Difficult Discussions and Gendered Communication in the Work Place

Speaker: Joanne Kamens, Executive Director, Addgene

Date and Time: December 15, 2014 

Conflicts small and large arise in our lives on almost a daily basis, and a good number of these require some discussion for successful resolution. This session starts with an emphasis on the topic of communication issues in the work place with an emphasis on communication barriers between the genders. Hearing and understanding what is being said to you as well as effectively getting your message across can make a big difference in productive resolution of conflict. The second part of this interactive session will introduce you to some basic methods for conflict resolution and communication of “bad news.”

Joanne Kamens is the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists around the world collaborate by sharing plasmids. Dr. Kamens received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School and then spent 15 years at BASF/Abbott, ultimately serving as Group Leader in Molecular Biology. In 2007, she joined RXi Pharmaceuticals as Senior Director of Research Collaborations. Dr. Kamens founded the current Boston chapter of AWIS, the Association for Women in Science. She was Director of the HBA Boston Mentoring Program for 3 years, serves on a number of non-profit boards, and speaks widely on career development topics. In 2013, Dr. Kamens was elected as a fellow to the Massachusetts Academy of Science for her service to the science community and the public.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

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