This year, the ATVB Women’s Leadership Committee hosted the Mentor of Women Award Luncheon and networking event on Friday, May 2nd, 2014.
The committee Chair, Dr. Nancy Webb, announced the awardee of this year’s Mentor of Women awardee, Dr. Coleen A. McNamara
, MD, from the University of Virginia. This award is presented annually to a member of the ATVB Council who has shown exceptional support of the careers of women in the fields of atherosclerosis, thrombosis and vascular biology on an individual and global basis through mentoring and advocacy.
The committee Vice-Chair, Dr. Daisy Sahoo, announced the names of this year’s finalists of the Junior Investigator Award for Women
: Zhen Chen, Qiurong Ding, Sarah Mueller, Mireille Ouimet, Elizabeth Tarling, and Pei Yu. The winner of the award was Sarah Mueller.
Congratulations to them all!
The feature lecture of the luncheon was given by Dr. Kay Broschat
, senior cardiovascular medical science liaison in Medical Affairs at BMS in St. Louis, Missouri. Her talk was entitled “How obstacles or opportunity creating career opportunity during disruptive change
”. Dr. Broschat talked about her career path transition from faculty position in academia in basic research, to a career in translational medicine for CAD and diabetes, and as a CSO and Consultant and Medical Science Liaison.
She highlighted how to gain the required experience, how to be qualified for transition to a new job/field, as well as how to deal with disruptive changes in a career path and how to turn obstacles to opportunities. Particularly, she advised young trainees to think about:
1. “Follow your passion because passion takes you through the difficult time”.
2. “Embrace challenges that require a complete strategy change, knowing that lack of skills=opportunity to collaborate”.
3. “Build up network!!! Build, contribute and keep it current”.
4. “Request insights from professionals you meet. Seek advice about the qualifications necessary for a new position you are interested in, as well as what is the star quality you need to meet to be competitive for the position”.
5. “Build soft skills: almost everyone can be a better speaker! Make yourself likable and easy to approach. Practice negotiation and collaboration and develop listening and conversation skills”.
6. “Select or accept extra activities to expand your horizons”.
7. “Improve communication skills including knowing to translate relevant experience into the new job language.”
Dr. Broschat also shared some resources for job searching and career development.
1. A few websites for useful career information are:
2. Company websites for portfolio and press releases.
3. Job websites:
At last, Dr. Broschat concluded by highlighting that there are things in life that look like challenges, but actually end up being the best opportunities. The event was well-attended this year.
The ATVB Women’s Leadership Committee welcomes you to send them any suggestions and feedback to help them improve the quality of their programming and networking sessions.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the luncheon in the fall at Scientific Sessions 2014!