Expanding Potential: A workshop advocating for women in STEM

Announcing a workshop for women in STEM!


Women make up only 24% of the workforce in STEM and 33% of the doctoral scientists in the U.S. Gender equity in STEM is a longstanding and pervasive problem that is a result of a number of complex issues. “Expanding Potential: A workshop on navigating the hurdles faced by women in STEM fields” is an opportunity for members of the STEM community, regardless of gender, to learn about and discuss some of these systemic issues. This one-day workshop, taking place on November 15, is co-organized by the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc) and QB3-Berkeley.

This workshop can be broken down into two general themes: 1) addressing the issues faced by women in the workplace that often go unrecognized and how to face those issues in a positive manner and 2) encouraging career development by teaching negotiation skills and through networking activities. Our keynote speaker Mary Ann Mason (author of Do Babies Matter? and co-director of Tools for Change) will discuss issues women face in dealing with work-life balance. There will also be plenary sessions on implicit bias and impostor syndrome and networking and recruiter activities. Our hope is to grow a community of individuals that work together to advance to the next steps while supporting each other in navigating the hurdles in the work environment.

We encourage all to register for the workshop – and to do so soon as registration is filling up! – as the conversation will be more effective with representation from all fields of STEM and all genders.

 The program with the full list of speakers can be found on the Expanding Potential website.


Shaila Kotadia is the Education and Outreach Manager at the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), where she directs numerous programs at the pre-college through postdoctoral levels.

Sabriya Rosemond is the Diversity Fellow for Synberc where she works with Synberc’s diversity team to develop initiatives that are aimed to increase diversity in synthetic biology and in STEM fields at large.