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Programs and Activities: WICR at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015

WICR Professional Advancement Session:
The Power of Assertiveness

Saturday, April 18, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Regency Ballroom, Loews Philadelphia Hotel

In this workshop, three different facets of professional assertiveness will be discussed: assertiveness for professional growth, assertiveness as a necessary tool for leadership, and assertiveness for maintaining effective and productive teams.

For individuals to contribute fully, and for teams to be effective, individuals need to feel comfortable in asserting their ideas and viewpoints. Individual assertiveness is crucial to harness the power of diverse skill sets to conquer cancer. The significant power of assertiveness in the workplace should be used in the right time and context.

To have an impact, to be a voice in the workforce, and to empower oneself for career advancement, women scientists must learn how to assert themselves based on their position, goals and needs. Women in the workplace need to master an assertive skill set to be perceived in a similar fashion to their male counterparts.

For AACR members, all 2015 Professional Advancement Sessions are free with your Annual Meeting registration and are an added benefit of your membership. For nonmembers, there is an additional fee of $50 for attendance at each session. If you are not an AACR member, we strongly encourage you to join and take advantage of the many benefits of membership, which include attendance at these sessions. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. Nonmembers are required to pay onsite.

Assertiveness for effective leadership
Margaret A. Tempero, MD
UCSF, San Francisco, California

Advocating for yourself while climbing the career ladder
Cheryl L. Willman, MD
University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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WICR Career Mentoring Session

Monday, April 20, 2015
8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Regency Ballroom AB, Loews Philadelphia Hotel

The WICR Career Mentoring Session has become one of the most popular Professional Advancement Sessions at the Annual Meeting. This session is designed for graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows.

Following a keynote address, attendees will meet, network and learn from many of the leading senior scientists in cancer research. Attendees participate in roundtable discussions and change tables halfway through the session if they choose. This allows for additional networking opportunities with more than one mentor. Topics will include grant writing, work/life integration, careers in industry, choosing a postdoctoral position, oral presentations, and many more.

For AACR members, all 2015 Professional Advancement Sessions are free with your Annual Meeting registration and are an added benefit of your membership. For nonmembers, there is an additional fee of $50 for attendance at each session. If you are not an AACR member, we strongly encourage you to join and take advantage of the many benefits of membership, which include attendance at these sessions. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. Nonmembers are required to pay onsite.

Keynote Address
Worta McCaskill-Stevens, MD
NCI Division of Cancer Prevention, Rockville, Maryland

Roundtable Discussion Mentors:

  • Time Management
    Carolyn Buser-Doepner, PhD
  • Balancing Research and Clinical Practice
    Angela Demichele, MD
  • Careers in Academia
    Varsha Gandhi, PhD
  • Survival Skills for Predocs
    LaCreis Kidd, PhD
  • Careers in Government
    Beverly Lyn-Cook, PhD
  • Administrative Roles in Scientific Planning and the Intramural Researcher
    Pamela Marino, PhD
  • Negotiations for Jobs, Salaries, & Promotions
    Olofunimilyo Olopade, MD
  • Grant Writing- Postdoctoral Level
    Kornelia Polyak, MD
  • Mentoring & Sponsoring
    Elizabeth Travis, PhD
  • Negotiations for Jobs, Salaries, & Promotions
    Danny Welch, PhD
  • Interview Skills
    Jonathan Wiest, PhD
  • and more...

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AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship

Saturday, April 18, 2015
5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Terrace Ballroom II/III, Pennsylvania Convention Center

The AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship was established in 1998 in honor of renowned virologist and discoverer of the Friend virus, Dr. Charlotte Friend, for her pioneering research on viruses, cell differentiation and cancer. The lecture is intended to give recognition to an outstanding female or male scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of women in science.

Meet the Charlotte Friend Lecturer
Monday, April 20, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WICR Networking & Resource Center, AACRcentral, Pennsylvania Convention Center

WICR Resource Center

AACRcentral, Exhibit Hall, Pennsylvania Convention Center

In its sixth year, the WICR Resource Center will be a central location for all Annual Meeting attendees to learn about how WICR membership can be beneficial, as well as obtain materials from various organizations focused on showcasing women in science.

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WICR Council Meet and Greet

Sunday, April 19, 2015
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WICR Resource Center, AACRcentral, Exhibit Hall, Pennsylvania Convention Center

The WICR Meet and Greet provides an opportunity for the WICR Council to meet informally to answer questions from WICR members, as well as the general Annual Meeting attendance on issues related to award opportunities, programs sponsored by the WICR Council, and other topics of interest to attendees. All members are encouraged to attend.

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Nursing Mothers' Suite

Saturday, April 18, 7:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday - Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22, 6: 30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center

AACR-WICR is pleased to sponsor this important service, which was introduced for the first time at the AACR Annual Meeting 2008. Registrants who are nursing mothers find the privacy of the Nursing Mother's Suite a comfortable and secure environment in which to nourish and nurture their babies.       

Programs and Activities: WICR at AACR Special Conferences 

“Navigating Your Career with Confidence”
Professional Advancement Session

EORTC-NCI-AACR International Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics
Supported by the Foremost Foundation

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Session Chairperson: Patricia LoRusso, DO

Navigating a Career in Cancer Research: Who am I? How did I get here? Where am I going?
Susan M. Galbraith, MBBCh,PhD, Head of Oncology Innovative Medicines, AstraZeneca, Macclesfield, England
WICR Keynote Galbraith November 2014.pdf

Career Mentoring Session

13th Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research
Supported by the Foremost Foundation

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Session Chairperson: Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, PhD

Make the choice to trust your instinct and follow your own path
Abenaa M. Brewster, PhD, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
WICR Keynote Brewster Sept 30 2014.pdf

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