Professional Skills Development

Free Workshops at APS Meetings

What are the Free Workshops About?

Professional Skills Development workshops are designed to provide women physicists with professional training in effective negotiation, communication and leadership skills, as well as a special opportunity for networking. The primary workshop goal is to produce more women leaders in physics and to help these women achieve their full potential in the top ranks of their profession. Workshops are usually hosted in conjunction with APS meetings.  

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For students, APS offers Communication and Negotiation Skills Seminars

Upcoming Workshops

There are no upcoming workshops. To request a workshop at your division meeting, please email

Inaugural Train-the-Trainers Class
Inaugural Train-the-Trainers Class




Workshop Testimonials

"The workshop had a huge impact on my professional life, and I just wish more women physicists could have the opportunity to participate in such a workshop."

"You should keep this effort going: it really boosts our self-confidence. It gives us the feeling of being part of a community and gives us the mentoring that some of us are lacking."

"I can’t count the number of meetings I’ve attended in 15 years. This is the only one where I was 100% engaged from the very first minute to the very last minute. This has been life-changing."

"I gained tangible skills and tactics which I will take back and put into practice in my next department meeting."

"This has been the most effective discussion of issues and problem solving techniques that can be implemented and useful. It was not a gripe session that most of these sessions devolve into and the facilitators were very skillful and personable. I enjoyed this experience very much and I sincerely hope that more people can be exposed to this quality of workshop."

Evaluation Process

Please note that APS will not conduct rolling admissions for these workshops. Application decisions will be made after the posted deadlines. We will notify accepted applicants of their funding within a month after the deadline.


National Science Foundation logoSupport for this program has been received from the National Science Foundation under Award No. PHY-1419913.