Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Essential Workplace Skills for
STEM Industry Professionals

San Diego, CA

Tuesday, August 27, 2019  |  9 AM - 4 PM

San Diego, CA  

This workshop will co-located with the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting in San Diego. If you are planning to attend the ACS National Meeting, please register for this workshop through the National Meeting registration process.

If you intend just to take this workshop (and not register for the National Meeting), please register through this page.

Learn how to present your data more effectively to management, organize and run effective meetings, work more readily and successfully across age groups, and manage projects more quickly and effectively. This workshop is ideal for early-to-mid-career industry chemists and STEM professionals with up to 10 years of work experience.

Workshop Description

This workshop will help entry-to-mid level career scientists (with up to 10 years of work experience) hone their project management, professional communication, and team leadership skills. This workshop features an interactive panel of four industry leaders sharing insights and practical tips, as well as time for networking with your peers across the STEM disciplines.

What You Will Learn

How to hone your project management, professional communication, and team leadership skills.

  • Present your data more effectively to management
  • Master interpersonal communication in the workplace
  • Organize and run effective meetings
  • Manage projects more quickly and effectively


$149 for ACS Members  |  $329 for non-members

Your registration includes onsite lunch, and morning and afternoon networking breaks.

What attendees are saying

"At the end of the presentation, I understood how I could have done a better job in re-graphing the data given in the pre-work. PowerPoints are part of our work life, and the next time I make one to present to management, I will certainly use the ideas and strategies I learned from Mark's workshop to make it more effective."

- Raja Muthuswamy, June Workshop Attendee

"The session on interacting with professionals across generations was very helpful. This particular session went into detail about the four generations that are currently in the workplace and what each generation values and brings to the table.  Such information is very critical, especially when trying to influence people and lead them without seniority."

- Joe Martino, June Workshop Attendee


About the Instructor(s)


Mark Jones

Mark Jones
Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow, Dow Chemical - Data Presentation Instructor

Mark Jones has been the Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow at Dow Chemical since September 2011. He spent most of his career developing catalytic processes after joining Dow in 1990. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Matt Grandbois

Matt Grandbois

Strategic Market Manager, DuPont Electronics & Imaging - Master Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace Instructor

Matt Grandbois is the Strategic Market Manager for DuPont Electronics & Imaging where he focuses on delivering innovative technology and chemical solutions to the electronic industry. Matt received his B.A. degrees in Chemistry (ACS) and Music Performance from Augustana University (Sioux Falls, SD) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Matt is the 2019 Chair of the Younger Chemists Committee, a Member-At-Large for the Division of Professional Relations, 2019 Communications Chair for the Division of Business Development and Management, and a Member-At-Large for the Central Massachusetts ACS Local Section. 

Cara Valentino

Cara Valentino

Director of Consulting, The Clearing – Running Effective Meetings Instructor

Cara Valentino is a certified leadership coach, accomplished facilitator, and organizational development consultant with more than 20 years of experience in large-scale facilitation, group and individual training, and developing teams. Cara specializes in partnering with groups to shape and achieve their visions. 

She received her certification in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University in 2011. She is also a certified Gallups CliftonStrengths Coach and Leadership Circle practitioner.

Barry M. Weinstein

Barry M. Weinstein

President, Barry M. Weinstein & Associates  - Project Management Instructor

Barry M. Weinstein is President of Barry M. Weinstein & Associates, a consulting firm providing process engineering, project management, and statistical quality control support for the food and personal care product industries. Mr. Weinstein has more than 35 years of experience in project management and process development in the nutritional supplement, food, and personal care products industries. He has been an instructor with the American Chemical Society since 2000. Mr. Weinstein holds B. Sc. and M. Sc. Degrees in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Rebekah Paul

Rebekah Paul
Program Manager, Industry Member Programs, American Chemical Society – Workshop Moderator

Rebekah Paul is currently a program manager within the Industry Member Program office at ACS. Rebekah joined staff after nearly 7 years working as a chemist for a large coatings company. Having come from a career in industry herself, she is passionate about helping ACS equip industrial members with the resources they need to succeed. Rebekah holds an BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Who Should Attend

Early-to-mid-career chemists, physicists, engineers, and other STEM professionals working in industry, and managers with up to 10 years of work experience.

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Workshop Outline

  • Intro / Warmup
  • Present your data more effectively to management (Mark Jones)
  • Morning Networking
  • Master interpersonal communication in the workplace (Matt Grandbois)
  • Lunch
  • Organize and run effective meetings (Cara Valentino)
  • Afternoon Networking Break
  • Manage projects more quickly and effectively (Barry Weinstein)
  • Wrap Up

This workshop is brought to you by ACS Industry Member Programs and ACS Professional Education.