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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
50th Anniversary Celebration
It’s not every day that an organization turns 50. Join us to celebrate this historic milestone and 50 years of AWIS advocacy. Our featured keynote speaker will be Dr. Marie Bernard, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at NIH. We will also be announcing the annual AWIS awards recognizing individuals who are making significant contributions to advancing women in STEM.
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.
More events coming soon!
December – Alex Sheen, Because I said I would
January – TBD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.