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Cynthia Simpson, M.Ed, CAE is Chief Business Development Officer with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Ms. Simpson is responsible for developing and overseeing all business development aspects with emphasis on institution partnerships, as well as development and implementation of all talent and leadership programs. She has given close to 200 talks on topics of importance to women in STEM at universities, corporations, and professional societies. Ms. Simpson has co-authored various publications including “Mentoring Postdoc Women from an Institutional Perspective” in From Ph.D. to Professoriate book and “Work-Life and Childcare Resources for Postdoc Women” in Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook. Growing up in Seneca Falls, NY (the birthplace of women’s rights), she is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Business Management and George Mason University with a M.Ed. in Curriculum Instruction and Design. In 2010, she earned her certified association executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), with less than 5 percent of all association professionals having achieved this mark of excellence. She was named to the National Girls Collaborative Project’s Champions Board and is a Co-PI on the AWIS STEM to Market Program, a two-part program that stimulates inclusive and productive STEM entrepreneurship ecosystems. Ms. Simpson currently serves on the National Postdoctoral Association’s Advisory Council, Phi Kappa Phi’s Bylaws Committee, ASAE’s Professional Development Section Council, and is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) and the Virtual Association Network.


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