ESWNEast South West North (blog)
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Surveys of the ESWN membership suggest that members find the ESWN forums to be safe places to discuss challenges and successes of their careers without judgment or repercussions.
Here, three examples of the execution of the ESWN mentoring philosophy are discussed and results from membership surveys are presented.
The online network is at the core of the ESWN membership and addresses all aspects of the ESWN mentoring philosophy.
Between September 2009 and December 2012, the most active threads each month on the ESWN e-mail list have included general career topics (30% of months), female-specific topics (33% of months), and maternity and child care topics (15% of months; Archie and Laursen 2013b), highlighting the fact that women seek and require mentoring on both professional and personal matters.
This analysis of top threads from online discussion shows that members are using the ESWN for both gender-specific topics and general career advice.
In addition to the online activities, the ESWN has supported in-person networking events that reenforce online mentoring and bring new members to the ESWN.
As noted above, ESWN membership evaluation surveys showed that members who had attended in-person ESWN events showed higher gains from the network than members who only participated online (Archie and Laursen 2013b).
Through funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the NSF ADVANCE program and the NSF Geosciences Directorate, and the University of Bergen (Norway), the ESWN has developed a series of professional development workshops that identify and develop specific skills necessary for career success.
As ESWN continues to grow in its second decade, its history, accomplishments, and member base suggest that it is making a positive contribution to mentoring women in the atmospheric and Earth sciences.
Many aspects of the ESWN can be carried over to individual academic departments and governmental institutions.
ESWN was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation under Grants HRD 0929782, 0929839, 0929509,0930118, and 0929828.