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About Erin Thomas

Erin L. Thomas, Gender Diversity Specialist, works to develop systematic approaches for the representation, development and advancement of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers at Argonne while engaging both female and male staff. Dr. Thomas has bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and International Studies and master’s degrees and a doctorate in Social Psychology from Yale University, where she conducted research on race and gender perceptions in workplace, economic and social policy contexts.

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Argonne’s Mentoring Blog provides opportunities for laboratory employees to discuss mentoring strategies and ideas with one another and enables employees to provide feedback and opinions on a variety of topics.

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POSTPONED TO FALL 2014 – 2014 SWE Professional Development Conference at Argonne

Men and non-SWE members are encouraged to attend! Argonne National ​Laboratory ​is ​the ​proud ​host ​of ​the ​2014 ​Society ​of  ​Women ​Engineers ​(SWE) ​– ​Chicago ​Regional ​Section ​(CRS) ​ Professional ​Development ​Conference ​on ​April ​12, ​2014. ​ Engineering ​leaders ​and ​innovators ​will ​come ​together ​for ​a ​ full ​day ​of ​professional ​development ​at ​Argonne’s ​campus ​in ​Lemont, ​Illinois, ​to ​advance ​the ​conference ​theme ​of ​”Enabling ​Exchange ​to ​Drive ​Innovation.” The ​2014 ​SWE-CRS ​Professional ​Development ​Conference ​will ​convene ​thought ​leaders ​from ​industry, ​academia, ​and ​Argonne ​National ​Laboratory. Attendees ​will ​develop ​relationships ​while ​cultivating ​expertise on driving innovation and building strategic relationships. Professionals, postdocs, and graduate students will enjoy a choice of sessions from two conference tracks: Innovation & Patents … Read More »

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Inaugural Outstanding Staff Mentor Award – Call for Nominations

As a world-class laboratory that is committed to focused, mission-driven research, we must recognize the influential role that mentoring plays in the development of our workforce and success of our organization. The Outstanding Staff Mentor Award will recognize the efforts of … Read More »

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Argonne/AWIS Mentoring Event – RSVP Today!

In honor of National Mentoring Month, Argonne is partnering with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) to host a mentoring event on Saturday, January 25, 2014. The event will take place from 9:30am-1pm on UChicago’s campus and will feature: … Read More »

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Inaugural Outstanding Staff Mentor Award

As a world-class laboratory that is committed to excellence and innovation, strong mentoring relationships are critical to provide all employees with the organizational support they need to achieve their full potential. To reinforce the high value the laboratory places on … Read More »

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Being talked about can be good for your career

“Personal brand is what people say about you when you leave the room.”  – Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com     Personal brand is commonly overlooked as a component of professional growth. Most mentoring conversations center on how to conduct … Read More »

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What’s next?

If you stop developing in this rapidly growing scientific age, the field will grow without you. Even if you’ve achieved your highest occupational goals, there is no ceiling to professional and personal growth. There is always a next level both … Read More »

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Call for guest posts

Would you like to be a Mentoring Blog contributor? Submit your mentoring-related questions, topics, or stories to mentoring@anl.gov and you could be featured here next Thursday!

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Think outside the (Argonne) box

Having a mentor who is external to your organization can go a long way in giving you perspective on your professional future or shortcomings. Take advantage of professional organizations and even your friends and family to give you insight on how … Read More »

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Not feeling so bloggy?

The new mentoring@anl.gov email address presents a private forum for communicating one-on-one with Dr. Erin Thomas, the Lab’s Gender Diversity Specialist, about all topics related to mentoring. Do you want to start a mentoring program in your division? Do you want personalized … Read More »

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