The Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) leadership development program, "Leading Yourself and Others to Career Success," is designed for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to learn more about their leadership styles and preferences, so they can use this information in the context of their career paths to help them and their future teams succeed. Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete all program requirements.
The 2016-2017 program cohort will include 30 postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students. Participants will attend classroom-style modules (2-3 hours each) every other month, and engage in discussions and assigned projects in between modules. Participants will work in groups to develop a program project for presentation at the finale. See Program Timeline for more information.
In Module 1 participants will explore what it means to be a leader. This module will emphasize the concept that anyone can be a leader, regardless of position or title, and that there are many leadership styles. Module 1 will include the following:
In Module 2 participants will further investigate their leadership styles and preferences by self-assessing their typical behaviors or “aptitudes,” such as how they prefer to solve problems, process information, handle change, and manage unpredictability in professional situations they may encounter. In this module discussion will focus on:
Participants will meet to discuss their Module 2 assignments and offer peer feedback to help each other understand how their actions or non-actions may have impacted others and future actions they can take to achieve their desired outcome.Close
Career Values Guide: Ryan Wheeler; Director of Career, International, and Postdoctoral Services, TSRILearn more
In Module 3 Mr. Ryan Wheeler will guide participants through exercises that will:
At the end of this module participants will be assigned to sub-groups of 6-8 individuals, who will work together to complete a program project. The goal of the project is to 1) allow team members to experience working with other leadership styles and learn to draw on individual strengths and 2) give participants an opportunity to creatively express their ideas about leadership.Close
Mind Mapping Guide: Sean Mitton; Independent Consultant on Mind MapsLearn more
To build on their newly acquired understanding of their inherent styles and preferences, in the first half of Module 4 Mr. Sean Mitton will lead participants through the process of mind mapping (also known as concept mapping) to help them:
Participants will complete this module with a personal leadership mind map and a draft ILDP that they will continue to develop in Modules 5 and 6.Close
Communication and Conflict Reduction Speaker: Karen Peterson, Ph.D.; Scientific Ombudsman, Fred Hutchinson Cancer CenterLearn more
Module 5 will focus on the importance of selecting individuals who are the best fit for one’s team and effectively integrating the unique strengths of individuals who may already be a part of one’s team. Scientific Ombudsman Dr. Karen Peterson, who has worked extensively with scientists at all levels will work with participants in the context of communication, interpersonal dynamics, and conflict reduction they:
Module 6 marks the final classroom learning session of the program and the Program Finale. The importance of finding a mentor(s) will be discussed and, as a final component of their ILDPs, participants will begin identifying potential mentors for both leadership development and their preferred career path(s). Participants will also learn about the opportunity to serve as a peer mentor in the following year’s leadership development program. Activities will involve summarizing program content and revisiting ideas of leadership. In addition, participants will present their group projects to their peers, and certificates of completion will be distributed.Close
Dr. Diane Klotz is Director of the Office of Education, Training, & International Services (OETIS) at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) in La Jolla, CA. In this position Diane oversees scientific career education and professional development programs for SBP’s graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, participates in institute-wide efforts in strategic planning with respect to education and training initiatives, and serves as an advisor to executive leadership on education and training policy.
Diane received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Tulane University, and pursued her postdoctoral research training at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, NIH). Diane’s research focused on cross-talk between steroid hormone receptor and growth-factor signaling pathways in the female reproductive tract. Outside the lab, Diane served as a member and chair of the NIEHS Trainees Assembly Steering Committee, and was a member and chair of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) policy committee. She subsequently served as a member and chair of the NPA Board of Directors, and she remains active with the NPA as a member of the NPA Advisors. Diane recently served on the NIH study sections for the NIH BEST Award program, and she is currently a member of the NIH BEST Award External Scientific Panel of advisors. In addition to her research education, Diane is a certified DiSC® facilitator, was a member of the inaugural NIEHS Leadership Development Program, and is currently pursuing a Mindful Executive Certificate.
Diane’s career path has been shaped by her observations of and experiences with how scientific organizations function and how scientific leaders strive to effect change and make progress. Her focus in the education and training of scientists at all levels and in all career paths is on helping scientists find their voices as high impact leaders who are able to guide their teams with compassion, clarity, vision, and intent.
Dr. Nisha Cavanaugh is the Manager of Postdoctoral and Academic Programs, within SBP's OETIS. In this role, Nisha oversees the administration of career and professional development programming for SBP postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. Additionally, she collaborates with OETIS staff and with the SBP Science Network to design new professional development workshops, programs and opportunities to enhance the postdoctoral experience at SBP. She is the SBP liaison to the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and has actively participated in the NPA Advocacy Committee for four years.
