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Advancing Ways of Awarding Recognition in Disciplinary Societies (AWARDS) Workshop

In its 2006 report Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering, the National Academies urged scientific and disciplinary societies to ensure that women be recognized for their contributions to the nation’s scientific and engineering enterprise through nominations for awards and leadership positions. In response to this recommendation, the Association for Women in Science began a joint initiative to develop a mechanism to address the under-representation of women among scientific award recipients.

Based at AWIS, AWARDS partnered with seven disciplinary societies to develop processes customized for each organization to foster the diversity of their scientific award recipients.  Lessons learned from this project have been used to develop a framework for future use with other disciplinary societies with distinctive cultures and structures.  A fact sheet focusing on “implicit associations” bias in the selection process for awards and prizes, along with a series of web-based training videos, will be shared during this workshop.

The goals of the program will help individuals to:

  • understand the meaning of implicit associations bias
  • recognize how to identify implicit associations bias
  • learn how to overcome the various biases that exist
  • develop tools that can be utilized in submitting future applications for awards

Learning objectives of the program:

  • Understand the importance of how implicit associations bias can impact the awards process
  • Develop an action plan to identify key areas of focus for future awards submissions
  • Identify and recognize that implicit association bias resides within everyone

Cost:

  • AWIS Partner Price:  $3,500 plus travel expenses
  • Non-AWIS Partner Price:  $5,000 plus travel expenses. Click here to find out about partnership information.

To order this workshop or for more information contact Cindy Simpson at 703.894.4496.

 

Effective Communication Tips and Techniques Workshop

Ineffective communication skills can hamper individuals as they are navigating through their professional careers and trying to reach their goals and objectives for success.  Communication skills are so very important and the difficulties and challenges that are faced often focus on communication deficiencies.  Confrontation is also a form of communication and, if not handled correctly and in a constructive manner, could significantly impact one’s career.

Included in this workshop are tips and techniques that can be employed by the participant, no matter where they may be in their career.  Attendees will work in small groups or pairs on various exercises that have been developed to assist them in enhancing their style of communication.  The development of effective networking skills is also another form of communication and is becoming more and more important in successfully obtaining and/or retaining a position in science, technology, engineering, math or medicine. Various ways to improve networking skills, both face to face as well as on a virtual basis, will also be discussed in this workshop.

The goals of the program will help individuals to:
  • provide participants with a better understanding on how to improve their communications skills
  • develop a personal plan to address the strengths and weaknesses of the individual
  • understand how effective communication impact leadership skills

Learning objectives of the program:

  • Learn about the different influencing factors that inhibit effective communication
  • Understand the techniques that can be employed to improve verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Receive tips on how to improve communication skills as a leader

Cost:

  • AWIS Partner Price:  $3,500 plus travel expenses
  • Non-AWIS Partner Price:  $5,000 plus travel expenses. Click here to find out about partnership information.

To order this workshop or for more information contact Cindy Simpson at 703.894.4496.

Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce:  Beyond Best Practices Workshop

It is imperative for academic institutions to rethink the policies that are currently in place in order to make recruitment and retention of women in STEM more gender equitable.  The nature of the workplace at academic institutions often conflicts with life outside of academia. Based on a newly released book by the same title written by Donna J. Dean, PhD, AWIS Executive Consultant and Janet Bandows Koster, MBA, AWIS Executive Director & CEO which draw from a world-wide survey from over 4,200 researcher responses, the focus of this workshop will be to review the best practices that are currently in place as they relate to the work/life challenges of STEM employment, including dependent care, dual-career relationships, mentoring, and travel to professional meetings.  By employing a variety of initiatives within the academic institution, ultimately the changes that occur will help to serve and become recognized best practices which become the new norms.

