The 2nd Women in Leadership Panel at the APS Scientific Meeting in Milwaukee
I am excited to report on the second year of our Women in Leadership Panel, which took place at the recent American Pain Society annual Scientific Meeting in Milwaukee. Our goal was to continue the important discussions that began last year about women’s experiences in science and leadership, possible strategies and solutions to barriers and problems faced, and how men and women can better support and empower women’s roles in pain science, education, and leadership. This year, we again saw a swell of interest in this panel.
We started in the general session room to introduce the panelists and their topics: 1) Dealing with Sexism in the Workplace with Panelists Drs. Beverly Thorn (University of Alabama) and Marie-Eve Hoeppli (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital); 2) Juggling Career and Family with Panelists Drs. Tonya Palermo (University of Washington) and Claudia Campbell (Johns Hopkins University); 3) Leadership Opportunities at Home and at APS with Panelists Drs. Keela Herr (University of Iowa) and Jennifer Haythornthwaite (Johns Hopkins University); and 4) How to Negotiate a First Academic Position with Panelists Drs. Kathleen Sluka (University of Iowa) and Yenisel Cruz-Almeida (University of Florida). Panelists ranged from early career to late career and brought experience in academic and institutional leadership roles.
Although it was difficult to choose only one small group session to attend, the audience dispersed into separate meeting rooms for informal discussions facilitated by the panelists. I will share a few of my favorite tweets from the group discussions:
There was tremendous audience participation in each of the break out groups, leading to solution-focused conversations and great tips for navigating career, family, and leadership opportunities. APS has been the “tribe” for many in the pain field, offering a caring community for mentorship, leadership, and career advancement. As we continue to hear the needs of our membership, we hope to continue initiatives that recognize important issues related to women’s leadership in science and in the pain field.
Tonya Palermo, PhD
Professor | University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine