April 1, 2017 WOHOO! COACh 20-Year Reunion in San Francisco!
“What a great time we had at our celebration workshops in San Francisco today! It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the small group of women chemists started COACh, having no idea that in 20 years we would have worked with over 20,000 scientists and engineers around the globe on career building workshops and projects. At our COACh “Upping Your Game” workshop we a reunion workshop that included many women that had attended our workshops in the late 90s and early 2000s. What a treat it was to hear their accomplishments and continued efforts to succeed under often difficult situations. And their efforts to share what they learned many years ago at the COACh workshops with their students and colleagues. Jane Tucker and Barb Butterfield, our founding facilitators were there to lead and share stories and experiences. Was a love fest indeed.
Our second workshop brought together several dozen new COACh workshop attendees in a workshop on communication and negotiation led by our other founding facilitators Lee Warren and Nancy Houfek. Tis the next generation indeed and another amazing group!
The day of workshops ended with a special session that brought together the junior and the senior group to network and ask questions of each other. The first question from one of the junior members created quite a flurry of very insightful responses and advice: “What do you wish you had known at our career level”. And then the senior women turned back to the junior women to learn what they felt that they needed in their careers. It was amazing!
And of course in the COACh tradition, a great reception ended the day on the 30th floor of the Marriott hotel, with a grand view of San Francisco. The pictures capture a bit of the festive reception.
Huge thanks to NSF, DOE and NIH for their continued support of COACh, to Priscilla who always makes things happen, to the COACh Advisory Board and workshop facilitators, to all the wonderful attendees at this workshop and all the amazing women and men that we have had the privilege of working with around the globe over these 20 years! Onward!
March 8, 2017 Happy International Women’s Day from Tunisia!
“Here’s to strong women! May we KNOW them. May we BE them. May we RAISE them.”
Wishing you all a wonderful day as we celebrate the women and girls all over the world!
This week Prof. Rim Cherif and I are running COACh career building workshops for graduate students and researchers here in Tunis. What a fantastic and bright group of participants! Thanks to the Elsevier Foundation for support of the workshops.
February 9, 2017 Fantastic Day with the Women in Chemical Sciences (WCS) at the University of Washington
WCS is the Women in Chemical Sciences group at the University of Washington and what a super group it is! I love spending the day with smart, energetic and highly motivated graduate students and postdocs that will be our next leaders in our scientific enterprise. The day provided me with lots of opportunities to talk with the WCS members including women graduate students from physics and male graduate students also. It was a lot of fun for me to give the COACh Negotiations workshop and also to have an open forum of questions and discussions about all the different kinds of career options as scientists and engineers.
HUGE thanks to Katie Corp and Beth Mundy (WICS president) for helping to organize my visit. I am deeply honored to have been chosen to be your 2017 WCS Lecturer.
And the additional treat was to have time with buddies and COACh alums – Profs Anne McCoy and Karen Goldberg – and Chem department chair – Prof. Mike Heinekey. Too much fun!
All the best to everyone and best wishes for great success ahead!
January 23, 2017 Greetings from Beautiful Thailand!
Prof. Supapan Seraphin and I conducted a full series of workshops for some wonderful STEM students today! The workshops were sponsored by the National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thailand. A huge thanks to Patcharaporn Tippayatus of the National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) for helping to organize this wonderful event. Lots of good memories in the pictures!
January 10, 2017 Happy New Year! COACh and BWIS (Brookhaven National Laboratory Women in Science)
I’ve had a great experience this past couple of days to meet and work with women scientists, engineers, technicians and support staff at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on Long Island, New York. I gave our COACh negotiation workshop and was involved in many discussions about the current status of women at the laboratory, the need for improvements in the workplace to assure that all employed at the laboratory achieve the career goals to which they aspire, and ways that BWIS can play a key role in driving those improvements.
You are an amazing group of women and I am privileged to have had the chance to work with you! Best wishes as you move forward in this important venture.
A big shout-out and thanks to Anna Goldberg, current coordinator of BWIS, for making this happen. You ROCK!
And thanks also to Laboratory Director Doon Gibbs for his support and Lisa Durham and Lydia Finney from Argonne for assisting in the workshop.
December 5,6, 2016. Fiarahabana ave any Magasikira! (Greetings from Madagascar!)
