SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
10 September 2015
Volume 16 Issue 9

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A Look Ahead: Excellent Professional Opportunities at SETAC Salt Lake City

Michelle Hornberger, SETAC Career Development Committee

The SETAC Career Development Committee (CDC) has some exciting events planned for the SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting, taking place from 1–5 November, in Salt Lake City, Utah. There are a number of opportunities to network with your peers, mentor younger scientists and gain a fresh perspective on your career. We are also excited to present, for the first time, a Professional Training Course on improving your leadership and communication skills. More details on all of the CDC activities are listed below and anyone can register online.

Leadership Skills Professional Training Course
We are excited to offer an inaugural CDC Professional Training Course that will focus on improving your leadership skills. The CDC believes that leadership occurs at all career levels and that improving our interpersonal communication skills will help facilitate advancement in our careers.

During this full-day professional training course, you will have an opportunity to use the behavioral and personality assessment tool called DiSC®. This training is based on a model of human behavior that helps people understand “why they do what they do,” which ultimately benefits our ability to interact with others in the workplace. All participants will receive an online invitation to take a 20–30 minute long profile assessment prior to attending the workshop. Each group member will receive their personal results during the professional training course and evaluate them against the other styles in the organization. Participants will learn how to use strengths to help build better relationships with their co-workers. Class size is limited, so sign up early! Please note that this course is offered through SETAC at a substantially reduced rate.

Buddy System
The SETAC North America annual meeting is a great resource for scientific discourse, increasing knowledge and networking. However, the meeting can be a challenge for first-time and international attendees, which is why we encourage you to participate in the Buddy System. This program is designed to match veteran SETAC members (meeting guides) with first-time and international meeting attendees. 

The Buddy System is free, and you can sign up by 15 September through the registration page. Please contact the SETAC North America office if you would like to sign up for the program but have already registered. Buddies will be matched, when possible, according to similar interests and other preferences based on responses to a survey that will be distributed by the end of September. Matched buddies will receive introductory emails a few weeks before the meeting.

Feedback from previous meetings indicates the buddy system is rewarding for both the meeting guide and the first-time attendee. A little investment of your time prior to and during the meeting may make a big difference in welcoming another SETAC member and encouraging his or her involvement in our society. We are currently in need of additional meeting guides, so if you have not already signed up and are interested, please do so.

Women in SETAC Luncheon
Save your seat! We hope you can join us for another year of networking at the Women in SETAC Luncheon on Tuesday, 3 November, from 11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Carine Clark will present “Risk – Conquering Fear and Embracing Disruption.” Thanks to the generous support from Sage Environmental, Procter & Gamble and Smithers Viscient, we are able to offer special pricing to students this year at a cost of only US$30 (US$50 for professionals). Space is limited, so register early!

Carine Clark is president and CEO at MaritzCX. She played a crucial role in creating and executing the acquisition of Allegiance by Maritz Research, and combining the two companies to create MaritzCX. Risk is nothing new to Carine. From leaving a successful role as CMO at Symantec, to taking a job with no title, no budget, and half the salary earlier in her career, Carine has embraced these challenges with enthusiasm and humility. She is a healthy cancer survivor who underwent rigorous chemotherapy to battle her illness and considers herself an incredibly lucky human. Carine Clark has been recognized with numerous awards, including being named 2015 CEO of the Year by Utah Business magazine. ExecRank ranked her as #47 of all CMO’s worldwide in 2012. She has also received the Women Tech Leadership Excellence Award, the 25th Annual TWIN Award, and the Silicon Slopes v100 Award. Register online today!

Networking Reception
Interested in recharging your career and engaging with other SETAC professionals from different sectors? Then please join us for the 4th Annual SETAC CDC Networking Reception on Wednesday, 4 November, from 6:00–8:00 .pm. We are excited about this year’s theme, "Recognize, Reassess and Redefine: How to Take Control of Your Career and Take It to the Next Level," and look forward to two excellent speakers, including Wendy Hillwalker from SC Johnson and member of the SETAC North America Board of Director, and a speaker to be named later. Each will share their own experiences with career changes and challenges as they transitioned to new roles. There will also be an opportunity to mingle with senior SETAC professionals towards the end of the evening.

The CDC is very grateful for the support of our 2015 sponsors: Syngenta, SC Johnson, Compliance Services and GHD. This sponsorship has allowed us to offer tickets at a low cost of only US$30, which include two drink tickets and an assortment of savory appetizers. Space is limited, so advanced registration is recommended.

Senior Resource Group (SRG)
The SRG was created in response to requests by members to provide a forum where experienced or senior SETAC members (e.g., retired, part-time, sun-setting, emeritus or other long-term status members) could maintain or increase engagement with SETAC leadership. We are excited about several upcoming opportunities for SRG involvement. If you feel you meet the guidelines to be classified as an experienced or senior SETAC member and are interested in joining the group, or just in getting more information about the group and its activities, we particularly hope that you will join us during the teleconference and the annual Meet-and-Greet events to participate in a collaborative discussion about the future of the SRG. There are several upcoming opportunities to get involved:

  • 1 October: Join the first annual SRG member teleconference. The SRG Steering Committee will be hosting a member teleconference where we will be requesting feedback from members on SRG priorities and initiatives. To learn more, please contact Laura Swanson.
  • 2 November: Attend the New Member Breakfast. If you plan on attending the annual meeting in Salt Lake City and mentoring is an interest of yours, then consider attending this event. A little investment of your time goes a long way towards making a new attendee feel welcome in our society.
  • 3 November: Attend the 2nd Annual Senior Resource Group Meet-And-Greet Breakfast. This is a free event for current and prospective SRG members and is an excellent opportunity for them to mingle with each other, the SRG Steering Committee and members of the SNA Board of Directors over beverages and pastries. We will present highlights from the past year and discuss future activities during this annual face-to-face meeting. The SRG subcommittee would like to thank SC Johnson and Intrinsik for their generous sponsorship!

The CDC encourages SETAC members to take advantage of these networking events offered at SETAC Salt Lake City! If you have ideas to share on how the CDC can advance their mission or scope, please consider becoming a member. The CDC will hold our annual face-to-face meeting in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, 4 November at 10:00 a.m. in Room 252E. Anyone is welcome to participate!

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