Abstracts

“Managing your Goals in the Face of Uncertainty” – Nina Tandon

In a recent interview for the Lavin Daily, “You Don’t Have To Be One Thing: Nina Tandon On Pursuing Many Interests,” Nina describes the value in pursuing a variety of interests even when working towards an advanced degree in a specified, technical area. “Don’t worry about being that one thing,” she says.  Nina, who herself has experience in consulting, academia, and industry and other interests such as running marathons and serving as a certified yoga instructor, advocates keeping a variety of doors open throughout your career.  She is a living contradiction to the common misconception that advanced degrees and technical research lead to more limited career opportunities. Nina will share how keeping balance can enhance your performance in each individual area.  Managing the uncertainty of your career path can be daunting at times, and this can make the process to a Ph.D. even more challenging.  Nina will share her story of successfully navigating her very dynamic career.  Her energetic perspective on seeking out new opportunities while successfully reaching your goals is contagious.  Her unique perspective will fiercely inspire you to break down the barriers holding the stigma for pursuing your various interests and seeking out diverse opportunities throughout your career.

“Changing Challenges to Opportunities” – Omnia El-Hakim

Facing challenges can be unnerving, especially when the outcome is unknown. Commonly, we imagine overcoming the challenge by thinking, “if only I can accomplish this task,” or “when I pass my exam,” everything will get easier.  This “I just have to get through this and then things will be easier” attitude can provide a false sense of comfort during the process of overcoming adversity.  In reality, challenges don’t ever disappear, they only change over time. Omnia will speak about how to face these challenges in the moment, and use them as an advantage.  She will discuss how to view each challenge as a new opportunity to not only succeed, but excel in both your personal and professional life.  Omnia will share her unique experiences facing diversity in the form of cultural, language, and gender barriers throughout her career in STEM.  With leadership experience in academia and government roles promoting diversity in STEM fields as well as in business running a family hotel business, Omnia has powerful and inspiring insights on how to take risks, follow your gut, and make the unthinkable possible.  Her story is certain to ignite a feeling of deep motivation to stay focused and enthusiastic during the most challenging times in your career.

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