Professor Packard has served as an invited keynote speaker in higher education, community organization, government and business settings. For example, she lectures on topics related to mentoring and advising, issues facing underrepresented groups in STEM, to include first-generation and lower-income students, women, people of color, or transfer students. She has also addressed why diversity, inclusive climate, and a culture of mentoring benefits organizations.

In addition, she has provided short-term and on-going support to programs and organizations, whether providing advice about launching mentoring initiatives, creating an infrastructure that fosters persistence, or developing key resources.

Her workshops emphasize interactive, case scenario-based approaches where participants practice engaging in difficult conversations, whether in the classroom or within colleague-to-colleague dynamics, in ways that can positively improve climate. She has worked directly with faculty across various career stages, whether newer faculty or department chairs. She is especially interested in raising what can make one's role difficult and highlighting success strategies to move forward.

Sample Talks, Workshops, and Resource Development:
  • Design Consultant, New England Women in Energy and the Environment, Launch of Mentoring Circles
  • Keynote Speaker, New England Conference for Student Success, Keynote Speaker, NSF PI Mtg for HBCU-UP, Keynote Speaker for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, Pathways to STEM Student Success
  • Workshop Leader/Facilitator for Faculty and Staff at an array of colleges about difficult conversations (e.g., in the classroom, colleague to college) that influence climate- for example: Hampshire, Pitzer, Pomona, Grinnell.
  • Keynote for Professional Days at an array of community colleges including Bunker Hill and Middlesex
  • Speaker/Workshop Leader for Faculty at selective four-year colleges about first-generation college students or students of color- for example: Williams, Swarthmore, Davidson, Bowdoin, Amherst, Gettysburg
  • Keynote speaker, Connect Math Conference on Transfer in Math
  • Guest Speaker for STEM Faculty at four-year colleges (Smith College, Stonehill College, Gettysburg) and community colleges (Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College, Massasoit Community College)
  • Keynote speaker at a conference for transfer officers
  • Guest speaker for Women in Business club at a large university on the topic of mentoring and networking
  • Program design advice for a financial institutionís mentoring program
  • Engage in Engineering Project- Resources to Improve Faculty-Student Interactions
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    Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychology and Education
    Director, Weissman Center for Leadership
    Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075