What a treat it has been these last two days to meet and work with so many fantastic STEM graduate students, researchers, teachers and faculty members who attended our series of COACh workshops ohere in Antananarivo, Madagascar. I couldn’t have imagined a more receptive, open, smart and motivated group of attendees! What a privilege it is for me to be here to learn from you about life, work and science here in this wonderful island country. You all are amazing and have such a good command of English – given that it is your THIRD language after Malagasy and French. Thank you so much for coming!
I am here at the invitation of Dr. Niri Ramamonjisoa and Dr. Onja Razafindratsima, both born in Madagascar who attended our COACh workshops in the U.S. as postdocs at Sloan Kettering and Rice University respectively. They and their friends Dr. Nanou Rabetokotany did all the arrangements for the COACh workshops including organizing the event, translating all our COACh workshops into French and signing up over 140 attendees.
Madagascar is indeed an unique and amazing island. It has been an isolated island for around 70 million years, breaking away first Africa around 165 million years ago and then from India nearly 100 million years later. This isolation led to the development of a unique flora and fauna, with 90 percent of its wildlife found only in Madagascar. I had a chance to go into the Andasibe National Park over the weekend to see the amazing Indri lemurs in the wild. A sight and experience that is unforgettable! Big thanks again to Niri , Onja and Nanou for all your efforts to help scientists in your country and all the amazing Malagasy scientists for giving me the chance to meet you.
December 4, 2016 Greetings from the beautiful island of Mauritius!
The US Embassy hosted me at their “Let’s Talk about Science” event which included the Mauritius Research Council and Planet Earth. Many great questions! I also had a chance to give a talk hosted by the Ministry of Education to science educators and administrators. As with many countries they are struggling with revamping their STEM curriculum. My third presentation was at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Center where we talked about the need for scientists and researchers to help solve many global environmental challenges. The Science Center is an amazing asset to the island. My final presentation was at Café Scientifique and hosted by an NGO on the island helping to advance science literacy. It was also a lot of fun with many great questions. It was held at the Flying Dodo Brewing Company and restaurant.
Merci beaucoup to Jennifer Barr and Matt Gerdin for hosting my visit and others from the US Embassy who helped coordinate all of the logistics of my meetings. You Rock!
November 17, 2016: VIVA L’ALGERIE! COACH in Algiers!
The education and science that the students receive – from elementary school through university – is very impressive as well as their English skills – usually their third language. Everyone was so kind, warm and welcoming. And the amazing Algerian press coverage made us all TV, radio and newspaper stars!
HUGE thanks to Professors Leila Adnane and Yasmina Ziari for organizing and hosting our workshops at USTHD and Dr. Nadia Soule for our workshops at CDTA. And Leila’s graduate student Raouf Souker for driving us all over Algiers in rush hour traffic – and his pal Hammache. You Rock!
And a big thanks also for our travel support from the OES Division of the U.S. State Department as part our US-Africa Women in Science program. Enjoy the pictures and keep in touch.
Salom aleikoum! T res bonne continuation! Best wishes for great success!
October 18,19, 2016: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: : It’s been another wonderful albeit short return to Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam where I had a chance to meet with some fantastic young women scientists at the American Center.
I also had a chance to visit the FabLab Saigon that was founded by Ms. Phan Hoàng Anh and her colleagues. Every time I return to this country I rediscover all the wonderful young people that are the future of science and technology in this country. It is indeed a bright future ahead. It was great to meet and learn about all of you.
Special thanks to Anne Eisenhower Turnbull, the Economic Officer of the U.S. Consulate Ho Chi Minh City who helped arrange and host my visit.
October 14-17, 2016: Yangon and Naypyidaw, Myanmar
Southeast Asian Nutritional Neuroscience Network was created through COACh to help educate nutritionists, doctors, policy makers and young mothers about how chronic malnutrition affects brain development from conception through the first two years of life, and research and interventions that are necessary to reduce the neurocognitive impact. It was a particular pleasure of mine to reconnect with two of our workshop participants from Myanmar that attended our workshop on this topic in Luang Prabang, Laos last March – two amazing women – Dr. May Khin Than, Director of the Nutrition Center and Dr. Lwin Mar Hlaing, Assistant Director of the Nutrition Research Section of the National Nutrition Centre (NNC), both of the Department of Public Health Ministry of Health and Sports in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. We have developed some exciting and important plans forward that we hope to implement in the coming months and years if funding can be secured. In the picture of us in front of the Public Health Ministry of Health and Sport, Dr. May Khin Than is on my right and Dr. Lwin Mar Hlaing on my left. Thank you so much for your time to meet with me. It was great!
