SBME Propels: Leadership for Early-Career Research Faculty (2021-2022)

Discover the profound responsibility of leadership, what it means to lead, and the skills you need to create high-performing cultures.

Please note: This stream was designed for early-career research faculty. Enrolment is limited, and preference will be given to this target audience.

Register for sessions in this stream below.

*This is an archived page and will no longer be updated as of summer 2022. Visit our current SBME Propels series here.*

SBME would like to sincerely thank our partners, speakers, and attendees for making SBME Propels inaugural year a huge success!
A special thank you to our partners at e@UBC for their extensive support and partnership of the Propels Series.
We look forward to hosting another fantastic lineup of professional development programming this Fall. Please stay tuned for more information on SBME Propels 2022-23 season, all programming updates will be posted here shortly.


What is Leadership?

TOPICS: Leading vs. managing a team; leadership best practices

WHEN: September 17th | 12-1pm PT


Effective PI-Trainee Relationships: Session 1

TOPICS: What is excellent graduate supervision?

WHEN: October 1st | 12-1pm PT


Effective PI-Trainee Relationships: Session 2

TOPICS: Building a strong student-supervisor relationship

WHEN: October 15th | 12-1pm PT


Authentic Leadership

TOPICS: Developing your personal authentic leadership style by discovering your values. This session will prepare you to view subsequent SBME Propels leadership sessions through your own personalized lens, informing how you can apply the concepts conveyed through the sessions to your own leadership style.

WHEN: October 29th | 12-1:30pm PT


  • Anne-Marie Sorrenti (Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach; Lecturer at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Engineering)

Conflict Resolution: Respect, React, Respond and Resolve Conflict

TOPICS: Whether in the workplace or your day-to-day life, conflict is inevitable. It occurs between individuals who care about a particular matter but have opposing views. As professionals, caring about your team, research, budget, and job prospects is critical to your livelihood. It is understandable that when one encounters opposition, your immediate reaction may be one of anxiety, anger or frustration. Instead of backing away from the conflict, or attacking, this workshop aims to have you engage, strategically! Tools and techniques will be provided on how to control your reaction, get to the root cause of the problem and determine an acceptable solution go forward. To avoid conflict is to fail.

*Limited to 30 participants. If this number has been reached upon your registration, you will be automatically added to the waitlist, and we will notify you.

WHEN: November 5th | 12-1pm PT


  • Joanna Shea (The Negotiations Collective, Managing Partner)

Situational Leadership

TOPICS: Personalizing your management style for each member of your team

WHEN: November 26th | 12-1pm PT


  • Pamela Potts (Starfish Medical, Director of People and Culture)

Creating a Culture

TOPICS: What an effective culture actually looks like. Why a properly articulated vision isn’t just marketing (and how to make one). Why the language we use matters. How to build values that inspire and the danger of incentivizing result. The importance of consistency.

WHEN: December 3th | 12-1pm PT


Time Management as a Leader

TOPICS: Essentials of productive teams; project management basics; prioritizing and time management; running effective lab meetings

WHEN: January 21st | 12-1pm PT


Impostor Syndrome and Perfectionism: Strategies for New Leaders

TOPICS: Join us in this interactive session addressing impostor syndrome and perfectionism. You’ll walk away with practical strategies to help manage impostor feelings so that you can pursue your career goals with more ease.

WHEN: February 4th | 12-1pm PT


Nurturing the Next Generation

TOPICS: Supporting diverse career aspirations and paths; encouraging professional development and extracurriculars; leveraging your network to support your team

WHEN: March 4th | 12-1pm PT