Did you know that women comprise a mere 24 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce? Were you also aware that the National Institutes of Health NIH gives first-time male principal investigator scientists considerably more funding than women, even at the nation’s top research institutions? Women are also less likely to be hired and promoted to manager: For every 100 men promoted and hired to manager, only 72 women are promoted and hired. Men hold 62 percent of manager-level positions, while women hold just 38 percent. The number of women decreases at every subsequent level.*

In honor of the University’s year-long celebration of ‘150 Years of Women at Northwestern, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute will host the second of three ‘CLP Spills the Tea‘ events on March 11 at 4:00 p.m. in Evanston.  The discussion will include four prominent women in science from diverse backgrounds who will address issues of gender disparity in the workplace and share insights on how to thrive in male-dominated science fields, from higher education and biotech to national laboratories and beyond.  Tea, coffee and cookies will be served.


Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, PhD, Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Vice Provost for Academics, Northwestern University


Margarita Chavez, JD, Managing Director, AbbVie Ventures

Lydia Finney, PhD, CDP, Diversity and Inclusion Partner and Physicist, Leadership Institute, Argonne National Laboratory

Kapila Viges, Director, Strategy Insights and Planning, Oncology Group, ZS Associates

Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Dean, The Graduate School, Northwestern University

The program will be held in Cohen Commons, Northwestern University, Room L482, fourth floor north, in the Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL.



* Source: LeanIn.org