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In the Lead: Nobel Laureates Drs. Frances Arnold & Donna Strickland

Dr. Frances Arnold (left) and Dr. Donna Strickland (right) speaking at the 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference in Toronto

While in Toronto for the 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference, we inducted two outstanding women into our Hall of Fame: Drs. Frances Arnold and Donna Strickland. Two leading scientists, two Nobel Prize Laureates and two role models for women and girls in science.

Dr. Frances Arnold, a member of IWF Southern California, is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. She won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018, only the fifth woman to do so, for her method of creating better enzymes in the laboratory using the principles of evolution. Dr. Donna Strickland, an honorary IWF member, is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. She received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for developing chirped pulse amplification with Dr. Gérard Mourou.

For this edition of In the Lead, we wanted to hear more from these accomplished experts. We asked each woman about life after winning the Nobel, new thoughts on their respective innovations, and how we can encourage more young people to take up science.

In the Lead: Nobel Laureates Drs. Frances Arnold & Donna Strickland
In the Lead: Nobel Laureates Drs. Frances Arnold & Donna Strickland

IWF Game Changers - Samar Nassar & Brianna Salvatore Dueck

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To celebrate Mentoring Month in January, we wanted to highlight a relationship that bridges both cultural and geographical barriers. Samar Nassar is a member of IWF Jordan, an Olympic athlete and changemaker for women athletes. She mentors American basketball player Brianna Salvatore Dueck as part of IWF’s elite athlete mentoring program. In this episode, both women discuss sports diplomacy, leadership and growth through their friendship.

 

IWF Game Changers - Samar Nassar & Brianna Salvatore Dueck
IWF Game Changers - Samar Nassar & Brianna Salvatore Dueck

In the Lead: IWF Idaho Member Peggy Elliott Goldwyn

Archival photos of IWF Idaho member Peggy Elliott Goldwyn during her days as a comedy writer.
 

During the 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference in Toronto, we welcomed three hilarious women for a plenary session about women in comedy. Allana Harkin, Tumi Morake and Saskia Schuster discussed their journeys and insight on today’s entertainment industry.

To expand on this important conversation, we wanted to hear from an IWF member who has experience in the worlds of comedy and entertainment. IWF Idaho member Peggy Elliott Goldwyn began her career writing, directing and producing documentaries for syndicated television. She wrote television comedies for many years, including "That Girl," "The Odd Couple" and "Happy Days," as well as television movies and motion pictures. Today, she’s a novelist, activist and fierce woman’s advocate.

Below, Peggy describes what it was like being the only woman in the writer’s room at 23 years old, how social media is changing access to new audiences, and the trick to making comedy approachable today.

In the Lead: IWF Idaho Member Peggy Elliott Goldwyn
In the Lead: IWF Idaho Member Peggy Elliott Goldwyn

IWF Game Changers - Sonia Brown

 

As President of IWF Bahamas, Sonia Brown helped lead an IWF Intensive program that provided a leadership development experience for members and professional women. For this episode of “IWF Game Changers,” Sonia describes her many other impressive endeavors, including founding her own engineering firm and fighting for climate justice.

 

For this episode of “IWF Game Changers,” Sonia describes her many other impressive endeavors, including founding her own engineering firm and fighting for climate justice.
IWF Game Changers - Sonia Brown

In the Lead: Tina Moen with IBM Watson Health

Tina-Moen-Top-Banner.jpgDr. Tina Moen (far right) speaks as a panelist during the 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference in Toronto.

Dr. Tina Moen has spent 17 years in the healthcare information technology industry providing clinical leadership to colleagues and clients in the United States and abroad. She currently serves as Senior Deputy Chief Health Officer and Chief Pharmacy Officer with IBM Watson Health.

Dr. Moen expands on our conversation in Toronto, including how she sees AI transforming healthcare, where she finds inspiration and how women can take better care of themselves.
In the Lead: Tina Moen with IBM Watson Health
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