Events and Training

Lionel Laroche Workshops 2020


Back by popular demand, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is excited to offer workshops from thought-provoking, cross-cultural trainer, and consultant, Lionel Laroche. These sessions are open to the campus community: graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff.

How to Talk to Supervisors: Be Your Authentic Self

PD Credit: 1 hour (subject to department approval)
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Chemistry (East) E1-60

IDP Competencies:     

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how language can impact messaging from a cultural standpoint;
  • Gain a sense of the unwritten cultural expectations of people from different cultures; and 
  • Gain tools to improve your communication.

Overview:

Being your authentic self with people who are culturally different from you is not easy, particularly if this person has authority over you. Graduate students, like employees, are expected to show initiative and challenge the status quo, but tension can occur when communication and leadership styles do not mesh. How do cultural expectations influence our interactions when there is a power imbalance? Come learn how you can use your graduate experience to elevate your communication and feedback skills.

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Leadership in a Multicultural World: What Makes a Great Leader?

PD Credit: 1 hour (subject to department approval)
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Chemistry (East) E1-60

Overview:

What makes someone a great leader? What personal characteristics do people admire in their leaders? The answer to these questions depends on where you are in the world. This presentation examines the impact of cultural differences in leadership and suggests ways for participants to deepen their influence—in and outside of a Canadian context. As this session can benefit anyone who sees themselves collaborating, working with, or supervising people in a culturally diverse ethos, registration is open to the campus community—from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to faculty members.

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Lionel Laroche

Over the past 20+ years, Lionel has provided cross-cultural training and coaching services to over 120,000 people in 20 countries. Lionel has presented to students, staff, and faculty members at universities across Canada, the US, and overseas. His presentations are informative, thought-provoking and practical; they are built on his own experience as a foreign student who obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, and the shared experiences of people he has coached or trained over the years. Lionel is the author of over 100 publications, examining the impact of cultural differences on organizations.