June 19, 2014
Online Registration for WIB’s Annual Celebration Ends Tomorrow!

Annalisa Jenkins

Reserve your spot for the WIB Annual Celebration event at BIO on June 23, 2014.  Online registration ends tomorrow; those that register by midnight June 20, 2014 can still take advantage of the regular registration rates where members will save over 20% from the late/on-site registration cost, and non-members will also find big savings. Our premier event will feature keynote speaker and leading figure in the biotechnology industry, Annalisa Jenkins MD, who will share her personal story and rise to success. Network with influential women leaders from around and you’ll also be entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini. Thanks to our sponsors McKenna Long & Aldridge, DPR Construction, The Conference Forum, Fenwick & West LLP, and Perkins Coie for their support!

Juli Anne Callis to Receive NIH Director’s Award

Congratulations to Juli Anne Callis, a Board Member of Women In Bio, who will receive a 2014 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Award! More information will be forthcoming in our Facebook page!

Join Us at BIO 2014 Meet-Up Sessions!

This year WIB has a stellar line-up of events at BIO 2014!

  • We start off with our first planned Meet-Up session, "Women In Bio-Southern California Area Professionals and Executives in the Life Science Industry," on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Booth #319. While this informal gathering is open to all BIO attendees, it should be particularly valuable for attendees based in Southern California - providing a low-key setting for current and prospective WIB-Southern California chapter members to meet industry peers and discuss professional interests. Interested in attending! RSVP here!
  • Next, we have a second Meet-Up session, "Speed Networking Session for Existing and Prospective WIB Members," on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Booth #319. At this gathering, current and prospective WIB members will have the opportunity to speed network with industry peers and discuss professional interests. This Meet-Up is open to all BIO attendees. RSVP now!

A Women In Bio booth will be located in the BIO 2014 Exhibit Hall A (Booth #2403). Stop by, say hello, and learn more about our rapidly growing organization!

Hillary Clinton to Keynote BIO Convention

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will address registered attendees at a luncheon on Wednesday, June 25, and joins the previously announced Tuesday keynote of Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group. They become just another reason that BIO 2014 in San Diego cannot be missed. The largest, most influential biotech meeting in the world, BIO 2014 is coming to the San Diego Convention Center, June 23 – 26, 2014, offering four days of career-boosting opportunities that you won’t find anywhere. Register now at convention.bio.org.

Women In Bio Partners with SmartBrief

WIB has partnered with SmartBrief to produce a weekly e-mail newsletter, WIB SmartBrief, which brings the most important and timely news stories about women in all areas of the life sciences. WIB President Simone Fishburn states, “Women In Bio is delighted to partner with SmartBrief and to bring this valuable informative resource to industry professionals and scientists across the life sciences. We are thrilled about the opportunity to shine a light on the contributions made by women in the field and the issues important to them. Advancing gender equity in the life sciences is an important part of our mission.” Learn more about WIB SmartBrief and to sign up for this free enewsletter!

Support Women In Bio While Shopping at Amazon.com

Did you know you can support us while shopping at AmazonSmile at no cost to you? The next time you visit Amazon, be sure to designate Women In Bio as the recipient organization of AmazonSmile's donations. The link can be found here. By doing so, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WIB. Thanks for your support!

Check Out WIB's Job Board!

Women In Bio has a job board!  Visit http://wibcareercenter.com to get started. The job board platform can link to your LinkedIn profile, enabling you to upload information directly to the platform from your profile. You can also see who in your network works at companies you are interested in. Whether you are a job seeker, or looking to fill a position, this is the resource for you!                

WIB's Social (Media) Butterflies




Help WIB grow our social media footprint! Remember to participate on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, and post about events and news. Thanks for helping spread the word about WIB and your local WIB chapter!  



Volunteers needed for National Committees!

The National Mentors, Advisors, and Peers program is expanding, and we need volunteers to help on the committee. Volunteer roles will include: helping to expand MAPs or MAPs-University to more chapters, establishing a virtual MAPs program, and setting up a database of topics and articles to be used during MAPs meetings. You don’t need a current MAPs group affiliation to help! If you are interested in joining the MAPs committee, please send an email to the National MAPs Program Chair.

The Grants Procurement Committee needs volunteers to help us identify and/or apply for grants applicable to WIB. As our organization grows and expands its reach, we will become eligible for more grant opportunities – and we need your help! If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Jamie Strachota for more information.

Our Communications Committee, specifically for Social Media, needs volunteers to with finding and creating engaging relevant content for Facebook and/or Twitter. If interested, please contact Jamie Strachota.

