AWIS Staff



Sandra W. Robert, CAE

Chief Executive Officer
In her capacity as Chief Executive Officer, Robert is leading the strategic refresh of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), including market positioning, revenue expansion and diversification, partnerships, membership, research, and governance structure. Before coming to AWIS, Robert served as the first executive director of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), leading the development of its first operational structure, bringing its signature CEO event to profitability, broadening the membership model, and strategically redesigning the partnership program to maximize mutual value. Robert loves to “speak geek” and has supported the national engineering and manufacturing communities through leadership roles at Eastern Michigan University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. She is an avid advocate for the advancement of women in STEM careers, believing that it is imperative to bring the vast expertise of women to bear in solving the world’s grand challenges. Robert serves on the National Women’s Business Council.

Meredith Gibson

Chief Operating Officer 
Meredith Gibson is the Chief Operating Officer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). In her current capacity, Ms. Gibson is involved in strategic planning, non-dues revenue generation, grant management, and membership engagement. Prior to joining AWIS, she oversaw development activities for the American Lung Association of Washington and was responsible for marketing project management for the University of Washington and the Sacred Heart Hospital System. Ms. Gibson is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. She has traveled extensively and seeks to better understand cultural differences, in an effort to act as a better advocate and ally. She continuously pushes for scientific knowledge to become accessible to all, in the hope of broadening participation in the STEM community, both in the United States and abroad.

Shelley O’Brien, MBA

Chief Marketing Officer
Shelley O’Brien joins AWIS as the Chief Marketing Officer. With our 50th anniversary approaching, Shelley will support our membership, chapters, and partners with stories, data, and tools to continue our mission of advancing women in science. Shelley spent her early career at Hewlett-Packard and AT&T learning multiple marketing disciplines including product marketing, channel marketing, executive positioning, and public relations. At AppSense (now iVanti), she led the North American Field and Channel Marketing Team in their efforts to drive demand on a limited budget. She was introduced to association leadership in 2017 at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Shelley’s career has spanned a variety of marketing disciplines at large enterprises, small software companies, privately held organizations, and member associations. However, one thing has remained constant: her sense of urgency in helping to solve problems for key audiences.

Abby Swett

Membership Manager
Abby Swett joins AWIS as the Membership Manager. She graduated from Roger Williams University with a B.S. in Economics and has over 10 years of experience working in higher education, associations, and membership-based organizations. Prior to joining AWIS, Abby managed over 70 state and local chapters for a trade organization. She is currently pursing the requirements to sit for her CAE examination. Abby lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Rob and daughter Margot.

Jade Forde

Jade Forde

Marketing Specialist
Jade Forde joins AWIS as a Marketing Specialist. The New York City native graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Communications. Jade led marketing for an IT government contractor until her expertise led her to the nonprofit sector. She has experience in social media, content creation, website maintenance, online communities, graphic design, newsletters and email marketing. In Fall 2021, she will pursue a master’s degree in Digital Strategy from the University of Florida. Jade lives in Northern Virginia with her puppy Theodore.

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