Participants will engage in small group interactive discussions relating to the various case studies that will be presented throughout the workshop.  Outcomes from these discussions will be shared with all participants to facilitate increased dialogue during the presentation.  An overview will be presented of tools and techniques that individuals can deploy in changing the academic research culture to improve the recruitment and retention of women in science and engineering.  Intensive interaction and discussion with the participants will also provide examples and issues, from which the presenters will illustrate how the tools and techniques can be deployed in these situations.

Learning objectives of the program:

  • Develop an action plan to help academic institutions identify and create systemic change
  • Review case studies and discover practical tools to explore effective integration strategies
  • Leverage best practices and policies related to work/life challenges, travel for dual-career couples, strategic choices, and overcoming implicit bias.

Cost:

  • AWIS Partner Price:  $3,500 plus travel expenses
  • Non-AWIS Partner Price:  $5,000 plus travel expenses. Click here to find out about partnership information.

To order this workshop or for more information contact Cindy Simpson at 703.894.4496.

Importance of Mentoring Relationships Workshops

Developing strong mentoring relationships has always been an important component for success as a scientist. And, it has been the keystone on which AWIS has built its programs over the past three decades.

In 1990 AWIS created the AWIS Mentoring Project which attracted over 3,000 participants. As a result, a paperback book titled A Hand Up: Women Mentoring Women in Science was written for women scientists.  This proved to be a popular offering and the first run of 5,000 copies sold out in less than a year.  In 2009 AWIS published its second mentoring book titled Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships, which focuses on providing an overview on being mentored in the diverse fields encompassed by STEM.  Tools, techniques, strategies, and case studies are laid out in an easy-to-scan format which serves as a handbook.  To date close to 1,000 copies have been sold.

Before beginning the AWIS mentoring program, 80% of the participants recognized that they faced barriers in combining the roles of being a woman and a scientist. Three years later, 62% of these participants stated that the AWIS Mentoring Project helped them identify and overcome barriers to their success. Today, over 50% of AWIS members participate in mentoring programs.

The focus of the Mentoring program is to provide individuals in STEM with an appreciation for how important mentoring is as well as the tools and techniques that they will need to find mentors and best utilize them. 

The goals of the program will help individuals to:
  • Examine the difference between mentoring, coaching and sponsorship
  • Recognize how to identify your mentoring needs
  • Learn how to identify and approach a potential mentor
  • Understand how to use mentors to help achieve your goals and advance your career
  • Identify the do's and don'ts involved in being a good mentee or mentor

Cost:

  • AWIS Partner Price:  $3,500 plus travel expenses
  • Non-AWIS Partner Price:  $5,000 plus travel expenses. Click here to find out about partnership information.

To order this workshop or for more information contact Cindy Simpson at 703.894.4496. 

Improving Work-Life Satisfaction Program

Given the work environments and expectations for individuals in science, and the fact that a career in science is very often a way of life and far more than a job, work-life satisfaction can be elusive. While advocating for change in policies and systems continues to be important, individuals must find the personal work-life satisfaction strategies that work for them within the systems in which they work. Research shows that loss of top talent is a likely issue for employers, and that having rigorous development opportunities can make a difference in retaining top talent.

Prior to the development of the AWIS Work-Life Satisfaction program, a content planning survey was conducted and 409 responses were received for a response rate of 14.6%.  Three interesting results emerged:

  • 70% of respondents reported not taking advantage or not having access to work/life resources
  • 50% of respondents would prefer a face-to-face program compared with on-line or virtual offerings
  • 68% of respondents reported that work/life satisfaction issues impacted important personal life choices, such as the decision to have children

Learning objectives of the program:

  • Define what work-life satisfaction is and is not
  • Identify seven keys to achieving and maintain work-life satisfaction
  • Develop an action plan that can be implemented immediately or in the future

Cost:

  • AWIS Partner Price:  $3,500 plus travel expenses
  • Non-AWIS Partner Price:  $5,000 plus travel expenses. Click here to find out about partnership information.

To order this workshop or for more information contact Cindy Simpson at 703.894.4496.

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