And big thanks to Kira Mitre and Dr. Ma Myo Aye from the US Embassy who helped facilitate my visit to Yangon and Naypyidaw. You are great too!
August 25-31, 2016: Myanmar in the Midst of Exciting Changes It's been an amazing visit to Myanmar this week. Having visited the neighboring countries of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand over the past 18 minutes my role as Science Envoy, I have been awaiting my visit to this wonderful country. The wait was worth it! I met so many wonderful people in Yangon and learned a lot about how this country is moving towards democracy.
First, a big thanks to Ambassador Scot Marciel for hosting a wonderful reception for me at his residence in Yangon. Attending the reception were community members working in science and engineering fields. It was superb.
A big shout out to the Geek Girls who told me about the new companies that they have st
arted and their aspirations for success. They have formed a network of other tech oriented young women that are using their technical skills to start companies and contribute to the new opportunities that are coming with the political changes in the country. You Rock!!
I also met with a group of more senior women that are leading a network
of Women Entrepreneurs comprised of over 2000 members in Myanmar. It is clear in meeting with both groups that women are going to be major players in building the new economy in the country. Women comprise over 80% of the scientists in Myanmar! It is absolutely amazing.
Thanks also to the Yangon University for giving me the opportunity to speak to a large group of their faculty and students about being a scientist in the US. They have a wonderful group of faculty in the chemistry department that I also got to meet.
I also had a chance to visit with many people working to reduce the childhood stunting epidemic in Myanmar through intervention methods and also so great social media and app tools being developed to reach that critical first 1000 days of life of the baby and pregnancy of the mother. You are all inspiring! As I have written about earlier in Laos and Cambodia, childhood stunting affects over 30% of the children in the country.
Warm regards and thanks to all, especially Joseph Povolini from the US Embassy who organized my visit.
August 20, 2016: Fun in Philly!
We had a great turn-out of fantastic women graduate students, postdoctoral associates, faculty and researchers from the DOE National Laboratories and NIST at our COACh workshops in Philadelphia prior to the ACS meeting. Prof. Pushpa Murthy and I gave workshops to women postdoctoral associates on “Career Launch and Acceleration” and “Effective Negotiation Techniques”.
The workshop also helped us launch another group of COAChes that will give our workshops to undergraduates and graduate students at their institutions and organizations, our COACh-the-COAChes program.
The workshop also helped us launch another group of COAChes that will give our workshops to undergraduates and graduate students at their institutions and organizations, our COACh-the-COAChes program.
In a parallel session Profs. Mary Wirth and Rebecca White gave another very informative workshop on Entrepreneurship to a very engaged group of women scientists and engineers. We had fantastic participation in all the workshops.
Thanks and best wishes to all – enjoy the pictures, share with others and keep in touch.
July 30-31, 2016: Greetings from Surabaya Indonesia: What a great day it has been! Indonesia is such a wonderful country to be visiting as part of the 2016 Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. Today I had the pleasure of giving four COACh workshops on Negotiation, Publishing, Proposal Writing and Career Building to a large group of Indonesian and Australian scientists and engineers. It was a so much fun as the group was very engaged, asking lots of questions and sharing many fun moments!
I wish you all much success in your careers and hope that our paths cross again in the future. It has been a privilege for me to work with all of you.
June 13, 2016: Rwanda! Women in Water in Africa
What an amazing experience it has been to be in Kigali Rwanda these past few days for our COACh POWWER (Partnerships on Women in Water Engineering and Research) workshop. With the mantra of “WATER FIRST” the fantastic women scientists and policymakers from 11 different African countries are all passionate about the need in Africa and around the world to put access to clean water as a top priority and to mobilize women to lead the effort. Countries represented include Sudan, Burundi, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa Uganda and Tanzania. More details can be found on the Water First! website.
Water First Workshop Summary In many parts of this African continent women and girls lives are centered around securing clean water each day for their families with young girls needing to drop out of school early because of the need to travel on foot may kilometers each day to carry water collect and carry water back to their homes. In nearly all countries there are a plethora of government policies about access to clean water but few are actually implemented. Women, who tend to be more action oriented than their male colleagues, rarely reach or are appointed to leadership positions in the water resource area, exacerbating the disconnect between policy and what is happening on the ground.
was an amazing experience as the group rapidly centered our attention on how we as women (and our supportive male colleagues) can truly make a difference. Our efforts beyond this workshop will be focussing in three areas:
1. Educate – the public and policy makers on the need to put WATER FIRST and make sure that our young girls acquire the education necessary for them to be leaders in Africa in this area.
