Seminar & Workshop Series

Our students learn critical skills from dedicated experts

Through our professional development seminar and workshop series, Duke Engineering Management students develop professional skills through a weekly seminar and workshop series.

Students are required to complete seven (7) workshops organized through course EGRMGMT 501. It is offered in both the spring and fall semesters.

Like symbol-thumbs up“This seminar really helped students realize that people around us have quite different cultural and career backgrounds. The seminar also offered ideas for us to promote ourselves, which was quite useful.”

Student Seminar Feedback
Fall 2018

Previous Seminars and Workshops

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Seminar Speakers

Spring 2019

* Duke Engineering graduate

Fall 2019

  • Jimmie Lenz, D.B.A., Academic Director, Financial Technology Master's Program
  • Ali Safavi, CEO & Founder, Grenova Solutions, MEM, '12

  • Prashant Subramaniam, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Google Hardware, MEM, '10

  • Shelley Westman, Principal/Partner, Cybersecurity, Ernst & Young

  • Vivek Singh, Senior Engagement Lead, Tredence, Inc.

  • Mike Frost, Director of Product Management, NICE Actimize

  • Dave Subburaj, Vice President of Client Services - High Tech, Telecom and Professional Services, Gartner

  • Grace Marhaba, Territory Account Manager, Cisco


Spring 2019


  • Values Identification
  • Wellness & Self Care
  • Introduction to Koru Mindfulness
  • 7 Habits for Highly Effective People
  • Strengths Finder Coaching Sessions
  • Who’s in the Driver’s Seat:  Understanding Motivation & Mindset

Global Awareness

  • Media Literacy
  • U.S. Politics & You
  • China’s Economic Outlook
  • Muslim Lives in America
  • Physical Disability & Universal Design
  • Talkin’ Race:  The Impact of Race and Racism
  • Preservation Durham Civil Rights Walking Tour
  • Pursuing Professional Excellence:  The Importance of Gender Equity
  • International Trade & Exchange Rate Basics for Engineering & Business Leaders

Leadership & Collaboration

  • Electric Maze
  • Business Ethics
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Identity, Power, & Inclusive Leadership
  • Empowering Your Leadership:  Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Building Leadership & Collaboration Skills Through Improvisation
  • Rock Climbing: Lessons in Decision Making, Flexibility, & Resilience
  • Challenge Course:  Effective Communication & Collaborative Decision Making
  • Budgetopolis:  Collaborative Decision Making & Competing Priorities


  • Sales Skills
  • Table Topics
  • Presenting Data
  • Women’s Networking Tea
  • On-Camera Communication
  • Film & Discussion:  Mercury 13
  • Visual Presentation Design & Delivery, Parts 1 and 2


  • Lean Design Methodology

Fall 2019

  • Aging in America
  • Art of Self Promotion
  • Building Your Fan Base
  • Business Etiquette Luncheon
  • Culture Active
  • Electric Maze
  • Ethics & STEM
  • Film & Discussion: Mercury 13
  • Film & Discussion: The Creative Brain
  • Followership
  • Ground Challenge Course
  • Improvisational Theater: Professional Applications (four-part series)
  • International Trade Basics
  • Introduction to Product Management
  • Koru Mindfulness
  • Leading with Laughter
  • Low Ropes Course
  • On-Camera Communication
  • Presenting Data
  • Pursuing Professional Excellence: The Importance of Gender Equity
  • Rock Climbing: Lessons in Adaptability & Resilience
  • Strengths Finder
  • Understanding U.S. Politics
  • Wellness & Self Care
  • Workplace Civility

Lightbulb icon"This amazing activity boosted the spirit of teamwork as well as induced strategic thinking in all team members. I participated with an amazing set of people who were open to ideas and respected each other's point of view."

Student Workshop Feedback—"Electric Maze"
Fall 2018