Gretal Leibnitz, Founder of AIM network
"Collaboration with a sister network, the Women Engineers Proactive Network (WEPAN), through the Women in STEM Knowledge Center has afforded an AIM Interest Group site as well as access to an extensive, growing, valuable library of STEM Knowledge Center resources."
ADVANCE Implementation Mentors Network
In 2001, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new program to address the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering. Unlike previous programs that had primarily focused on individual women, the ADVANCE program addresses the institutional structures and practices that have differential impacts on women pursuing academic careers. According to the program solicitation, "The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce."
More than sixty universities have received five-year, multi-million dollar ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grants in six rounds of awards through 2012. These institutions have taken a variety of approaches to transformation, from a focus on hiring more women to preparing women for leadership roles, educating department heads, and revising university policies. Outcomes of the ADVANCE program to date include publications, conference presentations, and websites that document best practices and successful strategies for increasing recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in academic sciences and engineering careers.