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Leadership in Tough Spots: How to Adapt and Overcome - Wade Workshop

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Feature virtual workshop for grad students addressing the following leadership competencies: communication, handling pressure, teamwork.

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As future professionals and researchers, we can expect to fill positions of leadership throughout our careers, and may face all manner of high-stress, high-stakes scenarios, whether in the courtroom, the operating room, or at a faculty meeting. Despite our best efforts, the outcomes in these situations may not always be the desired one--so, as leaders, how do we deal with tough spots?

Join Dr. Shawna Pandya as she shares her experiences from extreme environments, aquanautics, citizen-scientist astronautics, piloting and sky-diving to define good leadership, what it means, and why it matters. The remainder of this workshop will focus on tough situations and unfavorable outcomes, and you will learn to develop and apply key techniques in break-out groups. By the end of this workshop, participants will have gained 3 critical skills related to leading in tight-spots:

  1. How to communicate in tight spots
  2. How to debrief
  3. How to build team dynamics

About the Facilitator

Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, speaker, martial artist, citizen-scientist astronaut candidate with Projects PoSSUM & PHEnOM, and prime crew aquanaut with Project Poseidon. Through her involvement with Project PoSSUM, Dr. Pandya was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in micro-gravity. She has also completed centrifuge studies, emergency spacecraft egress and sea survival training, and wilderness medicine training. She also currently serves at the Life Sciences Team Lead for Association of Spaceflight Professionals and the Life Sciences Chair for the Canadian Space Society.

Dr. Pandya holds degrees in Honors Neuroscience (BSc. Hons, University of Alberta), Space Studies (MSc., International Space University) and medicine (MD, University of Alberta). She is licensed as a general practitioner. Prior to completing medical school, she attended Singularity University, where she co-founded CiviGuard, based on Singularity’s challenge to positively impact 1 billion people in 10 years using accelerating technologies.

She is an accomplished speaker, having given talks at TEDxUAlberta, TEDxEdmonton and the University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the invitation of former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell. Dr. Pandya is a passionate STEM advocate, and a frequent speaker at schools, universities, scientific conferences and science centers. She is represented by the National Speakers’ Bureau.

Dr. Pandya also holds certifications in solo sky-diving, advance, open water, Nitrox and rescue diving, and is working towards her private pilot’s license. Dr. Pandya is fluent in English, French, Gujarati, and speaks introductory Spanish and Russian. She also sings, plays the piano and holds a black belt in Taekwondo and has trained annually at Muay Thai fight camps in Thailand since 2015, entering and winning her first amateur fight in 2017.

About Wade in the Graduate Leadership Development Program

This workshop is offered as part of the Wade stream of the Graduate Leadership Development program.  This workshop is open to graduate, professional, and law students at any educational institution.

Design your own leadership skill development program by participating in the workshops of your choice. Build your leadership skills with an interdisciplinary group of graduate students in one-off experiential workshops that focus on a specific leadership skill, from public speaking to negotiation to media training.

Visit uab.ca/gld for full details on our graduate programming. 

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