The Art of Networking – featuring Craig Wortmann

craig wortmannThe second event in the Biomedical Sciences Networking Series (BSNS) is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for Tuesday November 18th from 5:00-7:30pm. The one and only Craig Wortmann will be leading “The Art of Networking” workshop in the wonderful new space over at the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) on 53rd Street. We hope to see you all there!
UCBA is proud to present this event with the help and support of the following co-sponsors/co-organizers: UChicago myCHOICE, the Chicago Innovation Exchange, the office of Graduate Student Affairs (GSA), the Graduate Innovation Grant, and the BSD Dean’s Council.
RSVP for the workshop and reception using this link: The Art of Networking RSVP
About the Speaker
Craig Wortmann is the Founder and CEO of Sales Engine Inc., as well as a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Craig designed, developed and teaches the award-winning course called Entrepreneurial Selling, recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Top Ten” courses in the country. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Faculty Excellence Award for teaching. Craig is the author of “What’s Your Story?”, a book that looks at how leaders and sales professionals use stories to connect, engage and inspire. In his book, he demonstrates the powerful impact stories have on the three most common performance challenges – leadership, strategic selling and motivation.
Event Description
Craig will give an interactive workshop discussing the value of building your network. He will also focus on the specific skills that can help us to expand and strengthen our own networks.
What to prepare
Please come with a roughly 20 second introduction of yourself (often called an “elevator pitch”), which will be utilized during the activities. This should cover basic info about yourself:
1. Who you are
2. What your background is
3. What you are looking to gain from this interaction (meet new people, find a job, explore career options, etc.).
Your personal sales pitch will be refined during the workshop.
Event Agenda
Tuesday November 18th, 2014 @ CIE
5:00-5:30 – Check-in and mingle time (Beverages will be served)
5:30-5:35 – Speaker introduction
5:35-6:30 – Seminar/Workshop
6:30-7:30 – Networking Reception (Refreshment and beverages will be served)
Transportation Information
The Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) is located @ 1452 E. 53rd St. in Hyde Park.
The University’s 53rd Street Shuttle picks up and drops off at the corner of 53rd and Harper Court, just south of the building entrance, on the hour (:00) and half hour (:30) from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.. The shuttle is free for UChicago and UChicago Medicine students, faculty, and staff. You can use the TransLoc website or app to plan your trip.
The new Chicago CIE Shuttle began running on Monday, September 29th, and picks up and drop off on the Southwest corner of 53rd and Harper Avenue (across from A10 restaurant) at the :15 and :45 every hour from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.. This shuttle is also free for UChicago students, faculty, and staff. The route will be added to the TransLoc website and app to help you plan your trip.

Networking 101 with Mike Tessel, Ph.D.

Here is all the info you need about the first event in our Biological Sciences Networking Series (BSNS).
Workshop hosted by Mike Tessel, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development
Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) – University of Chicago
Tuesday, Oct 7th – 4:30pm
KCBD 1103
There will also be a free giveaway to two attendees – free business cards and a UChicago padfolio!!
Networking reception to follow – practice your networking skills!
Food and drinks will be served.
Networking 101 will focus on the basics of networking including best practices in different scenarios.  This workshop will help you maximize the utility of networking events, conferences, and social media to establish relationships with people who have similar professional interests.

All students, postdocs, faculty, and staff are welcome!

Please RSVP at

Biomedical Sciences Networking Series (BSNS) Events

UCBA is proud to introduce the Biomedical Sciences Networking Series (BSNS)!

We’ve all heard about the importance of networking, but how can you actually begin to build a meaningful network? This seminar and event series will focus on networking from a practical perspective, with a broad range of events covering important aspects of networking from preparation through follow-up.

The first two events in the BSNS form a logical introduction to networking. Our first event, Networking 101, will focus on how to network, where to go, and what you can do to prepare yourself for a successful interaction. The second follow-up event, The Art of Networking, will cover the finer points of successful networking once you’re in the right environment, and how to create lasting and meaningful relationships from these interactions.

