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The Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter is committed to supporting the advancement of women in science and science-related fields by providing opportunities to participate in professional networking, mentoring, and leadership activities. Enjoy our website and let us know if you want to be a part of our network. Click here to sign up for email alerts, monthly newsletters and events.

Coloring Outside the Lines

AWIS DC presents:

Coloring Outside the Lines

May 16, 2016


     AWIS DC is excited to host an evening with Laura Odell, Assistant Director for the Institute of Defense Analyses. Her expertise has led her across incredible science and technical fields. Have you ever been curious about what different opportunities exist for you, but you may miss because they seem unrelated to your field? Sometimes it pays to get out of your comfort zone and color outside the lines!

Come hear this fantastic speaker present a view of her career path as well as offer career advice. Networking and appetizers at 6pm. Programming begins at 6:30. All are welcome!

Tickets: http://odell.eventbrite.com

Not a member! Join AWIS DC Here!


Laura Odell develops progressively complex projects where weapon, business, and network requirements intersect.  She is a “hands- on,” operationally focused leader specializing in presenting feasible solutions that are ultimately rendered in an electronic environment.  She optimizes the trade space balance between risk and performance by linking operational process and controls to an organization’s strategic objectives.

With twenty five years of experience, her core competencies intersect the business and cyber domains. Her primary focus area is on Cyber intrusion and Cyber hostility defensive design to enable platform resiliency.  She is currently working on a variety of disruptive technologies projects, including mobility to the tactical edge for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Chief Information Officer (OSD CIO). She is recognized as a leader in the Federal government industry sector and has been a speaker topics regarding IT enabled data analytics, rapid acquisition procurement and cyber security hostility topics at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Defense Acquisition University, American Engineering Institute, and other industry forums.

Before joining IDA, Ms. Odell was a Partner at KPMG LLP responsible for US Global Department of Defense practice and was the Americas leader for the deployment of the Global Supply Chain Offering (GSCO) in the United States.

Her experience working for the Federal government includes positions as in Deputy Program Manager for the Department of Defense F/A-18 aircraft program for electronic warfare, Congressional Liaison for the Naval Air Test Center, and flight test engineer for Strike aircraft directorate-US Navy conducting at sea carrier suitability operations and a three year global rotation in the Pacific Rim.  She began her career as a design engineer for Honeywell.

Learn more about Laura Odell at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauraaodell.

Picture Day! Professional Headshot, Networking & Resume Exchange

AWIS DC presents:

Picture Day! Professional Headshot, Networking & Resume Exchange!

April 4, 2016


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Building,
1200 New York Avenue Northwest, Washington DC

At her talk with AWIS DC in December, personal branding expert, Jen Dalton, reminded us of the value of having a professional headshot to represent us in the digital world. As much as we like taking them, it seems that our selfie shots might not make the best 1st impression! We’re pleased to offer you an opportunity to have your business profile portrait taken by DC-area portrait photographer, Tamzin Smith. Tamzin is giving AWIS and AWIS friends a very special offer that includes 1 full-resolution, moderately-retouched digital file (selected from 3-5 shots)! Spaces are limited! ALL ARE WELCOME! Please RSVP by March 31st! Note: No refunds will be given for the headshot portion of this event after March 31, 2016.

Tickets: https://awisdcpictureday.eventbrite.com

Not a member! Join AWIS DC Here!

What to do while you wait for your personal photo shoot?

Photos will be taken on a first come, first served basis so polish off your resumes and bring ~5-10 copies to exchange with others for feedback and networking while you wait! Don’t forget your business cards!

Already have a professional headshot? Feel free to just join us for the Resume Exchange and networking!

Appetizers will be provided.

About Tamzin

Tamzin Smith is a 2013 honors graduate of the Washington School of Photography Professional Program, and an artist-in-residence at Washington ArtWorks in Rockville, Maryland. Tamzin specializes in contemporary, natural light portraits, in studio and on location, for business and branding, social media, online dating, and personal enjoyment. She brings to her work lessons learned from being on the other side of the camera as a model, a sense of composition and color from 23 years as a graphic designer and illustrator, and a sensitivity to the discomfort many people feel being photographed from 4 years of working largely with a professional female clientele. Examples of Tamzin’s work are attached and you can view more on her website at www.tamzinsmithphoto.com.

Tips for preparing for your portrait session:

  • Consider getting your makeup and hair professionally done—unless going for glamorous look, keep it natural.
  • If getting hair cut and/or colored, best to do it a week in advance–give it a chance to settle in and look natural, or if you don’t like it, you have time to make adjustments.
  • Do your hair and makeup carefully, and bring tools/products to touch up.
  • Pinterest is a great resource for wardrobe—search “what to wear for portrait,” maybe add “business,” “casual,” etc…
  • Wear something you love and feel great in, and/or that others have told you you look great in, and that flatters your figure and/or suits the intended use (business, social, dating, etc…).
  • Choose classic styles rather than trendy (unless fashion is your business and/or you are prepared to get an updated portrait when styles change).
  • Bring some options to accessorize (jacket or cardigan, scarves, jewelry, etc…).
  • Please make sure clothes are free of wrinkles, lint and/or pet hair.
  • If you wear glasses, bring them, clean them and be prepared to be photographed in them.
  • Get good sleep and hydration!

AWIS National, AWIS DC and AWIS Bethesda: Wine & Cheese Event

VF01AWIS National, AWIS DC and AWIS Bethesda invite you to a night of networking at the AAAS headquarters.

Come mingle with fellow women in science enthusiasts and learn more about what the individual chapters and our national organization have to offer. Bring your questions, ideas, and business cards! Be sure to RSVP through EventBrite,

Wine & cheese will be provided. Cheers!


