Career Professionalism

Date & Time

Thursday, 05 February 2015
09:00 to 16:30


Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Rd, UBC, Point Grey campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and Mitacs Step

Registration Closed / Past Event


Registration: Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will receive confirmation within two working days of the receipt of their e-mail. If you have difficulty with registration, send an email to

* This session is being offered in collaboration with the MITACS Step program. Mitacs Step offers a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to professional skills development. The workshops that are offered provide practical tools in business, communications, and project management through experiential learning from industry professionals in an interactive environment, arming graduate students for success within or beyond academia.

Workshop Objectives
Gain an in-depth understanding of appropriate personal and professional work-place behaviors that facilitate effective communication, build your reputation, and lead to career advancement.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

  • Plan, conduct and participate in effective meetings
  • Compose professional emails and e-profiles
  • Protect your personal reputation
  • Communicate and conduct yourself effectively while working with others
  • Act professionally while traveling for work and attending work functions
  • Dress for success            

Key Topics

Career Professionalism Overview

  • What it is and why it matters
  • Your brand, your reputation
  • Importance of effective, respectful communication

Efficient Work Environments

  • Professional behavior
  • Effective communication
  • Importance of confidentiality
  • Conversing professionally

Effective Meetings         

  • Best practices for running and participating in meetings


  • Virtual first impressions
  • Creating subject lines and messages

Protocol Out of the Office

  • Business travel
  • Business functions

Personal Appearance    

  • Dress for different situations
  • Dress for formal and informal work environments


Judy Thomson: Judy Thomson is a chartered accountant, business consultant and speaker who has held executive positions in human resources and administration with global companies in Canada and Asia. She was also part of the start-up management team of the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer Railtours. In addition to her role as chief operating officer of Shepa Learning Company, Judy is vice-chair of The Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle® advisory board, a director of the BC Women’s Enterprise Centre, and is a past director of a publicly traded mining exploration company.

Gayle Hallgren-Rezac: Gayle Hallgren-Rezac is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur (founder, Cookies by George) and a YWCA Woman of Distinction. She has spent over two decades observing and writing on networking around the world. She is a member of the Davos Circle, having attended the Annual World Economic Forum over eleven times. She is also an expert on the “art of conversation”, a subject she writes and speaks on frequently. Gayle is chief engagement officer of Shepa Learning Company, their training and development company.

Refreshments: Light lunch and beverages will be provided.  Please bring your own mug.

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If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.