Assoc. for Women in Science

Winter 2015

AWIS Magazine covers topics important to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields. Topics include career advancement, work-life balance, the state of science and technology, women’s wellness, and AWIS’ political and

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19 your network | your resource | your voice Pipeline 2015 report (Hays Engineering and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers): • 74% of the 2,800 surveyed engineers based in the U.K. re- sponded engineering is still seen as a 'boys' job' • 63% of engineers said that engineering is not encouraged as a career option at school • 60% said it is not encouraged by family Clearly there is a disconnect between needed leadership and innovation characteristics and expectations for women in STEM all over the world. With differing cultural norms and gender biases of the many cultures represented through TechWomen, it is all the more important women be innova- tive leaders and connect specific actions to their visions by understanding their leadership styles, setting their sights on leadership roles and identifying and using their resources to successfully manage these biases. Today's pace of innovation necessitates broader participation. The global impact that we can have together by uniting, men- toring, joining and supporting women in STEM is exactly the foundation of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Approximately 1% of AWIS members are international and AWIS currently has an affiliate group in Greece with discus- sions ongoing with individuals from Puerto Rico and Nigeria. AWIS Affiliate Groups (AAG) connects a body of individual AWIS members as a group under the Association for Women in Science. Women from all reaches of the globe were interviewed for the research-based book I authored on leadership; Transforming Your STEM Career Through Leadership and Innovation: Inspi- ration and Strategies for Women, which analyzes strategies of how women can overcome biases to excel and innovate in STEM. Some of the "lessons from the trenches" that I share in the book, I shared in my talk to the TechWomen partici- pants, in order to aid them in implementing their Leadership Roadmaps. I told them to keep in mind that successfully implementing this road map will be a marathon, not a sprint! It includes: • Make a schedule (and stick to it!) • Include milestones as targets • Get an accountability partner • Build your network through TechWomen and associations like AWIS • Make course corrections as necessary • Don't take things personally • Self-evaluation without self-deprecation! • Don't think that adversity necessarily means you're on the wrong track • Ask for what you want • DON'T QUIT! Though promising steps are being made and more women are entering STEM professions worldwide, it is essential that the industry does more globally to improve both the public image of engineering and other STEM related careers and the culture within STEM industries to attract more talented individuals to the industry. Together, through organizations like AWIS and programs such as TechWomen, we can empower the next generation of STEM leaders across the globe. Together, we have power in numbers. Together, we can create opportunities to give ex- posure to female STEM role models. Together, we can ensure women drive innovation as successful STEM professionals. Together, we can empower girls and women in our commu- nities to pursue their STEM dreams, their STEM livelihoods, their STEM innovations and make the world we share a better place. This is at the heart of the mission of AWIS. The AWIS mission is a global mission. = Pam McCauley, PhD, CPE, is a nationally recognized speaker, entrepreneur, author and full professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida where she leads the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team. Dr. McCauley serves as counselor on the AWIS National Governing Board. She had the distinction of be- ing a 2012 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Specialist Program Awardee for her US-New Zealand Human Engineering and Mobile Technology in High Consequence Emergency Management Research Program. careerplaybook women in STEM

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