Professional/Career Development Tools & Resources

Though this by no means covers all possible topics, we encourage you to explore this page for a sample of professional/career development tools and resources. We hope that the information presented is a good starting point to access resources, tools, and opportunities that are designed to improve the knowledge and skills important to your short- and long-term career goals. Please note: Information presented from external organizations and scientific societies is not endorsed by—and does not necessarily represent the views of—NIH.


Professional/Career Development Resources

These represent a select number of organizations that may have searchable databases for publications on topics related to women’s health issues and the advancement of women in biomedical research careers. Feel free to explore below and click on the dropdown button next to the organization to see an example resource on a specific topic.

  • FASEB offers resources such as recurring webinars to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences.
  • Intersectionality in Tech 101: “Provides a background and overview of the concept, in addition to key readings and resources related to women and girls of color in STEM and computing.”
  • Developing a Research Program: “Resources ... are designed to give you information and advice on building on or moving beyond your graduate research and on starting up a new lab.”
  • How to nurture brilliant women in STEM: “Inspiring talks from women who have pushed the boundaries in their field and are paving the way for the next generation of girls to earn their place in traditionally male-dominated professions. (Curated in partnership with the National Security Agency.)”
  • The urgency of intersectionality: “Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term ‘intersectionality’ to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both.”
  • Enabling Courage: Agentic Strategies of Women of Color in Computing: TERC researchers “present findings from ... interviews with women computing students and professionals of color, who describe their approaches, often inspired by those who teach, mentor and even challenge them.” (Paper) Hodari, Apriel K., et al. Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing and Technology (RESPECT), 2015.
  • ASEE MIND: How to Write a Winning Best Paper (PowerPoint presentation from a webinar hosted by the Women in Engineering ProActive Network [WEPAN]): WEPAN’s webinars aim “to significantly increase knowledge of key issues and to encourage all participants to lead implementation of best and promising practices that will advance diverse communities of women in engineering in academic and workplace settings.”


As you think about your career trajectory and how to grow professionally, below are links that represent a few examples of tools that are available to help with time management, self-assessment, project management, and more. An online web search for the topic you are interested in can give you more information.

  • edX: “Supporting learners at every stage, whether entering the job market, changing fields, seeking a promotion or exploring new interests, edX delivers free courses for curious minds on topics ranging from data and computer science to leadership and communications.”
  • Harvard University’s Implicit Association Test (IAT): “Measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about.”
  • How to make a Gantt chart in Excel: “This ... step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make professional Gantt charts using Excel and PowerPoint.”
  • myIDP: Comprehensive self-assessment tool from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • NIH Individual Development Plan (IDP) Consulting and Workshops: NIH offers IDP consulting to NIH employees to help them support, plan, and track their career development and learning opportunities. “An experienced consultant, versed in mentoring and coaching Management Interns and Presidential Management Fellows, will work with you from a holistic perspective.” Only open to NIH employees.
  • Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Women in Science Mentoring Program: “Cohorts of female scientists, consisting of one senior faculty member as the mentor, and 2-4 junior faculty with complementary research focus from the same university, (are invited) to apply for this mentorship program.”
  • SpiderScribe: “Online mind mapping and brainstorming tool (that) lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, and calendar events, etc. in free-form maps.”

Network Opportunities

Networking Opportunities

There are a variety of professional societies and organizations that work to champion the advancement of women across all scientific disciplines. Below are a few that have networks designed to support women in many aspects, including professional/career development and leadership growth. The information presented below is not meant to be all-inclusive and may not include information specific to your discipline.

Professional Societies and Organizations

What They Are About

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

“AAUW has a long history of opening doors for women and girls in STEM, from the classroom to Capitol Hill.”

The American Medical Association’s Women Physicians Section (WPS)

“The purpose of the WPS is to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles.”

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

“AMWA is the oldest multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women’s health.”

The American Society for Cell Biology’s Women in Cell Biology (WICB) Committee

The WICB Committee “sponsors career development programs, career achievement awards, childcare grants for meeting attendance, career advice columns, and web-based resources.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges’  Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)

“GWIMS advances the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement.”

Association for Women in Communications (AWC)

AWC “champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.”

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

“AWM has played a critical role in increasing the presence and visibility of women in the mathematical sciences.”

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

“AWIS is a global network that inspires bold leadership, research, and solutions that advance women in STEM, spark innovation, promote organizational success, and drive systemic change.”

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS)

“AWS is committed to supporting women surgeons at various stages in their career—from medical school through retirement.”


“Athena is a women’s advocacy organization that fast tracks women in STEM through leadership development. By transforming scientists and technologists into corporate leaders, the goal is to widen the bridge and empower 1 million women in STEM, by 2030.”

International Association of Women (IAW)

“Connect to an exclusive online community of dynamic, intelligent and accomplished women from varying backgrounds and fields to enhance your business, career and personal success.”

The Scientista Foundation

“The Scientista Foundation is a national organization that empowers pre-professional women in STEM through content, communities, and conferences.”

Women In Bio (WIB)

WIB focuses its “activities on education, mentoring and networking, and on creating opportunities for leadership that can help advance careers.”

Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)

“WEPAN connects people, research and practice. It offers power initiatives, projects and professional development that equips advocates with the tools to create sustainable, systems-level changes that allow ALL in engineering to thrive.”

Women in the Enterprise of Science & Technology (WEST)

Boston-based WEST provides its members and its “broader community with a comprehensive portfolio of workshops and panels that include advice regarding career advancement, alternate career options, leadership skill building, and exposure to entrepreneurship.”

Women’s Diversity Network (WDN)

“WDN connects and mobilizes women of different backgrounds to create positive change through collective work and a unified sisterhood.”

LinkedIn Groups

What They Are About

Connect: Professional Women’s Network

“Connect: Professional Women’s Network is an online community where members discuss issues relevant to their careers. Check out our video series and expert advice:”

NIH Women of Color Research Network

“The Women of Color Research Network is an online community seeking to address issues faced by women and minorities in scientific careers. Our online community offers links to current events, resources and valuable connections. This network stems from the National Institutes of Health Women in Biomedical Careers Working Group and the Committee on Women of Color in Biomedical Careers.”

Women in Science, Engineering & Technology

“Meet with other Women in Science, Engineering, Technology or the Built Environment. For women looking for work, returning to work after a career break or wanting to progress in their career.”

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