SEEDS Distinguished Lecturer Linda Sanford

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Member of the National Academy of Engineering, Senior Vice President at IBM
Gave a talk, Jan 25, 2009, on "Building a Smarter Planet: Strategies for Meaningful Change" and mentored junior engineering faculty and women from IBM. 
Co-sponsored by The College of Engineering

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Dean Tien and Dr. Sanford

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Mentoring event

Below read participant answers to the following questions.

  • What was the most significant thing you learned today?
  • Was this event useful to you, and if so, how?
  • Was this event what you expected? Please elaborate. 
  • Did this event help you to establish useful contacts? Please elaborate.
  • Did the networking /lunch portion of this event help you establish new contacts or gain new information? 
  • How might this event be improved in the future? 

What was the most significant thing you learned today?

  • Four traits of new leaders
  • Be Yourself”
  • Collaboration for success
  • There are some great mentoring opportunities available here
  • Being myself and developing a T structure
  • The smart analytics efforts
  • “Be Yourself”
  • Collaborative discussion
  • Great detail about IBM
  • I learned about future transformation of leadership skills
  • Some new technology opportunities 

Was this event useful to you? Was it what you expected? Please elaborate.

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes, I think having more time or small groups with food would be good
  • Very much
  • Yes, more than I expected
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes 

Did this event help you to establish useful contacts? Please elaborate.

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes, it was a casual and very pleasant opportunity to get to know other senior women faculty. Yes, this was the fifth such mentoring/networking event that we have had, and I always learn something new. Also I continue to meet women around the university, including the medical school, who I have not yet met.
  • Yes
  • Yes, actually it was better.
  • I often am not as keen to attend these events because I fear the whining! But several attendees set a really positive tone.
  • Yes 

Did the networking /lunch portion of this event help you establish new contacts or gain new information? Please elaborate.

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes, It helped me with networking
  • Yes, it expanded my networking contacts
  • Yes, I met fantastic students and shared my contact information so they can send inquires or turn to me for info on IBM
  • Yes
  • Yes, Engineers without borders
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No, not yet but I will follow up to see if our organization can help 

How might this event be improved in the future?

  • Make it a regular occurrence
  • Not sure
  • More interaction via email
  • Q& A for the entire audience
  • Get more students engaged!
  • Great networking opportunity
  • More time making firm connections effort
  • Food.
  • More established structure, present questions
  • Maybe there could be a pre-existing list of questions polled from women scientists and engineers
  • Career venue- more interesting leaders