These two events are just a prequel to a very special Chicago MATTER networking event which will be happening in February. Be on the lookout for more details coming soon…

Here is more information about our first two events:

BSNS Event #1 – Networking 101 – presented by Mike Tessel, Ph.D. from Graduate Student Affairs

Tuesday October 7th at 4:30pm in KCBD 1103 (Reception in lobby immediately following)

This session will act as an introductory how-to guide to networking. Learn the basics of networking, including best practices in different scenarios. This workshop will help you maximize the utility of networking events, conferences and social media to establish relationships with people who have similar professional interests.

Background: Mike Tessel, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development in the Office of Graduate Student Affairs (GSA). Dr. Tessel provides career services to graduate students and postdocs in the Biological Sciences Division and Institute for Molecular Engineering.   Working with students, faculty and administrators, he develops and executes a broad range of programming for professional development.  Additionally, he offers one-on-one advising to assist trainees throughout the various stages of the career development process.

BSNS Event #2 – The Art of Networking – presented by Craig Wortmann, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Booth School of Business

Tuesday November 18th at 4:30pm at the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) – 5235 S Harper Court, 11th Floor, Chicago, IL 60615 (Reception immediately following)

Background: As Founder and CEO of Sales Engine Inc., Craig Wortmann and his team help firms build and tune their sales engine. His firm has worked with teams all over the world to develop their knowledge, skill and discipline and to translate those key assets into higher performance. In his capacity with Booth, Craig travels the globe teaching and motivating leaders, business executives and alumni about how to create a more powerful impact. He is also the author of “What’s Your Story?”, a book that looks at how leaders and sales professionals use stories to connect, engage and inspire.

Isaiah Hankel, PhD: Internationally Recognized Speaker and Author

As you may have heard, UCBA and co-sponsors are bringing Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D. to the University of Chicago on Friday, Sept. 26th. Just in case you’re still feeling uninspired, here is a little more background to get you started!

Isaiah Hankel is an internationally recognized speaker and author who helps individuals, teams and organizations develop a more entrepreneurial mindset to accelerate their business success. Isaiah’s unique background allows him to offer a scientific approach and tangible methodology to the pursuit of purpose, focus and other entrepreneurial values that every individual and even the largest company can apply.

Before getting his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Isaiah was a sheep farmer in rural Idaho who struggled in school. He survived college and barely made it into graduate school where he was quickly put on academic probation. Less than 3 years later, Isaiah formed three successful, multinational businesses and published his bestselling book, Black Hole Focus. The system Isaiah used to go from sheep farmer to successful entrepreneur, author, and business coach is carefully laid out in each his presentations.

To RSVP for the afternoon seminar, click here.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

To watch more of his videos on Vimeo, click here.

Isaiah Hankel, PhD is coming to UChicago September 26th

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Dr. Hankel is an internationally recognized expert in the biotechnology industry and prolific public speaker. Dr. Hankel has a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology and has worked extensively as a Fortune 500 consultant in the biotechnology industry and with some of the world’s leading corporations, including Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Roche and Genentech. He’s given over 250 seminars in 22 different countries. He has also presented at many of the world’s premier academic institutions, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The Pasteur Institute and The Curie Institute. Dr. Hankel uses the science of purpose and the principles of entrepreneurship to help people achieve their biggest goals. He is also the author of the bestselling book, Black Hole focus and the science careers association and blog, the Cheeky Scientist.

The UCBA and co-sponsors are hosting Dr.Hankel on September 26th for 2 events:

1. ‘Career Planning and Goal Setting for the Science and Biotech Fields’   workshop.

Time:1:00-2:30 pm

Location: GCIS W301

This workshop has a limited capacity, RSVPs are required at

2. ‘Strategy and Entrepreneurship in Science’ seminar.

Time: 3:30-4:30pm (Seminar); 4:30-5:30pm (Reception)

Location: KCBD 1103

RSVPs requested at

-A limited number of FREE copies of “Black Hole Focus” will be given out to the first attendees to arrive (Doors open at 3:20pm)

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