Real Talk

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Upcoming Events

We're pleased to bring you the next Real Talk in September 2020. Details will be announced in our second August newsletter.

Real Talk Resources

This repository is a growing collection of resources, tools and alumni wisdom that have been shared at past Real Talk events. Please scroll through and pass along to a friend.

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Past Events


Is This A Waste of My Time?: Hobbies for the whole engineer

May 26, 2020

Who am I when I’m not an engineer? What else is at my core? Getting curious about these questions can unlock surprising doors in your professional and personal life, and help foster valuable connections that are key to your career and your wellbeing. Zoom in for a night of conversation with a great group of alumni and professionals, and learn how cultivating interests alongside an engineering career has shaped their paths. They’ll chat with you about:

  • The importance of personal interests for personal development
  • How opportunities for professional development result from personal interests
  • Using personal interests as a way to approach alumni and professionals in networking settings

Am I smart enough?: Conversations with alumni about imposter phenomenon

February 4, 2020

If you’ve ever asked, “Am I smart enough?” this night is for you. ILead is hosting a forum for students to engage with alumni on the topic of self-doubt, sometimes referred to as “imposter phenomenon.” Our alumni will share honest stories about navigating feelings of uncertainty in the workplace and at school, how their perspectives have shifted over time and memorable lessons they’ve learned. Along with meaningful conversation and the opportunity to connect with others, the night will offer tips, tools and take-aways that you can use as your journey through work and life unfolds.