2. Empower – women to be leaders in this effort.
3. Emulate – the best practices and role-models as a way forward on this incredibly important issue.
Join us! In the coming weeks we will be developing a website that summarizes our workshop outcomes and plans forward. We need everyone!
A HUGE THANKS goes to the U.S. State Department and the OES division for sponsoring this workshop. This follows on the first two POWWER African conferences held in Casablanca (2014) and Namibia (2015). And also the assistant from the US Embassy and USAID mission staff in Rwanda.
And how fantastic it is to hold this workshop in a country where women hold over 60% of the positions in parliament and the education and empowerment of women and girls is a very high priority. Kigali, the site of our workshop and capital of the country is a beautiful city to behold.
Thanks all of you that were part of this and others interested in joining our efforts to make sure that we put WATER FIRST!
March 13-14, 2016: Luang Prabang, Laos In my travels throughout SE Asia, one topic that has tugged on my heartstrings has been the very high prevalence of childhood stunting by the age of 2 that can be as high as 50% of the children in many countries of this region.
During these past two days I have been involved in organizing and running a workshop in Luang Prabang that has brought together researchers and clinicians from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar that work in the area of childhood nutrition. It was an amazing collection of professionals at the workshop with many collaborations developed in education and research. Jeff Measelle and Dare Baldwin, neuroscientists from the University of Oregon are partners in the efforts. One outcome of this workshop has been for formation of a network of professionals in the region committed to this issue: the Southeast Asian Nutrition and Neuroscience Network (SEAN3).
The overall goals of this effort are to (a) galvanize awareness among local scientists and decision-makers to major scientific advances in the are of chronic malnutrition and brain development, b) identify the most effective and promising intervention strategies, and c) create a growing network of in-country professionals that to lead the implementation of a coordinated science-to-action plan within the region with the aims of reducing the prevalence of chronic malnutrition while increasing the protection of the development of the human brain by 2020.uman brain by 2020.
Although much is understood about how chronic malnutrition results in physical stunting in the first 1000 days of human life, there is increasing evidence that this is accompanied by impaired neurological development that has life-long consequences. Because the brain is critical to all facets of health and wellbeing, interventions that support and protect the brain’s development when it is most vulnerable (conception through approximately age 2) are critical to any society’s vitality. Nutritional interventions that take a life-cycle approach, that seek to mitigate the ravages of chronic malnutrition (stunting) at critical periods during development, and which target both the physical and neurobiological aspects of malnutrition appear to have the strongest and longest-lasting effect. At present, these scientific realities have not adequately informed efforts in low- and middle-income countries, especially Southeast Asia where rates of childhood stunting are the highest in the world.
This first workshop was sponsored by the U.S. Science Envoy Program. The plan is for subsequent workshops to be conducted in these and other nearby countries where chronic malnutrition is pervasive.
March 12-13, 2016: Amman Jordan. Lots of great experiences!
I had the pleasure today of speaking at a meeting in Amman Jordan sponsored by the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) and Middle East Research Cooperation (MERC) .
This meeting brings together principal investigators from the US and around the Middle East to present their research data funded by USAID PEER and to develop regional collaborations with other scientists. It was a super meeting! I was invited to give a presentation entitled “International Science Collaborations: Ingredients for Success” and another talk on “The Art of Effective Negotiation”. It was super fun with lots of great participation from the over 100 participants from the Middle East. Big thanks to the PEER program for letting me be a part of the event and meet so many interesting scientists.
I also had the amazing opportunity to have dinner with a group of women professionals in Amman, friends and colleagues of Dr. Rana Dajani at Hashemite University. It was a wonderful dinner with conversations about our careers, the veil, children, life in Jordan today and career aspirations and accomplishments. I just was so privileged to meet these women (Zeena Tabas, Abeer Al-Bawwab, Nancy Hakooz, Nasreen Barakat, Lion Otaya and Rana Dajani. and I thank them for hosting me for dinner.
March 8, 2016 Happy International Women's Day!
