Leadership in Science: Following New Paths and Breaking the Mold

Monday, July 16
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Your path to leadership ≠ to my path, but our paths should be recognized as equally valid and valuable. If everyone follows the same path to leadership in science, then the resulting leaders in science will be molded in conformation to the dominant culture. What a lost opportunity, if this happens! We all have the potential to bring diverse perspectives to the table, based on our different life and research experiences. Assembling diverse representation is not enough, however; diversity without inclusion is simply the presence of differences. This talk will provide arguments in favor of inclusion and what intentional and unintentional exclusionary behaviors might look like so they can be stopped, along with practical strategies for developing diverse leadership in science.

Requires pre-registration: $35 fee/$25 student rate. Fee includes lunch.

Proudly sponsored by: Woman in Plant Biology (WIPB)

Michelle Smith

Associate R&D Director
Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

Michelle Smith is Associate R&D Director and is currently a leader in the Research and Development Transformation Office, fully dedicated to successful integration of R&D functions across Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. Prior to this role, Michelle led the Monocot Trait Development team, which was responsible for the early stage development, optimization and implementation of capabilities related to trait product development of corn and other monocot crops. Michelle has held other leadership and technical roles including leader of a US-based field science group developing weed and pest management products for the urban pest, turf & ornamentals and range & pasture markets, and global biology team leader for the Sentricon system.

Michelle has over 20 years of business and R&D experience in pest management, technology transfer, and communications. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Michelle received her B.A. degree from Hollins University and her Master's degree in entomology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is a Board Certified Entomologist and has served the Entomological Society of America in numerous capacities including the Education and Youth Committee, NCB Honorary Awards Committee, MUVE Section Treasurer, Stan Beck Fellowship panel, Science Policy Capability Committee, co-organizer of Member Symposia at the ESA annual meeting in 2007 and 2010, and was co-organizer of a Program Symposium on Diversity in Entomology in 2013. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Governing Board as ESA Treasurer. Michelle engages in outreach as a Dow AgroSciences Science Ambassador for science programs directed to children, is active in Dow AgroSciences Hunger Solutions Network, and has been a leader in the Women’s Innovation Network within the company. Michelle has been an advocate and invited speaker for encouragement of women in the field of agriculture and pest management, and was a driving force behind formation of the ESA Special Committee on Diversity & Inclusion.


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