Mentoring, both informal and formal, is well documented to advance the careers of women in science but unfortunately has not had a similar impact on changing the face of scientific leadership - women remain woefully underrepresented as professors and as leaders.
This can no longer be attributed to the lack of women in the pipeline, the percent of women graduating with PhDs in the sciences, particularly the life sciences, has been at least 40% for the last decade. Facing the same challenge, the business world is using sponsorship programs specifically designed to accelerate the careers of women as leaders.
Although mentorship and sponsorship share some components, they also differ in key areas. This session will identify the key differences between mentorship and sponsorship, the roles and responsibilities of mentees and protégées and will define how sponsors can accelerate your career and help you attain your goals across the entire career spectrum.
About our Presenter
Dr. Elizabeth L. Travis is the Associate Vice President for Women Faculty Programs and Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is an internationally recognized scientist who has made significant contributions to understanding the effects of radiation on normal tissues in her 30 years in the field.
As Associate Vice President, she is a consummate advocate for women scientists and physicians by ensuring they are appointed to high profile committees and leadership positions, by leading institutional policy change to address obstacles to women’s success, and by providing career guidance and sponsorship to women in science locally and nationally.
Dr Travis’s honors include elected fellow of the American Society of Radiation Oncology, the 2009 and 2012 Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award, and the 2014 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award from The American Association for Women Radiologists. She is the 2015 Chair of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science of the AAMC and a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Women in Science.
Dr. Travis currently is a principal investigator on two NIH grants aimed at diversifying the academic science and medicine workforce. She is a frequent lecturer at national and international meetings and institutions on attaining gender equity in academia.