Michelle Rogers

Why Not Me? Changing the Face of Leadership in Science

Blog Post created by Michelle Rogers on Jul 27, 2017



Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management: Symposium in honor of Laurie E. Locascio


Sponsored by ANYL, Cosponsored by PRES and WCC

August 22, 2017, 2:00 pm–4:30 pm

Grand Hyatt Washington, Constitution Ballroom E


Have you ever thought about taking on a leadership position but questioned your experience or the value you could add?  Have you ever felt the leadership of your organization didn’t understand the unique challenges you face at advancing your career?  Join us as we consider the value of increasing diversity in science leadership, and ask how those who may not see themselves in a leadership role can be encouraged to step forward as well as foster others to lead.


We will hear from scientific leaders from across disciplines actively fostering STEM diversity and inclusion. We will celebrate, Dr. Laurie Locascio, this year’s winner of the Earl B. Barnes award for leadership in chemical research management, by recognizing her success and exploring what has worked to help promote and encourage female leaders in science and technology.  We will host a panel discussion to share experiences, insights as well as tools, skills and guidance to encourage women and minorities in science to take a step forward in leadership. Dr. Willie Mayshares his observations of how NIST worked to identify strategic opportunities to enhance organizational success through inclusion. Dr. Patricia Falcone shares her insights and personal perspective on demonstrating passion and grit to drive S&T policy change to foster diversity.  Dr. Monica Ramirez Basco shares how leading by example and starting with collaboration and communication among science and technology, mental health and advocacy groups helps to foster diversity and inclusion.  Dr. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre shares her insights into how fostering a vision for a science career and embracing and encouraging a passion for science.  Finally, Mrs. Eloiza Domingo-Snyder will provide a foundation for advancing diversity and equity in organizational efforts to foster inclusion, including race, gender, identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and ability.


We all need to step forward and lead in our own way and share our motivating careers. Join us as we consider and challenge each other to say, Why not me?