Strategic Leadership




Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Register at the door


Being an effective leader is difficult, but trying to manage smart, technically trained individuals can be even very challenging. They often know more than their bosses, there are few metrics to measure their progress, they don’t like being told what to do, and it’s often difficult to know when they’re being productive or not.


This interactive, participatory workshop will provide you with practical tips on how to effectively manage scientists and engineers. You will gain a basic understanding of what types of leadership approaches work, and which don’t, as well as the reasons why. Whether you are technically trained yourself and are now in a leadership role, or if you are decidedly not a geek, but have to work with these notoriously difficult folks, this workshop will provide you with insight and useful tools that you can put into practice immediately. Topics include:

  • Ways to motivate ‘experts’ to be productive
  • Common mistakes made in managing scientists and engineers
  • Nurturing – instead of squelching – motivation
  • Managing technical teams


Those who should attend include: managers, scientists, executives and entrepreneurs. Benefits of this workshop include:

  • Less stress and conflict in managing experts
  • Greater job satisfaction and higher retention rates for scientists and engineers
  • Higher productivity of research and development efforts
  • More innovation


Any 1 Workshop: $90 Members; $120 Non-Members ($160 Workshop & Membership)
Any 2 Workshops: $170 Members; $220 Non-Members ($240 Workshops & Membership)
Any 3 Workshops: $240 Members; $310 Non-Members (includes Membership!)
$25 more at door if space permits. Student/PostDoc Discount & Scholarship Information.

Light dinner and refreshments are included. Register at the door

Riverfront Office Park, Ground Floor Conference Room

One Main Street, Cambridge MA, 02142

(Corner of Main St. and Memorial Drive., Near Kendall Square T stop).  



5:30-6:00pm Registration, Networking and Refreshments

6:00-8:45pm Interactive, participatory Workshop

8:45-9:00pm Networking and Refreshments

Workshop Leader:


Gwen Acton Ph.D. is President of Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST), and CEO and founder of Vivo Group, a strategic consulting firm specializing in improving the productivity and innovation of scientists and other highly trained knowledge workers. Prior to this, Dr. Acton ran the operations of the $40 million, 50-person Functional Genomics Program at the Whitehead Institute/M.I.T. Center for Genome Research for five years. She also served as a faculty member at Harvard University in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Dr. Acton received a doctorate in molecular biology and genetics from M.I.T. in 1991. Dr. Acton was a freelance journalist for the Associated Press, is an experienced public speaker, and is the author the book The Bluffers Guide to Genetics recently published by Oval Press.

Register at the door.