Daring to Dare ®

Daring to Dare is a development program for early-career women in research.

The career transitions of women in a research environment are far from straightforward, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created further challenges. Many women early in their careers find themselves needing space to reflect, have conversations with peers, build confidence, and develop strategies to navigate the complexities of professional transition.

The Stem Cell Network is pleased to engage Dr. Sandrine Soubes from Tesselle Development to deliver Daring to Dare, ® a development program for early-career women in research. This program consists of a series of five virtual half-day workshops between September 2022 and January 2023 with course work in between sessions.

Who should attend:
This program is for women who are SCN trainees/highly qualified personnel (HQP) (i.e., a graduate student, post-doc, research associate and/or technician currently working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab).

Whether applicants wish to continue working in a research environment or are aiming to transition to other professional roles after PhD/ Postdoc/Fellowship, this program is specifically designed for women wishing to take time to reflect, have deep conversations, and develop strategic approaches for career transitions.

Program objectives:
Women who participate in the Daring to Dare ® program can expect to:

  • Gain clarity about the next chapter in their careers and how to navigate transitions
  • Sustain the motivation to thrive personally and professionally
  • Increase awareness and confidence to showcase skills and strengths
  • Reflect on how best to take next steps and make decisions related to their career
  • Tackle challenging conversations and uncertainty
  • Learn from other women more advanced in their careers and from peers
  • Build connections and relationships with like-minded peers

To learn more about the Daring to Dare ® program and read testimonials from women who have taken this unique program visit:

Key dates and time commitment:
This program has a significant time commitment. Applicants will attend five virtual half-day workshops, once a month from September 2022 to January 2023 while also completing an average of 5 hours of reflection work in between sessions. The dates of the workshops are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 15, 2022
  • Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • Thursday, November 17, 2022
  • Thursday, December 15, 2022
  • Thursday, January 19, 2023

All workshops will run from 12 p.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET.

Information session:
Interested applicants are encouraged to join a free information session on June 15, 2022 at 1 p.m. ET to learn more about the program, hear from past participants and ask questions.

Register for the information session here:

How to apply:
Due to the interactive nature of this unique online program, spaces are limited; individuals interested in participating must submit an application by July 13, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by late July 2022.

  1. Complete the application form: by 11:59 PM (sender’s time) July 13, 2022.
  2. The SCN Training & Education Committee will review all complete applications, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome by late July 2022.

 Conditions and Eligibility for the SCN Award:

  • Applicants must be an SCN trainee/highly qualified personnel (HQP) (i.e., a graduate student, post-doc, research associate and/or technician currently working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab).
  • If you’re unsure whether you qualify as an SCN HQP, please email Ellie Arnold at for confirmation.
  • Applicants must be working on a research project related to stem cells and/or regenerative medicine.
  • Spaces are limited for this training opportunity. SCN will cover the registration costs (paid directly to the organizers) of this workshop for applicants who attend all sessions and complete all elements of the online content within the designated period. For applicants who fail to attend the sessions a $600 fee will be charged to their supervisor to cover the costs associated with delivering this training opportunity.

Reporting and Communication Requirements:
By accepting a place in this workshop, the recipient agrees to provide feedback on their experience from participating in this program and the impact it will have in the future. This information will be used at SCN’s discretion on its website, newsletters and for the purpose of reporting to its funding agencies.

For further information on this workshop or for application related enquiries, please contact Ellie Arnold at

Other Workshops