Advancing Graduate Leadership (AGL) Conference Program

Advancing Graduate Leadership conference

The AGL Conference program sessions focus on professional development, networking, and training specifically for women and gender minorities, who are often underrepresented in physics and other science communities. These interactive conference sessions will engage participants in discussions around diversity in leadership, responding to unethical behavior, and mental health, among other topics. Session facilitators will have a variety of diverse personal and professional backgrounds.

Conference Program

Times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Attendees arrive at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC. Attendees may check in at the hotel front desk and collect their badges at 3B Registration Desk (Constitution Level 3B).

Thursday, August 4, 2022

7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
Location: Declaration AB (Declaration Level 1B)
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome Address
Facilitators: APS Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Bagger and APS Director of Programs Monica Plisch
Location: Constitution CDE/C Corridor (Constitution Level 3B)
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Teamwork and Equity
Each of us can make more awesome contributions to the world when we work together in an equitable collaboration. This session will help participants learn to use their presence within a team to promote equitable teamwork from various positions in the hierarchical structure. We will highlight six principles of equitable teamwork that can help each of us strengthen our ability to work together from a place of love, wisdom, and empowerment towards justice.
Facilitators: Michelle Lollie, Linda Strubbe
Location: Constitution CDE/C Corridor (Constitution Level 3B)
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Break
Location: Constitution E Foyer (Constitution Level 3B)
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cultivating Inclusive and Authentic Leadership
In this interactive session, we will start by exploring what leadership means, and who is a leader. We will move on to discuss Inclusive and Authentic leadership styles, and discuss how each can be important for creating a rewarding work culture where people feel included and valued for their contributions.
Facilitators: Ilke Arslan, S Simmons
Location: Constitution CDE/C Corridor (Constitution Level 3B), Breakouts: Declaration AB (Declaration Level 1B)
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
Location: Cabinet (Declaration Level 1B)
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Dealing with Unethical Behavior
In this session, participants will learn how to identify unethical behavior and discuss effective strategies on how to respond.
Facilitators: Frances Houle, Meg Rodriguez
Location: Constitution CDE/C Corridor (Constitution Level 3B)
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Break
Location: Constitution E  Foyer (Constitution Level 3B)
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Power Building: Constructing Personal, Professional, & Political Communities to Drive Change
As members of marginalized communities, building strong networks and connections is an important part of nearly every aspect of our lives. In this session, our team of experts will take you through the basics of building strong communities with shared purpose, clear vision, and focus on identity and personal values. Together, we can ensure our communities both survive and thrive.
Facilitators: Bri Hart, Callie Pruett, and Shannon Swilley-Greco
Location: Constitution CDE/C Corridor (Constitution Level 3B), Breakouts: Declaration AB (Declaration Level 1B)
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Break
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Banquet and Keynote Address
The conference keynote address will be delivered by Simone A. Hyater-Adams, PhD, a physicist, artist, educator, and researcher with a passion for creating more opportunities for Black students. Her personal experiences in STEM and performance art fuel her passion to find ways to combine both topics. She currently works on the program team at STEM From Dance, an organization that aims to expose young girls of color to STEM fields using the confidence building aspects of dance.
Keynote Speaker: Simone Hyater-Adams
Location: Constitution AB/B Corridor (Constitution Level 3B)


Friday, August 5, 2022

7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
Location: Constitution CDE/C corridor (Constitution Level 3B)
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. Graduate and Professional Student Mental Health: Trends and Strategies
This session will discuss mental health challenges that many graduate and professional students face and suggested strategies for managing them. After a brief presentation, the session will provide for an opportunity for open discussion/questions.
Facilitators: Nance Roy, Andrea Welsh
Location: Constitution CDE/C Corridor (Constitution Level 3B)
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break
Location: Constitution E Foyer (Constitution Level 3B)
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Developing Confidence and Presence
Building and maintaining confidence and creating presence can be particularly difficult for many women and people with nonbinary identities within the prevailing culture in physics. In this session, we will use the stories of successful women in physics to explore different ways of thinking about confidence and presence, some of the factors that may influence one’s confidence and ability to project presence, and some strategies for building confidence within the face of influences beyond one’s control.
Facilitator: Erica Snider
Location: Constitution CDE/C Corridor (Constitution Level 3B)
12:00 p.m. Conference Conclusion and Box Lunch
Location: Constitution AB/B Corridor (Constitution Level 3B)


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