Mentoring and Networking

WISMAC's networking program matches newly appointed female faculty members with senior faculty women from different academic departments at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The program aims to both retain female faculty and foster their success with a friendly contact for advice and information on life both on- and off-campus.

If you're interested in participating in the program or would like more information, please email Carole Mendelson, Ph.D. at

Mentoring Series for Female Graduate Students and Postdocs

WISMAC and the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development present this monthly lunch series featuring female faculty members as discussion leaders. The series is an opportunity for female grad students and postdocs to receive guidance and advice from scientists who are further ahead in their careers on topics such as career planning, finding a scientific niche, transitioning from postdoc to independent investigator, balancing family and career, etc. For further information, please email

Women’s Leadership Networking

Women’s Leadership Networking meeting co-hosted by WISMAC and the Office of Women’s Careers (OWC)

WISMAC and OWC co-hosted the UT System Women’s Leadership Networking Group on November 21, 2013 for a day-long meeting of the at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the ND14 private dining room to discuss 2014 goals for the advancement of women. Patricia Hurn, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at The University of Texas System, and Elizabeth L. Travis, Ph.D. FASTRO, Associate Vice President, Women Faculty Programs, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, moderated the meeting.

Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., welcomed the group and spoke about the growth of the medical center as an institution and about ongoing efforts to increase diversity of staff and faculty as one of the strategic priorities of his leadership. UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., spoke via videoconference regarding his goals and participated in a 30-minute interactive discussion about priorities and plans. Raymond Greenberg, M.D., UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs received an award from Women Executives in Science & Healthcare (WESH) for excellence in advancing the careers of women in medicine.

Based on ideas developed during a networking session, the group proposed that a System-wide workshop be held for women to prepare them for mid- to high-level leadership roles. This workshop, entitled “Sponsorship – Developing Future Women Leaders in The UT System,” was recently held in Austin on January 21–22, 2015. Helen Yin, Ph.D., chaired the Workshop Planning Committee.