Learn to communicate about your research in clear and vivid ways! We invite you to join us for the Alda Center for Communicating Science’s STEM Immersion program, a two-day Alda Method® workshop. Our dynamic, experiential approach is built on the concept that connection is key to effective science communication. Using improvisational exercises, storytelling, and message design techniques, we help you focus on your audience to make your message resonate. The Alda Method® will help you communicate more effectively with students, funders, employers, policymakers, community members, or scientists in other disciplines. APPLY NOW

Dive deep into the Alda Medical Experience™ with Immersion 2018 Connect to Care. Over two days, you will experience the power of improvisation to transform health care communication. High quality health care relies on our ability to connect with ourselves, our colleagues, and our patients. As change agents, leaders have the power to infuse new energy and genuine human connections into our organizational missions. Alan Alda and the Alda Center Medical Team will guide you through a series of tiered modules designed to strengthen your ability to innovate, collaborate, and communicate. Imagine a professional development experience where you unplug to recharge. Join us in New York City for this unique inaugural event. The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

We are now accepting applications for our Immersion 2018 Connect to Care event on December 6th and 7th, 2018 in New York City. The deadline for receipt of applications is September 4, 2018.
If accepted, participation is required for the entire two-day experience.

About the 11.5 hours of CME credits:
The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy: All those in control of CME content are expected to disclose any relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest (defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients) that relates to the content that will be discussed in the educational presentation. All commercial relationships that create a conflict with the planners, speakers, author’s control of content must be resolved before the educational activity occurs.

Our uniquely crafted workshop, Power Connection™, gives women the tools they need to cut through barriers and achieve more productive and profitable results for everyone. Studies show that when women are in leadership positions their companies perform better.

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Why Power Connection™?


Actor and writer Alan Alda, developed this program with his team at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Alda, who is known for his role in the television series M*A*S*H and as a leading advocate for women’s rights in the U.S. has become an innovator in communication training. Power Connection grew out of the success of the Alda Center, which has trained over 11,000 women and men in the art of communicating effectively.

For profitable firms, a move from no female leaders to 30% representation is associated with a 15% increase in the net revenue margin.

— The Peterson Institute Report on Women in Business Leadership 2016

Our Goals

Created to bring about genuine engagement, the workshop exercises make use of the POWER OF CONNECTION. Through dynamic improv exercises, roleplaying, and experiential learning techniques, participants leave with …

  • A repertoire of skills to address real-life challenges
  • The ability to engage more effectively with others
  • The capacity to present ideas clearly and vividly
  • Connection with a network of co-mentors

Workshop participants bring their best contributions forward with confidence.

Our highly interactive workshops are offered in one, two and three-day formats for multi-level professionals. Workshops require a minimum of 8 participants and can custom tailored to fit your corporate event.


As a journalist, I had thought that I was already a strong ‘connector,’ however the workshop opened me up to the potential of listening ‘in the moment’ and on the person’s terms, rather than simply listening for what I need.

— Workshop participant

Profits from ACT go to benefit the innovative and life-saving work in science and medical communication that is continually being developed by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University (Alda Center).

In partnership with the Alda Center, ACT creates transformative experiences for corporate teams specializing in the STEM fields. We help emerging leaders and their teams hone clarity, authenticity, and empathy.

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Inspired by Alan Alda’s statement that, “real listening is the willingness to let the other person change you,” the Alda Method® uses improvisational theater techniques to train professionals to pay dynamic attention to the needs of their listener and to learn how to spontaneously adjust to those needs.

Improvisation focuses on listening, relating, connecting with a partner, speaking vividly, and understanding body language. We blend this together with techniques to help professionals distill their message and shape compelling stories.

The Alda Method® helps business leaders create common ground and use conversational language rooted in accessible experiences to foster genuine human connections. Leaders who embrace a personal tone inspire others.

The Alda Method® encourages professionals to emerge from narrowly defined traditional roles and boundaries that are sometimes required in the business environment and relate to others by listening, observing, and being willing to make spontaneous adjustments.

Our method helps executives and their teams rediscover a passion for their work, and it gives them the confidence to share that passion as they take on greater leadership challenges.

Keynote Speakers

Our expert Keynote speakers are dynamic, personal, engaged, and they know how move an audience.

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Our speakers know how to really relate to an audience and deliver the best experience possible. They are especially talented at coming prepared with an engaging story – something unique and personal, which draws the audience in and creates a welcoming relationship.

We represent award-winning producers, academics, scientists, media trainers, professional actors, career coaches, business professionals, and authors.