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Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) Workshop Program

January 31 – February 2, 2019 | San Francisco, CA

Specifically tailored to meet the unique challenges faced by senior graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty of underrepresented communities in science, The FLARE Workshop teaches the “business of research” and the leadership skills needed to establish successful research careers.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time Program
4:30 – 5:00 PM Registration
5:00 – 6:00 PM Welcome and Dinner
6:00 – 6:30 PM Finding Your Niche
Gain tips on how to define your own scientific “niche,” identify the right research opportunities, or choose the right faculty environment.
6:30 – 7:30 PM Determining Where You Want to Go
Learn from a panel of speakers about career options in academia, administration, industry and government.
7:30 – 8:30 PM Finding Your Match! (Networking Activity)

Friday, February 1, 2019

Time Program
7:30 - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 – 10:00 AM Self- Awareness, Part 1: The Key to Success in Life
Discover your personality type and leadership style including motivations, strengths and stressors and how your style plays a role in teambuilding.
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Networking Break
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM Diversity in Science: Challenges and Opportunities
Gain advice on practices to maximize diversity and inclusion and to tackle issues such as implicit bias and stereotype threats.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Individual Career Development Plans: A Strategy for Success
Learn the importance of and tips on developing a strong individual development plan (IDP) based on your individual goals and career level. IDPs provide a structured career development tool that can be used to help identify and monitor short and long-term goals.
12:00 – 1:00 PM Networking Lunch and Group Activity
1:00 – 1:45 PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Transitioning from PhD to Post-Doc
Gain tips to make the transition after graduation as smooth as possible.

Optimizing the Transition from Fellowship to Faculty: Secrets from the Other Side
Gain tips to make the transition to a faculty position as smooth as possible.

1:45 – 2:30 PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

CV Development and Interviewing: How to Ace the Interview
Learn how to build an effective resume/CV and tips on acing an interview for postdoctoral or research fellowship positions.

Job Search: Strategies for Interviewing and Negotiating
Learn how to negotiate in interviews for faculty positions around items such as salary, benefits, lab space, equipment, staff, contract details, and teaching vs. research requirements. Discuss tips on how to deal with the two-body problem.

Promotion and Tenure
Deep dive into developing a plan to understand the mechanism, guidelines, evaluation, and culture of the promotion and tenure process at your institution. Formulate strategies to optimize research, teaching, service, mentoring, and networking while looking for “double value” to help achieve academic success.

2:30 – 2:45 PM Networking Break
2:45 – 3:30 PM Small Group Discussions: Tips and Tools to Career Advancement
Join small interactive breakout groups for hands-on exercises in these hot topics:
  • Table 1 – Mentoring
  • Table 2 – Interview Preparation and Practice
  • Table 3 – Demystifying Job Negotiations
  • Table 4 - Resiliency, Recharging and Productivity
3:30 – 4:15 PM Networking and Collaboration
Gain tips and tricks to successful networking and discover ways to reach your goals by making and building relations with other researchers.
4:15 – 5:00 PM Mentorship: What, Where, and When
Learn from an expert panel on how to select a good mentor, be a good mentee, change mentors with minimal conflict and become a strong mentor to others.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time Program
7:30 - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30 AM Individual Career Development Presentations
Participants will report out and receive faculty feedback on their short-term and long-term goals.
9:30 – 10:45 AM Self-Awareness Part II: The Key to Success in Life
Part two of the in-depth training using your personal DiSC style. Learn new strategies to building effective relationships. Gain insight into managing diverse personalities and resolving conflict within the lab.
10:45 – 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Grantsmanship Overview
Learn key elements in crafting a strong proposal, review a sample proposal that was funded, and discuss strategies for revising and re-submitting non-funded proposals. Learn to establish independence from your PI and how to initiate discussion with your PI about what projects you can take with you.
12:00 – 1:00 PM Networking Lunch and Group Activity
1:00 – 2:00 PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Grants and Funding Options: Basic Science Research
Dive deeper into specific awards designed for postdoctoral and clinical fellows, examine what study sections look for in applications, and practice developing strong specific aims for your grant application.

Grants and Funding Options: Clinical Research
Learn tips and tools for identifying grants to support your research. Learn more on the grant review process for R awards and gain personalized feedback on your specific aims proposals.

2:00 – 2:45 PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Writing Science
Discuss the dos and don’t of writing your research for publications.

Lab Management
Discuss tips and pitfalls on setting up a lab, core facility access, financial reporting, release time from clinical/teaching duties, recruitment, and time management. This session will cover tips on sharing information and protecting intellectual property.

2:45 – 3:00 PM Networking Break
3:00 – 3:45 PM Communicating Your Science
Gain practical tips on speaking with the media and communicating your work to the public
3:45 – 4:30 PM Work Life and Resilience
Learn practical tips on how to juggle work and home-life responsibilities while making time for yourself.
4:30 PM Wrap Up and Evaluation