January 27, 2021 TheWisestWomen WISEcast The podcast for Women In STEM and Education. WISEcast is featured in the Top 25 Women in STEM Podcasts by Feedspot! Special THANK YOU to Rachit Taneja (email: email@example.com) our sound engineer for making us sound so good! Season 2 Let’s go after this paradox – how and why should we manage our bosses? Channeling some Office Space vibes in their dress for success segment (Admit it – you love this movie as much as we do!). Drs. Amber and Richa make fun of the stereotype of a manager who just pushes and pushes and asks for unreasonable favors while leisurely sippin’ on his coffee. Truth is in today’s work environment everyone is stretched thin with what is being called the “great promotion” which accompanies the “great resignation.” The hosts delve into this topic with their guest Jennifer Chapman (Facebook, LinkedIn, Website) to examine the different personality types of bosses (hands off vs. micromanager), how to create intense 15 minute planning meetings, work conflicts, getting promoted, and how to avoid falling into a victim mindset. Take notes! Text “ACCELERATE” to 411321 for complimentary Leadership Power Tool: How to Ensure You Get the Most Out of Every Leadership ResourceAdditional readings and our sources referenced in the episode include: Managing Conflicts in the Work Place, A startling 98% of Managers feel managers need more training, People leave managers, not companies. We are under fire…but not besieged! We have a friendly debate with WISEcast’s good friend and male ally Neil Thompson on whether we as women deserve to get equal pay without equal effort, especially when it comes to the high-stakes act of negotiation. Neil brings a unique perspective to this conversation that hails back to one of our first episodes in Season 1, Episode 6: Knocked Up or Knocked Out? (Part 2). We want to know what you think after listening to this debate on whether the goal and in a sense the greater good of gender equity with pay requires giving women a boost even when it isn’t something we are directly working towards! Also, give us a little boost and donate here → Paypal.You can find Neil Thompson here: @teachthegeek and @_teachthegeek_ & LinkedInGet Public Speaking Tips for STEM Professionals HERE. You can subscribe and rate his podcast here: iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTubeNeil Thompson is a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. He started out his career as a product development engineer, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Eventually, he went on to become a professional engineer. Neil is a contributor to Urbangeekz online magazine, Mechanical Engineering magazine, Tech Directions magazine, and PsychCentral. He started his journey in public speaking out of necessity. He took what he learned in becoming more effective at public speaking and created the Teach the Geek to Speak course and the Teach the Geek to Speak membership. If you ever felt bad about making difficult cuts or unpopular decisions, this episode is for you. Andrea Martin discusses with us when you should be cutthroat, or as she puts it – strategic. We discuss when and how you should compete with yourself, the Queen Bee Syndrome, managing up and creating team loyalty. You will definitely walk away more empowered after listening to this episode, and if you do donate here → Paypal. You can connect to Andrea Martin at the following channels: Website: https://www.andreamartinconsulting.org/ Instagram @mrs.andrea.martin and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreamartinmba/ As the founder of Andrea Martin Consulting, Andrea has quickly become the go-to coach for high performing women. Andrea has extensive experience navigating the corporate world making a name for herself. As an immigrant, a mother of two, wife, people leader, and coach, she understands the dynamic of what it takes to wear many hats while still moving towards your goals. Andrea holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering, Masters in Business. Andrea is a Certified Leadership Coach, DISC Behavioral Analysis Trainer, with training at Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. She combines her experience leading multi-billion dollar projects, large organizations, coaching credentials and delivers a straightforward coaching perspective for her clients. She has coached 100+ women on enhancing productivity, career development, and decision-making skills to create a more balanced lifestyle. The hard truth is that intelligence and hard work will only get you so far and many talented professionals are forgotten due to a lack of strategy. She made it her mission to support ambitious professionals that are done playing small and want to reach bigger goals. We have an eye-opening conversation with Dr. Omolara Uwemedimo about challenges Black women in medicine face and the obstacles BIPOC face in receiving optimal healthcare. She speaks about “weathering,” and how BIPOC as a group disproportionately face chronic stress, mental and physical health break down, infertility issues, autoimmune disorders, and more. BIPOC stands for Black and Indigenous People of Color. This term is specific to the historical experiences of this group and therefore the current socioeconomic and political consequences of their experiences. Listen to understand the impact of medical racism and how you can become an accomplice and not just an ally to combat these social issues.Dr. Uwemedimo is a board-certified pediatrician for over 15 years and an academic faculty for over a decade, mentoring women physicians of color. She is also the CEO and founder of Melanin & Medicine, a premier business development & funding coaching company to help support women of color in medicine to secure capital without incurring debt or diluting equity, to build and grow their own healthcare businesses committed to social impact. Dr. Uwemedimo provides Black women with culturally-informed strategies and systems to reduce burnout, achieve personal and professional fulfillment, rediscover their purpose and finally, achieve their vision for life, without struggle or sacrifice.he has a passion for social justice, she is an advocate, a professor, and researcher committed to ensuring that all women & children have an equal right to thrive. She has also worked as a global physician across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. She is the CEO of Strong Children Wellness, an innovative family practice that addresses both unmet health and social needs for families in New York.You can connect to Dr. Omolara at the following channels: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The mental health pandemic is the most urgent issue we as a society face. In this episode, we discuss why it is especially challenging for our youth from a social and biological perspective. There is a way out, and we as a society need to address the extrinsic and intrinsic factors to help our youth. This episode features Dr. Crystal Duc Tran, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She is an expert in Developmental Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. She is passionate about educating others about child and adolescent psychology, statistics, lifespan development, language, and race/diversity, along with teaching students how to maximize their degree for graduate work and the job market.Here are some resources that Dr. Tran recommends for anyone who has mental health challenges: American Psychological Association (APA): https://www.apa.org/topics/crisis-hotlines —You can also find available psychologist near you listed by state from the APA link. In Houston, we have several: 1) Mental Health America of Greater Houston: https://mhahouston.org/ 2) The Harris Health Center for Mental Health and IDD: https://www.theharriscenter.org/ 3) Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: 833-986-1919Also, if you or a loved one is experiencing mental health issues, suicidal thoughts or substance abuse disorders, please reach out to your caregiver or contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline here: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helplineSAMHSA. SAHMHSA is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. We are in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the undercurrents of all the surges, a new pandemic of mental health challenges and trauma is emerging. Some say we don’t actually have a word for it yet. We discuss the challenges that Gen Z particularly is facing with isolation, anxiety, depression, and uncertainty with two ambitious women who are college students and the founders of Beyond Cancer. Our guests include Kaamya M.K. and Sahana Lothumalla. Kaamya is a sophomore Pre-Law student at Southern Methodist University studying Finance and Human Rights on the Public Policy track. She is also a member of the Healthcare and Human Rights Committee. Sahana is a premedical student studying neuroscience at the University of Michigan. The field of oncology fascinates her and Beyond Cancer is her avenue of deepening my knowledge as a student and raising awareness to her community as a teacher.If you or a loved one is experiencing mental health issues, suicidal thoughts or substance abuse disorders, please reach out to your caregiver or contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline here: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helplineSAMHSA. SAHMHSA is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. In this episode we discuss how the future in tech is bright for women with an emerging demand on the skills we already possess. We also discuss some of the gaps that are still present in the more “technical” roles but with the emergence of women leaders as founders and in the C-suite, there will be more inspirational role models for the younger generation. We discuss this and more with Donna Loughlin, the founder of LMGPR who is known for her work with futurists and innovators. She excels in the realm of storytelling, and uses those skills to propel new companies into the mainstream. Inspired everyday by the forward-thinkers she works with, our guest has a deep fascination with advancements in AI, automotive, consumer electronics, and more. She is also the host of BeforeItHappened, a leading narrative podcast featuring visionaries and the moments, events, and realizations that inspired them to change our lives for the better. Donna firmly believes in the proverb: Imagine the impossible, then make it happen. You can connect to Donna and follow her podcast at the following links: LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. In this episode, we discuss how stress can actually be a good thing. There is an “upside” to stress, especially with the right attitude. If you shift your mindset, you can increase the quality and length of your life. Tune in to this important discussion on how certain kinds of stress give meaning to life and how to distinguish this from chronic, debilitating types of stress that diminish the quality of life. Find a new way to perceive the stressors in your life and make this your superpower!Dr. Austyn Matheson is originally from Calgary, Canada. She has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering (Bio specialization) from Queen’s University Canada. After this, she briefly worked in the Oil and Gas industry as a facilities engineer before venturing to Ireland to do a Masters of Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin. After her master’s, she moved to Toronto, Canada, where she worked at a medical device and started designing a point of care diagnostic device. SheI started as a production technician and moved on to leading a team as an engineer. She then moved back to Calgary to start her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Calgary. The focus of her PhD was on the protein Lubricin (a protein that provides lubrication and other biological functions in our joints, on the surface of the eye and in other locations in the body). During her Ph.D., I had two international secondments, one to the University of Connecticut and another to the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, where she was hired as a postdoc in January 2021. She will continue working on Lubricin as she was awarded a Marie Curie Sklowdoska award (a co-fund called ADMIRE) that will begin in 2022. You can connect to Dr. Matheson through IG: @austynxreid and LinkedIn. In this episode, we explore the role of mentors and FEMtors (aka female mentors) in one’s professional trajectory. It’s important to properly seek out these relationships and continue to nurture them. What’s the ideal number of mentors? What differing advice do you receive if a mentor is female vs. male, and does that actually matter? We discuss all this and more with Dr. Stephanie Ryan.Dr. Stephanie Ryan, Ph.D. is a chemist, a boy mom, and a social media influencer who enjoys using her background to create superior educational products and content. Although an academic at heart, Dr. Stephanie is passionate about learning through play.. She is an active member of the chemistry education community and is currently a committee member of the International Activities Committee for the Division of Chemical Education. Dr. Stephanie earned her Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences and her M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also the author of Let’s Learn About Chemistry” and the CEO of Ryan Educational Consulting. You can connect to Dr. Ryan through all these socials: IG: @letslearnaboutscience TIKTOK: @letslearnaboutscience Twitter: @letslearnsci Facebook: Let’s Learn about Science LinkedIN: Use our special code “WISECAST” to get 50% off of Dr. Ryan’s book Let’s Learn About Chemistry from Dec 2nd-Dec 10th. This code cannot be used through Amazon. In this episode, we have a vivacious conversation with WISEcast’s long time friend and supporter Carolina Little about how to overcome feelings of isolation in academic or workplace environments. When asked about how much responsibility the institution or organization has and how much the individual has, she gave us a very surprising answer. After 20 years in oil and gas working in refineries, labs, remote rig locations, and manufacturing plants, Carolina decided after her last layoff to work as a Job Search and Career Path Consultant coaching individuals to optimize their professional brands and career opportunities. She also matches top STEM talent with the right hiring teams working as a Freelance Technical Recruiter to several aviation, aerospace, and startup companies. Over her career, she has studied and practiced several techniques to learn how to navigate successfully through male-dominated professional waters and teach other professional women how to do the same. We are excited to feature our blog contest winner Dr. Alaina Talboy in this episode. She speaks to us about what leadership involves and how it should not be conflated with people management. She promotes that you can be a leader in any seat that you have. Dr. Talboy gives great advice on how to improve your leadership skills and remain authentic to your ideology and priorities. Dr. Talboy is an award winning researcher and educator with expertise in reasoning, statistics, and judgment & decision making. You can often find her giving talks on equality in higher education, STEM, and technology, and working to create pathways for women to break into new fields. Her passion is all about helping people make informed decisions, with an emphasis on ethical research practices. In this episode, Dr. Julie Rennecker makes the argument to align our career goals with our strengths rather than focusing on our weaknesses.Dr. Rennecker, the Founder & Chief Catalyst of Syzygy Teams, is a scholar-practitioner committed to using and teaching evidence-based methods for improving organization performance. Her research and consulting projects have taken her behind the scenes of companies ranging from startups to Fortune500 firms in diverse industries including healthcare, med tech, automotive, high-tech, and oil & gas. She earned her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from MIT’s Sloan School of Management where she studied teams and technology change. She then served on the Information Systems faculty at Case Western Reserve University where she taught in both the MBA and Executive Education programs. With more than 20 years’ experience conducting research and advising executives, Julie brings a unique synthesis of academic knowledge and field-tested methods to bear on the “soft” side of complex organizational challenges. She is Certified Practitioner of Appreciative Inquiry, Strengthscope™, and the Chief Reinvention Officer Method. In this negotiation masterclass, we discuss the importance of the “ask” in salary negotiations and address the fears many people have going into these conversations. Theresa offers tips and pointers on language, psychology, and how to react and respond in specific situations. Get your notepad out because you’ll want these nuggets of wisdom to help you increase your salary this year!Theresa partners with C-level executives, managers, and women to be their own best advocates by helping them navigate performance reviews, salary negotiations, interviewing and career pivots. Theresa believes that everything in life is a negotiation. What makes her unique is she combines her sales and marketing background with her deep expertise in career coaching to help clients get the job they want and the salary they deserve. Her coaching strategies enabled clients to negotiate significant increases in their comp plans, sometimes doubling their salary. Connect with Theresa on LinkedIn. Check out her website to learn more about her coaching options. “I wish women would have the confidence of the white man…” – Ebun Ojekunle, Senior Associate Scientist at PfizerIn this episode, we have a round table discussion with Ebun on what it takes to maintain and grow your ambition. You need to surround yourself with other high-achieving individuals, build your tribe with a mix of mentors that are men and women, and as always, keep persisting. In Girl, Interrupted, Richa Bansal, MBA, PMP, the founder of Pink Careers, speaks to us about using “Assertive Communication” and other communication strategies to overcome mansplaining and manterrupting. Definitely take notes! This episode was inspired by the VP debates of 2020 when VP Kamala Harris, to counter the repeated interruptions, said “Mr. Vice-President, I’m speaking” and Kim Goodwin’s viral tweet (linked) featuring a flow chart to determine if a man is mansplaining.Richa Bansal is a seasoned professional with a decade of experience in strategy, operations, engineering, supply chain, and management. As one of the only women in the room for most of her career in the Oil & Gas and the IT industry, she has seen first-hand the struggles of young professional women as they navigate the corporate ladder.Richa founded www.Pinkcareers.com to give women access to career development and coaching through a learning format that is flexible, effective, and meets the needs of modern working women. Pinkcareers also partners with organizations to offer research-based experiential learning solutions so they can develop and retain exceptional female talent. Email: email@example.com No woman in STEM should feel stuck or unhappy in their job with such lucrative and marketable STEM skills. In this episode, we discuss owning your identity as a scientist and executing a career pivot from academia to industry. Featured guests include Dr. Kate Stumpo, former tenured professor and mass spectrometrist, and our very own co-host Amber Miller, a flow cytometry specialist and former director of a STEM Success Center. Both of these emboldened women found the courage to leave the ivory tower for jobs in industry. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). For information regarding sponsorship, send us an email at email@example.com or donate t You can immediately change and level up your career after listening to this episode. We discussstrategies to improve your ability to self-advocate. We are joined by Stephanie Slocum, PE (she/her), the founder of Engineers Rising LLC and author of the Amazon.com bestseller She Engineers. She also provides useful insight on how to handle situations where you have been wronged. These strategies will help any professional woman in STEM level up her career. In this episode, we host a panel debate spanning different demographics, generations, and perspectives. Is Chivalry a Sexist Ideology? Could chivalry be a form of microagression? When does chivalry cross the line at work? Maybe we need a new term to describe mutual respect and politeness. This panel includes Nikki Nguyen, graduate student at Columbia University from Episode 1; Michael Borders, Pipeline Safety & Compliance / Adjunct Professor; Sangeeta Bakshi, VP of HR and Administration at Brask, Inc; and Dr. Naama Barnea-Goraly, neuroscientist, adolescent psychiatrist, and founder of Girltelligence. We premiere Season 2 with a deep dive into a discussion about the impact of casual and structural racism on inequities in STEM. We are joined by Nikki Nguyen, a graduate student working on her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University.She shares her perspective coming from an immigrant family andthe challenges first generation students, immigrants and their children face in getting equal footing. She provides uplifting advice to anyone going through the first generation and/or immigrant experience about how to stay the course and come out successfully. Recognizing the importance of rest and a mini-sabbatical, we paused, reflected, and dug deep. We now realize that we have changed so much. We’re excited to return, energized, reinvigorated and motivated to dive deeper into the issues that women face in STEM careers and education. We were also recently featured as the Top 45 Women in STEM Podcasts through Feedspot!In this trailer, Drs. Chandra and Miller reflect on the many biographies from Season 1 and the lessons they learned from meeting each of these women. They even muse who would be their favorite guest to go out with for a happy hour. In gearing up for Season 2, they set their sights on topics including the immigrant and first generation experience, racial hate crimes, self-advocacy, chivalry as a sexist ideology, the very real gender pay gap, career pivots, microaggressions and so much more. Season 1 In our final episode of Season 1 we feature a guest co-host, Liliana Hildebrand, a future civil engineer at Texas A&M University. We speak to Dr. Eva Lantsoght, a tenured professor and industrial engineer, who teaches and lives in Ecuador and Belgium! She speaks about the journey to getting a Ph.D., highlights the differences between the United States and elsewhere, and for kicks explains to us what load testing of bridges involves! Dr. Eva Lantsoght also co-hosts her own podcast, PhD Talk and blogs at her website. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). In this episode, we speak with Jocelyn Nguyen, who was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal. She is the perfect combo of beauty and brains as a tech entrepreneur (founder of Vivefi, Inc.) and fashion model. She discusses how it shouldn’t matter how a woman in STEM dresses when she knows her stuff. Drs. Chandra and Miller share some belly laughs with Jocelyn about her description of the “tech-bro.” Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: email@example.com). In this episode, Barbara Hamilton, M.D. shares how she knew Interventional Radiology was the right field for the adrenaline junkie inside. She discusses many things with us including the benevolent sexism she encountered and how when there’s a leadership void, it’s time to step up. She shares how she felt that she educated herself out of the dating pool, but luckily found an empowered partner who is not intimidated by her success. Dr. Hamilton aka the Tired Superheroine blogs on her website, hosts her own podcast, and authored the book “Save Lives, Enjoy Your Own.” Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Meet Isa Valdez, an influencer, an environmental scientist and Latina. She talks about the lack of preparation for the professional world after graduating college and the importance of developing “soft” skills like negotiation and networking to be successful in STEM careers. She founded the STEMgal Network and shares her advice on overcoming impostor syndrome and finding success following college. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: email@example.com). We have an uplifting conversation with Dr. Saray Stancic, a board certified physician in internal medicine, infectious disease, and lifestyle medicine. She shares her journey to remission from multiple sclerosis. She celebrated 25 years since her initial diagnosis and is sharing her knowledge about the role of salutogenesis in defeating chronic illnesses. She is the author of What’s Missing in Medicine and produced the documentary Code Blue. You can follow her LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, and you can purchase her book and learn about her documentary at https://drstancic.com/.Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). In Rags to Thesis, we revisit with Dr. Alicia Volmar, a structural biologist and genetic genealogist. She is a previous guest from Episodes 4 and 5 Knocked Up or Knocked Out. In this episode, she shares how she overcame a childhood of abuse, neglect, and homelessness. Through her persistence and love of science, she achieved a Ph.D. in structural biology and built her family. She advocates and brings insight into the obstacles too many children and young adults face. Composition of an interlude transition and sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: email@example.com). Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, a behavioral scientist on climate & health, shares how she became a science policy advisor. She helped the Biden-Harris transition team prepare to enact evidence-based policies in their first 100 days. She also co-hosts the podcast Risky Behavior. Make sure to check out Dr. Sweta Chakraborty’s website and follow her on her social media channels. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Meet Janelle Wellons, an MIT graduate and rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She worked on the Cassini Mission to Saturn and is now working on lunar and Earth based missions! She shares her story from a childhood love for rockets and math, to the bullying and racism she experienced from other kids, to getting into MIT and then NASA JPL. She is paying it forward with the outreach she is doing to empower girls in STEM to believe in themselves. Make sure to check out her website and follow Janelle on her social media channels. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: email@example.com). We are about to jump into the New Year, and most people are thinking 2021 couldn’t get here fast enough! Meet Dr. Brittany Barreto, geneticist, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and the founder of @femtechfocus, a nonprofit supporting technology, services, and products that improve women’s health and wellness. There are some jaw dropping moments in this episode, and we find some inspiration for the next generation of #STEMentrepreneurs. Enjoy! Make sure to follow Dr. Brittany Barreto on social media. Check out the FemTech Focus to learn about all the exciting technology surrounding women’s health because “Women’s health is everyone’s health!” Production and sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). This episode will give you a warm fuzzy feeling during this holiday season as you hear from a married couple who are both scientists and educators: Dr. Shivas Amin and Dr. Cassidy Johnson. Our conversation about their real life romcom contains humorous stories, a little nerdy scientific debate about impostor syndrome, and advice for anyone looking to make their relationship successful. Sound engineering for this episode is by Rachit Taneja (email: email@example.com). In Knocked Up or Knocked Out? Part 2, we continue our conversations with Dr. Alicia Volmar, Ms. Anamika Saxena, Dr. Rosie Rosell, and Dr. Lori Jean Reed as they share their stories and experiences about whether motherhood is a driver for inequities in STEM careers and how we can work to move the needle. We have great conversations with Alicia Volmar, Dr. Rosie Rosell, Dr. LoriJean Reed and Anamika Saxena about gender, motherhood and equity in the STEM field. They share their ups and downs, successes and struggles in navigating the professional world while also navigating marriage, pregnancy and family obligations. Their stories are examples of strength, resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. In this episode, Dr. Richa Chandra and Dr. Amber Miller offer their “pearls” of wisdom in the form of 8 Thrival Strategies continuing the conversation of surviving and thriving in a COVID-19 world. They begin with having listeners of the podcast answer Dr. Miller’s question “What is your power outfit?” They speak on the power of mindfulness, making work your happy place, getting active and dropping the guilt. Enjoy these 8 Thrival Strategies… which couldn’t come at a better time! COVID-19 definitely pushed women out of the workforce. In this episode, we continue to explore that idea with Sarah Blutt, Ph.D. a professor and researcher at Baylor College of Medicine and Sonia Weber, a second grade teacher with a degree in psychology and a Master’s in social work. We reflect on the insights they shared in our last episode but also go deeper with them and examine how we continue to sustain all aspects of out lives over an increasingly lengthening COVID-19 world. Nearly 3 in 4 moms were in the workforce before the pandemic, but is that changing? Is COVID-19 pushing women out of the workforce? We explore that question as we sit down with two amazing women, Sarah Blutt, Ph.D. a professor and researcher at top tier medical institute and Sonia Weber, a second grade teacher with a degree in psychology and a Master’s in social work, who are both managing successful careers while also caring for family against the backdrop of the pandemic. They share insights into how they are thriving and/or surviving in this COVID-19 world. We are two female STEM professors giving you a peek behind the curtain that is our daily lives. We’d like to say we run off passion and enthusiasm, but most days we are running on coffee and chaos! We are excited to share our thoughts and experiences as we dive into topics involving equity, the Lean In movement, challenges and victories, and the future landscape for women who are at different stages in their careers.The COVID world reignited our motivations to empower and excite women in STEM and young women who are thinking about their future careers. Sometimes we need encouragement, sometimes we need to vent, but mostly we need to know that we are not alone.