2018 Award Recipients

The HF WOMAN group had the opportunity to award two fantastic mentors at the 2018 Annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Meeting. Dr. Wendy Rogers received the Mentor of the Year Award and Dr. Joy Rivera received the Woman of the Year Award. We asked each of these incredible women what makes a mentor.

Interview with Dr. Wendy Rogers

Question: The Mentor of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have a history of actively championing women HF/E professionals. What does winning this award mean to you?
Answer: This is the best award you can get! I feel honored.
Question: How would you describe your mentorship style? What makes a successful mentor?
Answer: I believe that an individual-based approach to mentorship is very important and you have to figure out what motivates each of your students. It is important to prepare students for the goals that they set – whether this be industry or academia. Mentors help you successfully reach these goals. It is the feeling when you know your students are successful.
Question: What are some pieces of advice that you would like to provide to early career professionals interested in HF/E?
Answer:  Figure out what excites you the most and follow that and use your mentors for guidance. Reach out and seek get out there – be involved, especially with your mentors.

Interview with Dr. Joy Rivera

Question: The Woman of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions made to the HF/E community through research, academia, and service. What does winning this award mean to you?
Answer: I feel truly honored and I am very thankful for my letter of recommendation writers. This helps me feel validation in terms of my mentorship skills and abilities. I hope to pass on my mentorship qualities and to increase awareness of human factors in the healthcare community.
Question: How would you describe your mentorship style? What makes a successful mentor?
Answer: Having strong mentors helps you become a better mentor and I am very lucky to have had some great mentors. Great mentors help you grow as an individual and you need to figure out what helps your mentees grow – they are unique. It’s also important to empower your students and give them appropriate credit. This helps create opportunities for them and facilitates networking.
Question: What are some pieces of advice that you would like to provide to early career professionals interested in HF/E?
Answer: Push yourself to get out there and network and engage. Keeping in touch with your contacts and professional network is huge. You should also work to promote yourself, but also stay humble. Most importantly, you should be there for your mentees and help them know that you are here to help them succeed.