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​​WICR Pro​grams at the AACR Fall Conferences

WICR Professional Advancement Session: “How to Plan and Achieve a Successful Scientific Career”

Women in Cancer Research was proud to host this WICR Professional Advancement Session during the 2017 AACR Conference on Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy which took place in Boston, Massachusetts. This session, which featured a keynote address by Miriam Merad, MD, PhD, also included a panel discussion which focused on career topics that affect women in the field. Dr. Merad's inspiring talk, “A Woman Journey in Science and Medicine,” highlighted triumphs and challenges in her career and was followed by a panel discussion with Elizabeth A. Mittendorf, MD, PhD; Victoria M. Richon, PhD; and Shannon J. Turley, PhD.

WICR Career Mentoring Session: “Driving Your Career Forward: Being Brave, Getting a Rhino Skin, Surviving Super Crazy Busy, and Achieving a Work Life Balance That Works”

The Women in Cancer Research Council hosted the WICR Career Mentoring Session: “Driving Your Career Forward: Being Brave, Getting a Rhino Skin, Surviving Super Crazy Busy, and Achieving a Work Life Balance That Works,” which took place during the AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on​ Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This session began with an inspirational keynote address from Dr. Margaret Foti on her incredible career as chief executive officer of the AACR. Drawing from her own experiences, Dr. Foti addressed challenging topics that women often face in advancing their careers. After the keynote address, session participants sat with roundtable mentors who shared experiences and insights on career topics that focus on challenges many women face in the workplace including being brave by getting out of one’s comfort zone; developing a tough skin to effectively deal with criticism; surviving a busy schedule; and achieving a work-life balance that works for you. Roundtable mentors included Alice P. Chen, MD; Caroline Dive, PhD; Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc); Susan M. Galbraith, PhD, MBBCh; S. Percy Ivy, MD; Elaine R. Mardis, PhD; Serena Nik-Zainal, PhD, MBBCh; Judith S. Sebolt-Leopold, PhD; and Samra Turajlic, PhD, MBBS.