Take some “me” time out of your busy day and join us for this new workshop series for staff women who wish to gain leadership knowledge and experience in a supportive and casual environment.

In cooperation with the Staff Senate, the Women’s Center is excited to offer the “Me First!” Fridays Professional Development series, designed to provide Virginia Tech’s staff women with a monthly, brownbag series of sessions on topics related to professional development.

Each session is facilitated by Virginia Tech colleagues.  There is no cost for participation and registration is required.  To register for session, go to training.vt.edu and search for "Me First! Friday".  Bring your lunch – drinks and sweet treats will be provided.  Sessions will run from Noon-1:15PM.  For more information or to suggest session topics, contact Jessie Meltsner.


To Register, visit http://www.uopd.vt.edu/ and click on the "Register Now" button.  Then search for "Me First! Fridays"

Friday, February 2, 2018, Making Your Job Work For You
Facilitated by Mallory Foutch, VT Women’s Center
In the face of a persistent gender pay gap, researchers and women's advocates are focusing on one little-discussed part of the problem: Women simply don't ask for more money.  In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for salary negotiation in your workplace, how to have conversations about your professional development journey, and how to ensure you are being fairly compensated for the work you are doing.  Gender plays a huge role in workplace dynamics, and this workshop will create space where women can discuss strategies for our own continued development and success.

Friday, March 2, 2018, Mentoring 101
Facilitated by LaRhonda Johnson, Mentorship Program Coordinator, Career and Professional Development

Have you ever wanted a mentor?  Ever wondered how to go about finding one?  Are you curious about what you might expect from a mentoring relationship?  Or have you be interested in becoming a mentor yourself?  LaRhonda will explore these and other questions that you may have.

Friday, April 6, 2018, Preparing for Aging Relatives
Facilitated by Ila Schepisi, Director of Virginia Tech Adult Day Services
How well are your family members aging?  Two out of three older people with disabilities who live at home get all of their care exclusively from their family caregiver, mostly wives and daughters.  Join in this discussion to discover what you need to know to prepare for the future if you may be caring for aging family members.