ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE INC
May 27, 2010
I attended several AWIS seminars as a postdoc in New York City, but after moving to Maryland, I decided I needed to focus on developing a lifelong a career in science, rather than just holding down a job at a biotech. I can find a link between every position I’ve held since that biotech job, and networking through AWIS. I am eternally grateful to the Bethesda AWIS board members who have served as references for me. They also gave me the inside scoop on practices and policies at a future employer - information that allowed me to negotiate salary, flex time, and telecommuting every Friday from home. They helped me out with advice and support once I was on staff, and provided valuable off-the-record perspectives. Now that I am in Pennsylvania, I am still in touch with some of the gang inside the Beltway, and we still share job postings, make connections and introductions for each other, and lament how fast our kids are growing.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Most recently, I was asked to join the AWIS Marketing and Communications Committee, an activity that fits perfectly with the latest incarnation of my career - freelance science writer. This opportunity has connected me with other AWIS members interested in writing, which can only be a good thing as I grow my business. And, of course, it goes both ways and I have shared information, advice, job postings, etc with others I’ve met, or who have been referred to me through the never-ending AWIS network. AWIS membership, in effect, adds over 5,000 amazing women to your rolodex!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & I attended a meeting of the Bethesda chapter of AWIS and soon found myself on the board, eventually serving as Secretary for several years.