Women in Science and the Burn Out Factor

While women have made great strides in science, it has not come without a cost. Women come in to science later, leave earlier and express more discontent with their choices than their male counter parts. Why? A large part is the hold over culture from early days helps people avoid the burn out that all people experience in high end careers are more geared towards men. While this was not intentional, it is just that men were the entire crowd back then, women need ways to tackle the burn out factor that are specific to the way they live their lives. Planning their career track, working their way up the ladder and being a productive and valued team member are done differently between men and women. This talk focuses on how women can take steps in their journey to identify their specific areas of burn out, how to tackle them and how to move forward in the face of burn out.

Learning Objectives

  • Setting a career plan
  • Using your mentoring network
  • Identifying common “burn out” causes and what to do about them
  • Working around, through and past difficult steps
  • How to relax and have fun in your career


About the Speaker

Heather S. Duffy, JD PhD is an internationally known cardiovascular researcher who began to develop trainee career development workshops as a way to enhance her student's career trajectories. The workshops were so successful, with her students winning top prizes in academic competitions, that she expanded the series to other groups. To date these workshops have been presented locally, nationally and even at international conferences. 

Dr. Duffy got her PhD in neuroscience from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. She went on to her first independent faculty position at Columbia University College of Surgeons and Physicians where she worked on cardiac arrhythmias. After being recruited to Harvard Medical School Dr. Duffy became involved in the Harvard Leadership Program and was active in the development of workshops and curricula designed to maximize student and postdoctoral potential in the Cardiovascular Department. Additionally, as co-chair of the Early Career Committee for the Basic Cardiovascular Science council for the American Heart Association, Dr Duffy has helps hundreds of students and postdocs become better scientific professionals. In her latest adventure Dr. Duffy received her JD degree focusing on technology transfer, intellectual property protection and development of discovery for inventors interested in commercializing their discoveries.

Dr. Duffy is the author of over 50 publications and is a renowned speaker both nationally and internationally with dozens of talks under her belt. 


Date and Time:  
April 28, 2016
6:00 - 8:30 PM


5:50-6:10pm: Registration, mingling, and light dinner
6:10-6:30pm: Facilitated networking
6:30-8:00pm: Workshop
8:00-8:30pm: Optional networking



Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, 220 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 132, Cambridge, MA 02139

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We appreciate Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research donating the use of their event space and food for this event. 



Members: $35; Non-Members: $55, Workshop and Annual Membership: $120

A light dinner will be served. 



Due to security policies at Novartis, you must register by 12:00pm on 4/28 if you plan to attend.




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