DEAI Subcommittee: LEAD Reverse Mentoring Program

Subcommittee Charge

The LEAD (Leadership Engagement and Appreciation of Differences) Reverse Mentoring subcommittee is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of the Reverse Mentoring Program.  This program will pair a person in a senior-level position with junior-level mentors to gain different perspectives of individual, group and/or broader cultural views within the workplace and the scientific research communities. 

Subcommittee Objectives

  1. Promote psychological safety across the Federation and its member societies by enhancing communication and understanding of diverse perspectives.
  2. Enhance leadership, conflict management and coaching skills of the mentors and mentees by pushing each other outside of their comfort zone.
  3. Achieve a deeper personal connection with a person of difference.

Subcommittee Membership

The LEAD Reverse Mentoring Subcommittee will initially consist of 10 members, including FASEB and member society staff and volunteers designated by their member societies.  The subcommittee composition will be as follows:

  • FASEB and/or member society staff = 4 members
  • Member society volunteers = 6 members

Ad-hoc members will be invited for their subject matter expertise, as needed.

Subcommittee Member Position Description


Three years beginning on July 1 of the year following their selection and ending on June 30 of the third year.  Initially, 5 members will serve a 2-year term and the remaining 5 members will serve a 3-year term during the first year.  Thereafter, all members will serve a 3-year term. 


  • Participate in subcommittee meetings (ability to participate in 75% or more meetings expected)
  • Design program materials
  • Participate in the matching process
  • Serve as a relationship manager to evaluate the progress of the mentoring relationships
  • Review participants’ feedback and implement program enhancements, as appropriate
  • Active engagement by providing input on action and discussion items
  • Market and promote the program to existing and potential member societies


FASEB seeks staff and active society members with the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrated passion for DEAI and advocate for professional development
  • Knowledge and experience with formal mentoring programs
  • Program development experience with proven success at driving positive change in an organization and/or institution
  • Exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Thrives in collaborative environments
  • Willingness to leverage professional networks (individual and/or group connections) for subject matter expertise

Biographic, demographic, and scientific diversity in governance is an overarching goal of the Federation, and the Federation seeks members of its subcommittees who represent this diversity.

Time Commitment

Monthly 1-hour video conferences, plus time required to review and complete action items prior to each meeting (approximately 2-4 hours per month). 

Please note:  Once this new program is fully underway, the expectation is that the amount of time needed to administer this program will decrease since more time is always required in the developmental phase.


FASEB will provide necessary accommodations to ensure all members are able to fully participate in this subcommittee. If you need an accommodation, please contact FASEB’s DEAI Program Manager, Elvie Banda.

General Inquiries

For any questions regarding this subcommittee, please contact [email protected]