Professional Development Workshop: Achieving Success through Implementation of Effective Work-Life Satisfaction and Mentoring Strategies

Sponsored by the Women in Materials Science & Engineering Subcommittee

Sunday, November 25
1:00 pm -4:30 pm
Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Fairfax A/B 

Speakers:Masha Fridkis-Hareli | Cindy Simpson

Professional development and educational opportunities are central to personal effectiveness and professional growth. Work-life satisfaction and mentoring are two areas that are often cited as topics of interest to individuals who are pursuing or are currently involved in a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). While advocating for change in policies and systems continues to be important, individuals must find the work-life satisfaction and mentoring strategies that work for them within the systems in which they work.

In this highly interactive session, participants were provided with the tools they need to achieve work-life satisfaction and thereby facilitate sustainable engagement and success in their careers. In addition, this workshop addressed the importance of mentoring and how it impacts work-life satisfaction. This session provided attendees with pragmatic approaches and critical analytical steps for self-identification of their own work-life satisfaction and mentoring needs. Participants developed action plans to be implemented immediately or at some point in the future which will address the questions they have relating to work-life satisfaction and mentoring.



In the event that you reserved a space and did not attend the workshop, you will be charged a no-show fee of $50. Cancellation requests must have been sent to by November 9 to avoid the fee.

Masha Fridkis-Hareli, Ph.D

Masha Fridkis-Hareli - 2012 MRS Fall Meeting Professional Development Workshop

Masha Fridkis-Hareli, Ph.D Associate Scientific Director Taligen Therapeutics

Dr. Fridkis-Hareli is an immunologist, consultant and inventor with over 20 years of experience in academia and industry. She holds a B.A. in Biology from the Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology, an M.Sc. in Molecular Microbiology from Hebrew University and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. During her post-doctoral training at Harvard University she designed and developed a group of novel compounds for treatment of autoimmune diseases: drug candidate PI-2301 is being tested in Phase II clinical trials for multiple sclerosis, and is in pre-clinical development for rheumatoid arthritis. From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Fridkis-Hareli served as Principal Investigator at the Molecular Immunology Foundation at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. From 2006 through 2011, Dr. Fridkis-Hareli held a variety of positions at a number of small biotechnology companies and a global CRO. Recently, in the role of Associate Scientific Director, she contributed to the discovery and development of Taligen Therapeutics’ drug pipeline leading to acquisition by Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Her areas of expertise include autoimmune disease models, protein- and cell-based assays, flow cytometry and preclinical immunotoxicology. Dr. Fridkis-Hareli is a co-author of over 100 publications and 12 issued patents. In addition to her professional affiliations, Dr. Fridkis-Hareli is actively involved on boards of several women’s professional organizations and has recently served as President of the Association for Women in Science in Massachusetts. Masha lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts and likes reading, hiking, and traveling with her family. 

Cindy Simpson, M.Ed, CAE

Cindy Simpson - Professional Development Workshop

Cindy Simpson, M.Ed, CAE Association for Women in Science Director, Programs and External Relations

Ms. Simpson assumed her position as Director, Programs and External Relations at the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) in April, 2009. She is responsible for all educational programming, including the successful on-line learning programs titled AWIS STEMiNARS©, in addition to working with the AWIS chapter leadership on behalf of the association. As a member of the senior management team, she has over twenty years of experience working for nonprofit organizations. Ms. Simpson has addressed the topics of work-life satisfaction and mentoring at numerous professional meetings and speaks frequently about these important issues to individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Business Management and George Mason University with a M.Ed. in Curriculum Instruction and Design, she has served on a number of committees devoted to education and training. Ms. Simpson is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies, the International Mentoring Association, the Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN), and Phi Kappa Phi. Cindy lives in Alexandria, Virginia and enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with her family.

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