“Career Empowerment for Women in Science”

Monday 8/28/2017 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT | FREE

For women pursuing careers in the sciences, there are a number of unique challenges. Fortunately, there are also a number of strategies they can employ to allow their talent, intelligence and scientific skill to shine through. This is the first of two webcasts addressing this topic.

Our discussion will be led by Dr. Shirley Malcom and Dr. Celeste Rohlfing, two women who have faced these challenges, firsthand. Their insights will prove invaluable – and inspirational – to any female scientist or entrepreneur interested in furthering their career.

Topics Covered:

  • Salary, benefits packages and other differentials
  • Leadership Roles and leadership training
  • Finding the right career mentors
  • Women as Entrepreneurs (difficulties in accessing venture capital)
  • Women in Industry, Academy, National Labs, and Government
  • Responsibility of institutions to act
  • Implicit bias in hiring, promotion and peer review for publication and grants
  • Need for systemic, structural changes within institutions

Presenter Information

Shirley Malcom, PhD

Shirley Malcom, PhD
Head of Education and Human Resources, AAAS

Dr. Malcom, in her role as head of Education and Human Resources at AAAS, works to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEM. Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech, a regent of Morgan State University and a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. She served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Malcom, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received her PhD in ecology from Penn State, masters from UCLA and bachelor’s from the University of Washington, both in zoology.

In addition, Dr. Malcom chaired the NAS Committee on Barriers and Opportunities to 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degree Completion. She serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments, Public Agenda, the National Math-Science Initiative and Digital Promise. In 2003, she received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.

Celeste Rohlfing, PhD

Celeste Rohlfing, PhD
Chief Operating Officer, AAAS

Dr. Rohlfing joined AAAS as Chief Operating Officer in 2015. She works closely with CEO Dr. Rush Holt on strategic planning as AAAS undergoes a multimillion dollar transformation to a more member-facing, innovative, digital enterprise. Previously, Dr. Rohlfing served as the Deputy Assistant Director at the National Science Foundation, for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. She was the senior career official managing the Directorate with a budget of $1.4B and 170 staff. In 2010-11, she also served as Assistant Director of Physical Sciences at President Obama’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

From 1986 to 1997, Dr. Rohlfing was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, with over 70 scientific publications. Prior to joining Sandia, she was a Director’s-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry are from Duke University and Princeton University, respectively.

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