See also: Videos from the workshop
Women remain an underrepresented group in STEM and STEM-related careers, even though they are just as qualified as their male counterparts. To overcome challenges to women in STEM, Synberc and QB3 have established the “Expanding Potential" workshop to navigate the hurdles faced by women in STEM. This workshop series aims to advocate for women in STEM by opening up a larger discussion with all genders about issues that women are often faced with in the workplace, and also promote career development and networking to encourage retention and diversity at higher level positions.
The inaugural workshop took place on November 15, 2014, and included informational sessions on implicit bias, impostor syndrome, careers in industry, a panel on career transitions, a roundtable on women's issues, and a networking activity. We are planning a second workshop in Fall 2015 that will emphasize putting some of the ideas from the first workshop into action.
The workshop series is targeted primarily for graduate students and postdocs in all areas of STEM. But undergraduate research assistants, research staff, industry professionals, and community participants are also welcome to attend.
If you are outside of the Bay Area, you can join the conversation by following @synberc and #ExpandingPotential on Twitter. Here is a selection of tweets.
For questions, please contact the workshop organizers:
- Shaila Kotadia, Education and Outreach Manager, Synberc
- Sabriya Rosemond, Diversity Fellow, Synberc, firstname.lastname@example.org
Inaurgural Workshop Agenda
8:30 – Registration - coffee & refreshments
Views of Women in the Workplace
9:00 – Introduction: Susan Marqusee
9:15 - Keynote Address: Mary Ann Mason: "Do Babies Matter? Graduate Students and Postdocs"
10:15 – Break
10:35 - Anne MacLachlan: "Alligators and Implicit Bias: Building your career without getting bitten"
11:15 - Maria Padilla: "Unmasking the Imposter Syndrome: Outdated Gender Norms"
12:00 – Lunch
Navigating the Next Steps
1:00 – Sujie Shin: "Gaining the Upper Hand without Breaking a Nail: Gender and Negotiation in the Workplace" (Canceled due to illness) Alan Sachs, Chief Scientific Officer, Life Sciences Solutions Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific: "Industrial Career Perspectives"
1:40 – Transitions Panel Discussion Moderated by Shaila Kotadia and Sabriya Rosemond
2:45 – Break
3:00 – Roundtable of Women’s Issues in STEM Moderated by Paul Burnett: All Speakers
4:00 – Speed Networking
5:00 – Reception
Interactive timeline: The past and future history of women in STEM
We asked workshop participants to imagine the future of STEM diversity: How will the gender gap change? What STEM milestones will we achieve? How will equality change your life personally? Click on the boxes to read about the past and "future" history of women in STEM.
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