Our wonderful COACh Cameroon leader, Dr. Barbara Tiedeu represented COACh at the NEF Global Gathering in Senegal and participated in the Women in STEM in Africa sessions organized by AIMS in partnership with Portia Ltd. What a great opportunity has been these past few days to both celebrate International Women’s Day and also to reflect on the progress made to date on promoting African Women in STEM, to highlight innovative initiatives and to explore what the future holds for promoting African Women in STEM.
Big thanks to Karen Craggs-Milne, Director of Gender Equality and Inclusion, AIMS Global Secretariat for including COACh in the activities.
January 12, 2016: A Celebration of Women In Technology in the Lower Mekong Countries of Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
There are some amazing young women in Tech in the Lower Mekong Region! This week brought about 30 college-level women from the countries of Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam together at a fantastic event hosted by the Intel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The 2-day workshop was a unique opportunity for the participants to meet each other, to share their career aspirations, to compare the challenges and opportunities for women in science and technology in each of their countries and to learn some COACh skills. This is the first time that such an event has been held in the Lower Mekong Region so it was very exciting and very informative. Take a look at all the great pictures. Big thanks to all of the wonderful and bright participants. You rock!!
We owe a huge thanks to Intel for hosting the workshop and especially Sherry Boger, the General Manager of Intel Products Vietnam for her support and taking the time out of her very busy schedule to be part of the event. We also thank the amazing team of the USAID COMET program for organizing and providing travel and lodging support for the participants, the Science Envoy Program and the U.S. Embassy folks including Nate Rettenmayer and U.S. Consulate General Rena Bitter for their support.
I wish all you wonderful ladies great career success!
January 8, 2016: Happy 2016 from Cambodia!
What a great group of fantastic students I spoke with to day at the American Corner in Phnom Penh! It was very interesting and fun talking with them about their studies, their career aspirations, and the challenges of getting a employable education in a developing country such as Cambodia. It was an absolutely impressive group with very good english skills and high motivation to be successful. I wish I could bring them all back to the US with me!
Good luck all with your studies and future careers and be sure to share these photos with your friends.
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and to Chea Sphea and Andrew Davnie-Easton for organizing the event.
November 12,13, 2015 Tunisia: Seeking International Collaborations in Science and Engineering
Thanks to funding from the Elsevier Foundation, we brought the full set of COACh career building workshops to Tunis and Sup’Com at the University of Carthage. We are spending four days this week working with many fantastic engineering students and faculty in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Internet Security areas. Many are very interested in research and educational collaborations with scientists and engineers in the US and other countries. Let us know if you are interested in partnering with them!
It is indeed a remarkable country and each time we visit we are even more impressed. From the 1980s until today women’s rights advocates have contributed to the making of gender legislation either by direct involvement in committees preparing the law or by indirectly putting pressure on power holders. Many in the country, including the women we have met this week and those attending our 2013 workshops, are very proud of Tunisia’s unique history in giving women many freedoms that have not been available in many other MENA countries. We are honored to be able to play a small role in assisting in this advancement.
A HUGE thanks to the remarkable Assoc. Professor Rim Cherif who is PI on the Elsevier grant and the host and organizer of our workshops. And an equally huge thanks to Elsevier for funding this project and its commitment to women in science in developing countries.
We had such a great time and have met so many wonderful faculty and students here! We look forward to hearing from you and identifying yourselves in all the selfie pictures we took.
November 9, 2015 COACh Greetings from the Emerald Isle of Ireland
What a pleasure it has been the past few days to meet faculty and be part of conference on “Transforming Realities: Gender Equality in Higher Education” run by the FESTA team at the University of Limerick. Female Empowerment in Science & Technology in Academia (FESTA) is a cross national, EU, Framework 7 project, exploring women’s under representation at senior levels in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines.
It was fantastic to learn more about the impressive activities at the University of Limerick to increase the number and success of women in STEM fields on this beautiful campus. The Equity Challenge Unit has awarded Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick bronze institutional awards for their work on promoting women’s careers in science.
Kudos to UL and all those devoted to this effort which includes Professor Edmond Magner (Dean of the Faculty of Science + Engineering), Professor Pat O’Connor (Principal Investigator FESTA), Dr Clare O’Hagan, Research Fellow, and Dr Ita Richardson (Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre) and President Don Barry.
