AHC Duluth Women's Mentoring Program

womens mentoring

The goals of the AHC Duluth Women's Mentoring Program are:

  • To promote a supportive and positive environment for the career development of faculty who identify as women in the Medical School, Duluth campus and College of Pharmacy Duluth.
  • To assist participants in career development and achieving balance between career and personal life.
  • Provide opportunities to learn new skills, exchange ideas and advice, network, and problem solve.

Regularly scheduled events over lunch address topics requested by faculty who identify as women and provide an opportunity for networking and sharing research initiatives and ideas. Programs may involve discussions with guest scientific speakers, panels or skill development workshops and are open to all who are interested. Past programs have included strategies for time management, graceful self-promotion, and being a productive writer. 

Events:
October 14, 2020
12 – 1 pm
Fall Kickoff – Outdoor Gathering
Bring your own lawn chair; Parking Lot A
Topic: "COVID fatigue and how others are coping"

2019/2020 Schedule

*Please note that personal website links for seminar speakers are accurate up to the date of the corresponding seminar. If a website link is no longer active, you may need to perform an internet search to locate a researcher's current website.
 
August 21, 2019
Dr. Peter Nalin
Professor and Head
Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health
Associate Dean for Rural Medicine
University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus
Host: Dr. Jean Regal
Topic: Welcome and discussion
 
September 18, 2019
Dr. Douglas Bell
Senior Investigator 
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Seminar Title: Tobacco smoke effects on the human immune cell epigenome and
single-cell transcriptome
Website: https://irp.nih.gov/pi/douglas-bell
Host: Dr. Sarah Lacher, Assistant Professor
Topic: Strategies for a successful career
 
October 21, 2019
Dr. Sara Zimmer
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Prospective Changes to NIH Grant Review
 
November 6, 2019
Sarah Brown
Senior Reporter
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Seminar Title: Gender Inequity in Higher Ed: What Academic Institutions Are Doing
About It
Website: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Gender-Harassment-Can-Mean/246528
https://www.chronicle.com/article/Sarah-Brown/241038
Host: Dr. Michele Statz, Assistant Professor and Dr. Jean Regal, Professor
Topic: Gender Inequity Discussion
 
November 13, 2019
Dr. Colleen McClung
Professor
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Website: https://www.psychiatry.pitt.edu/about-us/our-people/faculty/colleen-mcclung-phd
Topic: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
November 20, 2019
Dr. Stella Goulopoulou
Assistant Professor
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Website: https://profile.hsc.unt.edu/profilesystem/viewprofile.php?pid=105577
Topic: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
January 22, 2020
Dr. Vivian Bellofatto
Professor
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Host: Dr. Sara Zimmer
Website: http://njms.rutgers.edu/departments/molecular_genetics/faculty/bellofato/index.cfm
Topic: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
February 3, 2020
Dr. Jean Regal
Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Grant Budgeting 101; Presentation/Discussion
 
March 4, 2020
Dr. Sandra Momper
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
University of Michigan
Host: Dr. Brenna Greenfield
Website: https://ssw.umich.edu/faculty/profiles/tenure-track/smomper
Topic: Strategies for a Successful Career

2018/2019 Schedule

*Please note that personal website links for seminar speakers are accurate up to the date of the corresponding seminar. If a website link is no longer active, you may need to perform an internet search to locate a researcher's current website.
 
September 28, 2018
Dr. Melissa Walls
University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, Department of Family Medicine & Biobehavioral Health
Lunch Discussion: Brainstorming Priorities for the AHC Duluth Women's Mentoring Program
 
October 10, 2018
Dr. Kate Karriker-Jaffe
Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a successful career
 
October 24, 2018
Dr. Jerica Berge
University of Minnesota
Lunch Discussion: Update on Center for Women in Medicine and Science - Medical School 
 
November 07, 2018
Dr. Lori Wallrath
Professor, Department of Biochemistry 
University of Iowa
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a successful career
 
December 13, 2018
Dr. Lynda Welage
Dean, College of Pharmacy
Professor, Department of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology
University of Minnesota
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a successful career
 
