Visionary Career Development Coach Addresses Professional Development Seminar

The Office of Faculty Affairs, along with Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity (SEEDS) and Women In Academic Medicine (WIAM), hosted a day-long professional development seminar last month for women faculty, residents, medical and pre-medical students that featured a talk by Janet Bickel, M.A., a nationally recognized expert in faculty, career and leadership development.

Two members of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Group on Women in Medicine and Science, Hilit Mechaber, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and Associate Dean for Student Services, and Marie Denise Gervais, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, supported Bickel’s appearance at the June 25 seminar with a SEEDS “You Choose” grant. The Office of Faculty Affairs also provided support.

Now Career and Leadership Development Coach at Janet Bickel & Associates and adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, Bickel has more than 40 years of experience in academia and science. She led the AAMC’s first Office of Women in Academic Medicine more than 25 years ago.

“Bringing Ms. Bickel to campus was an incredible and energizing opportunity,” Mechaber said, reflecting on the day’s success. “We are excited that our faculty, residents, and students had a chance to learn from her expertise. Our new WIAM Advisory Board is eager to support our women faculty. We are thankful that so many of our talented faculty serve in this capacity to help continue to build on prior efforts.”

The seminar kicked off with a strategic planning meeting of the WIAM’s newly appointed board, which is composed of early-, mid-, and late-career faculty from varied departments who will help shape the group’s direction.

The seminar also included afternoon presentations titled “The Care and Feeding of Your Career,” “Obtaining and Giving Mentoring Across Career Stages,” and “How is Your Vision of Success & Influence Changing? Developing Strategies that Work for You.” All the seminar content will be available soon on the WIAM website.

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