Chief Executive Officer
Meredith Gibson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Ms. Gibson has been serving the AWIS mission in various capacities since 2007. As CEO, she oversees all facets of the organization including driving mission impact, strategic planning, advocacy and outreach initiatives, member benefit programs, HR, financial management, business development, operations, and engages with the board of directors. Under her leadership, AWIS has doubled its membership, fundraising, and corporate partnership programs and established a new Strategic Plan for 2023-2026. Prior to joining AWIS, she led development activities for the American Lung Association of Washington and was responsible for marketing project management for the University of Washington and the Sacred Heart Hospital System. Ms. Gibson is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a bachelor’s degree in international studies.
Shelley O’Brien, MBA
Chief Marketing Officer
Shelley O’Brien supports our membership, chapters, and partners with stories, data, and tools to continue our mission of advancing women in science. Shelley’s career has spanned large enterprises, small software companies, privately held organizations, and member associations. At Hewlett-Packard and AT&T, she became skilled in product marketing, channel marketing, executive positioning, and public relations. At AppSense (now iVanti), she led the North American Field and Channel Marketing Team in their efforts to drive demand on a limited budget. She was introduced to association leadership in 2017 at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. One thing has remained constant throughout her career: her sense of urgency in helping to solve problems for key audiences.
Business Development Manager
Torre Nibblett joins AWIS as Business Development Manager. The Chicago native brings over 18 years of experience in building partnerships through understanding and meeting the needs of others. She will be focused on generating new corporate partnerships in all sectors of STEM to provide organizations with exposure to women in science, as well as best practices, thought leadership, and resources to recruit, retain, and engage their employees.
Membership & Institutional Partner Engagement Manager
Abby Swett joins AWIS as the Membership & Institutional Partner Engagement Manager. She graduated from Roger Williams University with a B.S. in Economics. With over a decade of dedicated experience in member-based organizations and non-profits, she has cultivated a passion for building meaningful connections, problem-solving, and driving impactful programming. Throughout her journey, she has been committed to fostering leadership among volunteers and local leaders and believes in the power of collaboration and community engagement.
Jade Forde joins AWIS as a Marketing Specialist. The New York City native graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Communications. Jade led marketing for an IT government contractor until her expertise led her to the nonprofit sector. She has experience in social media, content creation, website maintenance, online communities, graphic design, newsletters, and email marketing. In Spring 2022, she will pursue a master’s degree in Digital Strategy from the University of Florida. Jade lives in Northern Virginia with her puppy Theodore.