Pivot 314 Fellowship

A year-long program offering graduate students curated programming focused on professional development, strengthening leadership and communication skills, and internship opportunities

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2021 Curriculum


February 9:  Introduction to the Start-up Community in St. Louis

This will be an opportunity to learn about the St. Louis entrepreneurial ecosystem, what it is like to intern for a startup, and to connect with ventures that are interested in hosting a PhD/grad student for the summer.

•    Andrew Glantz, Founder of GiftAMeal and previous PhD student host
•    Michael Woods, Founder of DreamBuilders4Equity and previous PhD student host
•    Janna Westbrook, Founder of ProviderPool
•    Jim Howard, CEO of Readout Health
•    Eric Failes, PhD alum who interned with GiftAMeal
•    Alexandra Swanson, English PhD who interned with GiftAMeal

March 17: Tapping into Your Own Leadership Skills

What does leadership mean to you? What do you want to be known for by others? Tapping into Your Leadership Skills will help you identify essential keys to grow yourself and then effectively grow others. Understanding who you are as a leader is critical to your long-term success.

By attending this workshop, you will:
- Learn a framework to help you understand who you are as a leader.
- Explore your personal and leadership vision.
- Identify what motivates and inspires you to take action.
- Create a plan for achieving your leadership goals.

April 21: Resilient Leadership

How do you respond to the unpredictable? What happens when obstacles emerge? Resilience is the ability to recover from challenging or difficult situations. As a leader, there will be times when you face obstacles, and especially during this past year, even the best plans had to be thrown out the window. Being agile and adapting became the norm.

Some believe that either you are resilient or not. Resiliency is a skill that can be developed a muscle that can be strengthened over time.

Join us for this insightful session, you will:
- Gain a clear understanding of what it means to live in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world.
- Assess your resiliency muscle and learn eight common traits of highly-resilient people.
- Prepare a resilience leadership plan.

April 28: Leadership Coaching Information Session

Leadership coaches can help provide personal insight, develop confidence to share ideas and vision, identify strategies for improving relationships and solidify your personal brand. The Pivot 314 Fellowship offers each of its fellows a package of three one-on-one leadership coaching sessions. Attend this information session to meet leadership coach Marcianne Gagliardi (Bauer Leadership Center at Olin Business School) to learn more about the tangible benefits that leadership coaching can have on leaders at all levels. 

May 6: Internship Orientation (5:30 - 6:30pm)

Get ready for your industry internship. We’ll walk you through what it takes to be an intern in a startup or small business. Even if you’ve worked outside of academia before, this will be a good primer on startup life. We’ll cover expectations and tips to make the most out of your summer internship.


June 29: Internship Check-In (5:00 - 6:00pm)

Halfway through the summer, we will meet to openly discuss the challenges and successes of the summer internships and help each other troubleshoot any issues and capitalize on potential opportunities.

July 12: CIC and Cortex Tour (12:00 - 1:00pm)

We will tour the collaborative, inclusive, and value-adding center of gravity for entrepreneurship and innovation in St. Louis. 


July 20: Dinner with the Dean (5:00 - 6:00pm)

Please join Dean Maffly-Kipp for dinner and conversation about the Pivot 314 fellowship, internships and current graduate student issues.  Participants will receive an Uber Eats gift card to purchase dinner. A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event.


August 11: The Basics of Excellent Public Speaking (4:30 - 6:00pm) 

The best public speakers are memorable because they have something to say and an engaging way of saying it. We’ll look at the public speaking process from draft to delivery and provide tips and techniques to help you prepare, practice and deliver an effective oral presentation. 
Presented by Steve Pijit, Associate Director of The Writing Center at Washington University.


September 1: Reflect and Reintegrate (4:00 - 5:30pm)

At the completion of your internship, we are asking that our fellows submit a reflection on their experiences; this can be a video or one page essay. During this session we will reflect on soft skills gained, centered around teamwork, problem solving, work ethic, time management and responsibility. We will also discuss company cultures, structure and management styles. The second portion of this session will be a workshop around how to reintegrate experience into a professional profile. Prior to the workshop, all fellows should update their CV and LinkedIn profile with the internship position. We’ll use this session to share, refine and maximize impact. 

October 6:  Entrepreneurship with Doug Villhard (5:00 - 6:00pm)

Doug Villhard is a Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and the Academic Director for Entrepreneurship at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. He started out his early career at Disney before becoming a serial entrepreneur starting, selling, buying, advising, and investing in companies. In this session we will learn about Doug's Litmus Test for an Outrageously Successful Company (aka, "Professor, how do I know if I have a winning business idea?")


November 3: Personal Branding and Executive Presence (4:30 - 6:00pm)

Developing exceptional executive presence enables you to accomplish personal and organizational leadership goals. Join us to learn the qualities of executive presence that contribute to your effectiveness and success and explore your personal leadership brand. Develop a plan to differentiate yourself as you build trust through interactions with professional stakeholders – from colleagues to community and industry leaders.
Program leader Cathy Dunkin is a Professor of Practice in Management Communication at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching written and oral communication, executive presence, and strategic and crisis communication. Cathy previously built an entrepreneurial public relations firm, Standing Partnership, recognized for employee culture, client results, and global leadership as a partner in the global Worldcom Public Relations Group. 

December 7: The 3dCV with Trish Gorman (4:30 - 6:00pm)

Where will you be in 5 years? Your response depends not only on your imagination and aspiration, but on patterns and preferences from your past that you may not be fully aware of.  The “3dCV” takes a holistic view at your current situation and your past choices, to empower you to envision and explore new paths to value. Understanding how external and internal forces influence your choices is essential to navigating through the upcoming chapters in your career. Join us for an introduction to an empowering process of reflection, analysis and action. Dr. Trish Gorman is a Professor of Practice in Strategy, Director of the Consulting Platform, and Academic Co-Director of the new Online MBA at Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches courses at the intersection of business, government and society, leveraging her unique mix of academic credentials, real-world industry experience, and success in strategy consulting.


2022 Application

Our application for the 2022 Pivot 314 Fellowship is now open.  This Fellowship provides an opportunity for mid-career doctoral students to engage with the St. Louis entrepreneurial community and to explore possible career pathways. The program runs for one calendar year beginning in January 2022.