Thanks for being such wonderful hosts and keep up all these fantastic efforts! I so enjoyed all the wonderful discussions and interactions with you and your colleagues
November 5,6, 2015: COACh and the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories – Argonne National Laboratory
During the past year COACh has had the opportunity to work with several of the DOE National Laboratories to conduct survey research and provide COACh career building workshops for scientists and engineers on site. Through these workshops we have learned alot about the opportunities and challenges that women face in their careers as they seek to contribute to the DOE mission in advancing energy research and development in this country. These COACh activities motivated organizing this Summit.
To gain a more comprehensive picture of the opportunities and challenges that women scientist and engineers face at the U.S. DOE National Laboratories we that brought together a group of women from nearly all of the 17 DOE National laboratories to discuss the issue of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) across the DOE complex.
The output of the Summit is series of recommendations NLDCRecommendationsDOEWomenScientistsEngineers sent to the National Laboratory Directors’ Council (NLDC) and the leadership of DOE to assist them in their efforts to increase the Diversity and Inclusion in the laboratories. It is well known that the percentage of women career scientists and engineers in the DOE laboratories is relatively low, with much lower percentages in leadership positions in these laboratories. Scientists and engineers from underrepresented minority groups lag far farther behind.
Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz and his leadership team has recently put diversity and inclusion in the DOE laboratories as a priority as have many of his Laboratory Directors in the NLDC. We applaud this effort and we thank the NLDC leadership for their welcome response to our recommendations which they received this week and are using to develop action plans.
We, along with many other COACh members and supporters, share the vision that these D&I efforts are necessary to ensure that our DOE laboratories are at the forefront of our nation’s innovation, discovery, and science and engineering stewardship. We look forward to aiding this effort in any way possible and will be watching closely for action and progress on this important issue.
Thanks to Argonne National Laboratory for hosting the Summit and DOE funding to COACh for the Summit – and the multitude of COACh workshops that it has helped support in the U.S. over the past 15 years. Over 15,000 scientists and engineers have benefitted!
~ Summit Co-organizers: Geri Richmond (U Oregon) and Lisa Durham (Argonne)
October 5-14, 2015: Greetings from Sultanate of Oman: The Land of Many Wonders and Wonderful People
We have had an amazing time here in Oman the past 10 days working together with The Research Council (TRC) of Oman to assist in building and strengthening their research culture and capacity. It’s been an incredible and exciting experience for us in meeting and working with several hundred fantastic faculty, teachers and students in four different cities in Oman: Muscat, Nizwa, Sohar and Salalah. Part of this project has been to develop and provide in each location a special proposal writing workshop and hands-on training session that we tailored to the TRC grants program. It’s been great and rewarding experience – and such fun! We also provided our COACh workshop on publishing in international journals.
Muscat Workshop Participants
Sohar Workshop Participants
Nizwa Workshop Participants
Salalah Workshop Participants
We have learned as much from all of you in Oman as you have learned from us. Thanks to all of you for coming to the workshops. Oman is indeed an amazing country – so remarkably different and peaceful than many of its neighboring countries here in the Middle East. And stunningly beautiful. Where people from all over the Middle East live in a peaceful coexistence.
We leave tomorrow with wonderful memories of all of you that we have had the privilege of meeting and working with.
We are also greatly indebted to the TRC leaders and staff who have shepherded us around the country to various workshops and given us such a warm welcome. You rock!
All our best and warm wishes from the COACh traveling team:
Geri Richmond, Laura Greene, Diane Souvaine, Hilary Godwin and Jean Stockard
September 5, 2015: Greetings from Guwahati India! Greetings from Guwahati, India!
“We’ve made many new friends during our COACh workshops at Guwahati in the very northeastern part of India in the state of Assam. It’s an amazing part of India with rapid education and population growth. We had a great time conducting workshops with students, faculty and researchers from different parts
of India. We were delighted and honored to have the U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Rahul Verma, speak at our opening session. We conducted a full set of six workshops in two days with this wonderful group. Enjoy the pictures of our wonderful new friends.
September 1, 2015 Greetings from Pune, India
Over the past few days we have had the privilege of conducting a series of 6 COACh workshops with women scientists from India in Pune as part of our COACh International program. I’m here with our COACh team of Pushpa Murthy, Jean Stockard and Laura Greene.
These COACh workshops were sponsored by COACh, the India Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the India-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF).
What a wonderful experience it has been for all of us. We learned much about each other, shared experiences and laughed alot! Enjoy all of the pictures of the fantastic women we had the pleasure to meet. Many more pictures are on the COACh Facebook page.