Welcome to Palo Alto AWIS

AWIS Palo Alto has been connecting Peninsula women in science for more than 25 years. In fact on April 16th, 2015, we will celebrate our 30th anniversary. There are monthly chapter meetings featuring distinguished speakers on a wide range of topics. We invite you to join us and participate in any activities that interest you. The friends you make at AWIS will enhance your career potential and your unique input can shape the future of the AWIS Palo Alto organization for the better. Palo Alto AWIS provides career support and inspiration by building community among women in science and technology.

Learn more about AWIS's mission here. And learn about joining the Palo Alto Chapter by clicking here. Chapter membership is only $20 and includes free attendance to meetings and invitations to partner events

To be added to our email list to keep up to date on our monthly events, please send email request to awis.pa@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

  • Women and Leadership Program, April 29th
  • Awards Banquet, May 5th

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    Women and Leadership, Key Strategies to Build Trust and Credibility

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    Athena Williams, MA, Founder and CEO of The Leaders Studio

    Leadership development begins with building trust and credibility with others. If you neglect to establish this foundation,you risk erosion of your authority. AWIS has invited Athena Williams to show you how to gain support and buy-in from others. You will learn how to step into your leadership with confidence. This interactive session will include these skills:

  • Explore the 5 key components required to build trust and credibility
  • Determine the main blocks to credibility and how to overcome them
  • Identify how to effectively promote yourself and your ideas
  • Create your personal Credibility Action Plan

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

    Xerox PARC Auditorum
    3333 Coyote Hill Road
    Palo Alto, CA

    COST: Non-members $10 plus fees
    Free for Palo Alto Chapter Members*
    $15 at the door for non-members
    RSVP online Here
    Flyer: Flyer Here

    For information about joining the chapter click here.
    * Palo Alto, San Francisco, East Bay, or Sacramento Valley Chapter members included. Students may join the chapter only here. Others must join National AWIS and the Chapter for the benefit here.

    20th Annual NCC Awards and Recognition Banquet

    Monday, May 5, 2014
    You are cordially invited to enjoy an inspiring evening and lovely dinner party. This annual event, hosted by NCC-AWIS brings together 4 chapters to celebrate 3 distinguished women scientists as well as several outstanding students. More info here.

  • The 2014 Judith Pool Award to Deanna Kroetz, Ph.D., UCSF
  • The 2014 Ellen Weaver Award to Melissa Cline, Ph.D., UCSC
  • The 2014 Sherrie Wilkins Award to Bonnie Charpentier, Ph.D., Cytokinetics

    WHEN: Monday, May 5th, 2014

    Holiday Inn
    275 S. Airport Blvd
    South San Francisco, CA

    COST: $37.50 until April 25th
    $50 April 26th-May 2nd
    No onsite registration
    RSVP online Here
    Flyer: Flyer Here

    For information about joining the chapter click here.
    * Palo Alto, San Francisco, East Bay, or Sacramento Valley Chapter members included. Students may join the chapter only here. Others must join National AWIS and the Chapter for the benefit here.

    National AWIS Webinars Free to AWIS Members

    These webinars are being offered exclusively to AWIS members as a FREE membership benefit - mark your calendars today! Click here to register for webinars.

  • April 16, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT)
    Do Babies Matter? A Conversation for Graduate Students and Postdocs

  • April 28, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT)
    New Federal Policies Supporting the Family Friendly STEM Workplace

  • May 5, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT)
    Dual Career Solutions: Successful Recruitment and Retention Strategies

  • May 13, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT)
    Powerful Communication: Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, and Be Heard

  • May 28, 2014, 11:30-12:30 p.m. (EDT)
    Building a Leadership Network for Senior Career Level Women in Science

    Take courses to learn practical skills at UC Berkeley Extension

    Click Here for more info

    Volunteers Needed:

    Fundraising, membership, social media, communications, newsletter articles
    Email our president, Reem at pa.awispresident@gmail.com

    Check out our blog on past events

    Click Here

    AWIS T-shirts for Scholarships!

    Proceeds from our chapter T-shirt sales help fund annual scholarships for local community college female students to study health and science. We plan to award 3 scholarships every
    year, but our budget has only allowed us to give out 2 for the past two years. And, we think we can do better!
    Teal shirts are $20 each. Our chapter logo has been revamped, and we hope that wearing it will get our group some good visibility and community support. Plus, they are pretty hip.

    Get Inspired
  • Did you miss the Networking program from Carla Vaccarezza Assistant Director of Career Advising and Program Development at Stanford University? Download her slides "Networking Strategies"
  • Career Advice: Science Mag info on personal skill assessment for PhDs and tools for creating an Individual Development Plan.
  • "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" Ann Marie Slaughter essay in the Atlantic Monthly
  • Work Life Balance Study by AWIS, written up in Science
  • Video on Why we have so few Women Leaders
  • NPR Stats on women's jobs in the workforce
  • Good Managers Lead Through a Team from HBR4/3/12
  • White House Event on Women and Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will be here after the event. 4/24/12, 10:30-11:30am EST
  • Science article on Work Life Balance with AWIS mention
  • 10 Toughest Interview Questions Answered (Forbes)
  • Gloria Steinem Speaks at Stanford Jan 26, 2012 (KZSU hosted stream)
  • Sheryl Sandberg's Barnard Commencement Address
  • Pioneers of Science, Stanford Professors Helen Blau and Carla Shatz
  • Stanford Professor Sue McConnell on Effective Presentation
  • "Getting to Good Enough" survival skills for a perfectionist
  • Interested in helping the cause for Equal Pay? Equal Pay Day Resource Kit is now available online from Coalition for Equal Pay
  • Essay on Gender BiasLink to pdf here

    Palo Alto AWIS News

    Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors

    • BioMarin
    • Bio-Rad Laboratories
    • Genencor Corporation
    • Genentech Corporation
    • Smoliar Foundation
    • and anonymous donors
    We would also like to thank XEROX PARC for the use of their Auditorium for meetings.

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    Invest in Palo Alto AWIS---and advertise your company to a vital sector of scientists and biotechnology professionals in the Bay Area! Contact our chair of Industry Outreach to find out more about sponsoring a Palo Alto AWIS chapter meeting.

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