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Conference – EPIC Conference Workshop: Fearless Networking in the Time of COVID

June 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm



Description: Learn how to shift to a positive mindset about networking. Being able to connect with the right person at the right time for the right reasons is a valued skill to help build authentic relationships. In this high-touch and fast-paced experiential workshop, you’ll learn to approach networking with excitement, curiosity, and an open mind and discover how meeting new people can help you reach your career and life goals.

What you’ll learn:
• To create favourable first impressions.
• Why perspective-taking is essential.
• How small talk is big.
• To build rapport rapidly.
• More great tips on building and maintaining a select and diverse network.

Through extensive public consultation, AGE-WELL has identified 8 Challenge Areas – difficult and complex problem areas – that demand innovation and deployment of real-world solutions. The EPIC Conference (2021) is an opportunity for AGE-WELL students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and ECRs to share their research, highlight their potential impact, and connect with colleagues.

The month-long virtual conference will comprise of 8 virtual sessions, each dedicated to one of the identified challenge areas. Each session will involve 2 streams of presentations – a traditional oral presentation and a Twitter conference presentation. Additional planned sessions  include Workshop Wednesdays, where we will host professional development workshops and panels, and a number of trainee-hosted social events.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kceuuqjkrG9eTyKuMPtehDiQcumGkKk4V


Jean Chow teaches “Hacking the Networking Code” as a part-time Sessional Lecturer at University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Translational Research Program and “Fearless Networking” as an Instructor at the School of Continuing Studies. She also teaches skill-building courses in leadership and advanced career management at Ryerson University and Seneca College respectively.

Jean owns a business and career coaching practice and is aptly known on social media as @MsBizWIz. Her past roles include: Mentorship Specialist, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library, and Inventor of an Asian DIY Dinner Kits and Founder of a wholesale specialty food manufacturing business.

As a Super Connector, Jean believes strongly in how “one thought, one word, one action can reduce another’s suffering” to build a better and kinder world. She is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution as a volunteer business mentor for young entrepreneurs.

Jean is determined to not let a pandemic stop her from living the life of a digital nomad.