January 9, 2019
Dr. Debra DeLaet 
Professor, Department of Political Science
Drake University
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a successful career
 
February 13, 2019
Dr. Anja Bielinsky
Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
University of Minnesota
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a successful career
 
March 13, 2019
Dr. Tamera Schneider
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Wright State University
Deputy Division Director, Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
National Science Foundation
Lunch Discussion: Implicit Bias
 
April 3, 2019
Dr. Cathy McCarty
University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, Department of Family Medicine & Biobehavioral Health
Lunch Discussion: Strategies to negotiate service requests and distinguish opportunity from obstacles
 
May 8, 2019
Dr. Rhonda Jones-Webb
Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
University of Minnesota
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a successful career

2017/2018 Schedule

*Please note that personal website links for seminar speakers are accurate up to the date of the corresponding seminar. If a website link is no longer active, you may need to perform an internet search to locate a researcher's current website.

Unless otherwise noted, all events took place on Wednesdays from noon-1:00 pm in Room 165 Medical School Duluth. 

September 20, 2017
Dr. Kristen Jacklin
University of Minnesota, Medical Discovery Team
Welcome Dr. Jacklin to Medical School Duluth and help her connect in Medical School and College of Pharmacy Duluth  

October 4, 2018
Dr. Tiffany Beckman
University of Minnesota 
Website: https://www.dom.umn.edu/bio/dom-a-z/tiffany-beckman
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career  

November 29, 2017
Dr. Mel Feany
Harvard University
Website: http://feany-lab.bwh.harvard.edu/index.html  
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career  

December 6, 2017
Dr. Kate O'Connor-Giles
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Website: http://oconnorgiles.molbio.wisc.edu/research-interests
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career  

January 18, 2018 (Thursday 11:30 am to 1 pm)
Dr. Patricia Wonch Hill & Dr. Julia McQuillan
University of Nebraska 
Dr. Hill’s Website: http://soc.unl.edu/patricia-wonch-hill 
Dr. McQuillan’s Website: http://soc.unl.edu/julia-mcquillan 
Workshop for women faculty and postdocs:  “Toolkits for navigating gendered institutional barriers”
Hosts: Drs. Melissa Walls and Jean Regal  

February 7, 2018
Dr. Colleen Manchester
University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management 
Website: https://carlsonschool.umn.edu/faculty/colleen-manchester
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career   

February 28, 2018
Dr. Marylyn Ritchie
Geisinger Health System 
Website: https://www.geisinger.edu/en/research/research-and-innovation/find-an-investigator/2017/04/03/14/17/marilyn-ritchie
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career  

May 16, 2018
Dr. Ellen Fischer
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 
Website: http://psychiatry.uams.edu/research/division-of-health-services-research/division-of-health-services-research-faculty-and-staff/ellen-p-fischer-ph-d/ 
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career 

2016/2017 Schedule

*Please note that personal website links for seminar speakers are accurate up to the date of the corresponding seminar. If a website link is no longer active, you may need to perform an internet search to locate a researcher's current website.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place from noon-1:00 pm in Room 165 Medical School Duluth.

September 6, 2016
Welcome New Women Faculty
Welcome new faculty and help them connect in Medical School and College of Pharmacy Duluth

September 28, 2016
Dr. Jenifer Coburn
Medical College of Wisconsin
Website: http://www.mcw.edu/CIDR/Members/JeniferCoburn.htm
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career

October 5, 2016
Dr. Christine Sorkness
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Website: https://www.medicine.wisc.edu/people-search/people/staff/284/SORKNESS_CHRISTINE_A
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career

October 19, 2016
Dr. Emilyn Alejandro
University of Minnesota 
Website: https://www.physiology.umn.edu/research/alejandro-lab
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career

November 2, 2016
Dr. Laurie Parker
University of Minnesota
Website:  http://cbs.umn.edu/contacts/laurie-parker
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career

November 16, 2016
Dr. Sara Van Driest
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Website: http://pediatrics.mc.vanderbilt.edu/directory/profile/sara-lynn-vandriest.4777?show=V
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career

