Global Leadership Development Program for Women in STEM


The Global Leadership Development Program for Women in STEM (GLDPWIS), initiated by the BRASIC Women in STEM Committee (BWISC), will provide professional women who work in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, with powerful engaging didactic management and leadership training, coaching, and opportunities to exchange and share experiences, thereby enhancing their ability to lead and to positively impact their organization.

GLDPWIS will offer several courses that are critical to the success of professional women who are already engaged in or aspire to obtain management and leadership roles in the STEM fields. This section is the warmup section of the whole program.


The Training Will Benefit You In

√ Skill and Knowledge: The skill and knowledge you think will improve the ability or leadership of Women in STEM field.

√ Practices: Best practices in both organizations and individuals to improve the working environment of Women in STEM.

√ Achievements and Performance: Technology and research about your own achievements and practices in R&D or management in STEM field.

√ Issues and Problems: how to deal with Issues that are unique to women in the workplace that bring trouble to women.

√ Other: Issues that worth to share can help women in STEM benefit or enhance their abilities.


Who Will Attend?

√ Women engaged in engineering education.

√ Women engineers engaged in R&D in scientific institutions.

√ Women engaged in project management in enterprises and institutions.

√ Staff serving in science, technology, engineering, mathematics.

√ Women who work in STEM field want to improve international communication skills.


Traning Arrangement

45-50 Minute Slide Presentation

10-15 Minute Q & A Session

Each Virtual Class begins at

UTC/GMT+8 (Beijing Time): 8:30 PM
UTC/GMT-5 (EST)
8:30 AM
UTC/GMT+1
1:30 PM




Section One:July 2,2021

Speaker: Peggie W. Koon, Ph.D.

Title: How to Successfully Lead Change

Training Abstract:

Did you know that if you're a woman working in a STEM field, you are already poised to be a member of change leadership in your organization?  Now you're probably saying but I'm just an engineer, or I just manage a small group, or I am the junior member of my automation team, or I'm just an instrument tech.

Well, your "title" or "position" does not make you a leader, especially as it relates to organizational change.

When it comes to leading change, oftentimes the change effort begins with change agents in the trenches - with the people closest to the change – those who "see" or "envision" the change and understand how making a change will benefit the organization.

But "seeing" the need for (or the opportunity to) change can be fruitless and discouraging if you don't know how to move your vision from "seeing" to "seizing" that opportunity presented by the change.

In this session, we will discuss key foundational skillsets every successful member of "leadership" or change agent must have to successfully lead change.


Section Two: July 8,2021

Speaker: Wei Cai, Ph.D.

Title: Own Your Career Development: Challenges and Opportunities

Training Abstract:

There have been many studies about challenges for woman at workplace. Despite progresses made in advocating and advancing women at workplace overall, women in STEM field have their unique challenges. In this session, I will share with you some observations and statistics about women in corporations and offer suggestions on how to build your career by establishing your brand and leveraging organizational support.


Section Three:July 15,2021

Speaker: Jan Peters MBE

Title: Imposter to Superhero: women leading the way in engineering

Training Abstract:

Few people can put their hand on their heart and say they have never suffered imposter syndrome or self-doubt.  Even the most senior women in the UK Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering have been heard to say – "someone always believed in me more than I believed in me".  While there is no simple solution for Imposter Syndrome, there are strategies to help us navigate our way to be authentic and rewrite the inner narrative that feeds our self-doubt. While for some Imposter syndrome is an infrequent visitor, brushed aside with a strong self-talking to, for others it can be debilitating, preventing us from speaking up at important moments. This session explores strategies to draw on and help you believe in the real you.


Section Four: July 22,2021

Speaker: AshleyHuderson, Ph.D.

Title: Succeeding in STEM: how to create safe spaces to learn and thrive in STEM

Training Abstract:

The ability of nations to provide a growing economy, strong health and human services, and a secure and safe nation depends upon a vibrant, creative, and diverse engineering and science workforce – one that better reflects the collective experience of the country itself. What mechanical engineers (ME) and mechanical engineering technologist (MET) do, and how they do it, constantly changes as boundaries of the discipline expand and professional expectations increase to serve an increasingly global marketplace.

The practice of engineering is undergoing significant change. The number of students pursuing mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology degrees is increasing (Anderson, 2018). However, the percentages of women in both fields remains low (Blasick, Valle, & Leonard, 2012).

Increasing the number of women in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology will require overcoming significant barriers currently in place in both the preparation for these majors and the culture of the ME and MET workforce. Issues such as increasing undergraduate support and retention, focusing on public awareness and marketing, developing stronger professional skills, offering richer practice-based experiences, and shifting culture and climate for diversity, equity, and inclusion are all key components in increasing the number of women. Despite these low numbers, the women who do persist in STEM do so using various tactics and techniques.

Safe spaces are environments that allow individuals from similar identities to feel comfortable sharing their STEM experiences. In this section, we will discuss these tactics and approaches that women in STEM use to thrive in STEM.


Section Five: July 29,2021

Speaker: Eliane Karsaklian, Ph.D, HDR

Title: Leveraging Women's influence in the International Business landscape

Training Abstract:

With the internationalization of companies around the world, it is imperative for women to be cognizant of their strengths and find their ways to contribute their ideas and skills. By bringing their hard and soft skills to the business environment, women should secure their position in working internationally.

Women will integrate a diverse team of international professionals by adding a particular perspective to negotiation and management. Based on scientific research conducted by prominent international academics and linking the basic laws of physics with culture, the training will open up to a myriad of possibilities women working on STEM will be able to seize in the international market place.

The training will be open with two situations experienced by Dr. Karsaklian. One of them incolves a Chinese woman who took the lead in a successful negotiation with two international men (one American and one Australian). The second one involved a Brazilian woman facing a team of French men looking for an international agreement between their respective companies. Based on these illustrations, we will understand the role of woman in the international business settings.

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