About the Institute

Our Mission

Argonne depends on the quality of its leaders, and your career depends on your professional growth. From guidance to training to opportunities for greater engagement, we support the laboratory’s need to develop visionary leaders who will advance our mission-driven science now and for the future.

The Leadership Institute offers a wide range of services, guidance and resources to help shape and cultivate leadership potential in individuals at all levels so they can thrive and maximize their unique contributions to science, engineering and Argonne’s mission. These include coaching and consulting, mentoring and networking assistance, support for advancing a diverse culture and opportunities and resources for professional development.

Achieving Diversity and Inclusion: An Evidence-based Approach

Traditional approaches to overcoming barriers to diversity in STEM have largely failed to produce meaningful change. Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and founding director of WorkLife Law, addressed this dilemma in a talk at Argonne on June 1, 2016.

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Our Team

The Leadership Institute is staffed by a group of talented individuals who come from a mix of research and organizational development backgrounds. They understand the challenges you face and are equipped to help you find the tools and resources you need to advance your career.

Specialties represented in the Leadership Institute team include, among others, leadership development and training, diversity and inclusion and postdoctoral guidance and support.

Meet our team members below.

Lisa Durham

Director

Lisa Durham is the director of the Leadership Institute. With more than 20 years of experience in science and engineering, she has successfully navigated the federal research sector and is a long-time advocate for the advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Laura Altergott

Laura Altergott

Senior Learning and Organizational Development Manager

Laura Altergott is a talent strategist who leads the leadership development efforts. A learning and development manager at Argonne since 2014, her work focuses on inspiring individuals and teams to maximize their unique skills and capabilities to further enhance them for collaborative advantage.
Prior to joining Argonne, Altergott worked for several Fortune 500 companies across industries. She specializes in creating individualized, multifaceted development journeys customized to each unique situation. Altergott has an M.B.A. from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in Education from Northern Illinois University.

Tina Henne

Tina Henne

Postdoctoral Program Lead

With more than 300 postdocs from about 40 countries working at Argonne each year, Tina Henne makes sure the next generation of scientists and engineers have the mentorship, training and support they need to develop into the leaders of tomorrow. A microbiologist, Henne brings research and management experience to the Leadership Institute.

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Lydia Finney

University Partnerships Program Manager

As the Leadership Institute’s University Partnerships Program Manager Lydia Finney is responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive program that supports strategic partnerships with colleges and universities, which will strengthen the laboratory’s core science and engineering capabilities and enhance the workforce pipeline.

Finney is a physicist with more than 10 years of experience in scientific research at Argonne. Her areas of technical expertise include chemical biology, bio-inorganic chemistry, X-ray fluorescence microscopy and metals. She also was recently was appointed program initiator of Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology (WIST) program, which supports the laboratory’s goal of achieving scientific and engineering excellence through a diverse workforce.

Kathy Eggers

Executive Secretary

Kathy Eggers coordinates day-to-day operations for the Leadership Institute and supports all institute projects and programs. With almost a decade of experience working with scientific research groups, she provides a strong knowledge base of Argonne business systems.