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 

The overall goal of the “Global Women of Light” symposium is to shine light upon women's careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and entrepreneurship, recruit women across career ranks and disciplines, and build a sustainable community of women in both academia and industry from which career growth, mobility, and leadership opportunities may be sought out.
WiSTEE Connect ( is an organization which serves to connect female students, faculty members, scientists, and engineers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship (STEE) from universities, government labs, and private companies. The vision of WiSTEE Connect is to promote women leadership in STEE and assist women involved in these areas to gain regional and/or global connections and recognition. This organization, started in upstate New York, helps to bridge the gap between science and entrepreneurship while providing a forum though which women in these fields may learn, connect, and lead.
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