August 18, 2017

Our Programs

Negotiation Bootcamp

Did you know that woman are great negotiators when advocating for others, but often back off when negotiating for themselves? Our Negotiation Bootcamp is a 4-part series that includes small-group discussion and assignments to help participants identify opportunities for negotiation in their life and learn how to ‘flex’ their negotiation muscles. Attendees learn to promote their skills and negotiate for things that are important to them. Please stay tuned for upcoming dates!

Networking Events

Our monthly happy hours attract a diverse crowd of science professionals from across many disciplines. We come together to grow our local professional networks and learn from each other! Monthly events are free, and take place at various locations in the Portland metro area. All are welcome! Once a year, we host a large networking event in partnership with Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) – the 2017 Annual Mixer at OMSI is 11/8/17 – Save the date! Check out our events for more!

Lunch & Learn

We offer regular lunch and learn sessions with interactive, informal discussions on career development topics and where we hear professional and personal real-world advice from the women and men who have forged their career paths ahead of us. Our most popular topics have been laboratory management, work/life balance, bench to business, leadership roles, teaching at an undergraduate institution, financial planning, science policy, negotiations, and collaborations in science. We have also co-hosted a 2-day grant funding workshop, CV and resume building workshop, faculty job application workshop, and a funding and career development seminar delivered by a Director at the National Cancer Institute. For a list of all of our previous lunch and learn sessions, workshops, and speakers, click here.

Peer Mentor Group

Sometimes we all need a little help to stay on track with our overall career goals – and that’s why we started a Peer Mentor group! This informal group meets twice a month to share career planning and job search tools, resume and interview tips, and to provide a comfortable environment to support each of its members to reach their short-term and long-term career goals. This bi-monthly peer mentor group, provides peer to peer career development support for Portland STEM professionals. To find out more about this group or if you’re interested in joining contact us!

Engagement and Outreach

In our effort to retain and promote women in STEM professions (science, teaching, education and math), we are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of science professionals. We have an ongoing mentoring relationship with undergraduates at Portland State University who are thinking about applying for graduate school, have hosted WIS-related activities at the OMSI Brain Fair, and are offering a class at Saturday Academy this summer. To learn more, contact us!

Policy & Advocacy

We work with institutions, student groups, local government, and other organizations to support women in science in our region. Is your group seeking expertise on issues around women in scientific fields? Talk to us!

  • To inform and engage public officials on the unique hurdles faced by women in STEM, we sent a letter to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, outlining the goals of our group and asking for his continued support of our mission.
  • Together with OHSU’s Graduate Council, we worked to pass the Academic Adjustments for Birth or Adoption of a Child – the first policy of its kind at OHSU.
  • We worked with the OHSU Environmental Health and Radiation Safety office to develop a Prenatal Health guideline, and we encourage OHSU students and staff to take advantage of a free, confidential personalized risk assessment offered by EHRS.

We also run events throughout the year in partnership with local organizations. This year, we are collaborating on Science Hack Day, an exciting inclusive event where anyone can learn about software, hardware, and science through fun projects!