Navigating Workplace Hierarchy

Navigating Workplace Hierarchy Speakers

Have you experienced hierarchy in your workplace? Unsure how to navigate it?

Registration is now open for our upcoming event on Friday May 19th at 1530 UTC!

We will be joined by 5 fantastic speakers who will share their experiences & provide insights on what to do:

  • Emma Dunne, (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
  • Sophie Laurie (Somerset Wildlife Trust, UK)
  • Elena Miranda (California State University Northridge, United States of America)
  • Amanda Obidike (STEMi Makers of Africa, Nigeria)
  • Luan Heywood (International Ocean Discovery Program, United States of America)


If you have any questions, please email us on events [at] eswnonline [dot] org

Hope to e-see you soon,

The Earth Science Women’s Network Member Events Committee


Speaker Bios

Luan Heywood, International Ocean Discovery Program

Luan Heywood works on the scientific ocean drilling ship R/V JOIDES Resolution as a Marine Science Technician, and as a Research Associate at the International Ocean Discovery Program at Texas A&M University. Luan Heywood has degrees from the University of Iowa and Western Washington University, where her research focused on the magmatic evolution of subduction zones. Luan is a member of the volunteer Steering Committee of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Geosciences (AAPIiG), a new affinity group whose goal is to create a space for networking and advocacy among AAPI earth science professionals.

Elena Miranda, California State University Northridge, United States of America

Elena Miranda is a structural geologist who specializes in microstructural and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis. She earned her B.S. in Geology at Southern Methodist University and her Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming. She joined the faculty in the Department of Geological Sciences at California State University Northridge (CSUN) in 2006, where she is a Professor of Geology. She is also the Co-Director of the Provost’s new ‘Equity in Faculty Hiring Initiative’ at CSUN. As a Latina in STEM, she recognizes the unique opportunity and responsibility to be a visible mentor and agent for change in the field.

Amanda Obidike, STEMi Makers of Africa, NIgeria

Amanda is an accomplished non-profit leader with 12 years experience in directing social enterprises, start-ups and complex organizations in Africa, Europe and MENA Nations. She is the Founder of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation makers of Africa. In 2021, she was celebrated by Forbes Science as an African changing the culture fabric for young talents to embrace opportunities in Science and Technology. She is a member of the Chatham house and serves as an International policy expert with the UNESCO Inclusive policy lab where she designed equity-weighted and SDG-oriented policies for 140 community networks, education think-tanks and secondary institutions. She is a Global 20 Goldman Sachs and Techwomen Awardee.

Emma Dunne, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Emma is a paleobiologist currently working as an assistant professor at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. Her research focuses on the drivers of vertebrate evolution through deep-time, which has so far led her to encounter many varied working environments. In this webinar, she will be drawing on her experiences navigating hierarchies within academia, first as a PhD student and postdoc in the UK and now as a researcher and lecturer based in Germany, where hierarchy seems to really thrive.

Sophie Laurie, Somerset WIldlife Trust, UK

Moving from an academic career in molecular crop physiology Sophie spent almost 20 years working in funding administration in roles that had at their core the approach to adding value by operating in partnership; international, business and policy. Interdisciplinary working has been a feature of these programmes, culminating in the launch of innovative large scale Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) initiatives taking a university system-wide approach to environmental challenges, so crossing internal institutional silos and hierarchies. Sophie has now taken a step back from national and global working to focus on problems closer to home in a different organisational environment with the Somerset Wildlife Trust.