AWIS Mentoring

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Upcoming meeting:

Re-THINK Success: Gaining Confidence and Expanding your Comfort Zone
Workshop with Donna Fedor, Master Results Coach

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

7:00-7:30 pm - dinner and networking
7:30-7:40 pm - announcements
7:40 - 9:00pm -interactive workshop on gaining confidence

Topic: gaining confidence in communication and leadership, expanding your comfort zone and managing stress.

RSVP by February 28. Dinner will be provided.


Society of Women Engineers Santa Clara Valley | Google Hardware Night | February 27, 6-8.30pm, Sunnyvale
How Women Lead and CSweetener - dinner with speakers & networking | Women's Leadership: Advancing Diversity in Healthcare Management | March 14 2018, 6-8pm, San Francisco

Calling for STEM professionals to share experiences in informational interviews: 

We have launched a pilot program for AWIS protegees who would like to learn about different career paths and industries through informational interviews. We are looking for professionals who may be contacted and are interested in answering questions during informational interviews.

Protegees and professionals may sign up here.

  • The program will be managed through a special LinkedIn group, making it easy to manage the level of involvement.
  • Initial contact from interested protegees to participating professionals will occur over LinkedIn Inmail.
  • Professionals can easily opt in or out of communication, and choose whether to communicate with individual protegees on a case-by-case basis.

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Palo Alto Association for Women In Science Mentoring

Who are we? The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Mentoring Program consists of a group of women graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and professional scientists/engineers working in industrial and academic settings.  The program is sponsored and staffed by volunteers from the Palo Alto chapter of AWIS and has been actively working with graduate women at Stanford since 1991.

Why join? It is an excellent opportunity to interact and network with a diverse group of women in science in a supportive and informal setting.  Plus, it is an excellent opportunity to  give and receive one-on-one mentoring and to expand your professional network.

How does it work?  The program meets five times during the academic year on Stanford campus from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Meetings include dinner, a short talk or panel and group discussion.  Topics may include work-life balance, choosing between a career in academia or industry, job search strategies, professional development (e.g., leadership, networking, working effectively in a team), etc.. 

In addition, the Mentoring Committee pairs each participating student/post-doc with a woman scientist/engineer.  Post-docs are paired with a more senior mentor and will also act as mentors to graduate students.  The mentor and protégée arrange times to meet one-on-one.  The time commitment is flexible, negotiable, and by mutual agreement.

How to join? If you are interested in working with a mentor or acting as a mentor, please fill out a profile form on the left side menu. Stanford post-docs who would like mentors should fill the protégée form which will also ask for information to identify their grad student protegee.  We also welcome post-docs from outside Stanford as mentors for graduate students.  We are always accepting new mentors to the program; you will be paired on an annual basis in early November.  Mentors and Proteges should fill out a protege form prior to the application deadline.  Late Mentor forms are being accepted.

The AWIS Mentoring Committee encourages and welcomes all members and individuals interested in promoting the roles of women in science. Friends and colleagues are welcome. If you have any questions, check out our FAQs or please feel free to email us at mentoring.awis [at] gmail [dot] com.  We look forward to meeting you!