In 2008, a number of ICCS women members noticed the lack of representation of women on the ICCS council and speakers at the annual meeting. This subset of women had forged great mentoring relationships with other women in the society and felt that formalizing this type of relationship and expanding the scope would benefit and support the growing number of female ICCS members.
We began with an informal networking meeting with female members, which included relevant topics such as unconscious bias, mentoring and leadership. Male ICCS members were also invited so they could increase their awareness of bias in the workplace and become motivated to mentor women in their institutions. The participants’ response was very positive, and with a generous grant/gift from the Wallace Coulter Foundation, the gathering became a formal session at each of the annual ICCS meetings.
An organized mentoring program has benefited the growth and increased the presence of women in the society. A number of mentees have taken on important leadership roles in the society. We will continue our mission by increasing our visibility in order to expand participation from more ICCS members and to form alliances with other societies.
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Chair: Melanie O'Donahue