Poster Making Event for the March for Science

Poster Making Event for the March for Science,

Co-sponsored by 500 Women Scientists

April 19, 2017

AAAS Headquarters

1200 New York Ave NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

6:00-8:30 pm

Please join AWIS-DC and 500 Women Scientists on April 19th to a poster making event for the March for Science. Please bring your own poster/t-shirt/hat to decorate. We will provide some markers, pencils but feel free to bring your favorite ones.

The event is free but space is limited, so please make sure to RSVP.

“Active Bystander Intervention Training” led by Sherry Marts, Ph.D.

“Active Bystander Intervention Training” led by Sherry Marts, Ph.D.

March 30, 2017

AAAS Headquarters

1200 New York Ave NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

5:30-8:30 pm

Are you planning to March for Science on April 22? Do you know when and how to intervene if someone you are marching with or near gets harassed? In this training, you will learn how to de-escalate situations, how to get other bystanders to help, when to intervene, and when to go for help from the police. There will be role-play in small groups to practice the techniques presented.

Networking at 5:30 pm (Bring business cards or resumes)

Training begins at 6 pm



Sherry A. Marts, Ph.D., CEO of S*Marts Consulting LLC, is a skilled workshop leader, facilitator, writer, and speaker with a lively personality and a wicked sense of humor. A former association CEO with a wide-ranging background in biomedical research, nonprofit management, public education, and research advocacy, Sherry provides expert consulting services to nonprofits and academic institutions on diversity and inclusion, harassment and bullying, and interpersonal communication. She also offers executive and career coaching with an emphasis on career and leadership development for women. Her interest in the issue of harassment and bullying lies at the intersection of her professional life as a woman in science, and her previous experience as a women’s self-defense instructor.

Dr. Marts is co-author (with Raven Dana) of The Book of How: Answers to Life’s Most Important Question.

Dr. Marts received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Biology from the University of Hertfordshire, and her Ph.D. in Physiology from Duke

AWIS DC Mentoring Circle Program and Kick-off Event

AWIS DC Mentoring Circles Program

“…having a feeling of solidarity would be better than trying all this on my own.”

A Mentoring Circle is a group of participants that meets for the purpose of discussing careers and professional development topics.  Participants simultaneously act both as mentors and mentees as they exchange experiences, challenges, opportunities, and advice for the purpose of enhancing self-confidence, communication skills, leadership practices, and commitment to one’s career.

Mentoring Circle size:  Up to 5 participants per Circle with a designated leader

Frequency of meetings:  Every 4-6 weeks throughout 2017

Where: Each group sets its own schedule and location for virtual or in-person meetings. Please note that face-to-face meetings are more beneficial for participants and are highly recommended.

Participating in a Mentoring Circle is free for AWIS members. To join the DC Chapter please visit:

Applications are now closed.

Non-members may participate in a Mentoring Circle for a fee of $50.

This fee will allow you to attend all Mentoring Circles-associated events throughout 2017 for free.

The 2017 Mentoring Circles Program Kick-off Event: Mentoring group assignments & communications workshop titled “Take the Stage and Speak with Authority” by Ann Timmons

January 24th, 2017

AAAS Building

1200 New York Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20005

6:00 PM Networking

 6:30 PM Presentation from Ann Timmons

“Take the Stage and Speak with Authority”

RSVP here!

Join Ann Timmons, Communications Artist, as she shares her unique approach to speaker training, honed during her years in the professional theatre. Ann will offer unique insights for finding your presence, so you can get your message across to anyone, anytime. You’ll walk away with a few practical tools to help you discover your own strong, powerful presence–and start using it immediately. Note: All participants will receive a follow-up email from Ann and be added to her mailing list to receive a monthly newsletter. Participants may opt out at any time.

Speaker Bio:

Ann Timmons teaches people how to speak so others will listen, using her background as an actor, director, writer, and teacher. Ann’s distinctive approach to presentation skills and communications training helps each client discover and embrace an authentic presence. Her clients include current political leaders, as well as business and non-profit leaders. She’s been honored with the prestigious Alice Paul Award from American University for her work with the Women and Politics Institute. Ann is a recognized expert in the fields of communication, women’s leadership and public speaking, and is on the  SheSource team for the  Women’s Media Center. Twitter:@annspeaks

AWIS DC End of the Year Event

AWIS DC End of the Year Event
Wednesday, December 14
Networking & Appetizers at 6:00 PM
Panel Discussion at 6:30 PM
AAAS Building, Washington DC

Admission fee is $5 plus a contribution to the Children’s National patient toy drive!

RSVP here!

We hope you will join us for a very special event on December 14 at the AAAS headquarters!

For our last activity of the year, we are hosting a panel discussion about the changing administration, and the role that we, as avid supporters of women in science and technology, can play over both the short and long term. We know that many of you are frustrated and anxious about upcoming policies changes. It’s important that we make sure our voices are heard, as we fight to protect diversity in STEM education and encourage fact-based policy decisions.

