Managing Conflict and Challenging Conversations at Work [HRA Members Meeting, Chicago, Fall 2023]

Monday October 16, 9:00am-10:45am CT

As part of HRA’s Professional Development Program we offered this pre-meeting workshop for staff of HRA members.  The work environment is filled with conflict, often as a result of differences in work and communication styles. Minimizing or resolving conflict often requires engaging in difficult conversations, which is challenging and requires both practice and competency. This workshop helped attendees learn how to understand their own approach to work and provided a framework for engaging in challenging conversations.

The workshop was not recorded or livestreamed.

Garth A. Fowler, PhD
Associate Director of Systems, Process, and Analytics | Human Resources, Northwestern University

Garth A. Fowler, PhD, is a recognized leader in professional training for early career researchers and scientists. As the former Program Manager for Science magazine’s ScienceCareers, a faculty member and graduate program director at both Northwestern University and Rush University Medical Center, and Associate Executive Director for the American Psychological Association, he has delivered well over 200 workshops, seminars, and presentations on career and professional development. He has authored peer-reviewed manuscripts, articles, and whitepapers on preparing the next generation of STEM workers and given expert testimony and served on committees, panels, Boards and task forces for agencies like the International Brain Bee (IBB), the National Academy of Sciences, The Council of Graduate Schools, The National Science Foundation, The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Systems, Processes, and Analytics in Human Resources at Northwestern University. Garth attended The College of Wooster (OH) where he was a psychology major. He received his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Washington and completed his postdoctoral studies at The Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. Garth enjoys running, cycling, and traveling to see symphonies.