Location Change - The Kensington Hotel, 3500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, U-M Learning & Professional Development (LPD) is hosting the sixth annual Career Conference to inspire U-M faculty and staff to take more responsibility for their career aspirations.
The Science of Success with Paula Caproni, Ph.D.
Do you ever wonder why some people achieve their life goals while others muddle through and never achieve the success they desire? Why do some people who excel in school and seem destined for success in life stall early in their careers while others who are far from stellar students end up enjoying meaningful and productive careers, often exceeding the expectations of others? Hundreds of researchers have spent more than three decades studying what the most successful people do differently than others. Dr. Caproni will present practical advice for having a happy, fulfilling, and productive life based on this research. She will expose myths that many people believe can hold them back from achieving their goals, and then replace these myths with research-based strategies for success. She will draw from real life examples as well as research, but also from her inspiring description of her own journey to success. She navigated her way from being a waitress in her family’s luncheonette through community college to a Ph.D. from Yale University and then a faculty position with the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Paula J. Caproni is a faculty member of the management and organizations department at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In addition to teaching about leadership skills, effective coaching, developing power and influence, and creating high performing teams in the University of Michigan MBA and Executive Programs, Professor Caproni served as the academic director of the full-time and part-time MBA programs. She has written two books, The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know and Management Skills for Everyday Life: The Practical Coach, now in its third edition. Her Coursera online course, The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know, was selected by the MBA-oriented magazine, Poets and Quants, as the best MOOC (online course) in June 2017. Caproni served as a reviewer for several academic journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Management Journal, the Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Management Education, and the Journal of Business Ethics. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and the Academy of Management Journal of Learning and Education. She has also served on the Teaching Committee of the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division and the Board of Directors of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.
In addition to teaching about leadership skills, effective coaching, developing power and influence, and creating high performing teams in the University of Michigan MBA and Executive Programs, Professor Caproni served as the academic director of the full-time and part-time MBA Programs. She has coached over 500 executives and served as the lead professional development coach for the Executive MBA Program and several executive education programs. She has taught for the Helsinki School of Economics, the Catho Group (Brazil), the Ross Global MBA, and Executive Education programs in many countries. She has also worked with a variety of organizations from across the globe. Caproni received her MBA from the University of Massachusetts and her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Yale University.
Companion Session: The Future You - Designing Your Career Success
Realizing the “future you” means focusing on more than just your career. Research shows that individuals who integrate their whole life as part of successfully managing their careers are happier and healthier. In this session, you will examine your values, strengths, work, and goals while developing a personal dashboard. You will gain a deeper perspective as to how your career fits into your whole life, how you may be able to achieve greater personal fulfillment, and how you can design a career path that fits with your own personal goals.
In preparation for the session, you will be asked to complete the online instrument, StrengthsFinder® 2.0. Instructions will be sent via email prior to the conference.
Kristen Storey is the director for Learning & Professional Development (LPD). She provides leadership to align LPD’s services to the U-M community’s professional and career development needs. She has held many roles within LPD over the years prior to taking over leadership of LPD. Kristen’s current focus is helping leaders and units leverage strengths practices that build talent while fostering engagement and positive organizational culture. Kristen holds an M.A. in adult instruction and performance technology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a B.S. in education from Western Michigan University.
Ron Sober is a learning specialist and the career development lead for Learning & Professional Development (LPD). His areas of expertise are instructional design, learning and e-learning development, facilitation, strategic planning and change management. Ron has expert knowledge of instructional technologies and how to apply those technologies in support of the learning function. His 20 years as a learning professional in the private and public sectors have provided a wealth of experience to draw from allowing him to easily partner with those who are interested in the development of learning strategies.
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