SPECIAL EVENT - The Incubator Lab for Career Development Professionals: Get Inspired & Turn Ideas into Action
Location: Northeastern University, 420 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 Curry Student Center. Room 440.
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 1:00 pm.
Stay for informal lunch and networking! Bring a lunch or pick up something to eat at the Curry Student Center food court or local take out restaurants!
Have you ever had any of these thoughts?
- “I love to brainstorm, but I lose energy when it comes to the discipline of implementing.”
- “What I’d like to do is come up with a new strategy for our [social media, appointment booking, employer relations, career fair marketing, etc.], and get input from others to make it even better.”
- “I’ve got lots of ideas, but it would be nice to bounce them off other people outside my organization.”
Now imagine getting to spend a couple of hours generating new ideas or strategy, and taking those ideas beyond conception, to a more concrete level, including feedback from others.
The “incubator stage” of a new start-up signifies the beginning, new ideas, hope, excitement, possibilities. Adopting this initial principle, and putting it into a hands-on workshop intensive, is what we have in store for you
Look inward. As a first step, we’ll do an exercise to help you clarify what you love. You’ll be looking at what parts of your work are the most rewarding and what you might want to put your energy into for future projects.
Be Inspired. Next we’ll share some inspiration. Each participant will be asked to share something exciting, innovative or interesting that you heard about at a conference, from a colleague or that you contributed to in your own organization.
Brainstorm. Come to this session with some ideas for projects you want to work on, or come with an open mind and expectations to create.
Get Feedback. Your fellow “lab participants” will act as your “start-up” project advisors as you generate ideas and move forward.
Turn Ideas into Action. You’ll have the gift of time during the session to begin working on your ideas. If it’s a new workshop that you are developing, you’ll spend time in the lab, actually working on the PowerPoint itself. If you are working on a benchmarking research project, you’ll be encouraged to put together an outline and start the research on the spot. You are welcome to come to this session full of ideas that you want to hash out, or come with an open mind and the excitement to see what pops up and unfolds.
Feedback from past participants:
“The Incubator Lab was a fantastic opportunity to share and ignite creative ideas. It was helpful to have time, space and a supportive environment to work on our projects, share thoughts/ideas with others and gain a fresh prospective. This was my second workshop with Sabrina, I love her facilitation style and ability to create a comfortable space and meaningful workshop."
Nicole Collins, Director of Career Services, Unity College
"I wasn't even sure if I should attend this workshop, but I am so glad I did. The exercises gave me the time I needed to work on a personal and important goal, which for me, had a transformational outcome. Take this workshop if you can; it has the ability to engage you in a powerful way".
Leigh Mundhenk, Ph.D. Founder/Consultant, WorkConcepts & Former Associate Professor, University of Southern Maine
“A much needed morning to work on and networkabout those important projects that keep getting pushed to the side. Very motivating to be in a room of focused professionals that are ready to offer assistance.”
Hope Lanza, Career Advisor, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
“I found the Incubator Lab to be a timely process for me to advance a business idea I’d hatched. Sabrina provided a container/environment that was safe, fun, and collaborative, with just enough structure (worksheets) to help me develop some concrete next steps. I left the session feeling invigorated and committed to action!”
Kathy Maloney, Principal Coach & Consultant, WorkPaths Consulting
Sabrina Woods is a Holistic Career / Life Coach & Linkedin Trainer with close to 20 years’ in the career services field at universities including Harvard, Northeastern and Queen Mary. She is also the President of the CCC. Her joy comes from tapping holistic and mindfulness-based practices while helping people with career transitions. Sabrina also facilitates workshops and train-the-trainer sessions ranging from the Myers Briggs to Mindfulness to Networking. Her workshops combine her insights, enthusiasm and infectious energy. Sessions have been taught in the US, UK and Middle East. For more info: www.sabrina-woods.com.