional. While this topic tends to be popular, it seems people are still not using it effectively and thus we have detailed specific action steps job seekers can take, and specific scripts to use while networking.

Workshops are complimentary for OSA Members. There is limited space at each. RSVP online 

Hosted by: OSAF
 

Workshop: Understanding Unconscious Bias
Date: Monday, 14 May 2018
Time: 14:00 – 15:30 and 16:00 – 17:30 
Location: Winchester 1-2, Hilton

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.

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

Hosted by:  OSA_Diversity_and_Inclusion_Logo_cropped.png , IEEE Photonics Society, and APS



Diversity & Inclusion in Optics and Photonics Reception

Date: Monday, 14 May, 2018
Time: 17:30 - 18:30
Location: Market 1-2, Hilton

Join us for a reception to connect with the optics and photonics community to discuss diversity in the field. Come to learn, share and engage with colleagues around this important topic. Please RSVP here to let us know you are attending.
 
Hosted by: This inclusive event has been organized by OSA, IEEE and APS
 

Social Media 101: Connecting Your Way to a Brighter Career

Date: Monday, 14 May 2018
Time: 13:00-14:00
Location: Hilton, Market Room 1
Panelists: Andrea Armani, University of Southern California, USA; Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia;  Anjul Loiacono, Thorlabs, USA
Presiders: Becky Andersen, The Optical Society, USA; Katie Agin, IEEE Photonic Society, USA

Savvy scientists must increasingly engage with social media. It is how and where we share information – with friends, colleagues, acquaintances and any and everyone else. The co-sponsors of CLEO 2018 are hosting a social media career session to explore the benefits of leveraging social media for advancement. During this session, we will explain how anyone at any stage in their career use social media to influence and grow. You will learn best practices and gain practical takeaways enabling you to optimize your "social" footprint and personal brand. 


OSA Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics

3 - 6 April 2018

The Diplomat Beach Resort
Hollywood, FL, United States

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Date: Wednesday, 4 April, 12:00-13:30
Location: Room 314

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Biophotonics 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


Workshop: Understanding Unconscious Bias

Date: Thursday, 5 April, 12:00-13:30
Location: Atlantic Ballroom 1
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.

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

Hosted by: OSAF OSA_Diversity_and_Inclusion_Logo_cropped.png

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.

Hosted by:    OSAF


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.

OSAF


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.

Hosted by:    OSAF  OSA_Diversity_and_Inclusion_Logo_3.png