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Atomic Women Resource Group

Networking opportunities, support and education for women in science and engineering at the Laboratory

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Atomic Women's Resource Group

Standing together for women in science

Atomic Women is an ERG that provides support and networking opportunities for women in STEM fields, to help them thrive, at work, at home, and in the community.


Atomic Women began in 2007, originating within the Weapons Physics division. At that time, the group consisted of female employees as well as summer students.

Our initial goal was to introduce women summer students to women scientists, and our first event was a panel discussion on graduate schools and early careers in science. When the summer ended and the students returned to their universities, we discovered that we enjoyed meeting, networking, providing interesting programs and speakers at our meetings, and we continued to meet monthly, the last Tuesday of each month, from noon to 1 pm.

With the involvement of P-Division women, and women and men in several other LANL Directorates, we have grown in numbers.  

WHAT we do


Our primary goal is to provide networking opportunities, and support and education for women in science and engineering at the Lab.  We have no officers, no dues, no budget, and no paperwork.  The tasks are minimal:  sending email announcements, coordinating with guest speakers, leading the meeting.  Though we have core leaders now, we are open to rotating leaders for specific meetings.

Interests and activities

The group organizes panel and informal discussions with invited speakers on such topics as: 

  • mentoring, career development 
  • stress management and resiliency 
  • HR issues, gender bias in science and engineering, diversity issues 
  • workplace communication 
  • leadership skills 
  • coaching 
  • work-life satisfaction
HOW to get involved

Anyone at the Lab (students, post-docs, scientists and engineers, managers) who supports women in STEM fields is welcome to join the group.  We also welcome non-Lab employees who are active in or retired from a STEM related career. 

If you are interested in participating in any of our meetings or events please contact us!

Calendar of events

Date Time Event Name Location
Jan. 30, 2018 12-1pm Presentation: "Collaboration Among Women in the Workplace" presented by Lorrie Bonds Lopez Cochiti Room (LANL Study Center, 2nd floor)
Feb. 27, 2018 12-1pm Terry Wallace, the Laboratory Director, will discuss the year ahead at LANL and respond to questions from the audience.

In February (exact date TBD) we will also hold a book lunch event. Atomic Women will announce the plan for reading a particular section of Christine Grant’s book “Success Strategies for Women in STEM” in January, to discuss it before Christine’s planned visit to LANL later in the year.

Otowi Side Rooms A and B
March 27, 2018 12-1pm Christine Grant as a guest speaker at Atomic Women monthly meeting. Christine will speak on mentoring opportunities for women in STEM. JRO 1-2 (LANL Study Center)
April 24, 2018 12-1pm Carl Johnson as a guest speaker on the topic of maternity leave -- issues and opportunities. Otowi Side Rooms A and B
May 29, 2018 12-1pm Lisa Lande – as a guest speaker on the topic of LANL Healthy Culture initiative. JRO 1-2 (LANL Study Center)
June 26, 2018 12-1pm Panel discussion on LANL staff’s experience with successful career transitions (also in view of upcoming LANL contract transition) JRO 1-2 (LANL Study Center)
July 31, 2018 TBD Association for Women in Science (AWIS) workshops JRO 1-2 (LANL Study Center)
August 28, 2018 12-1pm Guest speaker on LANL diversity related policies and initiatives JRO 1-2 (LANL Study Center)
Sept. 25, 2018 12-1pm LANL Ombuds Office class on workplace communications JRO 1-2 (LANL Study Center)

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