2023 Graduate Student Professional Development Sprint

Wecome Graduate Students,

This year, Graduate Student Senate's Professional Development Sprint is taking place Friday, October 27th, in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union from 10 am until 4:30 pm.

What is a Sprint?

The Professional Development Day Sprint is a dynamic and engaging event designed to empower individuals in their professional growth and career development. This one-day program features a series of sessions and workshops led by experienced professionals and experts in their respective fields. Participants will have the opportunity to explore career paths, set meaningful goals, develop critical skills, and craft their personal brand. The event includes keynote speeches, interactive workshops, panel discussions, and networking sessions to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration. Whether you're seeking to advance your career, improve your public speaking and research writing skills, or gain insights from successful professionals, this sprint offers valuable insights and resources to help you navigate your professional journey effectively.


  • 10:00am-10:45am, BTSU Room 208, Sprint Overview and Keynote
    • Sprint Overview—Syeda Zainab Akbar Lnu, Graduate Student Senate's Professional Development Representative
    • Keynote—Joe B. Whitehead Jr., Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President
  • 10:45am-11:45, BTSU Room 208, MAP: Career Exploration and Goal Setting
    • Life Design: Navigating your Professional Journy—Gabe Dunbar, Assistant Director of the Geoffrey H. Radbill Center for College and Life Design
  • 11:45am-12:30pm, BTSU Room 208, SKETCH: Research and Learn
    • Crossroads and Crossing: Stories from Academia and Beyond—Dr. MJ Ludy, Associate Dean of the Graduate College; Kendra Lutes, Associate Director of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement; and Dr. David Drain

12:30pm-1:00pm, Networking session with food and beverages

  • 1:00pm-2:30pm, BTSU Room 314, Breakout Session - DECIDE: Skill Development
    • Skill Up: Workshop on Public Speaking—Jeevani Sammeta, Teaching Instructor
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm, BTSU Room 315, Breakout Session - DECIDE: Skill Development
    • Skill Up: Workshop on Research Writing—Charity Givens and Timothy Jacob Pyatt
  • 2:30pm-3:15pm, BTSU Room 208, PROTOTYPE: Personal and Brand Development
    • Lasting Impressions: Crafting your Pitch and—Abigail Jewel Waters, Career Design Coach
  • 3:15pm-3:45pm, BTSU Room 208, REFLECTION: Wrap-Up
    • Nurturing Mindfulness: Reflect and Embrace Growth—Maria Signorino, Mindfulness Facilitator

3:45pm-4:15pm, Networking session with food and beverages

  • 4:15pm-4:30pm, BTSU room 208, Closing Remarks and Feedback
    • Christopher Wayne Chandler, Graduate Student Senate's Vice President

Updated: 10/23/2023 09:31PM