To address issues that affect the careers of women scientists and engineers, Berkeley Lab created the Women Scientists & Engineers Council (WSEC). The WSEC and Berkeley Lab’s Human Resources Department work in partnership to determine priorities and develop strategies for recruitment, retention, work life balance, and the empowerment of women scientists and engineers. Subcommittees focus on target areas and to address specific challenges. Key activities include:
Engaging division leaders in recruitment, retention, and development
Improving policies for work-life balance
Empowering women scientists through training and meeting people of influence
The WSEC is different from a traditional ERG because it is made up of members who are both Division-appointed as well as volunteers. There are three subcommittees that meet separately to work on WSEC goals: policy, networking, and empowerment. WSEC members meet quarterly in January, April, July, and October.
Chair: Ina Reichel
Vice-Chair: Tammara Campbell
Chair Emeritus: Sole Toledano
Secretaries: Lauren Lui and Susan Tsutakawa
Subcommittee Chairs: Elizabeth Stuart, Laurie Stephey, Sandra Ciocio, Teresa Calarco, Rita Kuo and Hang Deng
Membership is open to all LBNL employees. We ask that every member join one or more of the subcommittees that carries out the objectives of the WSEC. Subcommittees include: Policy, Networking and Empowerment.