Episode 80 • 02/29/2024

Meredith Gibson, CEO, Association for Women in Science (AWIS), on DEI and What’s Really Changing Hearts and Minds

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What’s really working to change hearts and minds when it comes to diversity and inclusion? What’s the CEO journey like when you’ve been in an organization for a long time?

In this episode of Associations Thrive, host Joanna Pineda interviews Meredith Gibson, CEO of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Meredith discusses:

  • How she determined that what motivates her in her career is mission.
  • When she became CEO of AWIS, she had conversations with staff, including someone who she thought was interested in the CEO job.
  • The organization’s renewed commitment membership and relationships (with members, chapters and stsaff) in 2018.
  • AWIS’ Summer of Science which educates the public about how science impacts our world.
  • AWIS advocates on issues that fall between gender and science, including DEI curriculum, Title IX activities, bullying, sexual harrassment, bias in hiring.
  • One day DEI events can be exciting but they don’t change behaviors and habits. The AWIS Inclusion Project is a 90 day learning experience that gives participants a small activity or reflection every day in order to create new habits and insights.
  • How AWIS changed the corporate sponsor package to allow anyone at the companies to access member benefits. This has exploded membership and participation!
  • How Meredith’s superpower of conversation and how she’s able to ferret out insights from members, Board leaders and staff.


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