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Success guide for women in science and engineering to be released

Ref. No. 167

DATE:     July 11, 2002
SUBJECT:     Success guide for women in science and engineering to be released

The NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Newfoundland and Labrador will officially launch, Becoming Leaders: A Handbook for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. at the Admiral's Green Clubhouse, 290 Nagle's Hill Road, Pippy Park, St. John's.

Written by Dr. Mary Williams, NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) and recently named director general of the National Research Council's (NRC) Institute for Marine Dynamics (IMD), and Carolyn J. Emerson of Memorial University, the handbook is a unique and practical resource designed to help women in engineering, science, and technology, advance their careers and develop their leadership style.

Becoming Leaders is the culmination of much research that has been carried out over the past five years, as well as exciting ideas and a legacy fund from a jointly sponsored national conference, seeded by a donation from Petro-Canada.

Speaking about the purpose behind the handbook, Dr. Mary Williams says, "We wanted to bring together a lot of practical information that would show women who work in the fields of science and engineering, how common their experiences are. The handbook is also an invitation for women to consider themselves as leaders. We planted that idea throughout the book. As soon as they pick it up and read it, we have achieved something."

"Becoming Leaders provides the tools to take ownership and to move forward in your studies, career and personal life, as well as in your role as a mentor, supervisor or executive," says Ms. Greta Raymond, vice-president, Human Resources and Environment, Health and Safety, Petro-Canada.

The NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) is a senior faculty position at Memorial University with a special purpose and mandate: to support the increased participation of women at all levels in science and engineering, with a focus on Atlantic Canada. This is one of five chairs across Canada.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit, volunteer organization that aims to increase the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers by increasing awareness that these careers are rewarding and exciting options for women. WISE also provides mentoring, professional development, and networking opportunities to facilitate the success of women in these fields, and advocates for equitable workplaces.

The official launch will include a presentation of the handbook to Mr. Ed Martin, manager, Co-Ventures, Petro-Canada and Dr. Axel Meisen, president, Memorial University, to be followed by a reception.

Note to editors:
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For more information please contact Tracey Mills, communications coordinator, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, at (709) 737-8287 or tmills@engr.mun.ca


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