Technical Leadership Panel: The Value of Leadership Development During Graduate School

Friday, January 14, 2022 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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Do you envision “making the world a better place” after graduating from MIT as an engineer or technical expert? If so, you will need more than technical skills to build the teams and support needed to implement creative solutions to today’s complex problems.

Join other MIT graduate students for this workshop focused on the importance of preparing as a student to lead teams in engineering and technical environments. David Nino, a Senior Lecturer and Senior Program Manager of the MIT Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership, will be moderating a panel to discuss the value of developing leadership skills while completing graduate degrees in technical fields. All panelists are leading practitioners who will share their unique perspectives and experiences on this topic.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Dr. Leslie Dewan, CEO of RadiantNano and former MIT Corporation Board Member
  • John Strackhouse, Senior Partner at Caldwell Partners
  • Dr. Natalya Bailey, Co-founder and CTO of Accion Systems

This workshop will be held virtually on January 14, 2022, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. The Technical Leadership Panel will be held during the first 90 minutes, and the last 30 minutes of the workshop will review details about how to earn our program’s Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership.  Members of the Dean of Engineering’s Graduate Student Advisory Group will discuss our graduate certificate.

Who Should Join this Event and Why

All MIT graduate students are invited to join. Employers in both academia and industry consistently rank leadership as among their most sought-after skills and this is especially true today. Anyone who is motivated can build leadership skills while also earning MIT graduate degrees. For those interested in learning more about our Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership, see


To Register

Sign up here by January 12, 2022

Contact: Lisa Stagnone, Senior Program Assistant, 617-253-3251,

Registrants are encouraged to review the backgrounds of our speakers and submit your questions for them in advance of our workshop.  We will send everyone more details on this once students are registered.

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