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Workshop Descriptions

Leader Academic: Workshop Descriptions

Read about Leader Academic’s workshops below. Contact Rena for more detailed information and to book workshops.

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Pre-tenure faculty members who do not have patterns of regular writing often describe their sixth and seventh years with words such as “overwhelming, stressful,” and even “the worst year of my life.” Tenured faculty members must juggle even more competing demands to find time to write. Leader Academic offers programs that address a host of challenges including how to find time to write, managing multiple projects, responding to daunting revise and resubmits, asking for feedback, dealing with unresponsive co-authors, and much more.
As academics progress in their careers, demands on their time increase. This interactive workshop teaches professors how to manage their busy schedules to achieve their most important goals. Attendees learn to: set physical and technological boundaries to create oases of time; say no frequently and with gusto; teach with integrity and limits; demote email from Ruler of Your Life to Undersecretary for Communications, negotiate for resources to free up time, and delegate like crazy.
Although leadership can be conferred through titles and roles, it is incumbent upon leaders to claim their authority. Even without official titles, those who speak and act powerfully can have great influence. This workshop is designed for maximum interactivity. Participants practice skills including holding their ground through interruptions, using voice and non-verbal signals to project confidence, and de-escalating controversial discussions so that one’s own point-of-view has a chance to be heard and considered.
Women tend to ask for less than their male counterparts and the consequence of this difference is a serious disadvantage over the course of a female academic’s career.  Program participants learn to think more expansively about what can be requested and they practice the strategies used by the most successful negotiators. Since women who negotiate assertively risk being seen as less likable, this workshop also offers techniques to mitigate the bias against female negotiators.
People with a dual focus on work and family are less stressed and more successful than those whose primary focus is on just work, or just family. Work/Life balance workshops teach the successful strategies these dual focused people use to achieve balance, and participants engage in related exercises to improve their own balance. This workshop is relevant to singles as well for as for those with spouses and children.
The most successful researchers benefit from a robust network of real-world connections in a variety of arenas. Advantages include opportunities for fruitful collaboration, access to information, both social and instrumental support, and the ability to build a national and international reputation. Networking workshops support attendees to build connections with colleagues, mentors, sponsors, and funders. Leader Academic also creates fun, customized networking events for organizations and professional society meetings.
I will design a fun, customized networking event for your organization or professional society meeting. Whether in industry or academia, networking is an essential component of professional success. However, being thrown into a room with a bunch of strangers and expected to interact is not everyone’s idea of a good time. This structured activity is comfortable for everyone, whether introverted or outgoing, since it allows participants to interact without the burden of figuring out what to discuss or when to end the conversation. Rena will also share networking tips that participants can try out following the facilitated program.
Summer writing retreats intersperse short workshop segments with longer periods of quiet time for individual writing. The workshop segments cover material on creating a productive writing practice and time management. The two-day retreat adds content on dealing with difficult co-authors, responding to daunting revise and resubmits, and managing negative cognitions during writing sessions. During the quiet individual writing periods, participants can also sign-up for one-on-one consultations with Rena to discuss personal writing goals and challenges.
Academic Workshops

What They’re Saying:

“Rena Seltzer’s workshops are perennial favorites with Yale faculty. Workshop alumni get more writing done, have more control over their schedules, and feel increased confidence in their leadership skills. Rena has also served as a coach for a number of Yale faculty leaders. Here as well, her work has been transformative.”
– Tamar Szabó Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, Yale University

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