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Search Spotlight: Chief Engagement Officer, Girlstart

Girlstart, founded in Austin in 1997, is the only community-based informal STEM education nonprofit in the nation specifically dedicated to empowering and equipping girls in STEM, through year-round programming that promotes girls’ early engagement and academic success in STEM, encourages girls’ aspirations and persistence in STEM education and careers, and incubates a talented and diverse STEM workforce. Its innovative, nationally-recognized programs include after-school and summer camps for students, professional development for teachers, and community and online STEM education outreach programs. The Chief Engagement Officer will have the opportunity, in collaboration with the Executive Di

Three Mistakes to Avoid in Your First Few Weeks on the Job

Starting a new position is a time of opportunity, excitement, and stress. As you step into a new role, you will be enthusiastic and engaged. It’s important to channel that energy toward productive ends. You are setting the tone for what will, hopefully, be a long tenure with this organization. Don’t derail relationships and rhythms before you’ve even begun. Hyatt-Fennell co-founder Dr. Marylouise Fennell, RSM offers some wisdom we can all use to avoid some common mistakes. Dr. Fennell encourages us NOT to: Make perception reality. Don’t pigeon hole people or situations. You are meeting coworkers that you’ll collaborate with for years to come. It’s a natural human impulse to want to understan

A Model of Leadership in the New Normal: Part 3

Eleventh in a Series by Jack Calareso, Hyatt-Fennell This three-part series of articles on leadership proposes the leadership style and practice in the new normal. I contend that the most effective leadership in higher education (in fact in all areas) will need to be Servant Leadership. Adapted from Robert Greenleaf’s initial essay, “The Servant as Leader” (1970), my understanding of Servant Leadership is “. . . a new moral principle is emerging which holds that the only authority deserving one’s allegiance is that which is freely and knowingly granted by the led to the leader in response to, and in proportion to, the clearly evident servant stature of the leader.” Servant Leadership require

Three Lessons from Ruth Bader Ginsburg that Every Professional Should Take to Heart

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has prompted an outpouring of reflection on her substantial legacy. From being an accomplished jurist to an internet sensation, dubbed the Notorious RBG, there is so much we could say about Ginsburg, but we thought we’d instead let her speak to us with three quotes that bring enduring lessons. Be persistent. Despite stellar academic performance at Harvard Law School and graduating top of her class at Columbia Law School, Ginsburg had trouble getting an interview—much less a job—after graduating because she was a woman and mother. Facing disappointment never deterred her, whether in her career aspirations or when hearing cases on the Supr

What’s in Your Toolbox: How Accomplishment Statements Demonstrate Your Value

The goal of a résumé is to paint yourself in the best possible light. Hiring managers are not oblivious to this reality. A well-crafted résumé will not only tell your capability—it will show it. Accomplishment statements show the outcomes you’ve achieved in a position, either personally or as part of a team. These statements make your skills credible and tangible. “Leadership skills” is bland and amorphous. However, “improved employee retention by 23% over three years” testifies to the difference that can make in an organization. There are three different angles from which you can approach accomplishment statements. Let these three questions guide you as you incorporate accomplishment statem

Paying it Forward: Being a Positive Force in the Workplace

Now more than ever, we’re reminded that kindness is critical to life in crisis mode. The global pandemic has brought broad and acute changes and challenges to many. Each of us has a unique opportunity to bring solutions where many are facing hardship. We have three ways you can make a positive professional difference today. Say thank you. We could all use some positivity and encouragement about now. Think back to a person or two who has helped you in your career and write them a note of thanks. This will not only brighten their day, but will help keep your relationship strong. Pay it forward. One of the best ways to honor the contribution of others in your life is to help someone who could u

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