Developing an Executive Presence to Interview and Succeed in Your Role

10:00–11:30 am


Whether communicating in person or on Zoom, your executive presence affects how others perceive you, how you perceive yourself, and ultimately how effective you are in landing a new role. Presence is one factor that is often overlooked in preparation for interviewing, networking discussions, and general online communication. Major economic shifts, lack of in-office contact, and a changing playing field also mean that those who were confident about how they showed up and were perceived a year ago may not have the same strong executive presence today. This session will provide a focused, interactive, pragmatic, and customized approach and to ensure that participants have key presence and communication strategies to adapt to changing norms for success, whether you're focused on interviewing or succeeding in your current role. This workshop is designed for spouses and partners of UChicago academics and will be led by Amy Gardner and Keith Sbiral of Apochromatik, a career coaching and consulting firm.

Key takeaways from this session include:

  • Learn why your personal presence may be the number one factor that either holds you back or propels you forward.
  • Understand the factors that make up executive presence and which factors you have agency to change.
  • Learn critical strategies to improve your executive presence on video, with particular techniques for job interviews.
  • Learn three specific strategies to transform your presence.


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