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Byars-Winston Speaking at the 25th Annual Careers Conference

Updated: January 25, 2011

Promoting Transferable Skills Development (1 pm - 5 pm)

Today's labor market and its consequent employment practices are changing, relying less on permanent full-time workers and instead, employing more people who work flexibly for different organizations at different times. Transferable skills such as effective communication and problem-solving skills are critical to successful employment in this evolving labor market. Although workers need to be flexible and adaptable in their approach to the work environment, many individuals either do not have or cannot identify their transferable skills. This presentation will focus on the responsibilities of and opportunities for promoting transferable skill development in educational (emphasis on secondary and higher education sectors) and work settings. Specific strategies for promoting the importance of transferable skills and for developing them will be discussed, and participants will be able to practice these strategies. Emphasis will be placed on preparing individuals to develop cultural competency skills to work in diverse environments. Career professionals who work with secondary and post-secondary education students, adult workers, and job seekers are encouraged to attend.

Angela's headshotAngela M. Byars-Winston, Ph.D., completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at the University of Maryland, College Park and earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. She is currently an Associate Scientist in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of Research Initiatives in the Center for Women's Health Research. Her research interests include the examination of cultural influences on career development, especially for racial/ethnic minorities and women. Angela's recent work has focused on the career development experiences of underrepresented groups in the sciences, engineering, and medicine. She is principal investigator for a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation conducting a three-year study of the career and academic development of racial/ethnic minority undergraduates in science and engineering. In addition, she is co-investigator of a federal grant funded by the National Institutes of Health to promote retention of racial/ethnic minority doctoral students in biological and behavioral sciences. Angela is currently consulting on and co-leading several research and intervention efforts to advance the careers of female early career professionals in clinical research at several medical schools around the country (University of Virginia and MD Anderson Medical Center in Dallas, Texas).

Angela's publications have appeared in various journals including the Career Development Quarterly, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Career Assessment, and Medical Education and in several edited volumes such as Career Counseling for African Americans, Handbook of Multicultural Counseling (2nd Edition), Counseling Diverse Populations (3rd edition), and the forthcoming Handbook of Diversity in Feminist Psychology (2nd edition) edited by Drs. Hope Landrine and Nancy Felipe Russo. She is an ad-hoc member of numerous editorial boards and has served the American Psychological Association through various positions in the Society for Counseling Psychology (Division 17) and the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35). Angela is immediate past Co-Chair of the Professional Standards Committee for the National Career Development Association.

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