December 7, 2016
Dr. Barbara Burleigh
Harvard School of Public Health
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/barbara-burleigh/
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career

February 1, 2017
Dr. Rebekah Pratt 
University of Minnesota
Website: http://familymedicine.umn.edu/bio/familymed/rebekah-pratt
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career

February 8, 2017
Dr. Tiffany Beckman 
University of Minnesota
Website: http://www.dom.umn.edu/bio/dom-a-z/tiffany-beckman
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
February 15, 2017
Dr. Donna Havens 
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Website: http://nursing.unc.edu/people/donna-s-havens/
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
April 12, 2017
Dr. Wylie Burke
University of Washington
Website: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/locallegends/Biographies/Burke_Wylie.html
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
May 10, 2017
Dr. Catherine Jordan
University of Minnesota
Website: http://academyofces.org/academy-members/2014-inductees/cathy-jordan
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career

2015/2016 Schedule

*Please note that personal website links for seminar speakers are accurate up to the date of the corresponding seminar. If a website link is no longer active, you may need to perform an internet search to locate a researcher's current website.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place from noon-1:00 pm in Room 165 Medical School Duluth.

October 14, 2015
Dr. Elizabeth Allen
University of Minnesota
Website: Bio page link
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
October 28, 2015
Dr. Vicki Ellingrod
University of Michigan
Website: Bio page link
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
November 9, 2015
Collaborations and Networking:  Importance in Promotion, Recognition and Productivity.  
Group Discussion with Background Presentation by Jean Regal and Examples by Janet Fitzakerley.
 
December 2, 2015
Dr. Mary Stenzel-Poore
Oregon Health & Science University
Website: Bio page link
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
December 16, 2015
Dr. Nancy Schoenberg
University of Kentucky
Website: Bio page link
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
February 25, 2016
Dr. Elizabeth Ferucci
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage
Website: Bio page link
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
March 23, 2016
Dr. Jill Siegfried
Chair, Department of Pharmacology
University of Minnesota
Website:  Bio page link
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
April 20, 2016
Dr. Carlie LaLone 
US Environmental Protection Agency 
Website: Bio page link
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
May 11, 2016
Dr. Melanie Graham 
University of Minnesota
Website: Bio page link
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career
 
May 25, 2016
Dr. Polly Fordyce 
Stanford University
Website: Bio page link
Lunch Discussion: Strategies for a Successful Career

Selected Past Programs

Seminars and Programs

  • Helen Moore, Ph.D., Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, "ADVANCing Women in the Sciences: Interrogating the Gendered Academy"
  • Discussion Topic-Priorities:How to decide what to do, and when; summary of article by J Regal and discussion
  • Jenn Sheridan, Ph.D., "More Women in Science: The Institutional Challenge"
  • Dr. Janet Bickel:"You are the CEO of your own career"
  • Dr. Elizabeth Lord, Vice Provost, University of California Riverside, and Dr. Ruth Shaw, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. Closing the Gap: Gender Issues in Academic Science, University of Minnesota Duluth. Co-sponsored with the Commission on Women and the Department of Biology
  • Dr. Barbara Baird, Cornell University, "Promoting women scientists in science, engineering and the health sciences"
  • Dr. Alice Larson and Dr. Caroline Hayes, University of Minnesota, "Discussion of the Women's Faculty Cabinet on the Twin Cities campus"
  • Discussion topic: Presentation by Jean Regal of the new NIH Biosketch format required June 2015 and discussion of strategies for effective presentation of accomplishments
  • Dr. Jennifer Schultz, Associate Professor of Economics, UMD, Research in health economics and policy, Candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives District 7A, "Discussion of our needs and the vision for Medical School Duluth and College of Pharmacy Duluth"

Strategies for a Successful Career:  Discussions with visiting scientists

  • Dr. Anne Kenworthy, Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. Robin Wright, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Edie Goldsmith, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Dr. Anja Bielinsky, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Besty Seaquist, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Camara Jones, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Dr. Monika Fleshner, University of Colorado