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Student Chapter Leadership Workshop

Another successful Student Chapter Leadership Workshop was held last month in San Diego, CA. The 11th annual workshop at SPIE's Optics + Photonics conference had a total of 159 student chapter members plus 17 trained facilitators from 31 different countries. The facilitators were a huge success, allowing students to work together in small groups, network, and connect with other chapter leaders.

The topic this year was personality types and back by popular demand was facilitator Dr. Sherry Norravi. Students had the opportunity to take an abbreviated version of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment, which allowed them to gain insight into their own personalities. Student leadership workshop alumni and Early Career Professionals who acted as facilitators were then able to lead group exercises in order to further understand the different types of personalities and how to effectively work with others.

"Having facilitators is an excellent way for student members to get involved and also enabled smaller group discussion to take place with structure and direction." - SCLW participant

The workshop continued on Sunday with a professional development workshop series from professionals, Michael Larson, Craig Hoffman, and Stephen Pompea. The rest of the week held other popular student events such as, the Optics Outreach Olympics, Student Lunch with the Experts, Getting Hired Panel and the Speed Networking Social.

Start planning early to attend next year's Optics + Photonics, 24-29 August 2013. Questions? Contact SPIE Student Services at students@spie.org

Leadership Workshop Day 1

8:00  Breakfast and Workshop Check-in
9:00  Welcome and Overview

Opening remarks and a look at what SPIE and Student Services can do for you.

10:00  Communication Styles Overview & MBTI Assessment
  This year’s workshop will be co-facilitated by Dr. Sherry Nooravi, Principal of Strategy Meets Performance. 
12:00  Welcome from SPIE Leadership
    by Dr. Eustace Dereniak, 2012 SPIE President
12:15  Group Photo
12:30  Lunch
2:00  Role-play/Interaction
  Chapter Management
4:30  Wrap-Up
    Reminders for Chapter Exhibitors and Officer Travel Grant Winners

Leadership Workshop Day 2
Open to All Students
9:00  Panel Discussion: Career Choices in Optics and Photonics
    This moderated panel discussion with student program alumni will focus on critical career choices, finding jobs, and maintaining a work, life balance.
10:30  Break-Out Sessions
    Professional Development Skills (Balboa Room)
  • Starting and Running Your Own Company: an entrepreneurial case study of KHET The Laser Game - Michael Larson, Innovention Toys
  • Effective Partnerships for Outreach - Stephan M. Pompea,National Optical Astronomy Observatory
    Professional Development Skills (Cardiff Room)  
  • The Ins and Outs of Publishing in Journals - Craig Hoffman, U.S. Naval Research Lab
  • Graphs: Conveying Accurate Messages, Not Lies - Jean-luc Doumont, Principiae
2:00  How to Persuade Others
    This workshop by Jean-luc Doumont shows how to use personal/organizational power, how to deploy tactics, and how to harness social influences so we get other people to accede more easily to our requests.