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AWIS Webinar - Equitable Solutions Series: Envisioning the STEM Workforce of the Future
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Finding the appropriate balance between work and life is a challenge for male and female scientists around the world, as identified in a recent study by AWIS. This concern is now becoming more evident to the leaders of businesses, universities, and other organizations that employ scientists. There are evidence-based practices to help early- to mid-career scientists balance their family and other "away from work" responsibilities with demanding careers.

When: 4/2/2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Donna Dean, PhD
Contact: Ric Weibl

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, EDT)

Envisioning the STEM Workforce of the Future – Equitable Solutions Series

Presenter: Donna Dean, PhD

Presenter: Donna Dean, PhD

Who Should Attend: All, Program and Organizational Leadership, Policy Advocates, ADVANCE Leaders

Attracting workers into science and technology fields could be hampered by work-life integration issues according to a recent international survey. Drawing data from 4,225 publishing scientists and researchers worldwide, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) finds that lack of flexibility in the workplace, dissatisfaction with career development opportunities, and low salaries are driving both men and women to re-consider their profession.

“These findings confirm that work-life conflict is not gender-specific in the scientific community,” - Janet Bandows Koster, AWIS Executive Director and CEO, and co-author of Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce:  Beyond Best Practices.

Join us on Wednesday, April 2nd at 12 noon EDT, as AWIS’ very own Dr. Donna Dean discusses the findings of this significant survey and the case studies that inform our newest book - Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce:  Beyond Best Practices.   During the webinar, evidence-based practices that help early- to mid-career scientists deal with their family and other "away from work" responsibilities with demanding careers will be reviewed.  

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Interested in ordering the book?  Click here.  AWIS members receive a 30% discount; contact us for the code at or by calling 703.894.4490

Walk away from this webinar with answers to these questions:

• What can leaders do to create a climate that embraces the whole person – both at work and away from work?
• What do scientists say would help them to achieve the appropriate balances between work and life “away from work”?
• What workplace practices can ensure a robust science workforce for the future?

About the Presenter:
Donna J. Dean, Ph.D., is a consultant on leadership and talent development. She has presented more than 60 workshops and seminars at universities and professional meetings in the past three years on those topics, many in her roles as Executive Consultant to the Association for Women in Science and Career Consultant to the American Chemical Society. Prior to 2010, she was Senior Science Advisor for five years with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a government relations firm. She has 27 years of experience in research and science policy at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Her training includes the B.A. in chemistry (Berea College), Ph.D. in biochemistry (Duke), postdoctoral research (Princeton), and executive leadership (Harvard JFK School of Government). Recent honors include the Berea College Distinguished Alumnus Award for her career achievements in the public sector and advocacy for underrepresented groups in science and engineering. She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science, AAAS, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Washington Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dean has been a pivotal leader on scientific and technical workforce issues, in women's health, and in career development strategies for young scientist. She has written two books, "Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in Stem" (Springer 2009) and "Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices" (Academic Press, 2014). She currently is on the Advisory Board for the AAAS Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity and the Senior Women's STEM Council, University of Maryland.

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