Career Development Committee

career development


The SRI Career Development (CD) Committee provides career development opportunities and addresses career development issues relevant to all members of SRI. The Committee recognizes the diverse composition of the SRI membership and is committed to  developing relevant programs to address issues of mentorship, leadership, communication, work-life balance and career advancement for its members.

Committee Members

Chair & Program Committee Representative: Mancy Tong, PhD - Yale University
Workshop Leaders:
Dorothy Sojka, PhD - Loyola University Chicago
Stella Goulopoulou, PhD - Loma Linda University
Alessandra (Ali) Ainsworth, MD - Mayo Clinic
John Challis, OC, PhD, FRCOG, FRS - University of Toronto (Council Liaison, Director of Advancement)
Virginia Cheung, PhD - UC San Diego (In-Training Member Committee Representative)
Emily Hamburg-Shields, MD, PhD - Case Western Reserve University
Dharani Hapangama, BSc, MBChB, MD, FRCOG - University of Liverpool (International Representative)
Ramón A. Lorca, PhD - University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus
Stephen A. McCartney, MD, PhD - University of Washington (DEI Committee Representative)
Kaela Varberg, PhD - Children's Mercy Kansas City (Early Career Committee Representative)
Staff liaison: Jamie Brouws

Composition and Appointment

  • Chair – three-year term
  • Members – three-year term

In addition to the Chair, the number of members is variable (ideally 7-10 members total), subject to the needs and recommendations of the committee with the approval of the CD Committee Chair and staff liaison. It is expected that members of the Committee will represent the gender, race, age and academic tracks of the Society. One member of the Career Development Committee must be an international SRI member, one DEI representative, one in training member, etc. in order to emphasize appropriate representation of all societal constituencies. Meetings will take place monthly and are planned out well in advance. Committee members can expect to dedicate 12-15 hours per year to working on Career Development’s efforts.


  • Attend committee meetings (virtually or in-person)
  • Participate in group discussion during committee meetings
  • Provide input and guidance on Society initiatives and programming that may benefit the committee’s focus areas
  • Develop new recommendations for projects, programs, policies and strategies for proposal to SRI Council that are aimed at improving the experience of the Society members, meeting attendees, and other stakeholders in the field
  • Volunteer for roles at the annual meeting, such as oral session moderator, poster judge

Career Development Committee Work

Annual Meeting career development activities- Career Development workshops, Mentor-in-a-Cloud (MIAC)
SRI Career Development webpage - defining SRI career levels, Useful Tips & Tricks

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