Women’s Task Force


Mission Statement

The mission of the Women’s Task Force at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is to support and foster the recruitment, retention and promotion of female faculty at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and to raise constant awareness of issues for women in science.

Impact Statement

This task force consists of rotating faculty members from UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and is currently chaired by Dr. Tullia C. Bruno, assistant professor in the Department of Immunology. Since its inception in 2018, the task force has: conducted an anonymous survey to identify key concerns amongst female faculty, started monthly female faculty/trainee luncheons, collected data concerning equity for speaker invitations, internal funding, and salary support, and identified key personnel on campus to assist with Title IX issues and support for encouraging diversity.

Message from Leadership

Robert Ferris

The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is proud to be promoting gender equity through the Women’s Task Force. The task force was established in 2017 to address issues relating to our female faculty members, with an initial focus on leadership development, tracking gender equity at the Cancer Center, networking and career  development, and resources/guidelines to promote work-life balance.  Our efforts have improved the climate and career advancement for our women faculty and trainees. Since starting the Women’s Task Force, we have increased the number of female recruits and females in leadership positions. We are continuing our efforts to address barriers faced by female scientists and to mitigate these barriers through education and training. The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is proud to support the efforts of the Women’s Task Force, as we all benefit from a more inclusive and diverse environment.


Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD
Director, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Tullia C. Bruno, PhD
Chair, Women’s Task Force


The Women’s Task Force is currently chaired by Tullia C. Bruno, PhD.

Find out more about our members here.

Annual Report

The Annual Report will be made available upon completion.

Contact Us

Questions about the task force can be addressed to Dr. Tullia Bruno (tbruno@pitt.edu) or to the Women’s Task Force (womenstaskforce@upmc.edu).