Donna J. Dean, Ph.D., is a consultant on leadership and talent development. She has presented more than 60 workshops and seminars at universities and professional meetings in the past three years on those topics, many in her roles as Executive Consultant to the Association for Women in Science and Career Consultant to the American Chemical Society. Prior to 2010, she was Senior Science Advisor for five years with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a government relations firm. She has 27 years of experience in research and science policy at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Her training includes the B.A. in chemistry ( Berea College), Ph.D. in biochemistry ( Duke), postdoctoral research ( Princeton), and executive leadership (Harvard JFK School of Government). Recent honors include the Berea College Distinguished Alumnus Award for her career achievements in the public sector and advocacy for underrepresented groups in science and engineering. She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science, AAAS, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Washington Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dean has been a pivotal leader on scientific and technical workforce issues, in women's health, and in career development strategies for young scientist. She has written two books, "Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in Stem" (Springer 2009) and "Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices" (Academic Press, 2014). She currently is on the Advisory Board for the AAAS Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity and the Senior Women's STEM Council, University of Maryland.
Janet Bandows Koster, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Association for Women in Science has served as executive director and chief executive officer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) since July 2006. She has over 25 years of experience leading organizations in both the United States and overseas with particular expertise in global gender and workforce issues. A significant facet implicit to the mission of AWIS is the transformation of outmoded workplace structures. In rigorous, competition-driven work such as scientific research, where scientists are expected to publish papers, apply for and maintain grants with multiple research projects, manage postdocs and graduate students, teach undergraduate courses, and participate in their respective disciplinary societies, truly attaining "work-life balance" can be elusive. As Executive Director and CEO of AWIS, Bandows Koster has authored numerous reports and presented at professional meetings about issues at the nexus of gender and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She is Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on several federal grants including AWARDS (Advancing Ways of Awarding Recognition in Disciplinary Societies) which partners with 20 disciplinary societies to increase women's contribution to the research enterprise. Bandows Koster holds degrees in international relations as well as an MBA in international business. Most recently, she has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Society of Women Engineers as Director of International Initiatives. She is a Certified Association Executive, a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.
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