Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Team Development Training Expands Leadership Outreach

In its eighth year of operation, the Gordon Center at the Jacobs School of Engineering has extended its reach and impact on students and working professionals through a series of interactive trainings on values and team formation.

The Gordon Center, which educates and trains effective engineering students and professionals, has expanded its team development trainings to BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society), Envision Maker Studio interns, Global Ties, NSF I-Corps and the Osaka University International group (Von Liebig Center) at the Jacobs School of Engineering. The active outreach and trainings with other organizations this fall quarter has resulted in a higher demand from students and professionals to take more leadership development workshops.

The values and team development training was truly great and inspiring. Through this workshop I learned about myself in a better and deeper way. It was kind of discovering myself. I realized what kind of person I am and want to be, what really matters to me.” Said Yuki Nagano, associate professor at Osaka University. “When we work closely in a team, we have to know and understand team members. Understanding team members is very useful and helpful to know what really matters to them. I hope we can do it again when I come back to San Diego in January.”
Through our continued outreach at the Jacobs School of Engineering more organizations have become aware of the importance and impact team leadership and formation training provides for students working on technical or innovative projects. After the trainings leaders are better able to acclimate to changes and work with more diverse teams, build better relationships and create a community among their teams. Mentors and professionals in industry that join the trainings are also aware of the valuable skills these trainings offer. According to Dr. Ebonee Williams, executive director of the Gordon Center, the number one feedback the Gordon Center receives is “Wish I had this training before starting my first company.”
Indeed, this quarter has proven to be very productive for students, professionals and the center promoting the advocacy for more leadership training. These outreach efforts have succeeded because of the responsive student participation and the positive feedback from other engineering organizations. Through the continual leadership team development trainings and outreach to organizations, we have been able to see the growth of individuals and watch them realize their potential. The Gordon Center hopes to continue its outreach to other organizations in 2017 and expand its student outreach.
If you would like more information, please email us at GordonCenter@ucsd.edu.

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