Women in Medicine & Science Forum 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 8:00am - 6:30pm
University Club, Ballrooms A & B, 123 University Place

This annual event celebrates and highlights the presence and accomplishments of women in medicine and science at the University; provides a venue for women to share strengths, talents, and experience; and fosters an academic culture which supports the professional and personal development of women students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and faculty members in medicine and science. This forum is open to all members of Pitt's academic community.

This year's theme is Climate, Culture & Conflict in Academia.


Dress For Success



Registration Begins

Ballroom A

Continental Breakfast Reception

8:00 – 9:15am
Ballroom A

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. This session is open to current Pitt faculty members and trainees and has limited slots available.

9:15 – 9:30am


Ballroom B

Introduction and Welcome

Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPM, Vice Dean, School of Medicine, Professor of Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

9:30 – 10:45am
Ballroom B

Opening Presentation 

Recognition of Bull-rassment: The Elusive Nature of Academic Bullying
Presenter: Leah Hollis, EdD, Associate Professor
Morgan State University

Author of Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression & Incivility Erode American Higher Education

Bull-rassment is the intersection of harassment and bullying, and based upon recent studies, is widespread in academia. Whereas Federal Equal Employment Opportunity laws shield a protected class (age, disability, national origin, race, or religion), from harassment, and Title IX provides protection from sexual discrimination or harassment, federal laws do not protect against bullying in the workplace. Join Leah Hollis, EdD, as she describes her study of bullying within higher education administration and presents her strategies for an organizational approach to stop the problem before its starts.

10:45 – 11:00am


11:00 – 11:45am 
Ballroom B

Gender (In)equality and Women in STEM: the Promise and Limits of Discrimination Law

Presenter: Deborah L. Brake, JD
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development 
John E. Murray Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination against any person on the basis of sex. However, discriminatory barriers continue to slow the advancement of professional women, with particular challenges facing women in male-dominated fields such as medicine and science. Professor Deborah Brake, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, will review the scope of protections under Title VII and discuss the limits of the law, with an emphasis on the law’s relevance to the challenges confronting professional women in STEM fields.

11:45am – 12:00pm


12:00 – 1:30pm
Ballroom B

Lunch Event
Navigating Gendered Institutions:

How Gender Affects Careers Both Within
and Outside Academia

Presenter: Kristin Kanthak, PhD 
Associate Professor of Political Science

University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

Few spaces in the modern workplace explicitly exclude women, but the modern workplace was not necessarily constructed with women in mind. During this lunchtime presentation, political scientist Kristin Kanthak, PhD, explores gendered institutions — institutions like the modern workplace that were constructed (often implicitly) along gender lines. Drawing on her own research and that of others, Kanthak will explore how the dearth of women politicians might be associated with the academic “leaky pipeline” and other workplace challenges that women (and men) must consider as they navigate their careers.

1:30 – 3:00pm
Ballroom B

Case Studies: Exploring the Impact of Bullying in The Academic Workplace

Facilitator: Leah Hollis, EdD, Associate Professor
Morgan State University

Using real life scenarios, join your colleagues to discuss productive strategies for confronting perpetuators of academic bullying and creating a no-bullying culture within your department, school, and institution.

3:00 – 3:15pm


3:15 – 4:45pm
Ballroom B

Bystander Interventions for the Academic Workplace

Presenters:  Katie Pope, Title IX Coordinator
Carrie Benson, Title IX Specialist

University of Pittsburgh Office of Diversity and Inclusion

This interactive session will be discussion-based and will focus on how faculty, staff, postdocs, and students can recognize and respond to sexual harassment and other types of harassment and discrimination in academic workplaces.

5:00 – 6:30pm
Ballroom A

Reception & Book Signing


Dress For Success

Dress for Success (DFS) initiatives empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools 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 the day of the 2019 Women in Medicine and Science Forum. Please check the wish list for items of greatest need. View the Donation Wish List


The Women in Medicine and Science Forum is open to all members of Pitt's academic community.

  • Career Consultations Deadline: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 

  • General Registration Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019


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