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2018 AWIS-NCC Winter Workshop

Join us for our 2018 Winter Workshop — together we’ll learn how to discover and cultivate our leadership potential.

“Unleash your Leadership Potential”
Saturday, April 7th
Genentech, South San Francisco

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Laura Gates

Workshop Details

Our facilitator, Laura Gates, will share key lessons she discovered as a leadership coach and trainer to women in science, engineering and tech. The event will provide experiential learning opportunities including:

  • Overcoming self-limiting obstacles
  • Having hard conversations
  • Owning your power as a leader
  • Tapping your Zone of Genius

This program combines training, shared stories from other women in the field who have directly benefited from Laura’s training, and will provide opportunities for real-time coaching conversations to allow you to break through to your next level. Laura brings a humorous, practical approach gained over almost 25 years from working with thousands of leaders in the leadership training, organizational development and culture change arena with women leaders in tech, bio-tech and big pharma.

You will leave this session with…

  1. A renewed hope and inspiration for your career and life
  2. Concrete practical, applicable tools for manifesting change in your life
  3. A plan for when you leave to implement immediately
  4. An accountability partner to provide support and follow through

Workshop Leader: Laura Gates

Laura Gates, Founder Gates Group LLC, brings 24 years of experience in the leadership development, training and coaching field having worked with NASA Astronauts, Naval jet fighters, decorated Generals and CEO’s of Silicon Valley tech startups. Laura is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation, certified in International Coaching Federation-approved Knowledge-based Coaching and Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching. She’s used the tools of David Allen’s Getting Things Done, Crucial Conversations, The Energy Project, Non-Violent Communications, Rational Behavior Therapy, various 360 assessment tools, including OPM, DiSc, EQ360 and MBTI. She holds a BA in Business from Syracuse University’s School of Management and is a graduate of the San Francisco Renaissance Entrepreneur Center.

Register for tickets now for a reduced price ($35 for members, $50 for non-members).

The Equity Equation – Oct 12th


Whether you are a founder or employee, EQUITY is an important, but poorly understood component of your success. If you have equity, want equity or think you may be offered equity, you were welcome at this event! Thanks for everyone who attended.

Mary Russell, renowned attorney and founder of Stock Option Counsel – Legal Services for Individuals, discussed key issues in evaluating equity in a startup.

Co-hosted by East Bay AWIS and East Bay Bio Network.

Thursday, October 12th 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Alameda, CA


AWIS NCC Annual Picnic – Aug 12th

Thanks to all of you who attended the Northern California Chapters of AWIS (East Bay, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Sacramento) 11th annual summer potluck picnic on Saturday, August 12th!

A bunch of folks from all the chapters showed up, along with their friends and family. It was a great day — despite the wind blowing our plates all over the place (haha).

Saturday, August 12th 2017
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Beresford Park
2720 Alameda De Las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA 94403

An Evening with Dr. Christine Carter – Jul 12th

Join us for a delightful evening of dinner, networking, an insightful talk, and go home with a book! Best-selling author and sociologist Christine Carter shares how to increase your ability to get things done and enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard to create. This event was sold out.


Wednesday, July 12th 2017
UC Berkeley
2063 Valley Life Sciences Building (dinner & networking starting at 5:30pm)
2060 Valley Life Sciences Building (lecture hall starting at 7pm)
Berkeley, CA 94720

How to Accomplish More by Doing Less
The East Bay Chapter for the Association for Women in Science is excited to partner with the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center to present this event. Carter will share the latest research on productivity and elite performance. Using surprising science and lively anecdotal evidence, Carter offers a practical game plan for mitigating stress by working with our brain’s innate hard-wiring to increase happiness, balance, and ultimately, success.

She’ll discuss:
• What happens to our brain when we tip into overwhelm
• Why some digital habits make us less productive (even as they make us feel harder working)
• Easy-to-implement strategies to harness the power of your unconscious mind

Event registration includes dinner and a paperback copy of “The Sweet Spot.” Discounted rates for AWIS members and students.

It’s summer at the university, so parking is easy! Berkeley city street parking is free after 6pm. This event is easy to get to from Downtown Berkeley BART. For transportation options, see here.



5:30-7:00pm Dinner and networking (room 2063 VLSB)
7:00-8:30pm Christine Carter talk (lecture hall 2060 VLSB)


About Christine Carter, Ph.D.
A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (2015) and Raising Happiness (2011). Drawing on the latest scientific research on positivity, productivity, and elite performance, Carter demonstrates a sweet paradox: by doing less we can actually accomplish more.

A sought-after keynote speaker and executive coach, Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on the HuffingtonPost,,, and several other websites.

And if you’re a parent — check out Christine Carter’s parenting videos at the Greater Good Science Center!