Women in Medicine and Science Forum fosters inspiration, empowerment in workplace

From Pitt News

Research has shown that happier employees are less stressed, more productive and altruistic, and better at leading teams and solving problems.

Tanner LeBaron Wallace, associate professor in the School of Education and center associate at the Learning Research and Development Center, recalled having been chosen ‘most likely to succeed,’ but yet feeling lonely and misunderstood.

But what does this mean in tangible terms? And what steps and simple activities can be incorporated into already-busy schedules without adding to — or getting in the way of — our actual work?

These questions were among those discussed on Nov. 28 and 29 at the Office of Academic Career Development Health Sciences’ annual Women in Medicine and Science Forum. Nearly 200 registrants — mostly but not exclusively women — attended each of the sessions held at the University Club over the two-day event.

Building on the success and momentum of last year’s Year of Healthy U initiatives, the forum focused on the academic research and scientific findings related to wellness, including using mindfulness meditation to reduce stress, practicing breathing exercises to enhance rest and refining communication styles to better suit audiences.

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