The award was presented to Dr. Ofelia Olivero on May 22, 2013 at the Natcher Cafeteria, NIH, during the AWIS Mentoring Workshop.
Dr. Ofelia Olivero has provided outstanding mentoring not only at
NIH, where she is a cancer scientist, but also to anybody that crosses her path even in unrelated disciplines. Her passion for mentoring is not restricted to the laboratory setting. She was very instrumental in the creation of mentoring programs in different scientific societies. She is current co-chairing the Committee for Diverse Initiatives and is the Co-founder of the Mentoring Breakfast at the Society of Toxicology, Chair of the Mentoring Program of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society and the Student Outreach Coordinator for the Genetic Toxicology Association. She is a facilitator for the Maryland Public School System and credited to run Study Circles, an effort to decrease the Educational Gap in the educational system. Her charming and vibrant personality has helped empower many individuals who did not have the solid foundation needed to succeed. She was able to help women coming from different cultures build up self-esteem, she listened and made efforts to understand how other societies perceived
women and minorities and worked hard to reshape stigmas and stereotypes in the minds of people. She is a great role model for women trying to balance life and work.