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Career Empowerment for Women in Science

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For women pursuing careers in the sciences, there are a number of unique challenges. Fortunately, there are also a number of strategies that women 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.

Join us for this FREE webcast!

Topics covered include:

  • 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, academia, 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.


Shirley Malcom, PhD – Dr. Malcom, head of the Education and Human Resources Program at AAAS, 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. Dr. Malcom also served on President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She serves on the boards of various nonprofits and holds 16 honorary degrees.

Celeste Rohlfing, PhD – Dr. Rohlfing joined AAAS as chief operating officer in 2015. Previously, she served as the deputy assistant director at the National Science Foundation for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Dr. Rohlfing also served as assistant director of physical sciences at President Obama's White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and worked at both Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories.