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Past Coffee and Conversation

We host a monthly online, interactive webinar with a senior GWIS mentor and a small group of GWIS members.


These webinars are designed to allow for in-depth conversation and an opportunity to network directly with the speaker. Each month look for a preview of the speaker and a link for registration in our GWISConnect and GWISLead mailings. Only 7 registration spots are available for each session, so you’ll want to act fast once registration opens! We have recruited amazing mentors!


Not a member yet? Join GWIS today so you can be a part of this exciting program!



November 14, 2018

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14th, 2 PM CST
Theme: Academic Bullying
Speaker: TBD


We had a conversation about dealing with academic bullying, such as disagreements about authorship, data-sharing, funding appropriation, unjust accusations of misconduct, verbal abuse, and intimidation. These conflicts can occur with mentors, colleagues, collaborators, mentees, etc. We hope you never face this type of difficult situation, but it's an important conversation to have. We want to help you through it if you are facing bullying in the workplace or help you be prepared if you ever do. Also, if you are facing a situation like this, feel free to email to anonymously share your story with fellow GWIS members.

October 2018

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 16th, 4 PM CST
Theme: Cultivating Honest Confidence
Speaker: Dr. Cori Wong


We talked with Dr. Cori Wong about how to cultivate infallible self-confidence. Dr. Wong was a featured speaker at a workshop hosted last year by the Northern Colorado Chapter of GWIS where she talked about deconstruction of the "Lies of the Best" and learning how you can cultivate infallible self-confidence. Here is a quick video where Cori introduces the idea of Honest Confidence:


Dr. Wong is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, and a Special Assistant to the President of Colorado State University and Director of the Women and Gender Collaborative.


September 2018


Dr. Amy Belfi              Dr. Gina Moreno


Date and Time: Monday, September 17, 2018, 3 PM CST
Theme: Setting Yourself Up for a Successful Semester
Speaker: Dr. Amy Belfi and Dr. Gina Moreno


This event featured GWIS President Amy Belfi and GWIS President-Elect Gina Moreno! Amy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Gina is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The University of Houston Clear Lake. 


They chat about "Setting Yourself Up for a Successful Semester", whether you are an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a postdoc, or a faculty member (or maybe you aren't even in academia but you like thinking in terms of the academic year!). 


February 2017

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 21st, 8pm EST
Theme: Diversity
Speaker: Dr. Patricia Sylveria 

Dr. Patricia Silveyra earned the equivalent of a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences* and the equivalent of a Doctoral Degree in Biological Chemistry** from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She then attended Penn State College of Medicine and worked with the Center for Host Defense, Inflammation, and Lung Disease (CHILD) Research in the Department of Pediatrics as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Most recently, Dr. Silveyra acquired a Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics from the Pennsylvania State University World Campus.

Currently, Dr. Silveyra is an Assistant Professor at Penn State College of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. There, she researches the molecular mechanisms of inflammatory lung disease using mouse models. To evaluate the condition of the lung defense system, her research lab examines the immune cells present in the lungs after being exposed to toxins. However, the lungs of men and women respond differently to toxins in the environment; thus, Dr. Silveyra is interested in the sex-specific molecular mechanisms of inflammatory lung disease.

For more information about Dr. Silveyra, check out her website.

March 2017

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 22nd, 8pm EST
Speaker: Dr. Sadiye Rieder


April 2017

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 18th, 1pm EDT
Speaker: Dr.Meryl Mims


May 2017

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 17th, 1pm EDT
Speaker: Dr. Rosalynn Quiñones-Fernández

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