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11 September 2014
Volume 15 Issue 9

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Network, Share and Participate: Make the Most of the SETAC Vancouver Meeting

Career Development Committee

Check out the four key events sponsored by the SETAC North America Career Development Committee (CDC) at the SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting from 9–13 November in Vancouver, British Columbia:

  1. Women in SETAC Luncheon
  2. 3rd Annual Career Networking Reception
  3. Buddy System (throughout the meeting)
  4. Senior Resource Group Inaugural Meet-and-Greet

Next year, at the SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, there will be an additional event focusing on leadership training. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring one of these events in Vancouver or in Salt Lake City, there are several sponsorship options available. Please show your support, and contact Céline Godard-Codding, chair of the CDC for more information.

Network and Share at the Women in SETAC Luncheon
Save Your Seat! We hope you can join us for another year of networking at the Women in SETAC Luncheon from 11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 11 November. The speaker, Sheryl Staub-French, will talk about “Women Leaders in Science – the Power to Influence.” Space is limited and registration is required.

Staub-French is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she is director of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Topics Lab. Her research is focused on developing a digital, information-rich model of a facility, allowing design and work planning to be coordinated virtually prior to constructing the actual physical buildings on site. Staub-French’s research has provided major contributions to this industry shift by developing new tools, techniques and knowledge about how to represent, coordinate, share and use BIM data. Mentoring and outreach has been a passion of hers since she was a graduate student at Stanford University, where she created a new mentoring program. She has also been a strong advocate for women in engineering since joining UBC, serving as a mentor and board member for UBC’s Tri-Mentoring Program and participating in numerous outreach activities. Staub-French is a member of Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST), an organization with the mission to promote science and engineering as an excellent career choice for women and other underrepresented groups.

For more information contact Susan Shepherd or Wendy Hillwalker.

Network and Learn at the 3rd Annual Career Networking Reception
Take your career to the next level at the 3rd annual Career Networking Reception and panel discussion from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 12 November. The theme is “When Opportunity Knocks: Key Strategies for Enhancing your Career.” Three experienced SETAC leaders will reflect on their experiences so that you can apply their wisdom to your career strategies. The panel will be followed by small-group breakout sessions for further discussion. The reception is designed specifically for those already in the workforce and is open to all professional levels (early-, mid- and late-career).

Three discussion topics will be the focus of the evening:

  • The Career Reset – Stepping Back to Move Forward
  • Strategic Goal Setting to Supercharge your Career
  • Out of Your Comfort Zone? Thriving in Times of Change

Last year’s event sold out, and space is limited again this year, so advanced registration is recommended. A ticket price of $35 includes admission to the event, two drink tickets and appetizers.

For more information, contact Diana Eignor, Michelle Hornberger, or Shari Cater.

Buddy System for First-Time or International Attendees: Get a Buddy and Be a Buddy!
This year, the CDC, along with the SETAC Membership Committee, will once again be coordinating the Buddy System.  SETAC annual meetings are a great resource for scientific discourse, increasing knowledge and networking; however, the meeting can be a challenge for first-time and international attendees. The Buddy System matches SETAC mentors with first-time and international attendees to help navigate the meeting, enhance their meeting experience and encourage their involvement in our society. 

If you are interested in being a mentor or are a first-time or international meeting attendee who wishes to have a mentor, please indicate it when registering for the meeting. To finalize your participation in the Buddy System, you will need to complete a mentor or mentee matching survey that will be emailed to you in the fall.  Mentors and mentees will be matched by early November, giving them an opportunity to contact each other prior to the meeting. Mentors and mentees can then arrange to meet in person during the meeting. The time commitment can be as little as a couple of hours with flexibility to extend the contact.

For more information, contact Wendy Hillwalker, Lisa Marshall, or Brian Mastin.

Stay engaged with the Senior Resource Group (SRG)
In response to member requests, the SETAC North America Board of Directors created the SRG to provide a forum where experienced or senior SETAC members (including retired, part-time, emeritus or other long-term status members) could maintain or increase engagement in the society. Members of the SETAC North America CDC and Membership Committee, the SETAC North America Board of Directors and the SETAC North America Executive Director have collaborated to form the SRG Steering Committee to inspire, organize and support SRG members. The SRG Inaugural Meet-and-Greet is scheduled from 7:00–8:00 a.m. on Monday, 10 November.

For more information contact Wendy Hillwalker, Brian Mastin, Lisa Marshall, or Dave Rodgers.

Boost Your Leadership Skills in 2015
The CDC will host a leadership training event at the SETAC North America 36th annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Planning has already begun, and we look forward to your input. Let us know if you are interested in learning about specific leadership skills or if you or your company would like to help organize or sponsor this event. We also welcome suggestions on leadership speakers and trainers.

For suggestions or more information, contact Céline Godard-Codding.

Interested in learning more about the CDC or in becoming a volunteer? Join us for our annual meeting in Vancouver. The time and date will be listed in the meeting program.  You can also contact us at

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