Gail Webster

WCC Women in the Chemical Enterprise Breakfast, submitted by Despina Strong

Blog Post created by Gail Webster on Aug 14, 2019

With the theme of “30 Years of Eli Lilly Awards:  Career paths taken” the ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) kicked off a yearlong celebration for one of the longest and most successful awards managed by WCC at the Women in the Chemical Enterprise Breakfast. The event was well attended with over 50  individuals including ACS Board members and members of the presidential succession, Eli Lilly company representatives, current and past winners of the Eli Lilly award as well as other ACS members. Following introductory remakes by the Kim Woznack, WCC Chair, three past winners were invited to discuss their careers. The three panelists and past Eli Lilly award winners were Anneli Joplin, Instructor of Visual Arts and Design at Rice University; Mindy Levine, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island and Jana Olson, Content Creator, Phillips Morris International. One of the three panelists followed a more traditional path (academia).  The other two panelists described their journey into an alternative career (communication). Despite the different career paths, all three panelists offered several common messages for the current winners and the audience at large. The panelists stressed the importance of asking questions and advocating for what you need; for keeping an open mind about jobs and seeking inspiration from others in other fields.