Metro New York

NewYorkBIO Executive Director Speaks at May Networking Event

On May 15, 2014, after an exhilarating week leading this year’s NYBIO-Con 2014 event, Executive Director Nathan Tinker greeted all who came to celebrate its success at our networking event. Tinker shared his biggest takeaways from this prestigious meeting, which attracts well over 800 attendees from across the life sciences spectrum. He emphasized that as part of the biotech/pharma New York Metro Area business community, we need to work with policy makers to identify effective strategies that create a more attractive environment for biotech/pharma start-ups, and for women to lead them.

Nathan Tinker wraps up NYBIO-CON 2014 at WIB-Metro New York’s networking party

More than 40 people attended WIB-Metro New York’s May event

Coming in July! – SoulCycle Spin Class

Women In Bio-Metro New York plans to promote cardio fitness, have fun, AND network at NYC’s hottest workout center, SoulCycle. Details to follow shortly, so please stay tuned!


Wine Down With WIB-Pittsburgh!

Join WIB-Pittsburgh on June 25, 2014, for a casual happy hour in trendy Lawrenceville! Happy Hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with bar specials including $3 drafts, $5 Sangria, and a $5 wine & cheese plate. This event is free to attend!

WIB-Pittsburgh’s Summer Book Review Rendezvous!

On July 9, 2014, local author Beth Caldwell will lead a discussion of her book, Inspired Entrepreneurs: A Collection of Female Triumphs in Business and Life, a collection of stories about women who felt trapped in their careers and used entrepreneurship to follow their passions and change the world. Read their stories, share their inspirations, and come prepared to discuss your dreams, purpose, and choices! Dinner is included in the cost of registration. Members are invited to bring a guest at the member cost.

San Francisco Bay Area

Summer in SF Speed Networking!

Join women from around the Bay Area on June 25, 2014, for a fun evening of Speed Networking! We’ve had great success with our Speed Networking events throughout the Bay Area, and are excited to put on the latest event right in San Francisco! So grab your business cards, polish up your 30-second introduction, and join us for a fun, fast-paced evening to meet other women in Pharma, Biotech, and academia! In two hours you’ll mingle, learn fast facts, and make new connections. We’ll also have plenty of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and social time both before and after our networking. Register here.

Chocolate and Talk a Lot!

Join us on July 17, 2014, for our WIB summer social - and tantalize your taste buds with an evening of networking, spirits, and chocolate tasting! The Chocolate Garage will provide a special event for WIB members featuring a chocolate tasting where chocolates carefully chosen from around the world will be paired with scotch, wine, sauternes, and beer for an unforgettably delicious experience. Light snacks will be provided. Bring business cards and a bright smile!

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Creates a MAPs Program

Our chapter offers a Mentors, Advisors and Peers (MAPs) program – a unique initiative available free of cost to members living in the Bay Area. During a MAPs meeting, six to ten women meet informally to discuss topics of common professional interest, or individuals are matched with mentors. This is a great opportunity to meet, connect, and learn from women with experience in the Biotech world! Discussion topics include career planning, transitioning careers, work/family balance, managing a team or department, leading or running a company, entrepreneurship, raising capital, and promoting women at work. Interested? To become a WIB member, learn more about the MAPs program, or enroll in the SF-chapter MAPs program, contact us!


WIB-Atlanta Presents: Powerful Communication with Toastmasters International!

Spend an evening with WIB-Atlanta and Toastmasters International, learning ways to be more effective communicators and speakers. During this seminar, Toastmasters@Emory will share with us a variety of public speaking techniques for controlling your anxiety, impromptu speaking, and making your speeches more powerful. Toastmasters’ world-renowned tips are sure to turn you into a more engaging speaker! Sign up and take advantage of this opportunity to improve your speaking and leadership skills. Numbers are limited!

WIB-Atlanta Book Club Discusses Biography of Maria Sibylla Merian

Join us on July 10, 2014, for the next WIB-Atlanta book club meeting! We will discuss Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis, a biography of the extraordinary Eighteenth Century woman entomologist, botanist, and artist. Maria Sibylla Merian was an exemplar that showed other women that they could follow their dreams at a time when pursuing careers in science was forbidden for women. Her story brings perspective on how one can carve out a career during challenging times.

Interested in Joining a MAPs Group? Complete Our Questionnaire!

WIB-Atlanta is launching MAPs and MAPs-University Groups! MAPs (Mentors, Advisors and Peers) Groups are informal meetings of six to ten women who share an interest in discussing topics of common professional interest. WIB-Atlanta is also bringing MAPs to local colleges and universities: MAPs-U Groups will be established in various campuses across Metro-Atlanta, serving the students and post-docs and helping them in their career decisions. Interested in joining a MAPs Group? Complete this questionnaire. Interested in joining a MAPs-University group instead? Then complete this questionnaire.

