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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.

Academic Chats

Could a faculty career be in your future? Attend Academic Chats to explore skills and experience to help you prepare from Stanford faculty and staff.

Communicating Effectively with Your Advisor

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

Compelling Communication

Do you want to give memorable and effective presentations? Then Compelling Communication is the workshop you want to make time for!

Connecting with Leaders: Knowledge, Wisdom, and Community Building

What do established leaders wish they knew when they were your age? At Connecting with Leaders, meet and learn from a panel of Stanford’s Distinguished Career Institute Fellows, individuals from all walks of life with inspiring and meaningful careers.

Cultivating Healthy Relationships

Learn how to build healthy relationships in graduate school and in life.

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

Come together with academic leaders to discuss issues related to diversity and excellence in higher education at Diversity Works. Relevant to students at any stage in any degree program, as well as postdocs, faculty and staff.

Fellows Forum

Expand your academic skills and meet new people over a healthy meal at Fellows Forum. Designed for early-mid stage doctoral students, especially those in STEM fields.

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

Dine with inspiring leaders from various industries and organizations. At Leadership Dinners, you will interact with proven leaders and a small group of graduate students over dinner at the Faculty Club.

Leadership from the Inside Out: Know Yourself Before Leading Others

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

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 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

Gain valuable professional development skills that you can apply right away! Quick Bytes sessions cover a variety of topics and include lunch.

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

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

Connect with research, resources, and other individuals that share your goal of advancing gender equity in STEM fields at Stanford. Many WISE Ventures activities are open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.