Women in Control

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The Women in Control Committee shall be responsible for, but not limited to, promoting membership, gathering and disseminating appropriate information about women in the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) and the profession and facilitating the development of mentoring and programs to promote the retention, recruitment, and growth of women CSS members.

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Women in Control Chair

Jacquelien Scherpen

University of Groningen

Women in Control Vice-Chair

Afef Fekih

University of Louisianan, Lafayette
United States

WiC Feature

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The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Gender (sponsored by Women in Control)

Speaker: Dr. Shawn Andrews  

Date: August 24, 2020, 12-1.30 pm (collocated with CCTA 2020)

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Abstract: Organizations that want to perform at the highest levels and be competitive in their industry must effectively leverage their leadership talent. Yet, in nearly all companies, a leadership gender gap persists.  In addition, research has identified an individual's emotional intelligence (EQ) as a key aspect and driver of leadership effectiveness. Differences in EQ can lead to very different outcomes, and men and women are raised in different cultures, resulting in different approaches, resulting on its turn in different perceptions, impacting promotions.  

Practical strategies for career advancement will be provided, as well as approaches to building a more diverse & inclusive workforce. In particular, you will learn how to:
•    Examine barriers that contribute to the leadership gender gap 
•    Identify emotional intelligence attributes and their impact on leadership 
•    Leverage gender culture differences (hard-wired and socialized) which show up every day at work and home 
•    Apply knowledge and tactics to improve career advancement 

Dr. Shawn Andrews is a keynote speaker, organizational consultant, business school professor, and author of the best-selling book, The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide (2018 Morgan James Publishing). She is a Forbes contributor, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, interviewed on dozens of podcast and radio shows, including NPR, and is a Women’s Media Center SheSource expert. With over two decades of corporate experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, she has helped thousands of leaders improve and develop using presentations, workshops, coaching, and psychological instruments. She serves as professor at both UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business and Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, teaching courses on Women and Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Diversity in Organizations, and Leadership and Ethics. Her specific areas of focus include Organizational Leadership, Learning & Development, Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion, and Unconscious Bias. Shawn is founder and CEO of Andrews Research International.