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Women in Sciences Leadership Workshop

Women face many leadership challenges at every career stage. NOAA hosts a “Women in Sciences Leadership” workshop to provide training that builds personal leadership and management skills for success in scientific organizations. This annual workshop started in 2018 and continues to provide women across the nation with skills with a better understanding of their natural work styles, how to work with others, and how to deliver and accept feedback, and emotional intelligence. While NOAA supports this workshop, it is open to all people in sciences who identify as women.

2024 Women in Sciences Leadership Workshop

Workshop Applications Accepted Via Google Form

Our Facilitator

Chis Olex has over 20 years of experience as a facilitator, speaker and trainer for academic, corporate and other audiences. Chris brings her professional style that infuses groups with energy, trust, and growth. She pushes her participants to challenge the way they think and behave to drive them to reach their individual goals. Chris has been the facilitator for the WISL workshop since its inception.


Our past participants shared their comments with us!

Jessica Gwinn

Jessica Gwinn

NOAA Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program, 2023 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend the 2023 Women in Sciences Leadership Workshop. In addition to meeting amazing women across various career paths and stages, the workshop helped me to learn more about myself, the way I interact with others, and how to be a more effective communicator and leader."

Mackenzie Kerr

Mackenzie Kerr

University of South Floriday College of Marine Science, Lab Manager & Outreach Coordinator

"This workshop allowed me to meet wonderful, unique individuals from all walks of life. It was interesting to learn about our DISC personalities and find out how to work with other personality types."

Nicole Besemer

Nicole Besemer

NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Oceanographer

"I'm so happy I was able to attend the Women in Sciences Leadership workshop. It provided valuable information on workplace relationships that I have been able to implement everyday within our community."

Renee Richardson

Renee Richardson

NOAA Weather Program Office, Observations Deputy Program Manager

"The Women in Sciences Leadership Workshop was truly an invaluable experience as I gained a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses and how to elevate and improve them respectively, attained a better awareness of my own emotional state, as well as others’, and expanded my network to powerful women across the STEM fields. I apply the skills I gained from this workshop everyday, and I will carry these skills as I continue to grow in my career."

Nerea Ubierna

Nerea Ubierna

Research Scientist, INRAE (French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment)

"Attending the “Building Leadership Skills for Success in the Scientific Workforce” workshop was an eye opening and transformative experience. Understanding the behavior of other people starts by first learning about yourself, and a room full of diverse and supportive women was the perfect environment for this exercise. We were all different, yet we all shared similar struggles. We all came from different backgrounds, disciplines, and nationalities, yet when we reflected on who had been a good mentor for us, we all identified similar traits. Something that has stuck with me since this workshop is the quote “valued people value people” and that becoming a good leader and mentor requires work and practice! Since the workshop, I have been practicing at applying what I learned to my everyday tasks. One step at a time, I hope I can create inclusive, supportive, equitable, and engaging work environments. I want to thank Emily A. Smith and NOAA for this initiative and for advocating for women in science, as well as Chris Olex for leading this workshop with inspiring lessons. To quote Chris “go and do more GOOD things in the world!"

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