Regional Approaches to Women’s Leadership in STEMM Conference



Increasing numbers of women in STEMM faculty and leadership in higher education is a challenge requiring capacity building and problem solving within and among educational institutions at all levels, involving graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, faculty, and administrations. This regional conference is intended to build (1) competence and motivation to pursue leadership roles, and (2) organizational systemic strategies for increasing support to women in STEMM. These goals will be accomplished through leadership training, gender in STEMM/academia presentations, and break-out groups aimed at enhancing capacity in grant writing and instruction, specifically addressing early career challenges.

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Conference Video (Part 1)

Conference Video (Part 2)


  • Courtney Benjamin, PhD student, Department of Teaching and Learning, Washington State University (WSU)
  • Nika Chatanika, Grant Training Coordinator, Montana State University
  • Masha Gartstein, Professor and Director of ADVANCE at WSU
  • Paula Groves Price, Associate Dean for Diversity and International Programs
  • Associate Professor of Education, WSU
  • Ashley Ingiosi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, WSU
  • Davi Kallman, Professional Development Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student and Research Assistant, the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, the Murrow Center for Media and Health Promotion, WSU
  • Avery Lane, Graduate Student, Anthropology, WSU
  • Erika Offerdahl, School of Molecular Biosciences, WSU
  • Laura Lavine, Professor of Entomology and Assistant Director, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Office of Research, WSU
  • Kelly Ward, Professor of Higher Education and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition, WSU
  • Denise Yost, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Transformational Learning & Leadership, WSU



  1. Work/Life Balance and Leadership : Kelly Ward, WSU
  2. Implicit BiasMasha Gartstein, WSU
  3. Supporting Women in STEMM: Individual and systemic strategies: Erika Offerdahl, WSU
  4. Building Pipelines through Leadership RolesDavi Kallman, WSU


  1. ADVANCE partnership workgroup: systemic approaches to increasing the number of women in STEM/leadership – Masha Gartstein, WSU and PARTNERS
  2. Enhancing instruction in STEM: Insights from Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and other approaches – Laura Lavine, WSU
  3. Early career challenges: (a) Training grants – Ashley Ingiosi and Avery Lane, WSU (b) Intersectionality – Paula Groves Price and Courtney Benjamin, WSU
  4. Grant-Writing and Networking Bootcamp: An Intervention to Enhance the ResearchCapacity of Academic Women in STEM – Nika Stoop, Montana State University


  1. Pipelines, Pathways, and Institutional Leadership
  2. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
  3. ADVANCE Journal
  4. Values-based Academic Leadership Trajectories for Women in STEMM: The Northwest Regional Partnership
  5. Intersectionality Wheel





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