Supporting a new mentoring program for women in health and medical research

Garvan researchers are taking part – both as mentees and mentors – in a new mentoring program for women in health and medical research, launched on Thursday (June 22nd) by Franklin Women.

Professor Chris Goodnow, Dr Liz Caldon, Dr Tatyana Chtanova and Professor Peter Croucher

29 June 2017

Four Garvan researchers are taking part in the inaugural Franklin Women mentoring program, which aims to support up-and-coming female scientists in NSW to reach leadership positions in the sector. It is well recognised that women are under-represented in senior positions in the health and medical research sector, and the mentoring program aims to help shift that gender imbalance by supporting women to achieve their professional goals.

In total, the innovative new program involves 54 researchers across 12 health and medical research organisations across Sydney and NSW, with 27 women mentees and 27 mentors, both women and men. The first of its kind in the sector, the program involves a rigorous matching process to ensure the best fit between mentee and mentor, and is carefully structured to ensure that the mentor-mentee relationship gains momentum. The program will be delivered by leadership consultants Serendis, in partnership with Franklin Women.

Two of Garvan’s female researchers – Dr Liz Caldon and Dr Tatyana Chtanova – are taking part in the program as mentees. Both already lead research teams, Dr Caldon in the Cancer Division and Dr Chtanova in the Immunology Division, and both aspire to senior positions in the health and medical research sector.

In addition, two senior research leaders from Garvan are participating as mentors for the program: Professor Peter Croucher, who heads the Bone Biology Division and Garvan’s Deputy Director Professor Chris Goodnow. These highly experienced researchers bring substantial leadership skills to the mentoring process.

Dr Marie Dziadek (Chief Scientific Officer, Garvan) coordinated Garvan’s participation in the mentoring program.

Dr Dziadek says, “We see this mentoring program as a great opportunity to not only support our promising young women scientists to achieve their career goals, but also to give our most visionary research leaders a forum for discussing the issues of gender imbalance in medical research and the role they can play in achieving a more balanced culture at an institutional level.”

Read more about the new Franklin Women mentoring program.