Career Development


This is a unique leadership series for women based on academic research into women’s experiences in the workplace. During the four-part series you will learn how perceptions of the effectiveness of women leaders is shaped by communication skills, leadership styles, presentation abilities and interpersonal skills. You will also discuss and practice tools and techniques to help you become more effective and successful in attaining your professional goals. The series is taught by Dr. Larissa Faulkner, who is a published researcher in the area of gender and communication. As a professor she has taught Gender and Communication and Gender in the Media courses at such places as the University of Iowa and McMaster University. During her career, she has worked with women all over North America to empower them to find their personal strengths and confidence as leaders.
Workshop 1: Women’s Leadership Styles
Includes an assessment test of your personal leadership style and discussion of results, information about the latest research on perceptions and attitudes toward women leaders that can help shape leadership understanding and responses in different work contexts. Popular books and current media about today’s top women leaders will be used to generate discussion.
Workshop 2: Understanding Gendered Communication Styles
Men and women are likely to choose different interpersonal responses to the same problem or situation. Find out what these are and why this happens. Men and women also have different frameworks for measuring success of daily interactions. When these frameworks are understood, a more positive, focused workplace will result.
Workshop 3: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Skills for Women
We know that women make less money than men at the same jobs, and there is considerable research to draw on to understand what happens when men and women are “at the table” in a negotiation. Women can learn more assertive negotiation skills and be more aware of their image as they negotiate for themselves, their employees, and their companies. Assertive and clear communication is also a requirement for handling conflict in the workplace in a productive manner. Strategies will be learned and practiced by group.
Workshop 4: Career Development Techniques for Women Managers
Take control of your professional image inside and outside of your workplace. LinkedIn is an effective networking platform, and its features (not just your “profile”) will be explained and demonstrated. Visibility, expertise, and cooperation will be discussed as part of creating a tailored, professional career development plan based on research about women’s preferences and styles.


Harnessing the strengths of your diverse workforce enables companies to be more competitive and successful in the marketplace. Research shows that men and women today have different communication and leadership styles that create different experiences and opportunities at work. Learn what these significant differences are, and how both men and women managers can create a fair and positive workplace where women’s contributions are acknowledged and encouraged. Also, learn what the latest research says men and women managers do that disempower women in various fields from engineering to retail. Drawing from the fields of organizational behavior, psychology and business, this workshop presents powerful information that enables managers and their women employees to create successful 21st century business cultures.


Supervisory Training is comprised of four sections: leadership, team building, communication, and conflict resolution. In the leadership section, we provide a leadership styles assessment test and discuss the strengths and contexts in which those leadership styles work best. We also discuss traits that derail supervisors from high performance. In the team building section we provide perspectives from which to analyze the diversity of teams and how to facilitate their engagement with projects. We demonstrate team building exercises with the group. In the communication section, we define communication competence as a base for creating effective messages. We emphasize the importance of listening for supervisors and help participants identify which of four listening styles they are, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each style. We also discuss the common roots of communication anxiety during meetings and presentations and ways to reduce the anxiety. Lastly, in the conflict resolution section we discuss the common causes of workplace conflict and strategies for supervisors to address conflict. We discuss ways the organization can prevent and discourage conflict. We also describe the five conflict handling styles and the personality issues with each style. Lastly we provide practice with communication strategies proven by research to help resolve conflict between employees


Organizations need to hire employees who fit the requirements for job skills and also for values--workplace fit. This three-hour workshop will give managers the tools they need for preparing before the interview, managing the interview, and evaluating the results. This includes covering what questions are illegal to ask during the interview as well as preparing behavior-oriented questions that can be asked consistently of all job applicants. The STAR method of evaluating questions and a measure for ranking applicants will also be provided and explained. Using research, video clips and role playing, workshop attendees will take away valuable information and skills to ensure interview processes are legal, consistent, informative, and fair.


Public speaking is a necessary skill for both career and personal success. We deliver information to employees and clients, as well as help our volunteer organizations and social groups with our ability to communicate to audiences. This 3-hour workshop is based on published research done at UCDavis by Dr. Michael Motley about why people experience so much anxiety when making public presentations as well as methods to reduce anxiety. Moreover, structuring an effective presentation and proven ways to connect with your audience will be demonstrated and practiced by participants. The opportunity to deliver a short, stress-free speech created in the workshop will be offered to participants for valuable feedback. The workshop facilitator, Dr. Larissa Faulkner, has taught public speaking at UC Davis and the University of Iowa. She has collaborated on teaching and research with Dr. Motley throughout her career and has given several presentations to audiences of over 500 people. Once terrified of public speaking, Dr. Faulkner now has a “mission” to make everyone a confident, competent and connected presenter.


Organizations rely on an increasingly diverse workforce and interact with diverse, even global, suppliers and customers. This diversity has benefits of expanding talent pools, providing new ideas, and increasing adaptability. Diversity also, however, creates new challenges for the employer and employees alike. These challenges include communication issues, legal consequences, and performance management implications. This diversity workshop will review current communication tactics, teambuilding strategies and workplace policies that will impact and provide greater success for any company or non-profit organization. Gender, ethnicity, and disability as well other diversity groups will be covered.


In this decade, our workforce has many employees postponing retirement, resulting in five generations in the workforce together for the first time in industrialized history. Generations bring different values, beliefs, and strengths to the workplace. Differences turn into dissension unless leadership understands how to motivate, communicate, and relate across age groups in turn empowering their employees of different generations to work well together. This workshop explores the points of differences and similarities among the generations and provides practical strategies for increasing collaboration and group cohesion in the workplace.

PATH 2 WORK Employment Programs  

Four sessions/Four hours each. Each session can be taught separately or with other sessions.Time needed varies according to number of participants.
Session I: Setting the Stage
  Introductory activities and a discussion of the current employment situation.  Research-backed techniques for improving communication confidence.  Coping with rejection as part of the job search.  Overview of the job search process and use of technology/internet.  We employ a variety of classroom techniques including lecture, group discussion, practice exercises and one-on-one assistance.
Session II: “60-Second Me” and Networking  
Participants will identify achievements, skills, and strengths to paint a brief verbal picture of themselves, called the “60-second me”. Appropriate communication techniques and uses for networking are discussed. Students will learn how to use Linkedin, the social media platform for professional networking.
Session III: Resume Writing and Job Search 
This session provides participants with tools to effectively search for jobs in today’s job market.  Participants will learn how to write an effective resume and cover letter as well as fill out job applications appropriately.  We also cover company and salary research, and time management during the job search.
Session III: Resume Writing and Job Search
This session provides participants with tools to effectively search for jobs in today’s job market.  Participants will learn how to write an effective resume and cover letter as well as fill out job applications appropriately.  We also cover company and salary research, and time management during the job search.