Dr. Reitha Weeks
Camp Program Coordinator at Shoreline Community College
Junior Member since 1986
“One thing we can all do to improve the status of women as leaders is to support collaboration, not competition.”
Each state/region in the United States has its own personality, strengths, and weaknesses. What sets your region apart in what it offers women in STEM?
The Pacific Northwest has a great deal to offer women in STEM! Whether one is interested in life sciences, computing, engineering, or environmental issues, there is expertise and support for both current and next-generation women in those fields. The greater Seattle area is a hub for many burgeoning biotech and medical device companies, nonprofit research institutes focused on global health, and academic institutions with STEM research and training in entrepreneurialism.
Name one thing we can all do to improve the status of women as leaders both in the United States and worldwide.
Women role models can be found at all levels of company management, on boards, and in academia. They provide inspiration and examples for more women to follow in their footsteps. We have numerous professional organizations that welcome women as members or program attendees to network and explore new directions. One thing we can all do to improve the status of women as leaders is to support collaboration, not competition.
How has AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?
AWIS programs offer networking opportunities that are especially valuable in Seattle. People come for training or jobs in new start-up companies and choose to stay because it is a great place to live. Competition for jobs is very high, making networking and professional development a full-time focus.