Workshop on Leadership in Bioscience
March 24 - 27, 2017
Application Deadline: January 31, 2017


Carl M. Cohen, Workshop Director
Suzanne L. Cohen, Workshop Co-Facilitator
Marquita M. Qualls, Guest Instructor

See the roll of honor - who's taken the course in the past 

This is a highly interactive 3.5 day workshop in which you will develop the skills necessary to lead and interact effectively with others, in both one-on-one and group settings. The workshop will focus on techniques, situations, and challenges that relate specifically to leading and managing in the scientific workplace. It will emphasize learning by doing and will involve role playing, giving and receiving feedback, and group problem solving. Much of the learning will be peer-to-peer. Participants will be expected to discuss their own experiences and listen to others as they discuss theirs.

The workshop will help participants identify areas where they need guidance and growth, as well as how to capitalize on areas of strength. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges with others and to receive feedback and guidance from others with experience in leading scientists in a variety of settings. At the end of the course, participants will be linked through a unique on-line community in which they can continue learning from one another and from the course instructors.

Key focus areas of the workshop will include:
  • Recognizing and understanding leadership in a science setting
  • Using negotiation as a tool in scientific discussions and problem solving
  • Identifying and resolving conflicts in the lab
  • Dealing with difficult people and situations
  • Communicating your ideas and plans in a way that engages others
  • Leading effective and productive meetings
  • Becoming effective citizen scientists

Target audience: The workshop is targeted to life scientists making, or recently having made, the transition to leadership or managerial positions. Many of the situations discussed will be from the perspective of an independent investigator running his or her own laboratory. As such, relatively new investigators (e.g., < 3 years) are particularly encouraged to apply, as are senior postdoctoral scholars on the cusp of tenure-track research positions.

Click here to read about the impact the workshop had on a 2012 participant ("Scientists must be taught to manage," Nature 483:511), and here to read about the impact on a 2011 participant ("Training: Workshops that work," Nature 488:419-420). In addition, see this article for a perspective written by alums of the 2013 workshop ("Education: Scientists need leadership training," Nature 506:159), this article for a Careers Column written by an alum of the 2012 workshop ("Self-taught soft skills," Nature 506:257), and this article for alumni perspectives from both the 2012 and 2015 workshops ("Supervision: Clear direction," Nature 527:125-126). Finally, see this Science Careers article for general information about leadership training for scientists, featuring comments by Carl Cohen, and this Lab Manager article that refers to Carl as the "godfather" of emotional intelligence training for scientists.

Carl M. Cohen, Ph.D., is President of Science Management Associates, which provides consultation and training in interpersonal, group and organizational skills to scientists and science executives in both the public and private sectors. He has more than 25 years of biomedical research and management expertise, including having been Chief Operating Officer of Biovest International, focused on cancer immunotherapy, and Vice President for Research and Development at Creative BioMolecules. Carl served as Chief of the Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology and Acting Chair of the Department of Biomedical Research at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center of Boston. During that period he also held the positions of Professor of Medicine and Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Carl is co-author of the book Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press 2012) with his wife Suzanne, with whom he has collaborated to develop a variety of leadership training programs for scientists.

Suzanne L. Cohen, Ed.D., is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (FAGPA), and Licensed Practitioner in The Nia Technique. She has facilitated over 30 workshops nationally that focus on group leadership, group dynamics, and somatic psychology. For more than 20 years, Suzanne was a Clinical Instructor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry as well as a faculty member for the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Training Program. She has served as President and Secretary of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy and was on the boards of both the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the International Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. Suzanne is co-author of the book Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press 2012) with her husband Carl, with whom she has collaborated to develop a variety of leadership training programs for scientists.

Marquita M. Qualls, Ph.D., is the Founder and Principal of Entropia Consulting, a management consulting firm with expertise in the areas of leadership training and professional development. She has over 20 years of experience as an executive coach and facilitator, and has worked with clients in a range of sectors from governmental and nonprofit to corporate. A chemist by training, Marquita is a past President of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, was a member of the team that created the Leadership Development System for the American Chemical Society, and has served on the editorial advisory boards for a number of chemistry publications. During nearly a decade at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), she held roles of increasing global responsibility that spanned drug development, technology evaluation, program management, strategic planning, and people development. Marquita also led efforts within the corporate-wide GSK Employee Resource Groups and was named a GSK Diversity Ambassador.

Application instructions: To apply, you will need to submit a curriculum vitae and personal statement along with at least one letter of reference. Your statement should describe your current position and what you hope to gain by participating in the workshop. Students will be expected to stay for the duration of the workshop, which will begin in the mid-afternoon of Friday, March 24, and end by lunchtime on Monday, March 27, 2017. The workshop will be held at the CSHL Banbury Conference Center, located on the north shore of Long Island. Click the Application tab above to begin the application process.

Cost (includes food and housing): $1,165

Additional financial aid is available; to indicate financial need, please submit a short stipend request as part of your application materials. Support for this workshop is generously provided by the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

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