Active Bystander Intervention Training

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, Dr. Sherry Marts will teach you 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.

March 30, 2017
AAAS Headquarters
1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
5:30-8:30 pm

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

“…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: 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.

Applications are now closed.

The 2017 Mentoring Circles Program Kick-off Event: Mentoring group assignments & communications workshop
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.

“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
RSVP here!

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