Professional Development Seminar Series-Graduate Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Development Seminar Series

This series provides seminars in business, management and communications skills geared to better prepare our graduate students for successful careers in academic, corporate, public and research sectors. The seminars provide graduate students with a practical knowledge of the basic professional skillsets including:

  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching
  • Financial and management roles

Seminars also provide information relevant to developing multiple employment options, adaptable skills, and focused, holistic self-knowledge. Students will be sent a registration link by email.



An Evening with Civil Rights Legend and Education Activist Bob Moses
Thursday, October 15,  2015
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Porter Hall 100
A central figure in SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), Moses spent years fighting racial inequality in Mississippi. In the early 1980s, he founded the Algebra Project, a nonprofit organization that uses mathematics as an organizing tool to ensure quality public school education for every child in America. Find out more here. Sponsored by CAS, the Department of History, CAUSE, the Vice Provost for Education, and

Personal Branding (*Registration Required*)
Monday, October 19, 2015
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Vince Ventura, Founding Artistic Director and Executive Director, 12 Peers Theater
This interactive session is designed to give participants the basics of Personal Branding.  Participants can expect to explore the professional introduction (aka The Elevator Pitch), how body language provides a professional impression, and networking as a relationship building tool.  Vince will be providing individualized attention to students, who should plan to leave the session with a polished 60 second Professional Introduction!

Etiquette Dinner
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
5-7 p.m.
Joe Rudman, Scientific Project Administrator, Physics Department and Adjunct Faculty, Tepper School of Business
You have that interview with your dream company!  You are hosting a potential client at the 'make it or break it' meal!  Your department is hosting a scholar that you hold in high regard!  Feeling confident about your ability to navigate the meal in these situations?  Let us help you prepare!  Under the tutelage of an etiquette specialist, you will have the opportunity to learn and/or hone your dining etiquette skills.

Research Resources and Management Tools (*Registration Required*)
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Lynn Berard, Principal Librarian, University Libraries
Martin Aurand, Principal Librarian, University Libraries
Today’s academic researcher utilizes digital resources to explore universes of knowledge, identify key sources, and locate full-text copies; and utilizes digital management tools to organize work, be productive, and maximize impact.  Attendees will be introduced to a broad selection of research resources and management tools for use at various stages of research and writing projects.

Presentations 101
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Noon-1 p.m.
Dr. Kim J. Hyatt, Associate Teaching Professor, H. John Heinz III College
The ability to give strong, fluid and understandable presentations takes time and practice.  During this session, Dr. Hyatt will share the phases of presentations, from preparation through delivery and handling the Q&A/audience interaction.  There will also be time devoted to practice, because it is truly the only way to improve on your presentation skills.

Past Professional Development Seminars


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