I met Anne-Marie at a workshop held by the University of Toronto for Women in Science. As a PhD student, I was compelled to attend this event for a greater understanding of those skills vital to a high potential career: networking, communication, self-conduct and other issues that are not discussed in academia. Although my expectation was modest, I was quickly impressed by Anne-Marie’s professionalism and the value of the content provided. Anne-Marie is highly motivated (and motivating!), confident and knowledgeable which easily came across through her ability to engage with the attendees both through her presentation and her anecdotes of real-life situations. Anne-Marie created a non-intimidating environment which allowed for easy discussion amongst the students which I found very valuable as we were able to express questions and concerns about being a “woman in science,” including a powerful group discussion about imposter syndrome. Anne-Marie stayed on for a networking session after the workshop where she answered many students’ questions one-on-one, lending a kind, attentive ear and then providing advice or conversation. Ultimately, due to Anne-Marie’s ability to conduct a successful, engaging workshop, I have a renewed confidence in my goal of a high potential career in science and in the skills that will help get me there.
Sasha Weiditch, Researcher and Doctoral Candidate in Chemistry, University of Toronto