Women in Medicine & Science Forum

An annual event to celebrate and highlight the presence and accomplishments of women in medicine and science at the University; to provide a venue for women to share strengths, talents, and experience; and to foster an academic culture which supports the professional and personal development of women students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and faculty members in medicine and science.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 (All day) - Friday, April 24, 2015 (All day)
UPMC Conference Center, 11th Floor of Scaife Hall

Day One: Thursday, April 23, 2015

12:30 p.m.

Registration Begins

1:00 p.m.


Darlene F. Zellers, PhD - Director, Office of Academic Career Development

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

Presenter: Valerie Young, EdD - Best Selling Author and Consultant

In her decades of in-the-trenches research on women’s self-limiting feelings and beliefs about themselves and their success, Valerie Young has uncovered the often surprising reasons why so many accomplished women feel as though they are “faking it” – impostors in their own lives and careers. In Valerie’s book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, these women finally have a solution: Important insight into why fraud fears are more common in women combined with practical ways to banish the thought patterns that undermine their ability to feel — and act — as bright and capable as they truly are.

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Making Connections Through Strategic Networking

Presenter: Anne M. Robertson, PhD - William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Engineering - Director of the Center for Faculty Experience - Swanson School of Engineering

Cheryl A. Bodnar, PhD, CTDP - Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Enhance your networking capabilities and discover the enjoyment of networking.  This introductory presentation will be followed by a hands-on speed networking session. 

5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dinner Break - Dinner Provided for Registered Participants

5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.


Negotiation: The Art of Asking for It

Presenter: Leanne Meyer - Program Director, Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women - Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Do you ask for what you want or are you waiting to be offered the opportunity that will advance your career and/or compensation?  Learn how to better navigate the barriers we know women face in the workplace.

6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Negotiation Case Studies

Moderator: Jennifer E. Woodward, PhD - Associate Professor of Surgery - Associate Vice Provost for Research Operations

Working in small groups, you will apply your negotiation skills and critique the negotiation skills of others.

8:00 p.m.



Day Two: Friday, April 24, 2015 

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Contintental Breakfast Reception

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Individual Career Consultations - Ask a Guide for Direction

You will have the opportunity to sign up for a personal 15-minute career consultation with faculty members from across the campus. You can have your CV reviewed, ask for a referral, or just talk to someone knowledgeable about your career aspirations. Those who pre-register for this session will be contacted no later than April 15th to select a mentor and schedule a meeting time between 8:30am and 9:30am.

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Communicating with Confidence

It’s important to establish your professional credibility by being an influential and excellent communicator. Beth has spoken for audiences that range in size from 10-800+ around the United States. She’ll share how to communicate with pride and purpose, whether it’s in an email, conference call, team meeting or at a podium. 

Presenter: Beth Caldwell - Author and Consultant

11:30 a.m.




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