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Improve your communication, leadership, finance, and teamwork skills by taking the Leadership for Scientists course. During this eight module course, you will develop vital skill sets that are essential for leading and working with others.

Learning Goals

By taking this course you will learn to:

  • Understand a basic foundation of leadership and management
  • Assess your communication and thinking styles
  • Understand the communication and thinking styles of others
  • Use this understanding to improve communication
  • Manage and resolve professional conflicts
  • Expand and maintain a robust professional network
  • Utilize basic finance concepts to help manage your money
  • Use project management to increase productivity in and out of the lab

This event is only open to MSK students and postdocs.

Class Descriptions

Leadership 101

Monday March 27, 2017 | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

ZRC 105

Instructor: Joanne Kamens, PhD

During this opening session, Dr. Kamens will review basic principles of leadership that scientist will need to succeed in their careers.

Relationship and Communication Skills: Self- and Other-Awareness

Monday April 3, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Instructor: Matthias Birk, PhD


During this session you will learn about your thinking and communication styles and how that affects the way in which you work with others.

Relationship and Communication Skills: Tools to Communicate More Effectively

Monday April 10, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Instructor: Matthias Birk, PhD


In this session you will learn how you can use self- and other awareness to communicate more effectively with others.

Expanding Your Professional Network

Monday April 17, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

ZRC 136

Instructor: Tom Magaldi, PhD

In this interactive workshop we will discuss strategies needed to create and maintain a strong professional network that you can leverage throughout your career. You will also practice your elevator pitch.

Strategies for Reducing Conflict

Monday April 24, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM


Instructors: Tom Magaldi, PhD and Ushma Neill, PhD

During this class you will acquire an understanding of different communication styles and their impact on workplace dynamics. You will also identify strategies for coping with difficult personalities and situations to improve working relationships and reduce conflict.

Managing Your Money

Monday May 1, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Instructor: Eric Vieira, PhD

ZRC 105

The overall objective of this class is to learn the basics of finance from a manager's perspective. By the end, you should be able to understand the difference between the income statement and a balance sheet, recognize how money (capital) is being put to work by your organization/lab and whether it is having a positive impact, and how to forecast your company's/lab’s financial future. Students will be introduced to such fundamental principles as: Return-on-Investment (ROI), the Time Value of Money, Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, Depreciation and Amortization.

Strategic Project Management for Scientists

Monday May 8, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

RRL 104

Instructors: Randy Ribaudo, PhD and Larry Petcovic, MBA

Students will learn the three cornerstones of project management: “time”, “cost” and “objectives”, and how to manage those three critical entities using combinations of the 23 SciPhD core competencies. Students will become familiar with the tools and language of project management so that they can more effectively function in cross-matrixed teams, and in some cases even assume the role of project manager. Examples drawn from their own scientific experiences will be used to demonstrate specific project components including goal, success criteria, assumptions and tasks. Students will discover the benefits of project management principles being used properly, and the consequences when they are not. Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Look at any project and determine who is their customer (you can only have one!)
  • Identify the critical objectives.
  • Define goals, assumptions, success criteria, milestones and deliverables
  • Apply communications, leadership and delegation skills to effectively manage the project.

Applying What You Have Learned

Monday May 22, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Instructor: Tom Magaldi, PhD

ZRC 105

During the final session, we will review what we have learned and identify areas to apply these lessons.

Course Instructors

Thomas Magaldi, PhD

Administrator, Office of Career and Professional Development

Memorial Sloan Kettering

Ushma Neill, PhD

Vice President of Scientific Education and Training

Memorial Sloan Kettering

Joanne Kamens, PhD

Executive Director


Matthias Birk, PhD

Vice President,

Pine Street Leadership Development Group, Executive Office at Goldman Sachs

Randall Ribaudo, PhD


Larry Petcovic, MBA



Eric Vieira, PhD

Director, Special Research Programs

City University of New York

Attendance Policy and Course Certificate

Those who take the class must commit to attending seven of eight classes. Those who complete seven of eight classes will receive a certificate of completion.

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