AWIS DC Baseball Outing – September 13, 2019

AWIS DC is excited to be hosting a night at the ballpark where we will cheer on our Washington Nationals against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, September 13 at 7:05 PM! Come enjoy America’s favorite pastime with your fellow AWIS DC members.

We will be sitting in one of the the Right Field Terrace sections (Sections 222-236) and tickets are only $12!

Please RSVP on Eventbrite with how many tickets you want to purchase, and then follow this link to our website where there will be a PayPal button to pay for your tickets. We will e-mail you with your tickets a few days before the game.

Because we need to put a deposit down on the tickets, the deadline to reserve and pay for your tickets is Monday, August19. We may be able to reserve more tickets after that date, so please e-mail us if you missed the deadline and want tickets.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at Don’t forget to RSVP here and pay through our website and link to PayPal. Looking forward to a fun night!

AWIS DC Summer Headshot Event

AWIS DC is proud to announce its
Exclusive Summer Headshot Event!
Professional headshots are an excellent way to make your profile or resume stand out!  Have you ever had a picture taken or made professionally?  Or has it been a few years since you have and need an updated one?  Now’s your chance!
We are proud to present Dr. Joy Brathwaite, a fellow woman in science and professional photographer!  Joy is generously offering AWIS DC members and affiliates her services at a highly discounted rate.
$70 for AWIS DC and Bethesda members
$80 for non-members.
For perspective, professional headshots can typically cost over $200!  Joy will also “sweeten the deal” by offering those who attend a 15% discount on future services, such as family portraits, small weddings, etc.
This event will take course over two separate dates:
24 July and 30 July
 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm,
American Astronomical Society (AAS)
*Close to the Farragut North Metro Station

Purchase tickets here!

We have a maximum of 15 people per date.  This will be first come first served. Join us and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!
Visit to view Joy’s amazing work!
Members will be able to choose on-site the one photo of their choice (Joy will have 8-12 shots from which to choose).  Each member will receive via email a full resolution digital version of her/his headshot for ease of use on social media, etc.  Headshots will be with a white background.

Donna Vogel Member Spotlight

Donna L. Vogel, MD, PhD

Tell us about your career:

I call myself a “Scientific Career Educator.” I am retired from full-time employment but have not disappeared. An endocrinologist by training, my clinical and research interests moved in the direction of reproductive biology and infertility. My first job out of my postdoc was as a program officer at NIH. I ran a grant program for 13 years, and in addition, was given responsibility for fellowship, training and career development grants for my entire Branch (brought to you by the letters T, F and K). Realizing that was the part I loved the most, I switched Institutes to head a new office for intramural fellows. After several twists and turns, I found my dream job as director of the Professional Development Office at Johns Hopkins Medicine. There I worked with grad students, postdocs, and early career faculty in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing. We did workshops, courses, individual advising, and created some innovative programs of which I remain very proud. The subject matter was largely professional skill-building for finding and thriving in an independent career in science. I maintain a part-time appointment at Hopkins and do a few classes and workshops a year.

What is your educational background? When did you join AWIS?

I have an A.B. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College, and MD/PhD (developmental biology) from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After residency in Internal Medicine, I came to NICHD for a fellowship that combined clinical endocrinology with a research postdoc. I joined AWIS (Bethesda Chapter) during one of my several job searches. It might have been 1986, 2000, or 2004; I don’t remember exactly.


What are some of the professional accomplishments you’ve achieved in your STEM career?

While I was managing the Reproductive Medicine grant program in NICHD, I worked closely with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH). Having worked on two K12 (a type of grant supporting career development) programs in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the ORWH Director asked me to create a K12 program covering the whole spectrum of women’s health. While the vision was Dr. Vivian Pinn’s, I made it real. This was in 1999, and the result was “Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health” or BIRCWH. It is still going strong and I am very proud of the over 600 junior faculty members, MDs and PhDs, men and women, who have been supported by this trans-institute grant program.

At Johns Hopkins, I confronted the disconnect between what grad students and postdocs were learning and what they needed to succeed in a career. While they got superb scientific and technical training, they had very little exposure to interpersonal and professional skill building. I created several courses to fill the gap. Some were on communications skills: giving talks, and writing papers and grant applications. A course I’m especially proud of is “Research Leadership,” a series of sessions covering topics such as career advancement in different sectors, mentoring, working in teams, and project management. I also developed a Teaching Fellowship, now collaboration between Hopkins and the University of Maryland, in partnership with several primarily undergraduate institutions in the Baltimore area. This program provides postdocs the opportunity to learn modern pedagogy from award-winning faculty, with coaching, mentoring, and real classroom teaching experience. In an academic job market where hires will be expected to teach but few postdocs are taught how to do it, our program participants are much better prepared and have been quite successful.


How do you define leadership?

You can’t lead by yourself, and you can’t lead without a goal. So leadership is the ability to produce the best results from a group – usually measured as progress toward a goal, or accomplishment of a task. Important components are listening, building genuine enthusiasm for the work, knowing what motivates the members of your team, and knowing what it takes for you and your team members to understand each other.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned from your journey so far?

There are many paths to success in a career in science.

Don’t close any doors- keep your options open.

Your goals and priorities will change. Accept and expect this.

Pay attention to your personal values – they carry a lot of weight in choosing a career in which you will thrive. It is often easier to know what you don’t want than what you do want.

Apply for jobs that don’t sound exactly like you. You may be the best candidate; the employer just doesn’t know it yet.

There is no such thing as talking to too many people. Every job I’ve had, except one, I got through networking.


Sherry Marts Member Spotlight

Sherry A. Marts, PhD

Founder and CEO of S*Marts Consulting LLC


What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why?

I want to put myself out of business – or, at least, out of my current line of business. I work with scientific societies to stop harassment and bullying in professional settings, including meetings and conferences. I will be a happy woman when my services are no longer needed.

What key roles have you held during your career?

The one I’m most proud of is Founding Executive Director of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences. It was so exciting to be part of a group of brilliant people who wanted to start something new. A close second will be my work as Executive Director of the Genetics Society of America. I took over a very toxic workplace – lots of gossip and backstabbing and favoritism and years of mismanagement – and turned it around within about six months of my arrival. I remember the day someone remarked that they’d seen one of my employees smiling as she was leaving work – the first time they’d seen a smile on her face in years.


Describe the ally who helped you the most in your professional development:

My Ph.D. advisor, who stood up to a lot of pressure from the department chair and other faculty (who wanted me gone) and took me on in his lab after I forced the department to fire the technician who had been sexually harassing and stalking me.


What are you currently reading?

I’m always reading 3 or 4 books at once. In addition to the stuff I read for my work – right now that includes a thrilling historical tome entitled The Women’s Movement Against Sexual Harassment by Carrie N. Baker, and I’m trying to get through The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt. I can recommend either or both of those if you are feeling at all cheerful or optimistic, as they will bring you right back down. So, I need a little “mind candy” to counter those effects, and I’m reading the most recent novel in the Maisie Dobbs detective series by Jacqueline Winspear. Every once in a while I find a detective series I like, and I binge-read the entire series, one book right after another. I love the main character in this series, which starts just after World War I has ended, and is now up to the early years of World War II. She is brilliant, brave, resourceful, a self-made businesswoman, and stands up to everyone from skeptical Scotland Yard inspectors to Nazi SS officers. I haven’t found a character quite like this since I binge-read the Phryne Fisher series.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned from your journey so far?

Never assume anything.

You can have whatever you want, and it probably won’t look anything like what you think it will look like.

Nothing you’ll have to learn how to do is any harder than what you already know how to do.