ASPIRE to Connect (A2C)

Building and Maintaining Professional Relationships

Building professional relationships is a critical skill whether trainees pursue a career inside or outside of research and academia. Nevertheless, it is not easy for most people and can be downright painful for some. 

ASPIRE to Connect is a half-day workshop offered each spring that is designed for industry professionals and faculty to share advice with trainees for building and maintaining professional relationships. Through practice, workshop participants learn strategies and “etiquette” for entering and exiting conversations, navigating professional conferences and receptions, and delivering a compelling “elevator speech.

ASPIRE to Connect 2017 is almost here!  Click here to learn more and to register for this outstanding event.


Click on the links below to see more about past events:

2016 ASPIRE to Connect (March 14, 2016)

2015 ASPIRE to Connect (March 3, 2015)

2014 ASPIRE to Connect (March 18, 2014)

Justin Graham


2014 Keynote speaker

Principal with C3 Consulting:
“Relationship Building Success”

John H. English


2014 Plenary Session speaker

Sr. Lecturer, Dept. of Communication Studies, Vanderbilt University:
“Professional Communication for Career Success: How to Say What You Want and Get What You Need”