Learn & Leverage Your Brilliance


A structured career and personal growth program for all MIT staff, 

offered in partnership with the Working Group on Support Staff Issues.
As an MIT staff member, do you ever:

*   Struggle to express what makes you special?
*   Settle for work that feels unsatisfying?
*   Speak too critically to yourself?

If so, you’re not alone. Shifting these all-too-common experiences requires a set of simple but little-known tools.

Imagine what it would be like to:

*   Clearly communicate your unique value
*   Feel more fulfilled at work Celebrate your wins, while learning from losses and letting them go

Your Brilliance is the unique combination of your life’s circumstances, choices and experiences.

Everyone is brilliant in a distinctly personal way. Naming your unique attributes can be challenging yet also highly empowering. How you apply this knowledge at MIT and elsewhere can help you be more satisfied, creative, and productive.

Learning to articulate, embrace, and communicate your Brilliance will enhance your career for your lifetime, opening doors to opportunities that better suit you, enhanced productivity, and more joy and ease in your work and personal life.

It all starts here. I teach a system for professionals who are ready to achieve full prosperity, with joy and ease. I'm excited to share it with you...

Step 1: Reveal your Brilliance.  What makes you uniquely you? What are your strengths, passions, and gifts? What do you love to do? What are you meant to be doing?

Step 2: Express Your Unique Definition of Success. What are your most significant needs, values, and priorities at this time of your life?

Step 3: Align Your Life & Work. Here, we translate your Brilliance and your Unique Definition of Success into a solid, strategic plan for action, and you apply it, step by step.

Step 4: Propel Your Growth. Once you have that Release, Acceptance & Action Plan in place for your personal life and work schedule, we apply this same strategic process to your work systems so that you lead your life and organization authentically and with ease.

In a new, structured, group-coaching program exclusively for MIT staff, you will:

*    Master a proven framework for expressing your Brilliance
*    Identify your unique Brilliance
*    Leverage your Brilliance as a structure for networking conversations, informational interviews, and meetings with prospective clients, customers, and hiring 
     managers     
*    Incorporate your Brilliance into your resume, LinkedIn profile and/or professional bio
*    Create your Unique Definition of Success and develop your Release, Acceptance & Action Plan to minimize stress and enhance your emotional resilience
*    Access your personal career coach regularly for Q&A support

"It was great to work with a small group including Debra to work through the challenges I faced on my own."

"[As a manager], I have a new and different way of looking at a new position and how to fill it."

"I am looking forward to starting my new role! The Brilliance statement was a helpful resource when I was writing my cover letter.  It was weird to see my interviewer glance at my 11pm-hastily-written cover letter with several of the phrases from my Brilliance statement highlighted!"

Learn and Leverage Your Brilliance for MIT Staff Includes:
Confidently Communicate Your Unique Brilliance, a four-week e-course to create your Brilliance statement
A live, on campus, coaching workshop 
June 28, 2017, 9:30AM - 2:00PM, with an advance opportunity to submit your draft Brilliance statement and receive customized questions to help you develop it
Web access to .mp3s and .pdfs of the Brilliance-Based® Career Success System Independent Study Program
Membership in the connect2 Success Integration Community for 6 months
Access to additional private coaching at a discounted rate


There are no pre-requisites for participation. Registration is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Only 8 seats are available.



Under the Tuition Assistance Plan, if you meet employment status conditions 
and funds are available in your TAP account, 
 your full $500 participation fee.



Debra A. Woog
(pronounced like “Vogue” magazine), president of connect2 Corporation, is passionate about guiding individuals to identify their unique capabilities, contributions and options. Her data-driven tools and proven processes ease leadership transitions: in the 15 years since launching her private practice she has coached nearly one thousand thriving professionals.

Applying her expertise in career development, organizational dynamics, and conflict resolution, Debra helps leaders envision and effectively communicate their stories to achieve their desired success. She teaches and coaches professionals preparing for career change, finding and negotiating their next roles, optimizing their leadership, and launching and growing their own businesses.
Debra’s own career story drives her effectiveness as a thought partner. 

Her experience includes leadership roles in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, research at Harvard Business School for the award-winning book Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America (HBS Press), and author for national publications including Inc. and Forbes. While she led People Strategy for Cambridge Innovation Center, The Boston Globe profiled her outstanding ability to select and develop talented candidates. More recently Debra served on the MIT Sloan School of Management MBA Admissions Committee and directed admissions and career development for Leaders for Global Operations, the MIT dual-Master’s program in engineering and management.

Debra earned her BA in psychology and American Studies from Wellesley College and her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was awarded the Miriam Sherburne Scholarship for leadership and community service. She is also trained as a mediator and ombudsman. Residing in Arlington, MA, she relishes time with her school-aged son and daughter.

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