TOP 5 ESSENTIAL SKILLS TO SUCCEED IN CORPORATE AMERICA – presented by Carol Smith Wooden.
Ms. Wooden began her presentation by describing a path from her home town of Detroit, into and through the TSU College of Engineering, and stops in Boston, Los Angeles, London, and Dallas while rising as a Supply Chain expert at the Raytheon Corporation.
Ms. Wooden went on to identify, describe, and explore her Top 5 Essential Skills that helped her rise up in corporate engineering America: (1) PERSONAL BRAND MANAGEMENT: the importance of behaviors, distinctions, and perceptions; (2) EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION: speaking/listening skills, email/social media etiquette, and body language; (3) SOLUTION-DRIVEN EXECUTION: how to identify solutions to problems; (4) PROFITABLE RELATIONSHIPS: the art of power networking and building multiple relationship types; and (5) CAREER JOURNEY: having a “roadmap”, mapping your journey, and ultimately sharing the journey with others.
UNDERSTANDING THE ELEMENTS OF PERFORMANCE, IMAGE, AND EXPOSURE (P.I.E.) AND WHY THEY MATTER – presented by Elton Ndomo-Ogar.
Mr. Ndoma-Ogar began his presentation by introducing the concepts of Performance, Image, and Exposure, after which he led an audience-participation to demonstrate the way the importance of each one of those subjects is perceived, concluding with the identification of the most important factor of P.I.E. in career advancement (results are included in Mr. Ndomo-Ogar’s attached PowerPoint presentation). Mr. Ndomo-Ogar concluded his live demonstration by emphasizing why it’s not good enough to be ‘good’ on any of the elements of P.I.E., one must be ‘great’, and he defined the behaviors, enhancers, derailers, and the different ways to address the pursuit of attaining excellence in each leg of P.I.E.
MENTORING FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – presented by Terrence Southern.
Mr. Southern shared his personal story of overcoming hardship as a youth in Detroit, the circuitous path he took to matriculate to and graduate from the Tennessee State University College of Engineering, and his subsequent successful career as a national-award-winning engineer (the 2007 BEYA “Modern Day Technology Leader” among them) and a leading national expert on Robotics Engineering currently working for the Global Research Arm of the General Electric Corporation. Mr. Southern cited how important mentorship was in his professional career, and he explored the benefits of a mentor, the differences between a mentor and a sponsor, and how to find a mentor.