SES Information Series

Event FlyerOur office has partnered with the Asian Pacific American Network (APAPNET) for a series of information sessions for those aspiring to the Senior Executive Service (SES). The first session is next Wednesday, June 14th,  featuring an expert from the Office of Human Resources providing an overview of the SES, and how to apply. The following week, attendees can choose to attend one of two panel discussions:

“Nailing the Interview: Advice for First-Time Applicants”  Wednesday, June 21

Panelists Andrew Wang, Robin Evans, Gladys Corcoran, and Jerry Lorengo will discuss work-life balance as an Executive, getting the experience you need to be competitive, and knowing when you’re ready to apply.

“Learning from Feedback: Advice for Repeat Applicants”  Thursday, June 22

Panelists Remy Yucel, Greg Vidovich, Wanda Walker, and Seema Rao will discuss the importance of asking for honest feedback and cultivating a personal brand to help you stand out in your interview.

All sessions will be held in the Global IP Academy (GIPA) from 12-1pm.

OEEOD August Training Series

P.I.E. (Performance, Image, Exposure) Training

In case you missed it the first time, OEEOD will be hosting another session of P.I.E. training.

What: P.I.E. examines the relationship and interdependency between three key dimensions (Performance, Image, and Exposure) and their impact on an individual’s career. A correct balance between these three dimensions is critical to proper career positioning and progress.

When: Thursday, August 6, 2015, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: GIPA (and WebEx)

Unconscious Bias Seminar

OEEOD will be hosting a seminar on understanding unconscious bias.

What: Unconscious Bias refers to attitudes or beliefs we hold about others that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Becoming aware of our unconscious biases can help mitigate them in the workplace.

When: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where: Only WebEx space available

Space is limited for both seminars. Please RSVP by e-mail to Chelsea Hansen. Please indicate your preference for in-person or WebEx attendance.

A note from Office of EEO and Diversity

5886225374_74f0e5f677_oThank you for noticing our inadvertent omission in our NoFEAR training.  We intend to fix the NoFEAR CBT by inserting “including Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” in the “sex” basis on slide 3 of the CBT, and then remove the term “sexual orientation” from slide 18— Additional Protections.  The Agency wants to ensure that all employees are aware that the USPTO provides legal protection under the EEOC’s regulations and case law for discrimination claims involving sexual orientation and gender identity and processes them the way we do all complaints arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Rehabilitation Act.

Additionally, the narrator’s notes for the audio on slide 3 will be updated to state:

“A federal agency cannot discriminate against an employee or applicant with respect to the terms, conditions or privileges of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation based on stereotyping and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and retaliation.”

Thanks again for providing your thoughtful comments to help us best serve the USPTO community.