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.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 (All day) - Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (All day)
University Club, Ballrooms A and B

October 3, 2017 | University Club | Day One

8am

Check-In Begins

8:30am
Ballroom B

Introduction and Welcome

Vice Dean, School of Medicine
Professor of Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
8:30–9:15am
Ballroom B

Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices

Association of Women in Science

9:15–9:30am

Break

9:30–10:30am
Ballroom B

Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce Panel Discussion

Panelists:
Jack D. Myers Professor and Chair
Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity
Professor of Business Administration

University of Pittsburgh

Dean of School of Pharmacy
Dr. Gordon J. Vanscoy Professor of
  Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Pittsburgh

Senior Vice-Dean
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY                
10:30–10:45am
Break
10:45–11:45am
Ballroom B 

Gender Differences in Declining Requests for Non‐Promotable Tasks

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Economics
University of Pittsburgh
11:45am–1pm Lunch on Own
1–2pm
Ballroom B

 

The Benefits of Climate Change in Academia

Professor of Ophthalmology and Director
Office for Women's Careers
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
2–2:15pm Break
2:15–3:15pm
Ballroom B

Making Connections at Professional Meetings through Strategic Networking

Association of Women in Science 
3:15–3:30pm Break
3:30–4:30pm
Ballroom B

 

Taking Your Networking to the Next Level: From Connections to Collaborations

Pitt Moderator and Panelists

Associate Vice Provost for Research Operations
Professor of Surgery and Immunology
University of Pittsburgh
 
Panelists:
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology

University of Pittsburgh

Distinguished Professor
Department of Immunology

University of Pittsburgh

Associate Dean, Director
Medical Scientist Training Program
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology

University of Pittsburgh

Associate Dean for Research
John A. Swanson Professor of Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh
4:30–5:30pm
Ballroom A
Meet and Greet the Presenters and Panelists
Hors d’oeuvre Reception

October 4, 2017 | University Club | Day Two

8am
Ballroom A*
Continental Breakfast Reception
*Updated
8:30–9:45am
Ballroom A
 
9:45–10:00am Break
10–11:30am
Ballroom B

Saying No So You Can Say Yes

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
University of Oregon
11:30am Closing

Read Testimonials from past WIMS Forums.

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Presentations

Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce:
Beyond Best Practices
Best practices have been developed that can make the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in science and engineering more gender equitable. This session will focus on how individuals can leverage those strategies into effective techniques for their own mentorship and sponsorship, networking, and professional interactions for career advancement. 

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Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce Panel Discussion
Senior academic leaders will discuss the academic obstacles that impede the retention and advancement of women faculty and the institutional challenges to implementing transformative change. Pitt Policies and Practices For Retaining a Diverse and Inclusive Academic Community Resource List

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling with "No"
Gender Differences in Declining Requests for Non-Promotable Tasks
Gender differences in task allocations may sustain vertical gender segregation in labor markets. Dr. Vesterlund will report on studies examining the allocation of a task that everyone prefers be completed by someone else (writing a report, serving on a committee, etc.) and will present evidence that women more than men volunteer, are asked to volunteer, and accept requests to volunteer for such tasks. Beliefs that women, more than men, say yes to tasks with low promotability appear as an important driver of these differences. If women hold tasks that are less promotable than those held by men, then women will progress more slowly in organizations.

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The Benefits of Climate Change in Academia
You can look at the pipeline in a negative light (and that is appropriate), but Dr. Masur suggests that you should not stop there because, in addition, you can look at it another way. She argues that we are at a tipping point. In this presentation, Dr. Masur will examine a) case studies that illustrate how progress has been made, b) the role of diverse teams in improving scientific progress and impact, c) institutional and national programs that make a difference in gender equity, and d) how to celebrate success to create positive feedback loops.

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Making Connections at Professional Meetings through Strategic Networking
Networking is an important component for career success and, when strategically implemented, can be utilized to advance one’s career. This interactive workshop will cover the various forms of networking, incorporate small group discussions on the benefits and challenges related to networking, and provide tips and techniques that can immediately be put into action to improve one’s networking skills.

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Taking Your Networking to the Next Level:
From Connections to Collaborations
A panel of accomplished academic scientists will share their experiences building collaborative relationships and offer insights and advice on how to identify and cultivate relationships with potential collaborators.

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*Individual Career Consultations: Ask a Guide for Direction
Sign up for a personal 15-minute career consultation with faculty members from across the campus: have your CV reviewed, ask for a referral, or just talk to someone knowledgeable about your career aspirations. *By prior appointment. Inquire at the check-in desk about possible cancellations.
2017 WIMS Forum Career Guides

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Saying No So You Can Say Yes
As women in academia, we’re conditioned to see opportunity as a scarce commodity. When one presents itself, no matter what it may be or how much time we may not have, we feel pressure to say yes because another one might not come along. However, not every yes is created equal. In fact, a no can often be the best thing for you and everyone involved. This workshop, "Saying No So You Can Say Yes", teaches how to embrace your true purpose, identify the projects that support it, and most importantly, say no to the ones that don’t. When all's said and done, you won’t be judged by how many things you did, but by how effective they were.
Presentation Pre-Work

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Dress for Success

Dress for Success Pittsburgh LogoDress for Success (DFS) initiatives empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tool s to help women thrive in work and in life. DFS Pittsburgh is the primary advocate for at-risk women who are in the critical transition to re-employment. Their aim is to assist women in need by providing them professional clothing for interviews and career success. Donations will be collected during both days of the 2017 Women in Medicine and Science Forum. Please check the wish list for items of greatest need. View Wish List

Participant Index

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Steering Committee

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Sponsors

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lecture Rooms #5 & 6, 4th Floor Scaife Hall

Special Feature Presentation

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Lecture Rooms 5 & 6, 4th Floor Scaife Hall

Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play When No One Has the Time

Presenter:

Brigid Schulte - Author and award-winning journalist for the Washington Post and Washington Post Magazine; Director, New America Foundation's Better Life Lab

Discover how the pressure of feeling like we never have enough time to do it all distorts our experience of time and stresses our relationships within and outside our workplaces.

