GradFUTURES Business Skills for PhDs in Academia & Beyond Learning Cohort SESSION 6: Leading Yourself and Teams


Seminar Career Management Careers & Professional Development GradFUTURES Learning Cohort

Thu, Jul 28, 2022

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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GradFUTURES in partnership with the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is delighted to launch the Business Skills for PhDs in Academia & Beyond Learning Cohort. The cohort discussions will be facilitated by Princeton PhD alumnus, Jim Scully *03 (Economics), Managing Director at Accenture Strategy. This is a first-of-its kind academic and alumni partnership designed especially for Princeton graduate students.

From research and writing, to project management and problem-solving, you are acquiring many transferable skills in your PhD program that can be applied in academic roles as well as within a variety of industries and job functions. To succeed in academia and beyond ALL PhDs in every discipline must acquire another set of highly transferable skills often framed as business skills. Typically, most people associate the term “business” with the private sector. However, business skills and models are widely applied in every sector- public, private and non-profit which includes academia. Based on graduate alumni career outcomes, labor market demand, and future of work trends, the business knowledge and skills that will help you embark on and advance within your chosen career field include inclusive leadership, strategy and social responsibility, ethical decision-making, creating and assessing value, communications and storytelling, innovation and change management. With discussions led by Princeton PhD alumnus, Jim Scully *03 (Economics) and including course content and case studies developed by faculty at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, this learning cohort will develop a capstone presentation focused on the ways an organization can address some of the most pressing societal challenges.

Cohort participants will learn:
Fundamental business concepts and approaches
Common terms used in business
Organizational and industry structures
Purpose and ethics, social responsibility, and public trust
Strategy, competitive analysis, and innovation
Inclusive and ethical leadership
Business communications
Applicability of PhD skills in diverse professions
Benefits of interdisciplinary discussions, and holistic thought and perspectives

Leadership is a fundamental aspect of business. Despite myths about leadership being an inherent trait, you can develop critical skills through practice to improve your leadership ability. In this session, we will explore both how to effectively lead yourself and lead others. We will begin by focusing on self-awareness to enable you to gain a deeper understanding about your own strengths, preferences, habits, and biases. Following this, we build on this idea of leading yourself to explore core concepts and skills for creating strong and enduring relationships with colleagues, and leading others effectively. Specifically, we will explore the following questions:
How can I become aware of my own leadership strengths to move from self-awareness to action as an inclusive leader?
How can I leverage my strengths to create strong relationships with colleagues?
How can I effectively build and lead teams by leveraging my strengths to empower others?

Ten unique sessions of the Business Skills for Ph.D.s in Academia & Beyond Learning Cohort will be offered and graduate students are encouraged to attend all sessions. Princeton graduate students who attend all of the sessions, complete all pre-readings, reflection activities, and the final project will be eligible to receive a co-curricular certificate of completion and a Business Skills for PhDs badge on their LinkedIn profile.

In this session, we will be joined by Dr. Roshni Raveendhran. Roshni is an assistant professor of business administration in the Leadership and Organizational Behavior area at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She is also a Faculty Fellow affiliated with the Batten Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Roshni received her Ph.D. in business administration (management) from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Roshni's research focuses on understanding the future of work. In particular, she examines how technological advancements influence organizational actors, workplace practices and the management of employees. In doing so, she develops insights about how organizations can effectively integrate novel technologies into the workplace to manage their employees and address the changing nature of work. Her work has been published in leading journals such as Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Computers in Human Behavior, and Behavioral Science and Policy and outlets such as the MIT Sloan Management Review. It has also been featured in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CNN Business, Financial Times, Business Insider, Forbes India, WIRED UK, and Virginia Public Radio. Roshni's research has also received numerous awards including the Academy of Management's 2020 Outstanding Practitioner-Oriented Publication in Organizational Behavior and was recognized as a finalist in the INFORMS Best Dissertation competition in 2017.

At UVA Roshni teaches the core course on "Leading Organizations" and an elective on Negotiations. In 2021, she was named by Poets & Quants as one of the "40 Best Business Professors Under 40". Roshni also received the Frederick S. Morton Leadership Award in 2020 and 2021, a recognition given each year to the Darden professor who "best fostered exceptional student leaders' leadership ability by stimulating the student leader to act upon ideas for evolution and improvement". In 2021, Roshni also received the Faculty Diversity Award for her "exceptional contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Darden community".

Please note that registering for one session will automatically register you for all sessions.


GradFUTURES Learning Cohorts

GradFUTURES’ interdisciplinary learning cohorts build community among and between graduate students and reinforce each student’s graduate training while drawing on their content knowledge to inform the cohort’s investigation of the topic. As part of the cohort, students will read and discuss books, articles, and case studies. Learning cohorts typically also include at least one experiential component such as an immersive project, a site visit, conference presentation, or fellowship/internship opportunities. Interdisciplinary discussions, reflection, synthesis, community building, and immersive experiences are integral components of each learning cohort experience.
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