Diverse voices and backgrounds strengthen scientific research and discovery.
This exclusive, funded program is designed for STEM professionals eager to become
agents of change to help shift the culture in their fields.
Women and other underrepresented groups make up a fraction of the STEM workforce in
the United States, despite recent progress to increase diversity and inclusion in
STEM fields. These groups represent an untapped talent pool.
This program offers a safe space for participants to construct or strengthen their
leadership identities, and to join a community of professionals. Through the Women
in STEM Leadership Program, women and other underrepresented groups in STEM will be
empowered to excel in their careers, rise to influence and decision-making positions,
and foster more diversity, equity and inclusion in their fields.
When everyone has a seat at the table - or the bench - science and the world benefit.
Upon acceptance into the Women in STEM Leadership Program, participants will join
a highly engaged, diverse, and interdisciplinary network of professionals. As they
progress through the workshops together, participants will discuss and engage with
each other about the program content. Together, they will explore different ways to
support each other and promote inclusion in their fields, continue developing their
personal leadership styles, and create the changes they want to see in their organizations,
fields, and in the world. They will also have the chance to meet and engage with past
participants of the program, joining a growing community of like-minded individuals.
Participants will have the opportunity to develop ideas and proposals for personal
empowerment projects, which may be funded and implemented to further advance inclusionary
efforts in science and research.
The network is active on LinkedIn.
Explore the Workshops
Participants will be introduced to the Alda Method and explore the intersection between
culture and communication.
They will learn to harness the power of their stories and experiences to develop effective,
individualized communication strategies that work for them.
During this two-part workshop, participants will strengthen their negotiation skills
and learn how to better advocate for themselves and others.
They will practice having challenging conversations, experiment with how to navigate
power dynamics, and learn to negotiate strategically.
During this two-part workshop, participants will learn best practices and strategies
for effective and engaging science communication. They will work intentionally to
craft their personal brands.
Advance your Leadership Journey
Foster Change Through Empowerment Projects
Participants who successfully complete the workshops and asynchronous work may choose
to advance their professional development, and take additional steps to support inclusion
in STEM fields.
Individually or in small groups, participants will be invited to draft proposals that
could create change in their organization, community, or field. Fellows will receive
support in developing projects of their own design. Projects could include - but are
not limited to - creating outreach programs for local high schools, establishing professional
groups within an organization, or other initiatives. A select number of ideas will
receive funding for implementation.
After pitching their ideas, a select number will be funded and Alda Center staff will
provide additional support for project implementation.