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At this year's annual Open House, we presented our yearly svAWIS Volunteer Recognition Awards! These awards go to outstanding members who have contributed significantly to advancing AWIS and our mission.
Rockstar Rookie: Awarded to new members who have been outstanding contributors to the chapter. Winners: Linda Su-Feher, Vanessa Cervantes
Team Impact: This award recognizes a person who has made a significant team contribution to the work and mission of our chapter. Winner: Danielle J. Tan
Public Service and Outreach: Awarded to the chapter member who, while acting on behalf of svAWIS, has made a significant contribution to our local community. Winner: Mary Kable
Leadership Award: Awarded to the chapter member whose leadership role has advanced the goals and visibility of our chapter. Winner: Gizem Kalay
We recently held our inaugural annual SacValley AWIS Open House event, which featured silent auctions, raffles, and informal networking. Thank you to everyone who participated in, or donated to, our very successful Open House event! We raised around $1,600 for the chapter, which will be put to good use in the coming year. A very special thank you to Marrone Bio Innovations in Davis, CA, for hosting our event!
Students and professionals alike learned about life at large and small companies and networked at our recent event Careers in the Biotech Industry. We had a great time hearing from our keynote speaker Cate Dyer, panelist speakers, and representatives of local biotech companies. A big THANK YOU to ALL of our speakers as well as our co-host, Marrone Bio Innovations!
Speakers & Panelists:
We had a great time volunteering at Sutterville Elementary's annual Science Night in Sacramento!
svAWIS members shared their passion for science with elementary school students by demonstrating the secrets of soap in the Rainbow Milk Explosion experiment. Simply add whole milk to a shallow plate with a few drops of food coloring. Compare what happens if you poke the liquid using a dry cotton swab (left) versus a cotton swab dipped in a bit of dish soap (right)!
On November 19, 2015, we had a mentorship kick-off event hosted by Monsanto in Woodland. Mentors and mentees met one another and networked with other mentorship program participants over snacks and drinks while discussing their expectations for the program.
In our second mentorship event on February 25, 2016, we watched a TedX talk by Uche Ofodile on how successful women can replicate their success through mentoring, went over ways to improve mentorship skills, and played logic puzzles in groups. Uche's talk and mentorship slides are available in the Mentorship Program tab of this webpage.
Logic Puzzles: We played a game where we split into pairs and one person was asked to build a duck out of legos and their partner was not allowed to see it. A picture was taken of the lego duck and the other partner now had to build the same duck based only on the instructions from their partner! It was a fun exercise on communication because the hardest part was explaining how to place the legos to build the duck to your partner. The pictures below are of the different ducks our groups made with roughly the same legos:
The focus of the 2016 NCC-AWIS Winter Workshop was the BRAND YOU! Branding workshop, designed to help you present yourself confidently at work in various situations.
Debbie Rocco and Betina Schonberger, Senior Consultants at Interaction Associates, partner with multi-national corporations, non-profits, and educational institutions to develop and support women leaders around the world. This workshop on March 12, 2016, at Genentech's campus in South San Francisco, was focused on helping members of the Northern California Chapter of AWIS learn what it takes to make a positive impact.
Ariana Newcomer, The Voice Coach's Voice Coach and international best-selling author, was also a speaker at the Winter Workshop. Ariana helped NCC-AWIS unlock the secrets of their voice to command a room, increase our influence and effectiveness, and step into authentic leadership.
Thank you to our speakers for a wonderful winter workshop!
Guest speaker Dr. Tim Hanks joined us on January 29th and taught us about the neurobiology of decision-making. There was a social hour and light refreshments!
Dr. Hanks is an Assistant Professor at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience. He talked about his current research on decision making recently published in Nature, and asked questions such as, "How do neural circuits transform accumulated evidence into a discrete choice?"
For more information, visit: http://neuroscience.ucdavis.edu/people/core-faculty/hanks-tim.html.
Time to reminisce - take a look at all that svAWIS had to offer in 2014:
Time to reminisce - take a look at all that svAWIS had to offer in 2015: