2012 Mentoring Award

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Dean, winner of the 2012 AWIS-Bethesda Mentoring Award!

We are pleased to announce Dr. Donna J Dean as the 2012 AWIS-Bethesda Mentoring Award winner. The award was presented on Thursday, May 24th during the career development seminar sponsored by the AWIS-Bethesda Chapter.

Dr. Donna Dean is not only a past Bethesda Chapter and National AWIS president but also someone whose name is synonymous with mentoring.  Her motto “Move Forward, Reach Back” has been exemplified in her dedication to mentoring other women in STEM fields and advocating inclusion in the science workforce.

Dr. Dean has had a distinguished career with 27 years in the federal government at the National Institute of Health and Food and Drug Administration, followed by five years as a senior science advisor at Lewis-Burke Associates, a DC –based government public relations consulting firm.  While her own career has included many highly respected positions in government laboratories and service with the National Academies, she still continuously remembered to “reach back” to others. In addition to the many women that Donna has personally mentored, she has also been a leader in the development of the Nation’s STEM human resources as a direct result of her advocacy for the inclusion of women and underrepresented minorities in the scientific workforce.  She recently compiled her experiences in a highly effective guide entitled “Getting the Most Out of Your Mentoring Relationships:  A Handbook for Women in STEM.” What many may not know is that she received no payment for the preparation or publication of this, and all royalties go directly to AWIS to support ongoing mentoring efforts! She is an amazing example

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dean!!!

Romina Heymann of AWIS (right) presents the Mentoring Award to Dr. Donna Dean (left).

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