Monday, March 14, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)


AAAS Headquarters. 1200 New York Avenue NW Washington. Washington, DC 20005

AWIS 45th Anniversary Celebration


Please Join Us for Our 45th Anniversary Celebration

Ever since our founding in 1971, AWIS has been at the forefront of successful efforts to change policy and break down barriers for women in STEM.  You are invited to join members of the National Governing Board and the DC Chapter for an evening of celebration and networking.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Lebanese Taverna, Cedar Room

2641 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20008

*Hors d’oeuvres provided and a cash bar available.

This event is exclusive to AWIS members and supporters and an RSVP is required.

2016 Officer for AWIS Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter

Happy New Year, AWIS DC!

The Nominations and Elections Committee of the Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter of the Association for Women in Science is pleased to announce the election results for the 2016 chapter officers.

2016 AWIS Washington DC Metropolitan Officers
President: Leslie Jimison Hamilton (elected in 2015)
President-elect: Megan Stine
Past-president: Kristina Krasnov Miller (elected in 2014)
Vice President for Programs: Deborah Bouvier
Vice President for Finance: Barbara Natalizo
Vice President for Communications: Kelsey Sugrue
Vice President for Membership: Jennifer Blum

The amendment to the chapter bylaws also passed.

Thank you to the 2015 chapter officers for all their hard work and dedication to the chapter and we look forward to the new year!

Mentoring Circles 2016 Kickoff Event Featuring Dr. Ofelia Olivero

The 2016 Mentoring Circles Program Kick-off Event

January 13th, 2016

AAAS Building

1200 New York Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20005

6:00 PM Networking

6:30 PM Presentation

Dr. Ofelia Olivero, Author of Interdisciplinary Mentoring in Science: Strategies for Success. Dr. Olivero offers practical and engaging advice on interdisciplinary mentoring in all fields of science. You’ll learn what successful mentoring is, what it is not, and how these important concepts relate to scientists today. Her presentation includes real-world examples, and is backed by current evidence and research. Learn about the benefits and challenges of building a mentoring relationship.

Participating in a Mentoring Circle is free for AWIS members.  To join the Mentoring Circles Program as an AWIS Member:

1. Complete an application form
2. Register for the Kick-off event

To join the Mentoring Circles Program as a non- Member:

1. Complete an application form
2. Register for Mentoring Circles and the Kick-off event ($50.00 fee)

For more information on our Mentoring Circles Program, click here

AWIS DC December Happy Hour

northern lights trees nelly-volkovichRSVP BY DECEMBER 6. 

Join AWIS-DC at Local 16 for a relaxed evening of “speed networking,” conversation, and socializing. Happy hour prices will be extended through the entire event!

Practice what you’ve learned this fall in our networking exercise, and  continue the conversation over drinks and snacks on the (covered and heated!) deck at Local 16 on U Street.

This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow AWIS members and find those you’d like to have as part of your mentoring circle in January.


Don’t forget to bring your business cards!


Is This Really You? – Reputation, Visibility, and Personal Impact in a Digital World

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue NW

Networking: 6:00-6:30 pm               Program: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Register: https://awisdcnov19.eventbrite.com

AWIS-DC  is excited to host an interactive evening with Jen Dalton, CEO of BrandMirror.

Although you probably don’t think of your career as a business, advancing in your career often requires the skills of an expert in sales and marketing. You are that business’ brand, and learning how to make yourself stand out, to make your value visible, and to create a strategy for building and maintaining your presence in the job market is crucial to success. And the job market these days is increasingly online.

Join DC AWIS to take a step back, assess what your online brand is, and how best to position yourself to move forward in your career. Jen Dalton, CEO of BrandMirror, will provide strategies and insights for you to better understand your unique value, and to communicate that clearly to your target audiences. You’ll learn how to ensure that your reputation in person and online is remarkable, and sets you up for new and exciting opportunities.

Jen Dalton, CEO of BrandMirror, has over 15 years of experience in strategy, marketing and coaching. Jen helps people present their most compelling and powerful selves to the world, and she is an expert on making best use of social media tools while avoiding potential pitfalls. She has spoken to and coached thousands of individuals and entrepreneurs about defining their brands, crafting their stories, and how to stand out. She is an international speaker and has worked with companies like GE, IBM, Capital One, 1776, C-Lever, and more.

Call for Nominations for the 2016 AWIS DC Board

Do you enjoy the events and opportunities that AWIS DC provides and want to get more deeply involved? Or do you have some suggestions and want to make some changes?  Consider running for office!

Nominations for the following positions on the 2016 AWIS DC Board are now being accepted:

1) President Elect (3 year term)

2) VP of Programs

3) VP of Finance

4) VP of Communications

5) VP of Membership

The duties of each position are described on the AWIS DC elections page.

Please send all nominations to jlwesemann@gmail.com by October 19; only names and contact information will be needed at this time.

Jodi Wesemann

Chair, Nominations & Elections Committee

Educate, Curate, Communicate: Now That You Have That Degree, What Will You Do With It?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue NW

Networking: 6:00-6:30 pm               Program: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Join our panelists for an evening of career exploration.  Opportunities abound for scientists who choose not to stay in academia. Scientific societies, museums, and a seemingly infinite variety of publications and other media want your knowledge, expertise and skills. Learn more about how to steer your career into places where you’ll thrive.


Beth Ruedi is Director of Education and Professional Development for the Genetics Society of America. 

Briana Pobiner is a Research Scientist and Museum Educator with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Sara Reardon joined Nature in 2013 and writes about biomedical research and policy, with a focus on neuroscience, microbiology, and NIH.

Moderator: Sherry Marts is the current VP for Programs for the AWIS DC Chapter. She is a coach and consultant with a particular interest in advancing women in STEM.