Cultivating Women Leaders In The Field Of Chemistry

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

C&EN -- Professional development workshops offered by the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (COACh) have helped thousands of women scientists and engineers overcome workplace obstacles and advance in their professions.

COACh, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, is growing its online presence to broaden its reach. The program is also expanding into developing countries, where it is facilitating research and educational collaborations that help women scientists and engineers build intellectual and leadership capacity, says Geraldine L. (Geri) Richmond, professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Richmond cofounded COACh in 1997 with Jeanne E. Pemberton, professor of chemistry at the University of Arizona, Tucson. The organization also benefits from an advisory board composed of 24 women from various academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

“What makes COACh really valuable is the shared set of experiences from the participants,” says COACh participant Mary Boyd, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of San Diego. (Full Story)

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