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


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 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.

Networking for Introverts Workshop!

September 16, 2015 at 6:30 PM

You’ve heard that “networking” is key to career advancement. So, you’ve gone to networking events, you’ve eaten the bad hors d’oeuvres and drunk the cheap wine, you’ve made some small talk and exchanged business cards with a few people, and you’re still waiting for it to pay off. Or, because you dread and detest all of the above, you’ve resigned yourself to missing out on this particular career advancement strategy.

Here’s the well-kept secret: networking is a set of tools and techniques, and no one is born knowing how to do use them perfectly. And none of it is any harder to learn than all the things you already know how to do – although it does take practice.

In this session, we’ll open up the toolbox and uncover ways to make networking easy, interesting, and fun. You’ll learn how to approach networking events with a plan and a strategy, how to start an interesting conversation with pretty much anyone, and how to follow up with new contacts without being a pest. You’ll have a chance to practice on each other, and you’ll set some straightforward goals and create a networking plan to achieve them.

Sherry Marts is an executive and career coach who presents lively and interactive workshops (or, as she prefers to call them, “playdates”). Her specialty is working with women in science and academia who are considering a career change. In addition to “Networking for Introverts,” she has created a playdate called “Dance As If No One Were Watching” for those who are too shy to actually move to music in public. Learn more about her and her work at

The Association for Women in Science DC Chapter wants to invite you to an our mid-year Mentoring Circles Networking Event! Index Card Networking

Imagine a networking event where you have 5 minutes to introduce yourself, you needs, and your wants to a room full of supportive people.  During this introduction, your audience has an index card where they write who they are, how to contact them, and how they can help.  At the end of the 5 minutes, the asker has a stack of names, supporters, ideas, and possibilities she didn’t have before.
Join AWIS DC as we embark on a night of tailored networking!
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
6 to 8:00 pm
AAAS Headquarters 
1200 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Please RSVP via EventBrite
If you have questions, please contact