AWIS-San Diego

AWIS-SD Leadership Network (ALN)

The Leadership Network is a sub-group of AWIS-SD for members in senior leadership roles in academia or industry. Activities focus on the specific needs of this peer group and will consist of presentations by guest speakers, roundtable discussions, and/or informal discussions. Topics for discussion may include: What steps does one take to advance to the most senior levels; Influencing without authority; Developing strategic plans. These events will be planned by Leadership Network members on a rotating basis.

Participation is by application only. We always welcome new members to continue to expand our network and share leadership experiences and perspectives.

The criteria for membership in the AWIS-SD Leadership Network are:

  • Position/Title should be Associate Director or Associate Professor, or above, or equivalent position.
  • Self-employed members must provide managerial/leadership services as their primary purpose of business.
  • If between positions, applicant’s most recent title should fit the aforementioned levels; please enter your most recent position.
  • In addition, all members should have a minimum of 7 cumulative years of working experience (excluding post-doc).

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee.

Email your completed application accompanied by a copy of your resume to:

Download Application Form Here

AWIS-SD Leadership Network Co-Chairs:

Varykina (Kina) Thackray


Current Position: Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UC San Diego
Training: BA Biology, Middlebury College, 1991; PhD Molecular Biology, University of Colorado Heath Sciences Center, 2002
Additional AWIS involvement: Scholarship Committee, 2006-2016, 2022-present (Co-Chair 2006-2008); Outreach Committee, 2016-2019, 2023-present (Co-Chair 2017-2019); WIST Organizing Committee, 2019, 2021; Board Member-at-Large, 2019; President, 2020-2021; Past-President, 2022-2023

Lori Yang


Current Position: CEO and CSO, Lectenz Bio
Training: BS Chemistry, University of Virginia; PhD Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University
Additional AWIS involvement: ALN and PR Committees; WIST 2015 Organizing Committee, WIST 2017 Co-Chair; Treasurer 2016-2017; Open House Organizing Committee 2022