What's Next Webinars

Explore timely topics with exciting thought leaders who will engage, inform and inspire us on our journey to Discover What’s Next.

These programs are free for AWIS Members. Become an AWIS Member for full access. Group discounts are available for 5 or more registrants. Email awis@awis.org for more information.

"I recommend joining AWIS, the seminars have been excellent." Lela, AWIS member since 2020

Upcoming Programs

AWIS National Webinar Speaker Sara Sanford

 May 19

Negotiating While Underrepresented

Women and other underrepresented groups face many barriers in the workplace. Sara Sanford, Executive Director of Gender Equity Now (GEN), believes equity is within reach and plans to share processes and behaviors that can be used to successfully renegotiate salaries, job titles, promotions, remote work schedules, and childcare subsidies.

AWIS National January 2022 Webinar Speaker Melody Wilding

 June 8

Simple Coaching Skills for Managers

How can you improve team performance and become a better leader? Shift your mindset from managing to coaching. In this workshop, two experienced coaches will explore the differences in management approaches, provide examples, and introduce a four-step coaching model.

July 2022 AWIS National Webinar Speaker Cat Shieh

 July 19

Taking Action: How Do I Become an Ally?

Racial bias and prejudice can be present in all sectors of business and institutions. Since the uprisings of 2020, many professionals have wondered how to get involved in social justice and anti-racism. If you ever asked yourself, “How do I become an ally,” this webinar is for you. 

More events coming soon!

August – Leveraging Social Media for Professional Opportunities

September – Power Abuse (and what to do about it)

October – TBA

Past Programs

AWIS National January 2022 Webinar Speaker Melody Wilding

 April 19

Space is for everyone: Diversity at NASA

The film Woman in Motion depicts the career of Nichelle Nichols and her efforts to recruit diverse astronaut applicants. We invite you to watch the documentary Woman in Motion April 7-10, then join us for a panel discussion with NASA employees and leaders for a behind-the-scenes look into the current culture at NASA on April 19.

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Group discounts are available for 5 or more. Contact awis@awis.org.
AWIS National January 2022 Webinar Speaker Melody Wilding

 March 10

Her Hidden Genius

In honor of Women’s History Month, Marie Benedict will discuss her latest book with AWIS. Her Hidden Genius features Rosalind Franklin, PhD, the x-ray crystallographer who uncovered the helical nature of DNA, and the challenges she faced as a woman in science including family expectations, a sexist work environment, and deteriorating physical health from repeated radiation.

AWIS National Webinar Speaker Dr. Korie Grayson

 February 16

(Re)Defining the Image of STEM

For too long, we have had this stereotypical image in our head of who can be and what exactly is a scientist. No longer should those stereotypes stand, for anyone can be in STEM. Learn how we can increase the representation of underrepresented groups in STEM and emphasize that THIS IS WHAT A SCIENTIST LOOKS LIKE!

AWIS National January 2022 Webinar Speaker Melody Wilding

 January 20

Learn How to Say No to Advance Your Career

Whether you have overbooked yourself, realized you have a conflict, or otherwise can’t or don’t want to participate in a project, it’s essential to uncommit gracefully. Setting boundaries respectfully will keep your reputation intact and your relationships strong. Melody Wilding will explain how you can be more assertive and confident, especially while juggling the unique pressures that make it challenging for women to succeed.

Because I said I would Alex Sheen

 December 1

Because I said I would: The science behind a promise.

Alex Sheen believes that every individual has the strength to become a person of their word. In this session, Alex shares his insights and actionable ways to become better at fulfilling commitments. He inspires others to become more accountable to their promises through compelling and real-life examples from the “because I said I would” movement. Join the conversation!

AWIS November 2021 Motherhood in STEMM Webinar Isabel Torres

 November 18

Is Motherhood Causing a Critical Leak in the STEM Pipeline?

Recent research shows that new mothers are nearly 3 times more likely to leave their STEM careers than new fathers or their childless peers. Dr. Isabel Torres will discuss the invisible structural barriers that silently push women in STEM away from their career track and explain why motherhood should be at the center of discussions and interventions to close the gender gap in STEM.

AWIS 50th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Image

 October 28

50th Anniversary Celebration

It’s not every day that an organization turns 50. Celebrate this historic milestone and 50 years of AWIS advocacy with featured keynote speaker Dr. Marie Bernard, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at NIH. We also announced the annual AWIS awards recognizing individuals who are making significant contributions to advancing women in STEM.

AWIS September 2021 Webinar on Disabilities in STEM Panelist Collage

 September 23

Hidden Strengths: Disabilities Make Better Scientists

Jesse Shanahan leads a panel as they share why disabilities are actually hidden strengths, how to check your own biases, ways you can support those around you, and how science can be more inclusive. Recommended for industry leaders wanting to support their employees and anyone who wants to become an advocate. Live captioning is available.

Tightly cropped headshot of Kristen Schwendinger

August 25

Could Federal Grant Requirements to Report Harassment Really Change Behavior?

Policies against sexual harassment have been in place for many years. Congress continues to push agencies to do more to prevent sexual harassment in extramural research settings. Kristen M. Schwendinger will review the current regulatory requirements and reflect on the differences between University action versus action by federal agency.

Erica Mattison

July 22

How Can I Lead in My Career and My Industry?

