Welcome to WINGS!

WINGS is a network in the National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD), Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate (FFESD), and Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). WINGS provides a welcoming social network, mentoring opportunities and opportunities for professional development. WINGS works with management to promote policies that improve morale, recruitment and retention of all employees at ORNL.

WINGS organizes onsite coffee breaks, offsite social opportunities, and general meetings. Please sign up on the email distribution list and join the WINGS channel on Teams to be kept abreast of WINGS activities and announcements.


WINGS book club

WINGS started a book club and we read 4 books in 2021!

If you are interested in joining, join the WINGS channel on Teams and let Melanie Laverdiere know about your interest.

The book club’s next book is The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II (, the next meeting will be February 18th at 2pm.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Latest publications updates

Resiliency for Professional Women

In our recent Lunch & Learn, we talked about resiliency for professional women: what does resiliency mean, what are the challenges with respect to resiliency that we are facing, and what are the big resiliency skills we can improve. Find here the big 10 skills that you can improve for greater resiliency at work.

Poll result during the Lunch & Learn:

To understand your level of burnout, our instructor Jenni Bates introduced us to the Oldenburg Burnout Inventory. The test was developed as a measure of burnout, containing statements that cover both ends of the exhaustion-vigor and cynicism-dedication continua.

Jenni further introduced us to a study by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org about Women in the Workplace 2020. About this study: Women in the Workplace is the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. In 2015, McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org launched the study to help companies advance diversity in the workplace. Between 2015 and 2019, close to 600 companies took part in the study, and more than a quarter of a million people were surveyed on their workplace experiences. Now, in 2020, women in corporate America are facing a new challenge: the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s report focuses on how the pandemic has affected women at work, including the unique impact on women of different races and ethnicities, working mothers, women in senior leadership, and women with disabilities. It also looks at the emotional impact of incidents of racial violence in this country on employees. Finally, it tracks the changes we’ve seen in women’s representation over the past six years and assesses how Covid-19 could disrupt those trends going forward.

WINGS Executive Cabinet of 2022

President - Askin Guler Yigitoglu Vice President - Friederike Bostelmann Treasurer - Lindsey Aloisi
Secretary - Dianne Bull Ezell
Outreach Committee Chair - Tara Pandya Social Committee Chair - Melanie Laverdiere Communications Committee Chair - Christine Parker
Cabinet Members at Large - Sandra Davern, Allison Greaney, Kim Hobson

Objectives in 2021

Program Objectives

  • Facilitate discussion on ORNL’s policies regarding sick leave and paid family medical leave
  • Facilitate discussion on gender bias and provide support for cultural change
  • Expand outreach programs to include K to 12 and continue to support university women’s groups as requested
  • Provide high quality professional development opportunities
  • Support mentoring initiatives and opportunities

Organizational Objectives

  • Collaborate/coordinate with other ORNL women’s and minority groups and the Diversity Council
  • Increase WINGS membership and participation
  • Expand WINGS informational website and communication through ORNL Today
  • Informal quarterly activity summaries presented at the general meetings and distributed via emails to members
  • Re-evaluate and reformulate the new employee networking activity

Event Calendar 2022

When What Where
Friday, February 18th, 2-3pm WINGS Book Club Mircosoft Teams