Our panelist for the evening include Mayra Montrose, Bill Pewen, and Sandra Scham. Stay tuned for bios!

In addition to the discussion, we will provide resources for those of you looking for ways to be more involved in AWIS and other like-minded organizations. We also want to hear from you: what would like to see the chapter do in 2017?

Holiday Toy Collection

During the event, we will be collecting toys for the patients at Children’s National Medical Center who won’t be home for the holidays. Board games, Legos, and toys for infants are very much needed. If you can’t bring a toy, cash or gift cards to places like Target, Amazon, iTunes, Visa/American Express are also acceptable. Click here to learn more about what items are needed and what is prohibited, but please no used, breakable, or gift-wrapped items.

Come join your fellow AWIS members to network, discuss, encourage, and plan. Looking forward to seeing you there!

The First Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event

As you know, we are a volunteer run organization. We literally wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the people that generously dedicate their time to serve on the board, serve on a committee, speak at events, and help events run smoothly. To all of you who have given your time to AWIS over the years: thank you!! Each year, we’ll choose one volunteer to formally recognize. For the inaugural event, we can’t think of anyone more deserving than Melissa McCartney. Melissa has served on the board for multiple years and had an integral role in the genesis of the AWIS DC Mentoring Circles program. She is leaving DC at the end of the year for new opportunities, so let’s get together to celebrate all of the things that she has done for our chapter!

What: Tapas, Drinks, Networking, and “Thank You’s”!

When: Nov 7th, 6-8pm

Where: La Tasca, 722 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Metro Access: Gallery Place

Cost: $10


Hot off the Press: Science writing and publishing beyond the journal article!

AWIS DC presents:

Hot off the Press: Science writing and publishing beyond the journal article!

September 20, 2016



Nancy Forbes will discuss her recent book, “Faraday, Maxwell and the Electromagnetic Field:  How Two Men Revolutionized Physics”—why she decided to write it, the story itself and its importance for science and the modern world.  She will explain her experience with the publishing world and give suggestions for getting published, either with articles or books. Finally, she will briefly speak about her involvement with AWIS over the last 30 years and the value she has derived from the organization.

Don’t forget to bring your business cards along! We’ll be raffling off copies of Ms. Forbes books as well as a few other titles!

Networking and appetizers at 6pm. Programming begins at 6:30.

All are welcome!


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Nancy Forbes has worked for over 25 years in the management and analysis of science and technology programs, especially in the military and intelligence community.  She currently works for the National Coordination Office for Networking and IT R&D as a strategist and writer. Her experience includes serving as senior analyst for S&T for the Central Intelligence Agency, evaluation of national IT research programs for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and technical oversight for federal R&D projects, including at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). She “moonlights” as a science writer, having published numerous articles and two books, “Imitation of Life:  How Biology is Inspiring Computing” by MIT Press and most recently, “Faraday, Maxwell and the Electromagnetic Field” for Prometheus Books.  She holds a Bachelors and Master’s degrees in physics from Columbia University and equivalent degrees in Spanish literature from the University of Virginia.

AWIS DC presents: Unconscious Bias and its Impact on Women in STEM

AWIS DC presents: 

Unconscious Bias and its Impact on Women in STEM 

July 12, 2016



Have you ever wondered what unconscious bias is and how it affects women in STEM? On Tuesday, July 12th Dr. Janette Lun from Scientific Workforce Diversity in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will join AWIS DC to help tackle this important topic. Don’t forget to bring your questions and business cards along!

Networking and appetizers at 6pm. Programming begins at 6:30.

All are welcome!


Not a member! Join AWIS DC Here!

Janetta Lun, Ph.D. is a senior behavioral scientist in Scientific Workforce Diversity in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this position, she works on evidence-based approaches and interventions to enhance the diversity and social inclusion of the scientific workforce at NIH.  In 2013-2014, she was an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Program, Policy and Management of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflicts and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID.  Her fellowship work supported the implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan of Women, Peace and Security at USAID.  She earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia with research on the social-cognitive basis of intergroup attitudes and behavior, as well as cultural psychology. She had also held positions at other organizations such as UVA’s Center for Advanced Study on Teaching and Learning and Chemonics International where she conducted program evaluations and projects review. Dr. Lun has also designed and taught classes on cultural diversity and cross-cultural negotiation.

AWIS DC Mentoring Circles Mid-Year Event

AWIS DC Mentoring Circles Mid-Year Event

Leading from where you are: building leadership skills in your current position

Not all leaders are in management positions. How do you continue to build and strengthen your leadership skills regardless of your career level?

Join AWIS for small group discussions on several different “Leading from where you are” techniques.  You will be meeting new people, so bring your business cards!

Monday, June 13th, 2016
AAAS Building, 1200 New York Ave, NW
Networking starts at 6:00
Presentation starts at 6:30

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!


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

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.


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

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!