WIMSIG Conference 2017: Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences

Professional Development Workshop

This workshop, facilitated by Dr Maria Gardiner (ThinkWell), will be held in the afternoon on Sunday 24 September 2017, as part of the WIMSIG Conference 2017.

Shameless Self-Promotion

It's tempting to think that if you are clever and work hard then people will notice and shower you with rewards. Tempting but probably not true. As well as being clever and working hard you also need to be able to promote yourself. For many people (often these people are women) this idea is icky, and you can feel a bit like you are being a used car salesperson. The aims of this workshop are to understand why it is so hard to promote yourself, and to feel better about doing it.

In addition you will also learn strategies for: putting yourself out there, asking for what you want, taking responsibility – not waiting for it to happen, developing your one minute pitch and presenting yourself effectively for promotions, grants, awards.

This workshop will look at:

  • Asking for what you want
  • Why waiting isn’t enough
  • Why it is hard to self promote (and why you need to)
  • Using convincing language
  • Developing a convincing pitch
  • Social media
  • Media and other methods to communicate


About Dr Maria Gardiner

BA (Hons) MPsych (Clinical) PhD

Maria is a leading coach, psychologist and researcher. She has worked with many of Australia's medical and academic leaders over the last fifteen years. She particularly specialises in the psychology of high performance and works with leading research groups at universities around Australia.

She is a sought after presenter and communicator, delivering powerful and engaging presentations to thousands of participants in seminars in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Maria’s passion is understanding what characteristics and attitudes create the highest possible performance and then translating this into practical, useable strategies.

Maria is also a widely respected researcher, holding a research associate position in the School of Psychology at Flinders University. She has a strong research record, which provides a rigorous evidence base for her specialisation in high performing individuals and teams.

As a co-author with Hugh Kearns, she has published five books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

Updated: 29 Jun 2017