The Women Scientists & Engineers Council (WSEC) was created to provide support and to address issues that affect the careers of all women at Berkeley Lab. 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 all women at Berkeley Lab.

Key activities include:

  • Engaging Lab leaders in recruitment, retention, career development, and promotion

  • Improving policies for work-life balance

  • Empowering Lab employees through training, recognition, and providing opportunities for networking

The WSEC is different from a traditional ERG because it is made up of members who are both Division-appointed as well as volunteers. Three subcommittees (policy, networking, and empowerment) meet separately to work on WSEC goals and key activities. WSEC members meet quarterly in January, April, July, and October.

Celebrating Women

Building on the DOE’s Women @ Energy: STEM Rising project, the WSEC has held four Women@ The Lab events between 2013 - 2020. Read profiles of our honorees on the Women @ The Lab website.

This year’s Women @ the Lab award ceremony was held virtually. Watch the replay where 15 talented and dedicated employees were honored for their work and achievements, as well as an overview of the Women Scientists and Engineers Council’s accomplishments to date.

The Visible Spectrum series spotlights talented, dedicated women employees at the Lab.

In 2020, all four SLAM award recipients were women.


  • Monthly networking brown bags and coffee hours

  • Women@ The Lab event for FY20

  • Empowerment workshops

  • Celebrate Women's History Month

Past News & Events

2020 Accomplishments

  • Hosted 8 brown bags showcasing Women@The lab honorees and IDEA topics

  • Hosted 5 networking coffee hours, including an all ERG coffee hour.

  • Organized and led monthly meetings of the Bay Area Networking Group.

  • Started collaboration with HR to study women retention, promotion, and salary data at the lab.

  • Worked with Organizational Learning & Development staff on incorporating microagression awareness trainings.

  • Worked with HR and onboarding team to help clarify pregnancy and disability leave information for new employees.

  • Worked with IDEA office on Covid-19/shelter in place survey and the situations effects on women employees.

  • Launched 2020 Women@The Lab nomination process.

  • Collaborated with Strategic Communications on Visible Spectrum interviews of women at the lab.

  • Participated in National Labs ERG leadership summit at LLNL.

  • Policy - Chairs: Laurie Stephey, Juliane Reinhardt

  • Networking - Chairs: Elizabeth Stuart, Teresa Calarco

  • Empowerment - Chairs: Rita Kuo, Hang Deng

More information on committee missions, initiatives and accomplishments: WSEC Subcommittees


  • Chair: Ina Reichel

  • Vice-Chair: Tammara Campbell

  • Chair Emeritus: Sole Toledano

  • Secretaries: Lauren Lui and Susan Tsutakawa

  • Subcommittee Chairs: Elizabeth Stuart, Laurie Stephey, Juliane Reinhardt, Teresa Calarco, Rita Kuo and Hang Deng

Executive Sponsors

  • Susan Hubbard, Associate Lab Director, Earth & Environmental Sciences Area

  • Henrik von der Lippe, Engineering Division Director and the Lab’s Chief Engineering Officer

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.

WSEC Member Registration

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the WSEC Executive Committee at wsec-excom@lbl.gov.