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Senior Member Programs

From networking to mentoring, programs for Senior Members bring professionals together to learn and engage each year.

Annual Receptions

Each year, we gather to honor our Senior Members at OSA Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS Conference (FiO+LS) and the CLEO Conference. Join us at to celebrate our member's accomplishments and network with others across your field. 

OSA Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS Conference (FiO+LS)

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 CLEO Conference 

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Professional Development Programs

Advancing Mid-Managers Summit Programs at FiO+LS 2020:

It’s Not You, It’s Your Brain: Practical Neuroscience for Leadership

Ever wonder how what goes on inside our brains impacts how we interact within our organizations? Oftentimes leadership tactics that have worked to engage or motivate others simply fall flat with your colleagues or employees. Rest assured – it’s not you, it’s your brain! Participants in this session will explore together the world of the brain and dissect some of the top neuroscience research and models to create practical applications for how to engage, motivate, and develop others. You will experience the ways in which the brain drives people toward - or away from - certain situations which, in turn, affects how they process information, learn, lead, and engage with others. Through interactive exercises, you will leave this session with:

  • The building blocks of neuroscience and neuroleadership
  • Ways to apply the models to your specific leadership or leadership development situation


Chart Your Course: Professional, Development, Branding and Networking

Would you like want to become more proactive and effective in your own professional development and make better use of your scarcest resource: your time? Attend this workshop to learn:

  • How to bring intent into your professional development and chart a course to meet your specific objectives
  • The importance of a personal brand and how to develop one that will guide your efforts
  • Five key steps in becoming a more effective networker

You will come away from this session with a new understanding of what it means to be a networker extraordinaire and the foundations of a personal development, brand and networking plan you can start putting into practice right away.


Mastering Impromtpu Speaking

Some of our most critical speaking situations happen when we are unprepared. The way in which we speak off the cuff is partly how our leadership skills will be measured. Impromptu speaking is a skill which we can build with practice and feedback. In this interactive training, you will learn a strategic framework for speaking clearly and concisely with no advanced preparation. You will receive instructor feedback by volunteering to answer questions using the strategic framework you just learned. You will retain the strategies by role-playing difficult and impromptu questions among peers in a breakout group. You will leave the session with more confidence and more tools to speak up in your most important professional settings.