Women’s Career Institute – Free Event for Students

Women’s Career Institute
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Register online.

Keynote
Sandee Kastrul is president and co-founder of i.c.stars, an innovative nonprofit leadership and technology training program founded in 1999 to prepare inner-city adults for technology careers and community leadership. Prior to i.c.stars, Sandee’s experience as an educator, diversity trainer, educational consultant and a performing artist drew her creative talents to the forefront. Her accomplishments include designing a comprehensive science and civics interactive program for GED students at Jobs for Youth, implementing a professional development program with Harold Washington College Career Center, developing experiential learning modules for over 70 schools and creating artist in residency programs as well as training artists to work in classrooms for arts organizations.

Where We Are, How We Got Here, and How to Get Here
A multi-generational discussion based panel exploring the career paths of female power players across fields

  • Moderator: Eden Haycraft (Senior Assistant Director for Employer Relations and Career Connections, UIUC Career Center)
  • Humanities Panelist: Kristin Wilcox (Director of Internships and Senior Lecturer of English, Dept. of English, UIUC)
  • Health Care Panelist: Tina Knox (Pre-Med Advisor, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UIUC)
  • Political/Public Service Panelist: Sallie Mille(IL State President, American Association of University Women) 

Staying Authentic:  Strategies for Communication and Leadership Skills in the Workplace
Breakout session exploring topics in career development and sustainability

    • “Thriving in Male-Dominated Fields”
      • Facilitated by Dr. Brenda Wilson (Professor, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UIUC)
      • Jana Lithgow (Assistant Dean for Advising, Registration, and Student Support, UIUC)
    • “Creating and Managing Your Brand”
      • Jessica Hogue (Director, Media Career Services, UIUC)
      • Jenette Jurczyk (Creative Director, That’s What She Said)

Finding a Job:  Tips, Tricks and Tools
Discover proven strategies to enhance your job search and widen your network

      • Eden Haycraft (Senior Assistant Director for Employer Relations and Career Connections, UIUC Career Center)
      • Kristin Wilcox (Director of Internships and Senior Lecturer of English, Dept. of English, UIUC)

#TimesUp:  Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace
In 2017, media attention was captured by an outpouring of people coming forward about past abuses and harassment in the workplace among other spaces. This panel will explore the current state of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, what options are available to those in the workforce, and how we each contribute to changing a culture that both tolerates, and perpetuates, harm.

  • Claire Sharples Brooks, JD (EEO Investigator, UIUC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access)
  • Stephanie Fortado (School of Labor and Employment Relations, UIUC)
  • Alejandra Stenger (Merit Director, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UIUC)

$tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop
AAUW’s Start Smart and Work Smart programs are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages. By learning strategies and practicing effective language, participants gain valuable skills they can use throughout their lives — well beyond their next negotiation.

  • Amanda Cox (Senior Assistant Director Career Counseling and Outreach, Career Center, UIUC)

Proposal Writing Workshop

Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers Workshop

The Office of Undergraduate Research has partnered with The Writing Center to offer an exciting new workshop for undergraduate students. In this workshop, we will discuss the fundamentals of proposal writing, guiding students to formulate successful research projects and explain their research in a concise and compelling manner that is understandable to a general audience. Students will leave the workshop with (1) basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, (2) tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and (3) a list of resources for assistance in the writing process.

Each workshop is limited to the first 30 applicants. For more information and for details on how to register please visit:

http://go.illinois.edu/PWRW