What does it mean to be a leader? Do we know it when we see it? You may need to change your own perceptions about your role in your organization and helping others to recognize their own leadership capabilities. Erica will also help you develop a plan for growing into a leader and identify specific steps you can take to be recognized as such among your colleagues and peers.

Dr. Malika Grayson

June 16

The ABCs of STEM Success: Hooded and Beyond

If you have ever doubted your abilities, you are not alone. High-achieving women are more likely to experience Imposter Syndrome.  Hear how Dr. Malika Grayson overcame this and other challenges on her journey to becoming the first Caribbean American woman to graduate with an engineering degree from Cornell University.


data scientist, Cathy O'Neil

May 12

Finding Passion for your Post-COVID Life

Over the past year, we’ve grown weary of the pandemic and can’t wait for it to be over. But when will that be? And will things ever truly go back to the world that was? We cannot put our happiness on hold. Join this motivating and thought-provoking session with top-rated speaker, Joe Sullivan, to learn ways to stay inspired through times of great change.


data scientist, Cathy O'Neil

April 22

Coded Bias: The Dangers of AI and Algorithms

Register to attend a Q&A with data scientist Cathy O’Neil to discuss the impact of poorly designed algorithms, Artificial Intelligence’s increasing role in governing our liberties, and the consequences for people stuck in the crosshairs due to their race, color, and gender. Registrants will receive a link to screen the documentary Coded Bias the week before the Q&A.


March 25

Successful Networking During a Pandemic

The pandemic has caused many of us to work remotely and restrict face-to-face interaction. Join social networking pioneer, Diane Darling, for a conversation about how to make connections, expand your network, build relationships and present your best self when taking part in a virtual event.

Dr. Tina Dorr

February 25

Stories and Advice from Inside the Patent Process

If you or a colleague is planning to file a patent, join a conversation with our expert panel including Dr. Tina Dorr, partner and patent attorney with Cantor Colburn (and former biochemist); Dr. Sharon Hausdorff, VP and Chief IP Counsel at Teva Pharmaceuticals, a registered US patent agent and Israeli patent attorney; and Emily Kinser, a lab manager at 3M and former IBM Master Inventor with 50 Issued US patents and another 19 pending!

January 21

Navigating Professional Spaces as a Women of Color: Insights from Minda Harts

Join AWIS member, Dr. Baindu Bayon for an illuminating and frank conversation with Minda Harts, CEO of The Memo LLC and bestselling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. This session provides career advice and actionable takeaways for women of color on dealing with biases, the wage gap, micro-aggressions, and more. This is also time well spent for allies (success partners) and leaders. Success is not a solo sport! 

December 17

Championing Equity: Black Girls Do STEM

Women of science appreciate the difficulties faced in their professional careers. An even greater gap exists between Black women scientists and engineers and the rest of the STEM world. Cynthia Chapple is an innovative research and development chemist, an advocate for Black girls and women and the Founder of Blacks Girls Do STEM. In this discussion, Cynthia and Dr. Lataisia Jones explore effective strategies for opening doors to more Blacks, women and minorities in STEM careers. This webinar is both informative and inspirational: an hour well spent.

December 10

When Roles Collide: Caregiver and Scientist

Recent decades have brought greater distribution of family caretaking responsibilities, but women still carry the bulk of responsibility for child-care and caring for elders in the family. For women who are scientists, balancing a career with caregiving is no small feat — even more so during a pandemic. This webinar explores effective strategies for managing competing responsibilities and navigating these extraordinary times with MacArthur fellow Polina Lishko who will share her experience of juggling career and family.

November 12

Kickstarter Success Story: A Mother’s Mission to Shatter Stereotypes

What happens when your daughter wants to be an astronaut, but you can’t find any apparel to support her passion? If you are Jaya Iyer, you roll up your sleeves and start your own science- and STEM-themed clothing line for girls. Jaya earned a PhD in Fashion Merchandising, was an assistant professor, wrote a textbook, and worked as an apparel buyer for ThinkGeek. We love what she stands for and wanted to share her story. 

October 29

Navigating the 2020 Roller Coaster: Leveraging Emotional Intelligence to Lead in a Crisis

COVID-19 has caused many of us stress, fear, anger, fatigue and grief. By taking a deeper look at our own emotional responses to major disruptors, we can better understand and harness them. This interactive session with Andrea Hoban, Co-Founder and head of learning at Oji Life Lab, provides techniques and resources to recognize and shift your mood, increase collaboration and engagement, and improve business results.

October 13, 2020

Picture a Scientist: Q&A with Dr. Jane Willenbring and Co-Director Ian Cheney

The film Picture a Scientist chronicles the journey of three women scientists and their experiences with overt harassment and implicit bias. After screening the film, members had the opportunity to dialogue with Dr. Willenbring and Mr. Cheney. Watch the recording to learn about the different types of harassment, how allies can help support women and minority scientists, and suggestions for policy changes that organizations could take.

September 29, 2020

Marie Benedict: Unearthing Untold Stories of Women in Science and Other Fields

An intimate interview and Q&A with New York Times Bestselling Author Marie Benedict. Through a combination of research and storytelling, Marie Benedict is on a mission to uncover the stories of influential women and their significant contributions. Her books touch on gender and racial discrimination, self-efficacy, career pivots, and work-life integration – challenges that women in science and STEM fields still face today. 


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