STEM Professional Development

JBB Symposium 2017: Taking action on the gender leadership gap in STEM

April 28th, 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

The Lied Center Pavilion, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045

/Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 

Symposium Program (pdf)


We invite you to a KU-trainee-hosted event where we will discuss actionable ways that trainees, those in the scientific workforce, industry leaders and university educators & administrators can work together to close the gender leadership gap in STEM. The event will include a keynote speaker with expertise in scientific workforce issues across sectors and fields of STEM and will be followed by a stakeholder panel discussion. JBB undergraduate participants will also be presenting data on the gender leadership gap. Seminar participants will walk away with ideas of how to address the gender leadership gap, renewed energy for increasing diversity in STEM leadership, and a network of community members across STEM sectors dedicated to this cause. The event is free and a light brunch will be provided.


Keynote Address:  Dr. Donna J. Dean, "Career Development Strategies and the Gender Leadership Gap in STEM"

Since 2010, Dr. Donna J. Dean has focused on leadership and talent development, career enhancement, and mentoring strategies for organizations and individuals as Executive Consultant (pro bono) to the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and as Career Consultant for the American Chemical Society (ACS).  She had a 27 year career as a federal executive at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.  Dr. Dean has recently written two books that draw upon her career experiences: Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce (Academic Press, 2014) and Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in STEM (Springer 2009). Raised on a tobacco farm in eastern Kentucky, she earned the B.A. in chemistry from Berea College, Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University, and conducted postdoctoral research in cell and developmental biology at Princeton University. Of all the awards she has received, she is most proud of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Berea College in 2007 in recognition of her career achievements in the public sector and for her advocacy for historically underrepresented groups in science and engineering.


JBB Participant Poster Session:

Between the keynote and panel discussion, there will be a poster session where JBB undergraduate participants will share their infographics on the local gender leadership gap. 


Stakeholder Panel Discussion:

Representatives from academia, the private sector, and scientific workforce will come together to discuss actionable ways to close the gender gap. Information about the panelists featured at the symposium can be found on the Symposium Panelist page. 





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