By Anika Lalmansingh.
During the MD session on February 18th, we addressed the topics of problem solving (an essential part of a successful STEAM career) and goal setting (the starting point for all of life’s accomplishments).
Solving for X. Carmen Radelat, Maryland Program Chair, challenged the protégés with the idea that many great innovations have come from individuals who sought a solution for a problem or idea. This was highlighted by a video in which a 15-year old from Sierra Leon taught himself how to make batteries in order to power lights for local homes. A true innovator who solved for X!
What are S.M.A.R.T. goals? They are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound; making them concrete and achievable. With this as the framework, Irene Lane, Founder of Greenloans and GIT Steering Committee Member, introduced the protégés to Jane Lovas, CEO of Lovas Consulting.
As a business therapist, Ms. Lovas has made a career of coaching business owners and entrepreneurs through challenges and helping them set S.M.A.R.T. goals to create healthy organizations. Some of the highlights from her discussion with the protégés were that:
- It is best to set goals for no more than 3-5years; and they are easier to accomplish if broken down into 90 day segments.
- By setting goals in the 7 major areas of their lives: career, education, community outreach, finances, family/friends, travel, and health; protégés can create a more integrated and full life.
- In order for a goal to be worth achieving it should be so big that you need advice from others, and never be afraid to abandon a goal that is no longer what you want or need.
Ms. Lovas finished her discussion by offering advice to a few brave protégés who volunteered to share their personal mission statements with her and the group. Through her probing questions, Ms. Lovas emphasized the distinction between a vision (a large idea that may never be realized), a mission (the activity done to support the vision), and a goal (the specific steps taken to accomplish the mission).
Set a 90 day goal in at least 4 of the seven areas (career, education, community outreach, finances, family/friends, travel, and health) that Ms. Lovas discussed and tell us about them.
- Submission deadline for the GIT Scholarship is May 18, 2014.
- WITEF is funding the George Mason University STEM+ Women Conference on March 25.
- GIT will host the annual Sharing our Success program on April 24 in McLean, VA and May 8 in Sterling, VA.
- WITEF and George Mason University will award scholarships for GIT Protégés to attend an all-girl summer game design course. To qualify, protégés must complete a GMU survey. Contact Vera Lichtenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) for program questions and see the Summer Game Institute website for general information.
- USA Science & Engineering Festival is April 26 & 27 at the Washington, DC convention center.