Talks & Lectures
17 Dec 2021
Virtual Event

[email protected]: Engineering Lecture Series

Conditions for Happier Women

Dr. Hyeon Joung Kim, Senior Researcher at the Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC) Research Institute

As happiness has become a policy goal in many countries and international organizations, researchers have tried to find out what makes people happier. One of the main topics is to identify gender differences in the level of happiness based on several factors. This talk introduces various findings in the relationship between gender and happiness and explores other determinants not discussed in happiness research.

Hyeon Joung Kim, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at the Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC) Research Institute. Her primary research interests lie in the public/social values and citizens’ happiness. At work, she carried out several research projects such as creating social values in public corporations, cultivating an innovative culture in an R&D organization, and developing leadership capacity and training programs. As a happiness researcher in the field of public administration, she published research papers on the role of governments in enhancing citizens’ happiness at the local and national levels. Her studies on happiness were presented at the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) and other conferences.

Reconceptualizing Mentoring

Dr. Joyce Yen, The Director of The University of Washington's ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change

Mentoring in STEM has traditionally been described as a senior person imparts knowledge and support to a junior person. This traditional “mentor as guru” model is flawed and limiting. This talk reconceptualizes mentoring and explores organizational change through the lens of creating a culture of mentoring.

Joyce W. Yen, Ph.D., is the Director of the University of Washington ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change. Prior to joining UW ADVANCE, she was an assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at UW. Dr. Yen has been PI or co-PI on numerous grants ($7 million in funding) to support STEM faculty and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. In her UW and national programs, Dr. Yen creates community and connections, facilitates career and leadership skills acquisition, fosters agency and self-efficacy, and is responsive to mentee needs. She works to develop organizations and cultures where people from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups in STEM are valued, supported, celebrated, seen and matter in academia.

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