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.
  • Check out our blog on past events
  • Missed the banquet? read about it here
  • Interested in advocacy, subscribe to the AWIS in Action Email Newsletter! Here.

  • To get emails about upcoming events, please email awis.pa@gmail.com
  • 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

    Upcoming Events

    Networking Social

    Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
    Networking is essential to establishing professional relationships and to informing yourself about the ever-changing landscape of companies in the STEM fields.
    Access to up-to-date information gives you an advantage in every stage of your career development. You need only to plug into a professional network. Finding like-minded professionals, however, can be a challenge.
    AWIS is hosting a social event to introduce you to other motivated professionals in the STEM fields. You will build your network, sense the pulse of companies in the SF Bay Area, and plan your next career move.

    WHEN: Wednesday Sept. 24th, 2014

    Tootsie's, in Stanford Barn
    700 Welch Rd , Palo Alto

    COST: Free for members, $5 for non-members
    Info and 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.

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

    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

    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

    Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors

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

    Sponsor an Event

    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.

    Thanks to Laney Strange and sfAWIS for building this website!
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