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Winter Pathways to Success Symposium

December 11, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Participants listen to presentations at the winter 2019 Pathways to Success event

Pathways to Success is the Graduate School’s framework for helping graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars be successful in their research and scholarship, and establish necessary skills for their future careers.

This one-day event is a professional development opportunity for doctoral, professional degree, and research master’s students and postdoctoral scholars that will provide participants with information and tools useful for their time at Cornell and beyond.

For more information, visit the Pathways to Success Symposium webpage.

EVENT SPONSORS: The Graduate School, English Language Support Office (ELSO), Career Services, and the Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

Pathways to Success Symposium Agenda

December 11, 2019

8:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00am  Opening Remarks

9:10am Opening Plenary: Speak and Be Heard – Presentation and Communication:

Keynote Speaker: Eliza VanCort

Session Description: Professionals at the top of their field are not simply subject matter experts—they’re also highly skilled communicators who forge meaningful connections.  Learn physical and vocal adjustments you can integrate into your professional life to optimize your collaborative and leadership skills.

11:20am Morning Workshop: Conversations – What’s Really Happening?

Presenter: Melissa Myers & Nathan Lindberg

Session Description: Conversations are influenced in subtle ways that are often culturally relevant.  Learn the nuances that govern communication so you can better share your ideas and communicate with others.

12:15pm Luncheon Panel: Careers Involving Project Management


    • Denise DiRienzo (Moderator)
    • Andrew Slusar
    • Jessica Martinez
    • John Neuman
    • Shannon Osborn

Session Description: Project management is defined as the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to meet goals. Hear how a variety of careers intersect with this description and how your PhD training has prepared you for such a role.

2:00pm Afternoon Workshop: 2020 Vision – Creating Your Future with Confidence

Presenter: Erica Marx

Session Description: Are you on track to meet your 2020 goals? In this highly interactive workshop you will explore what you’d like to achieve in 2020, define obstacles you’ll need to overcome, and discover new insights and practical strategies you can set in motion now to bridge the gap between your present and desired future.

Register online.

We strive to make our events accessible to all community members.  Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should indicate needs in the registration form and contact al546@cornell.edu with any questions or concerns. We ask that requests be made at least one week in advance to help ensure they can be met.


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Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
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