BWIS Presents 'International Women's Day' Speakers

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Lily Blocker (left) and Valerie Alexander

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, held annually on March 8, Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) is sponsoring two live, online events to help create a more gender-equal world for a sustainable tomorrow.

First, Stony Brook University’s Lily Blocker will host the workshop “Leading Change” on Tuesday, March 8, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn to successfully manage the change processes that are critical to your success. Creating sustainable, novel, and useful change is important in every industry. However, change can create stress and uncertainty, that can inhibit your efforts. Leaders can be the force that transforms this natural trajectory by implementing the strategic guidance and motivation that are necessary for new initiatives to succeed.

Register for “Leading Change”

Then, from 4 to 5 p.m., join Valerie Alexander to learn about “How Women Succeed in the Workplace: Harnessing the Power of the Female Brain to Break the Bias.”

Alexander is a renowned speaker on happiness in the workplace, advancement of women, and unconscious bias. She will explore the evolution of the gendered brain and the relationship between that and the structure of traditionally male-run enterprises. This funny, provocative talk takes an honest look at the biases women face in our careers, what we may be doing to hold ourselves back, how we can adapt to get into positions of power, and how we can successfully compete on a playing field designed by men to reward their own achievements. It also gives companies and leaders the tools they need to ensure that they recruit, reward and most importantly, retain their top female employees.

Register for “How Women Succeed in the Workplace”

Note: At 3:45 p.m., participants can use the same Zoom link for Alexander's workshop to view a special introduction to International Women's Day message from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary for Science and Innovation Geraldine Richmond.

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DOE Under Secretary for Science and Innovation Geraldine Richmond

Richmond is a renowned scientist, researcher, and teacher and has served in many leadership roles throughout her career including as Chair of DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (1998-2003), and as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2015). She was appointed to the National Science Board by President Obama (2012-2018) and reappointed by President Trump. Richmond is the Founding Director of COACh (1998-present), a grass-roots organization that has helped over 25,000 women scientists and engineers in career advancement in the U.S. and over two dozen developing countries.

These online events are open to all at the Lab—not just women—and we’re pleased to welcome Associate Laboratory Director for Energy & Photon Sciences James Misewich, who will introduce Under Secretary Richmond and then Valerie Alexander.

Adopted by the United Nations in 1977 International Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. 

BWIS is excited to engage with the Lab community as many of us prepare to return to the Lab site for the first time since the pandemic began. BWIS holds monthly events and this year we are striving to include more networking, educational, professional, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion opportunities for employees, as well as for students.

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