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Career Workshop Option

Women in Astronomy and Space Science 2009
Career Workshop Option

In conjunction with the Women in Astronomy and Space Science 2009 Conference, a professional skills development workshop was conducted on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 20 at the Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College

Participants developed negotiation skills through interactive means including case studies, personal assessments, and role playing. The workshop was intended for postdocs and early faculty. Although the workshop was designed with the needs of women scientists in mind, persons of all backgrounds were welcome to participate.

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Coaching in the Art of Strategic Negotiation

This seminar was designed to build understanding of mutual interest based negotiations or solution finding. The content encouraged:

  • developing understanding of the parties' interests
  • developing alternatives that enhance the possibility of reaching agreement
  • packaging of the possibilities, and
  • introduced the notion of the "zone of possible agreement."

Sometimes, no matter how hard one tries, an agreement is not achieved. In this case, participants learned to develop and consider using a BATNA or the "best alternative to a negotiated agreement."

Participants evaluated their personal conflict resolution styles. Case studies reinforced the use of effective styles in negotiating and problem-solving. Case practice included a competitive job offer, committee service, salary increase and assuring research resources. These cases helped to define patterns of negotiations when choice and stress are factors. Development of supporting data, options and packaging solutions were examined relative to these cases.

Participants were introduced to a negotiations planning work sheet used in preparation for negotiations. Attendees practiced their own cases and received coaching feedback. Several methods of responding to difficult tactics were demonstrated and discussed.

About the trainers

Ernestine T. Taylor

photo of E. TaylorErnestine T. Taylor has worked more than 20 years at the executive level in human resources and organizational development with fortune 500 companies such as Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical (Johnson & Johnson), Avon Products Company, Inc. Continental Can and Ford Foundation. She has taught management and business communications courses at Elon University, Bennett College for Women and several community colleges in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

She is adjunct faculty and certified coach at the Center for Creative Leadership, ranked as one of the top ten leadership development institutions in the country. For the past two and a half years, she has done negotiations workshops with universities as a faculty member of COACH (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists).

In 2002, Taylor established ETConsulting with a focus on executive coaching, leadership development and team building As an independent consultant, she is a facilitator and executive coach for healthcare organizations, aerospace, energy, telecommunications, educational institutions and governmental agencies.

Ernestine holds a M.A. (With Distinction) in Industrial Psychology from Columbia University (New York); an Advanced Management Certificate from Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Business) and B.S. in Business Administration from Texas Southern University. She was featured in Ebony Magazine (1990), as one of Best and Brightest Black Women in Corporate America.

Jane Tucker

photo of J.TuckerJane Tucker has over twenty-five years of experience in higher education in both the administration and teaching at Duke University. She taught negotiations in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke and is currently principal of Jane Tucker Associates. For the past ten years, she has taught seminars for COACh, the Women in Engineering Leadership Institute, the American Physical Society, and other science and engineering groups. She has also taught both negotiations and leadership in ADVANCE programs at universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Tucker has extensive experience teaching leadership programs with the Center for Creative Leadership and Duke Corporate Education. She currently works with institutions in leadership development of both chairs and faculty. She is an executive coach and has coached leaders in both universities and industry.

Dr. Tucker is a graduate of Wellesley College and has a Ph.D. in Organizational Development from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests are the goal-setting theory of motivation and the characteristics of early adopters in change processes. She has worked internationally in Europe and Africa and has published in the Proceedings of the Academy of Management, the Journal of Bio-communication and the International Journal of Health Education.