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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.

Opening Remarks and Introduction
Patricia M. LoRusso, DO, Co-Chair
Yale Cancer Center, New Haven, Connecticut

Facilitator Presentation
Matthew Mirisola

Panelist Discussion

Assertiveness for effective leadership
Margaret A. Tempero, MD
University of California, 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

Assertive skills for team leaders
Mary C. Beckerle, PhD
University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute
Salt Lake City, Utah

Audience Engagement (Q&A)

Evaluation and Closing Remarks
S. Percy Ivy, MD, Co-Chair
NCI-DCTD, Rockville, Maryland

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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 A. Buser-Doepner, GlaxoSmithKline, Collegeville, PA

  • Balancing Research and Clinical Practice
    Angela M. DeMichele, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Careers in Academia
    Varsha Gandhi, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

  • Survival Skills for Predocs
    LaCreis R. Kidd, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

  • Careers in Government
    Beverly Lyn-Cook, FDA-NCTR, Jefferson, AR

  • Administrative Roles in Scientific Planning and the Intramural Researcher
    Pamela Marino, NIH-NIGMS, Bethesda, MD

  • Grant Writing- Postdoctoral Level
    Kornelia Polyak, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

  • Careers in Industry
    Victoria M. Richon, Sanofi Oncology, Cambridge, MA

  • Mentoring & Sponsoring
    Elizabeth Travis, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

  • How to Write a CV
    Sherrie Lee Wallington, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, D.C.

  • Negotiations for Jobs, Salaries, & Promotions
    Danny R. Welch, University of Kansas Cancer Center, Kansas City, KS

  • Interview Skills
    Jonathan S. Wiest, NCI-CCT, Bethesda, MD

  • 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 WICR Friend Lectureship is presented to an outstanding 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.

18th Annual Award Recipient
Sara A. Courtneidge, PhD
Professor, Department of Cell, Development, & Cancer Biology
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Dr. Courtneidge will deliver her award lecture titled "Cancer Cell Invasion and Metastasis"

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
Informal discussion with Sara A. Courtneidge, PhD.

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WICR Networking & Resource Center

AACRcentral, Exhibit Hall, Pennsylvania Convention Center

In its sixth year, the WICR Networking & 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 7:30 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.
Room 203B, 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.       

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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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