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: Making It Easier to Talk About Race

Why is it so difficult for us to talk about race? Often, it is because we are fearful of saying the wrong thing. As we strive to weave a culture of inclusion throughout ASME at all levels, we may find ourselves outside our comfort zones. Yet, we'll never make good on our goals for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging until we feel greater facility in talking about race. In this highly interactive 60-minute session, Humera Fasihuddin will facilitate a fishbowl conversation technique that began as a zoom event called A Conversation On Race, turned into a course she taught at the Stanford d.school called Designing Courageous Conversations for Impact, and has led to BADASS, a cohort-based online program that helps everyone from students to corporate leaders understand what we mean when we say ‘it's structural.’ She will also impart tips for designing such conversations and programs with your groups.

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

  • Articulate why conversations about race can be challenging

  • Create an environment conducive to talking about difficult subjects

Humera Fasihuddin is an innovator, a program director and consultant with over 20 years of experience in the private and non-profit sectors. She is the founder of the University Innovation Fellows, a program she leads out of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, or the d.school, which empowers students to become agents of change in higher education and to create new learning opportunities that will help their peers build creative confidence and hone their entrepreneurial mindsets. In her spare time, Humera serves as chief designer for Real Industry, a non-profit that provides underserved students with design experiences and mentorship to access high-growth careers in arts, media and entertainment. She also serves as an elected official on the local school committee / board in Massachusetts where she resides.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST
Post-Workshop Networking and Conversation (optional for attendees): 12:00 – 12:15 p.m. EST
This event is open to all ASME members and volunteers across the globe, including engineering students as well as professional members.

Registration is open to all ASME members and volunteers. You can register online here

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

Past Leadership Training and Orientation Events

  • Balance – Carving Out Time for What’s Most Important to You (June 2022)
  • Effective Mentoring for All Generations (February 2022)
  • ​Performance Management: Using Positive Reinforcement and Other Techniques to Improve Team Results (October 2021)
  • Leveraging Diversity to Make More Effective Teams (April 2021)
  • 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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