Upcoming VOLT Events

The VOLT Academy offers a variety of leadership training and orientation events for ASME volunteers throughout the year, including  general leadership development workshops on topics relevant to ASME’s volunteer leaders for all interested volunteers as well as specialized training for various ASME units and volunteers in leadership roles throughout the Society. To find out what trainings we have coming up or to discuss training options for your ASME unit, please contact Clare Bruff, Senior Manager, Volunteer Leadership Development and Diversity at bruffc@asme.org.

Upcoming Leadership Training and Orientation Events

VOLT Leadership Workshop: Leveraging Diversity to Make More Effective Teams

We each have unique qualities, strengths, and backgrounds. This is why diverse teams produce better results than homogeneous teams: these groups will have more strengths and perspectives. The key to making a diverse team work is identifying a common goal that each member can bring their unique skills toward achieving. In this workshop, we will discuss how to leverage the diverse attributes of your team to produce better outcomes.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the qualities that make an effective team
  • Be intentional about diversity and leverage strengths
  • Understand your team better and recognize what each person brings to the team
  • Practice inclusion to unify your team around a common goal
Presenters:
  • Cassandra de la Garza has more than 20 years’ experience creating teams and actively engaging members to complete work. With several years of customer site sales support, she learned the value of including all types of team members

  • Mary Lynn Realff is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and has been a leader in ASME for many years, most recently as a Governor. Her current research is focused on Effective Team Dynamics as well as mechanics of materials.

  • Chris Wlezien is an Engineering Design Director part of McKinsey & Company's Design practice in Chicago. Chris has 10+ years of experience as a design engineering consultant, driving innovative ideas from concepts to reality in consumer products, CPG, electronics, medical device and industrial equipment.
Antoine Sands will moderate. Antoine is the past ECLIPSE intern for the VOLT Academy Executive Committee. He currently works as a Project Manager in Orlando, Florida at Reiss Engineering (a CHA Company) with a focus on Planning, Design and Construction.

Date and Time:
This workshop will be offered twice:
  • Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 3:00-4:15 PM EDT
  • Friday, April 9, 2021, 12:00-1:15 PM EDT

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Register here.

For more information, contact Clare Bruff, Senior Manager, Volunteer Leadership Development and Diversity at bruffc@asme.org. 

Past Leadership Training and Orientation Events

  • Finding Opportunities in Times of Change (January 2021)
  • Why You Need Resilience and How to Build It (June/July 2020)
  • Succession Planning for ASME Units (March 2020)
  • Communicating to Include (March 2020)
  • Exploring Engineering Identity (March 2020)
  • Communicating Effectively to Inspire Action (February 2020)
  • Your Next Volunteer Position: Navigating Your ASME Volunteer Pathway (November 2019)

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