Registration is open! Virtual Tapia 2020! September 16-19, 2020

2020 Tapia Conference

Fueling Your Career With Coffee Chats

Friday, September 18, 2020 (Central Time) — 1:30PM - 2:15PM

Coffee chats, sometimes called informational interviews, are one-on-one meetings providing a great way to get to know someone and learn about what they do. They can be especially valuable to members of underrepresented groups, students, and early-career professionals to discover new resources and make long-term connections. They can connect with people who face similar challenges or alienation, or receive support from mentors and allies who can provide personalized advice. The idea of asking someone for a coffee chat can be daunting for someone who’s never done it before - even knowing who to ask can be challenging. This workshop will break down coffee chats into four steps: deciding who to ask, asking for a coffee chat, preparing for the chat, and following up afterwards. We’ll give tools and tips for participants to confidently undertake each step, and include several exercises for them to practice those tools. Participants will learn to have meaningful conversations, practice with a partner, and walk away with a game plan to get started!

Sherry Yuan, Daphne Liu