Nisha received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she elucidated the primase-polymerase enzyme mechanism in Herpes Simplex Virus-1 DNA replication initiation. As a postdoc at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), she analyzed the structure-function relationship of DNA polymerase beta and the misincorporation of ribonucleotides during DNA repair. Her interest to encourage postdocs and graduate students to explore PhD career paths stems from her own postdoctoral experience and time spent as Chair of the NIEHS Trainees Assembly, the NIEHS postdoctoral association. Prior to joining the OETIS staff, she was the Director of NC State University’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
Dr. Sharon Schendel received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Indiana University and her PhD in Biochemistry from Purdue University. Her doctoral research focused on structural changes that accompany the membrane insertion of pore-forming bacterial toxins called colicins. The strong structural resemblance between colicins and Bcl-2 family proteins involved in cell death regulation led to her postdoctoral work with Dr. John Reed at SBP to explore whether Bcl-2 family proteins also had membrane insertion capabilities.
After completing her postdoctoral work Sharon accepted a position with the Biochemical Society in Britain to establish the Editorial Office of the Americas for the Society’s flagship journal, The Biochemical Journal. She handled peer review for papers submitted from the Americas to the Journal, and all peer-reviewed Society publications.
Sharon is now the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Training Specialist within SBP's OETIS. In her role, Sharon serves as a liaison between students and faculty to ensure the development of mutually productive mentoring relationships, and also fosters partnerships with local biotechnology companies to allow students to gain industry experience. She facilitates the Agraphia Writing Group to help SBP trainees develop their writing skills and offers feedback on a variety of trainee writing projects. Sharon is also helping to develop outreach and diversity programs to attract students from a wide variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
Dr. Virginia (Ginger) Hazen attained her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California and then began a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Ginger studied the development of mammalian spinal neurons during her scientific training. Throughout her training, she also participated in student government, career development and outreach programs that ultimately led her to pursue a career path in professional development. Ginger became the Postdoctoral Professional Development Coordinator in 2013, a newly created position under UCSD’s Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars Affairs, to prepare postdocs for career success and is a strong advocate for the advancement of postdocs through career development.
You can contact us at OETIS@SBP.edu!
Ryan Wheeler is Director of Career, International, and Postdoctoral Services at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). He received his Bachelor’s from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in postsecondary education administration from San Diego State University. He is the founding administrator for TSRI’s Career and Postdoctoral Services Office, and oversees professional development training initiatives, international student and scholar services, and career advising for hundreds of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students in La Jolla, CA and Jupiter, FL. Prior to his current role, he worked in the Office of Admissions at the University of Washington and in the Career Services Center at the University of California, San Diego. He is an active member of the National Postdoctoral Association and the Graduate Career Consortium, and has given professional development workshops at institutions and professional meetings around the US.
Sean Mitton graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Minor in Psychology. He founded the Canadian Expat Network, authored a book on hockey, and has been interviewed by a number of media outlets. Currently, he is a Software Account Executive in the Healthcare Industry.
His professional experience includes the creation of over 500 Mind Maps to stay focused, organized, manage his time effectively, and think strategically. He has used mind maps to prepare for interviews with entertainers, business people, government officials and several well-known sports figures including Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby. Sean has delivered professional development Mind Map workshops at NC State, NC Community College Conference and Wake County Libraries. He created an online Mind Map course with over a thousand students and has partnered with a High School Robotics Club on how to use Mind Mapping to prepare for contests.
Dr. Karen Peterson is the Scientific Ombudsman and Director of the Office of Scientific Career Development at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) in Seattle, Washington. She is the Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the Northwest Ombuds Group (NWOG). In addition, she is the author of the Nature Guide to Life Science Careers and a former member of the Board of Directors and Advisory Council for the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). At the Fred Hutch, Dr. Peterson is the advisor to the Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee, which provides professional development for scientists-in-training, and a member of the advisory committee to Hutch United, which facilitates mentoring to underrepresented minorities in science. She is also a member of the Fred Hutch Diversity Council and Research Ethics Education Committee.
Dr. Peterson received a Bachelor's in Genetics from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Experimental Medicine from McGill University. She was a postdoctoral fellow conducting research at the Fred Hutch before making a career transition into administration. She is often interviewed about research training issues and has been quoted in journals such as Nature and Science.
You MUST be a postdoctoral scholar or a graduate student at one of four institutions: Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), or the University of California San Diego. Graduate students MUST have passed their Qualifying Exam and be admitted to candidacy.
The program's cohort of peer emerging leaders will be committed to fully engage in all program activities and support their fellow participants.
To be accepted into the program, complete the application form in full. The parts of the application include: