AWIS: Women Continue to Be Underrepresented in Leadership Roles

By: Jossie Flor Sapunar, Communications Manager, Association for Women in Science

The 30 executive-level speakers who convened at the Innovation and Inclusion Summit in April didn’t mince words when evaluating the state of equity in STEM and the work that still needs to be done.

Kicking off the summit, Association for Women in Science CEO Sandra Robert, CAE, unveiled new AWIS data gleaned from the recent membership leadership survey: regardless of sector, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in leadership roles.

The disparity is starker for women of color, with 14% more likely to face assumptions that they are more junior or have less experience than they do and about 10% more likely to have someone else take credit for their ideas.

Highlighting the impact of race and ethnicity in addition to LGBTQ status and other identities, the panelists shared best practices and solutions to address the gaps in entrepreneurship funding, retention and women in leadership. Session after session, it was clear that these influencers make up a force that’s not backing down from the fight to support women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and every other underrepresented group in the STEM industry.


AWIS bestowed the Pinnacle Award to the Nobel Laureate Carol Greider, PhD, Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall the Leadership Award; and Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD, the Next Generation Award (below L-R).

Pinnacle Award Recipients

STEM game changers making significant contributions to increasing workplace diversity received the highly-coveted 2019 AWIS awards. With a proven track record of promoting women in leadership positions and advocating for more inclusive practices in STEM, the three awardees are fierce leaders in their respective fields. In intimate Fireside Chats, each discussed her path to success amidst enthusiastic applause.

Don’t Miss AWIS in 2020

2020 Innovation and Inclusion Summit

AWIS is excited to present an innovative lineup of industry and academic leaders in STEM for the 2020 Innovation and Inclusion Summit and Awards Ceremony. This event gathers over 200 of the most influential leaders in science and technology to further conversation, connect powerful ideas, recognize our awardees’ accomplishments, and celebrate women in STEM.

Date: April 23, 2020
Venue: Corinthian Houston
City: Houston, Texas

To learn more visit For early event partnership opportunities, please call (202) 588-8175 and ask for Lori Devine.

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