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Programs in Professional Development

Professional development programs offered by the VPGE office span a wide range of topics and experiences. There's something to meet any graduate student's needs and schedule, from information-packed Quick Bytes lunches, to multi-session Negotiation Matters workshops, or week-long Stanford Graduate Summer Institute courses. Browse these offerings and sign up for those that interest you.

12@12 / 12@6

Connect with a diverse group of graduate students to informally discuss "big questions" or learn about their research and hot topics in their field. Over lunch at 12 PM or dinner at 4:30 PM or 6 PM, 12 students and a faculty or staff facilitator either choose complex, real-world questions to discuss over the course of multiple sessions, or, for those who choose the Outside the [Lunch] Box group, discuss their own research or a hot topic in their field.

Academic Chats

Wondering if a faculty career might be in your future? Academic Chats offer an opportunity to explore the skills and experience you need to launch your faculty career in a supportive environment over lunch.

Communicating Effectively with Your Advisor

Want to learn skills to communicate better and resolve issues with your faculty advisor? VPGE’s Communicating Effectively with Your Advisor workshop helps you develop a healthy and productive relationship with your faculty advisor..

Communication Matters: Building Effective Relationships

Increase awareness of your communication habits and have an opportunity to test new ways of interacting that better meet your goals and needs in this highly interactive, three-session workshop.

Connecting with Leaders: Knowledge, Wisdom, and Community Building

Be inspired and energized by the wisdom and experience of Stanford's Distinguished Career Institute Fellows. The Connecting with Leaders panel discussion and reception is a unique opportunity to learn from leaders with inspiring and meaningful careers.

Designing the Professional

Once you get your degree, how do you get a life? What do you want out of life after Stanford? Wondering how to weave together what fits, is doable, and will be truly meaningful? Then join us for Designing the Professional, offered in several different formats as a program or course.

Diversity Works

Diversity Works is a series of conversations with leaders in academe to discuss issues related to diversity and excellence in higher education.

Fellows Forum

Learn New Skills, Meet New People. Want to expand your academic skills while building your Stanford network over a healthy meal? Fellows Forum is designed for early-mid stage doctoral students, especially those in STEM fields, with priority given to Stanford Graduate Fellows in Science and Engineering (SGF Fellows) and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows (NSF Fellows).

Flourishing: The Art and Science of a Life Well Lived

What is human flourishing and how do we practice it in an age of hyper-complexity and ever-accelerating pace?

Leadership Dinners

Which leaders would you want to invite to dinner? Leadership Dinners are a unique opportunity to interact with inspiring leaders and a small group of graduate students over dinner at the Faculty Club.

Leadership from the Inside Out: Know Thyself Before Leading Others

Learn to assess your core leadership strengths and areas for development to become an effective manager/leader.

Leadership Labs

When you graduate from Stanford, you face a world that expects you to demonstrate more than just talent and knowledge in your chosen field. Increasingly, navigating our complex, interdependent world requires the ability to communicate effectively, collaborate, and influence others.

Management Matters

Managing people matters, whether you’re managing up, down, or across. This comprehensive, three-session workshop focuses on simple principles to communicate with and effectively manage others.

Negotiation and Influence

No matter how great your ideas, you need to be able to effectively communicate with and influence others. Dive into the theory, research, and practice of negotiation across a variety of settings.

Negotiation in Teams

Working in teams or with groups is much like negotiating in a multi-party environment. In this single-session workshop, learn about how negotiation can help you positively influence the teams you work with.

Negotiation Matters

Learn how to negotiate with colleagues, bosses, partners, friends, clients, and many others. Through a dynamic mix of theory, demonstration, and practice, this two-session workshop provides a solid foundation for more principled, persuasive, and successful negotiation in a variety of contexts.

Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome

How to Feel as Bright and Capable as They Think You Are: Why Smart People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It.

Preparing for Faculty Careers Course (EDUC 343C)

How will you prepare yourself to obtain a great faculty job - and to thrive as a professor once you begin your career? The Preparing for Faculty Careers course (EDUC 343C, Spring Q) is designed for advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars from any discipline who are considering a faculty career.

Preparing Future Professors

What does it take to be a faculty member at a teaching-focused university or community college? Preparing Future Professors gives you a chance to experience faculty life first-hand by shadowing a faculty member at Foothill College, San Jose State University, or University of San Francisco.

Quick Bytes

Get valuable nuggets of professional development wisdom over lunch or breakfast. Offered throughout the year, each Quick Bytes workshop focuses on a key area of professional development relevant to graduate students at any stage in any degree program.

Resilience: How to Bounce Back

Resilience is the ability to bounce back in the face of life’s challenges. For Stanford graduate students, these challenges come in a variety of forms ranging from the pile-on of academic and administrative work, to tough relationship dynamics with professors, colleagues, or loved ones, to battling illness or fatigue, among many other tough events.

Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

Learn seven key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students show will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your research degree.

Stanford Ignite

Got innovation? Learn how to formulate, develop, and commercialize your ideas with Stanford Ignite. Led by the Graduate School of Business, Stanford Ignite is a certificate program that provides the business fundamentals necessary to succeed at any entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial venture.

Teaching Strategies for Diverse Classrooms

Learn strategies to improve your teaching by actively engaging students with diverse backgrounds.

Turbocharge Your Writing

Would you like to know the secret to high-output, low-stress scholarly writing? In academia, it is often assumed that writing comes naturally. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that there are very clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity.

WISE and WISSH Groups for Women

Since June 2001, Stanford has sponsored mentoring groups for women PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in science and engineering (WISE). For the past several years, a similar program has also been available for women PhD students and postdocs in the social sciences and the humanities (WISSH).

WISE Ventures for Grad Students

Stanford's WISE Ventures is a joint initiative of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity designed to advance gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM) fields across the Stanford community.

Women Leading with Influence

Women often face unique challenges in attaining their professional goals. Apply now for this intensive two-day journey of personal development and personal growth.