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The workshop will introduce you to some basic methods for conflict resolution and communication of "bad news".

When: 10/29/2014
12:00 PM ET
Presenter: Joanne Kamens, Ph.D., Executive Director of Addgene
Contact: Ric Weibl

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AWIS Webinar:  Leadership and Difficult Conversations
Joanne Kamens, Ph.D., Executive Director of Addgene
Who Should Attend? 
Managers, Department Directors, all Women in STEM

Conflicts small and large arise in our lives on an almost daily basis and a good number of these require some discussion for successful resolution. This workshop starts with an introduction to 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 workshop will introduce you to some basic methods for conflict resolution and communication of "bad news".

You will walk away from this presentation with new insights into:

  • Gender dynamics at play in workplace communication
  • Thinking more strategically about messages delivered and received
  • How to negotiate successful collaboration when in conflict.


Dr. Kamens received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School 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. In 2011, Dr. Kamens became the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists around the world share plasmid reagents.

Dr. Kamens has been raising awareness of women scientists since 1998 upon realizing that an entire week had gone by at work and not one other woman had been at any meeting she attended. Dr. Kamens founded the current Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science. Dr. Kamens was Director of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Boston Group Mentoring Program for 3 years.

Dr. Kamens is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Science recognizing her scientific accomplishment and service to the science community and the public. She was recognized as one of the 2013 PharmaVoice 100 Most Inspiring and one of the Forty Over 40 Women Making an Impact. She serves on a number of other non-profit boards and speaks widely on career development topics in person and via Webinar.

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