Facilitators for Recorded Workshop

NAVIGATE – A Case-Study to Overcoming Barriers to Advancement for Women in STEM

Title: The NAVIGATE Project – A Case-Study Approach to Overcoming Barriers to Advancement for Women in STEM

When: January 21, 2022 2:00 – 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Facilitators: Dr. Liesl Folks, Dr. Coleen Carrigan, Nancy Schiller


Many women in science, math, engineering and mathematics (STEM) continue to be dissuaded from pursuing lofty career goals when they encounter gender bias, discrimination, and inequity, reporting that they find it challenging to navigate these adverse situations to persist in their careers. The NSF-funded NAVIGATE Project provides free case-study-based trainings for women graduate students or recent graduates to support working strategically and efficiently to navigate past such issues.

Learning objectives:

At  the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Be able to identify the need for skills-based career-navigation training for early career women in STEM
  2. Be able to articulate the value of case-study based training to address this need
  3. Have knowledge of The NAVIGATE Project as a source of training program and materials that might be of use in their own professional settings
  4. Feel comfortable with serving as a facilitator of a NAVIGATE case study in their own workplace settings
  5. Know where to find more information and download cases to use for their own trainings.



Website to access other cases

Facilitation Guide





Liesl Folks

Dr. Liesl Folks serves as Provost at the University of Arizona, as well as a professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She holds a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from Cornell University. Prior to joining UA, she served as dean of Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Previously, she performed research and development on nanoscale magnetic materials and devices in support of the data storage industry for 16 years in Silicon Valley. Dr. Folks has long been a champion for women and underrepresented minorities in STEM degree programs. Recently, she also served as chair of the congressionally mandated panel which delivered the report “2020 Quadrennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative” for the National Academies. She served as President of the IEEE Magnetics Society from 2013-2014 – the first female president. LinkedIn

Coleen Carrigan

Dr. Coleen Carrigan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Science, Technology & Society at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is a feminist anthropologist of science, technology and society (STS). She investigates the historical and cultural dimensions of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with a particular emphasis on Computer Science and Engineering, and why these high-status fields appear impervious to desegregation. She applies her research findings to create interventions that help foster welcoming environments for underrepresented groups in STEM and transform the powers of technology to advance social justice. She holds a PhD and MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. LinkedIn | Twitter

Laurene Tumiel Berhalteris

Dr. Laurene Tumiel Berhalteris Associate Professor and Director of Community Translational Research in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Family Medicine. An epidemiologist by training, she has over 25 years’ experience conducting community based participatory research and health disparities research to improve the patient-provider interface among underserved communities in chronic disease self-management and cancer prevention. She has worked with a variety of partners from both urban and rural communities. For over 11 years, she has worked with the Patient Voices Network (PVN), a grassroots group of patients receiving care from safety-net practices, to design and implement programs to improve the delivery of health care using a Patient Ambassador model, a peer support model to empower patients in their own care and address social determinants of health. As Director of the Community Engagement Team at the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) she is committed to building infrastructure to facilitate community engagement and community partnered research.