Annie Weisbrod, Ph. D.
Principal Scientist, Global Sustainability at Procter & Gamble
"I remember a conversation at a 1995 professional society meeting (SETAC) about the necessity of environmental scientists to collaborate to address human impacts on the environment. I have committed my career to working in genuine partnership with other scientists from many organizations; I don't know why but significantly more than half of those collaborations are with women, and we become true friends. We find common ground and focus together on developing and applying sound science to enable meaningful progress.
"Despite what some media soundbites may infer, such work is not simple, straightforward, or quick. 'The environment', ecology and human societies, are incredibly complex and constantly shifting. I've read in social sciences literature that a dominant trait in the culture of women is to 'tend and befriend', indicating that we use our emotional intelligence as well as our intellectual intelligence to work together in times of crisis. There are too many places in this world where we are seeing a crisis in species loss, resource depletion, chemical and physical pollution, social challenges, etc. Now is the time for women and men to dig into the complexity of what's happening, with wisdom and empathy, and step forward together in new ways to transform how we humans manage in this world."