This group took a “strategic” approach to its mandate:
Capitalize on the current culture and mindset: remind those in leadership positions that they will be missing opportunities to enrich their own societies, their own institutions, if they do not capitalize on the women in science.
Take advantage of the current culture of networking: it’s not just the old boys’ network anymore.
Change the current culture and mindset: (1) look at the definition of academic success in the appointment, promotion, and tenure process; (2) value mentoring for what it is and recognize it as a very important part of academic success; (3) look at the definition of scholarship, emphasizing and developing better metrics to incorporate and reward those who engage in collaborative and clinical research.
Collect better data on clinical researchers. A survey might be undertaken with the lead of AXXS to determine the demographics of societies and whether the leadership and staff of those societies reflect their memberships.
Look at some of the other equity issues such as salary, perhaps starting with the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), which does comprehensive salary surveys each year.
Collect hard data on recruitment versus retention costs to suggest just how cost saving retention is. Related to this, promote a strategy of internal recruitment of women as well as external recruitment of women.
Once these data are available, disseminate the data, with the help of the societies, to department chairs and the society memberships.
Search for models, institutional-based and society-based, in three areas:
Career development, which covers the categories of financial, academic, and scholarship. Specific areas might include grantsmanship, conflict management issues, negotiating skills, full career development workshops.
Mentoring: determine awards and rewards societies are developing in this area so these models can be shared with others: The American Society of Hematology awards big grants for the mentee in which some of the evaluation criteria are related to the mentoring skills involved. Now the society is working toward rewarding the mentor financially.
Recruiting and advancement: awards from national societies might be used to award department chairs or other leaders for appropriately recruiting and advancing women in science.