Professional Development

OSA Professional Development Programming 2017


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Women of Light, a Special Program for Women in Optics hosted by WiSTEE CONNECT

Sunday, 17 September 09:00 - 15:00 (Breakfast 08:00-09:00)
Location: OSA HQ 

WiSTEE Connect (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) is collaborating with the OSA Foundation to organize the 2nd international symposium “Global Women of Light” (GWL) at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics on 17 September 2017 in Washington DC, US. The program will be hosted at the OSA Headquarters, The Optical Society from 8:00-14:30. A full description of the program and biographies of the panelists is available by clicking here.

To register for this event please sign up by clicking here. Note that registration for the OSA conference is not required to attend this symposium; registration for the symposium is free. A limited number of travel grants is available. Please fill out this form and send it to
The goal of the second GWL Symposium is to continue building a strong network among women across
academia, industry, government and to collaboratively establish strategies to advance women’s 
leadership across career ranks. Panel and round-table open discussions on “Collectively Advancing 
Women Leadership” will be hosted at this event. We have invited internationally renowned women 
leaders from both STEM and entrepreneurial backgrounds to provide their strategies and best practices
on advancing women leaders in these fields. A networking session will be close out the days program 
and provide an opportunity for informal discussion. A community of women across career ranks and 
disciplines in STEM and Entrepreneurship will continue to be built, creating cross pollinated best 
practices and strategies across sectors. Career growth, mobility, mentorship, and leadership will be 
collectively developed by this community.

There is limited space at each. RSVP online to attend. 

Hosted by:   OSAF

Workshop: Understanding Unconscious Bias

Monday, 18 September 16:00 - 17:30
Washington, Hilton Georgetown East
Speaker: Sara Bendoraitis, American University, USA

Research demonstrates that we all have unconscious biases. These biases can result in best and brightest talent made to feel unwelcome, invisible, and not important to the success of the organization. This training will explore concepts and engage participants to better understand implicit bias, increase awareness and understanding the impact on organizational culture and identify ways to promote greater engagement with diversity and inclusion.

 Space is limited to the first 50 attendees and we ask that you RSVP online to attend.

Hosted by:   OSAF OSA_Diversity_and_Inclusion_Logo_3.png