Book Signing & Reception

7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lobby

"Overwhelmed" copies may be purchased or you may bring your own copy to be signed by Brigid Schulte. Light refreshments will be served.

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NOTE: If you have already registered for these sessions on the Women in Medicine and Science Forum form, you do not need to re-register.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 (All day) - Friday, April 8, 2016 (All day)
UPMC Conference Center, 11th Floor Scaife Hall; Lecture Rooms 5 & 6 Scaife Hall

DAY ONE: Thursday, April 7, 2016

12:30 p.m.

Check-In Begins
Conference Center, 11th Floor Scaife Hall

1:00 p.m.

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

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

Opening Presentation

I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time

Presenter: Laura VanderkamAuthor and Speaker

“Having it all” has become the subject of countless books, articles, debates, and social media commentary, with passions running high in all directions. Many now believe this to be a confirmed truth: Any woman who wants to advance in a challenging career has to make huge sacrifices. She’s unlikely to have a happy marriage, quality time with her kids (assuming she can have kids at all), a social life, hobbies, or even a decent night’s sleep. But what if that’s not the whole story? What if all those tragic anecdotes ignore the women who quietly but consistently do just fine with the juggle? Instead of relying on scattered stories, Laura Vanderkam, in her book, "I know How She Does It", adds hard data to the debate. Based on hour-by-hour time logs from 1001 days in the lives of working mothers earning at least $100,000 a year, this book shows how these women spend the 168 hours that every one of us has each week. Case studies and interviews document how women make time to advance in their careers, enjoy family activities, and pursue their own passions. Based on these strategies, "I Know How She Does It" offers a framework for anyone who wants to thrive at work and life. 

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

Break

3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Making Connections Through Strategic Networking
Presenter:

Kathy W. Humphrey - Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement, Chief of Staff, and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, University of Pittsburgh

Discover how professional journeys are shaped by personal experiences with networking.

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

Jennifer E. Woodward, PhD - Associate Professor of Surgery - Research Associate Professor of Immunology - School of Medicine - Associate Vice Provost for Research Operations, University of Pittsburgh

Enhance your networking capabilities and discover the enjoyment of networking through this hands-on speed networking session.  

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dinner Break On Your Own

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Lecture Rooms 5 & 6, 4th Floor Scaife Hall
 

Featured Special Presentation

Overwhelmed:  Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

Presenter: Brigid Schulte - Author and award-winning journalist for the Washington Post and Washington Post magazine; Director of the New America Foundation's Better Life Lab

Overwhelmed is a book about time pressure and modern life. It is a deeply reported and researched, honest and often hilarious journey from feeling that, as one character in the book said, time is like a “rabid lunatic” running naked and screaming as your life flies past you, to understanding the historical and cultural roots of the overwhelm, how worrying about all there is to do and the pressure of feeling like we never have enough time to do it all, or do it well, is “contaminating” our experience of time, how time pressure and stress is resculpting our brains and shaping our workplaces, our relationships and squeezing the space that the Greeks said was the point of living a Good Life: that elusive moment of peace called leisure. Author Brigid Schulte was driven by two questions, "Why are things the way they are?" and "How can they be better?" The answers she found are illuminating, perplexing and ultimately hopeful. The book both outlines the structural and policy changes needed – already underway in small pockets – and mines the latest human performance and motivation science to show the way out of the overwhelm and toward a state that time use researchers call Time Serenity.

7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Book Signing and Reception
"Overwhelmed" copies may be purchased or you may bring your own copy to be signed by Brigid Schulte. Light refreshments will be served.

DAY TWO: Friday, April 8, 2016

7:45 a.m.

Check-In Begins

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

Continental 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. Have your CV reviewed, ask for a referral, or just talk to someone knowledgeable about your career aspirations. Registration for this session will close March 18th. Those registrants will be contacted the following week via email and given instructions for choosing a career guide.

*REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED*

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Organization Skills for the Overwhelmed: Where Does Your Time Go?

Presenter: Cheryl SchmidtConsultant

You’re buried in work, right? Too many emails, crazy-impossible deadlines looming, and projects on your to-do list--which keeps expanding! Do you sometimes look at your workspace with utter dread? This  stress-busting, sanity-saving workshop, Organization Skills for the Overwhelmed!, delivers practical tips, techniques, and strategies for getting organized and taking control of your time — right away!

12:00 p.m.

Closing

Participants are encouraged to donate to Dress for Success Pittsburgh. Donations will be collected during both days of the 2016 Women in Medicine and Science Forum. Please check the wish list for items of greatest need. View Wish List

NOTE: As of Monday, March 28th, participants are still welcome to register for sessions, excluding the Individual Career Guide Consultations, but your names will not be able to be printed in the 2016 Women in Medicine and Science program book.
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.

Welcome

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.

Break

3:15 p.m. to 5:00 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.

PART ONE:

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.

PART TWO

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.

Closing

 

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.

Closing

 

 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:30pm - Friday, March 28, 2014 - 11:30am
Scaife Hall, 11th Floor Conference Center

The goals of this annual event are 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.

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Participants are encouraged to donate to Dress for Success Pittsburgh. Donations will be collected during both days of the 2014 Women in Medicine and Science Forum. Please check the wish list for items of greatest need.  View Wish List

Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 1:00am - Friday, March 23, 2012 - 4:00am
University Club

The goals of this annual event are to celebrate and highlight the presence and accomplishments of women in medicine and science at the university.