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Professor Wendy Marcinkus Murphy Keynotes NSF GEO Technical Women Faculty Conference

Babson Associate Professor of Management Wendy Marcinkus Murphy keynotes the NSF GEO Technical Women Faculty Conference, April 10-11, 2017, in Arlington, VA. Wendy Murphy

The overall goal of the funded project, Connecting Women Faculty in Geotechnical Engineering—Thriving in a Networked World, is to create an enduring network of geotechnical engineering faculty colleagues and collaborators, both women and men. According to organizers, it is anticipated that network improvements will be facilitated by developing a cohesive intellectual community that has new information and strategies to connect and sustain connections that can provide greater access to mentoring, novel information, and potential collaboration partners. We hope you enjoy this workshop designed to introduce the strategies and skills necessary to build a strong, diverse network.

Prof. Murphy’s Keynote – Propelling Your Career with Your Developmental Network: How do you create a circle of mentors, sponsors, and peers who will propel your career? I will introduce the concept of developmental networks and overview relational strategies for advancing your career. Part of understanding networks involves identifying challenges for women in the workplace, particularly in the STEM context. During the session, you will complete a developmental network map. This will allow you to analyze the structure and content of that network, and assess the fit of your network with your developmental needs. In this process, we will also review strategies for initiating new developmental relationships and for sustaining your network. You will formulate personal goals and an action plan to utilize these tools going forward

Dr. Murphy is an Associate Professor of Management at Babson where she teaches organizational behavior for undergraduates and managing talent in the MBA program. Her research is at the intersection of careers, mentoring, and work-life issues, with particular attention to nontraditional developmental relationships and learning. Murphy has published her work in a range of journals, such as Human Resource Management, Gender in Management, Journal of Management, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior, among others. She has authored a book with Dr. Kathy Kram titled “Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating Your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers for Success in Business and Life, bridges mentoring scholarship and practice.”