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.


Workshop for Graduate Students and Post-Docs on Developing Skills for Success
Presented by Dr. Virginia Valian

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Registration Required by May 10 
Location: CMU Pittsburgh Campus- Room information will be sent to all registrants on Monday, May 11 from

Please join us for an interactive workshop with Dr. Virginia Valian, the author of "Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women."  All students are invited. Topics to be covered include:
•a circle of advisors (instead of a single mentor)
•developing skills
•time management
•professional development
•effectiveness in influencing decisions
•value of workshops
•women in leadership positions

Speaker Bio:
Virginia Valian is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Hunter College and is a member of the doctoral faculties of Psychology, Linguistics, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center.  She is co-founder and co-director of Hunter's Gender Equity Project, which has been funded by NSF, NIH, and the Sloan Foundation.  She is also director of the Language Acquisition Research Center. Dr Valian works in two domains:  the psychology of language and gender equity.  In gender equity Dr Valian performs research on the reasons behind women's slow advancement in the professions and proposes remedies for individuals and institutions. She is currently particularly interested in who receives awards and prizes.  In a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article on 'What book changed your mind?', Valian's book, "Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women" was one of 12 non-fiction books published in the last 30 years that was showcased.  Dr Valian's audiences have ranged from natural scientists, such as chemists and astronomers, to theater actors and directors.  Her science-based approach has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nature, Scientific American, The Women's Review of Books, and many other journals and magazines.  She has also appeared on NPR, the BBC, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
Sponsored by the College of Engineering Center for Faculty Success

Further Information

For further information on Professional Development Seminars,  please contact:

Jamie Rossi
Assistant Director of Graduate Student Initiatives
524 Warner Hall
5000 Forbes Avenue
Carnegie Mellon University

Information from Past Seminars