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Chief Science Officer: Pathways to Leadership, Careers in Life Science

Chief Science Officer: Pathways to Leadership, Careers in Life Science is designed for students, postdocs, and other technical professionals making the transition to business and industry and seeking preparation for leadership and management positions. It will show you the skills that are required, guide you in addressing your current skill levels, and provide the training to address your weaknesses to become not only competitive in landing an industry job, but successful in that job as well.

One of the most effective and unique features of this program is how the instructors relate "business" concepts to activities and behaviors commonly experienced by academic scientists. This approach helps students gain a deeper understanding of how their own experiences can strengthen their competitiveness for industry positions. The course also provides a self-assessment tool that introduces students to each of the 24 competencies, has them rank their own skill levels, and helps them develop "experience statements" from their own careers that support these rankings. A detailed report generated by the assessment tool then maps the student's capabilities to those that are critical to different kinds of jobs in different industries. The instructors will then show how to use this information to develop powerful targeted resumes and to prepare for effective interviews.

The 24 competencies at the heart of this course fall into six categories:

    Creating the Vision
  • Strategic
  • Technical Scientific
  • Innovative
  • Risk Management
  • Champion/Energy
  • Structuring
  • Control
  • Tactical
  • Delegation
  • Technical Literacy
  • Style Flexibility
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Social Intelligence
   Developing People
  • Collaboration
  • Enabling
  • Empathy
  • Rapport
   Achieving Results
  • Production
  • Focus
  • Competition
    Financial Acumen
  • Return on Investment
  • Internal Rate of Return
  • Determining Performance Metrics
  • Managing the Balance Sheet

CSO Management Training Module 1: Leading the People (MGT 380) 27 hours

The leadership component of the CSO Boot Camp is divided into five sections. The course is an overview of leadership practices and skills and focuses on providing participants with the prerequisite awareness and explanation needed to begin their in depth study of leadership. This course is the first step in the continuous learning and skill development process. This course is an aerial view of what it takes to be a leader in contemporary organizations. Class Schedule

CSO Management Training Module 2: Managing the Work (MGT 381) 18 hours

This component of the course offers concentrated exposure to business competencies and relates those critical business competencies to typical behaviors and activities that a research scientist experience during their career. The course focuses on Project Management, Negotiation, Finance, Performance Management, Networking, and Presentation skills. Class Schedule

The key to success is applying social intelligence in understanding who you are interacting with and how your story is important to THEM.
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  • Transcie Almonte-Sabio, Program Director, Management and Leadership
  • Noel Lazaro, Program Coordinator, Management and Leadership
  • John Amoroso, Program Assistant, Project Mgmt. & Mgmt. and Leadership
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