By Jedidah Isler, Ph.D.
It’s no secret that one of the main purposes of #VanguardSTEM is to build a community of women of color in STEM to fight the sense of isolation and loneliness (have fun!), share valuable wisdom, advice and insight and, as our “government” name says, encourage conversations with women of color in STEM.
So at the very core of our mission is building relationship, and specifically building relationship amongst and between women of color in STEM. One key way to do that is to network and one key place to do that is at conferences. As you know, last month’s show was all about identity-focused STEM conferences that you could go and get your entire life at, but this month we wanted to focus on what to do once you get there. Most specifically networking, but also other related topics about how to get the most out of attending a conference. These tips are translational and should help you no matter what conference you attend.
Remember that the underlying purpose of a conference is to come together around shared interest. As a newcomer or returning attendee, it is important to continue to engage with the people around you. You never know what you can do to help them or what they can do to help you. Networking can sometimes be seen as a bad word, but I hope you know, given how important connection is in general, that networking is no different.
In this month’s show, we’ll feature guests who are not only master networkers, but who also have advice to share about other things to think about as you build your conference strategy.
And yes—you should ALWAYS have a conference strategy. Want to know what it should be? Join us on October 11 at 7pm ET to find out!
Please take special note of the date—it isn’t our usual first Tuesday of the month, but have no fear: this show will be worth the wait. Save the date and start planning your watch party! This show is not to be missed!
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