Physics continues to be a male-dominated field. Sometimes it is difficult for women in physics with diverse cultural backgrounds, to find mentors that they can trust and that will guide them through difficult times in their career. This talk will discuss how younger women in physics have benefited from the one-on-one mentoring offered by Li-Hong Xu during her distinguished academic career.
As a role model, Li-Hong Xu was leading by example, sharing her own stories and experiences, discussing how to balance work and personal life, guiding and providing support for the professional development of other women physicists. The mentees were encouraged to strive to achieve their full potential. Career expectations, career stages and paths to achieve them were often discussed. Participating together with Li-Hong at social activities and events contributed to building communities in the department or at national level through CEWIP.