WIB-Atlanta’s Fun Fall Events

Everyone enjoys a happy hour… so we will hold one at Eclipse di Luna this August! September will feature a “Dress for Success” workshop and suit drive. And that’s not all! We have been working with Georgia Bio to create the workshop “Paths to Success: Lean In Stories from Female Leaders in Bio.” This event will feature a number of prominent women from different career paths as they discuss their individual journeys. Look for more information on these high caliber events over the coming weeks!

WIB-Atlanta’s Spring Potluck - a Tasty Success!

Picture a neighborhood with huge oak trees and century-old homes, a cool breeze, yummy food, and great conversation on a big open porch! That was the setting for the Atlanta chapter’s June 1, 2014, event, when 20 WIB-Atlanta members and their guests met at the Midtown Atlanta home of Jamie Graham, our WIB-Atlanta chapter chair. By evening’s end, several participants had signed up to participate in our Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) and MAPs-University programs. Our thanks to Jamie for hosting the lovely late-afternoon Sunday event!

WIB-Atlanta Programs to Watch for in 2014!

Visit the Planned Events tab on the WIB-Atlanta website to see the slate of events our chapter has planned for this year and mark your calendars! Hopefully, early notice will help you plan your schedule so you can attend our offerings over the coming months!

Seattle Metro

Calling All Entrepreneurs and Visionaries - Life Sciences Needs You!

On June 12, 2014, WIB-Seattle Metro featured an exciting panel of area leaders who discussed what it takes in today’s life sciences sector to be an entrepreneur. Speakers included women with a wide range of organizational roles and backgrounds whose career paths had compelled them to leadership positions in new roles and young companies. They cited a willingness to take risks, surrounding oneself with the right team, and passion for their work as keys to success. Our speakers stressed the need for women to believe in themselves and to find both mentors and sponsors to help move their careers to the next level.

WIB-Seattle Metro’s “Calling All Entrepreneurs and Visionaries” event


Join Us for Our Summer Book Club!

Looking for some good summer reading? Then join us for our Summer Book Club series! Our book club will meet at Koinonia Coffeehouse to discuss the following books:

WIB-RTP Kicks Off Summer with Networking at UnVined

On June 2, 2014, a semi-structured networking event organized by WIB-RTP brought in over 50 participants to UnVined in Cary, North Carolina. The event’s structure encouraged attendees to move between different groups and increase their network connections. Icebreaker questions were provided at each table to help initiate a good conversation.

WIB-RTP’s new Chapter Chair, Laura McClung, PhD, facilitated the signature semi-structure networking.

Southern California

WIB-Southern California Golf Happy Hour!

We want our members to confidently utilize all available business tools to engage clients, bond with colleagues and managers, and conduct & close business transactions. In that spirit, we have arranged this event with High Heel Golfer (HHG), a company dedicated to “introducing, instructing, educating, and empowering upwardly mobile women to use golf for business” on July 15, 2014 Our event will be held at the beautiful Coronado Golf Course, and include a one hour long putting and full swing lesson from PGA instructors, golf clubs (if needed), a business and golf etiquette discussion, and networking time. Take advantage of this opportunity to be outdoors, active, social, and educated!


WIB-Chicago Book Club Reviews The Confidence Code

Join WIB-Chicago on July 17, 2014 for a lively discussion of our featured book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. Join the conversation about how confidence impacts our leadership, success, and fulfillment, and discuss what tools are necessary to achieve personal and professional goals. Bring a copy of the book--and your ideas--and we’ll provide questions to start the discussion.

WIB-Chicago Invites You to Its Third Annual “Metro Meet & Mingle!”

Please join us on August 14, 2014, for our third annual “Metro Meet & Mingle,” a summer networking event held concurrently Downtown and on the Northshore. Pick the location most convenient for you! We welcome WIB-Chicago members and friends, as well as those new to WIB, to meet and mingle over cocktails and light appetizers, and enjoy the company of other professionals in the life sciences. We look forward to seeing you!

Call for Volunteers for MAPS program

WIB-Chicago seeks volunteers interested in participating in to help organize MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, Peers) groups in the Chicagoland area. MAPs groups have informal meetings of six to ten women who have an interest in discussing topics of common professional interest. The program strives to bring together people of different career stages, paths, and backgrounds in a professional yet social atmosphere – group mentoring at its best! This is a great way to get involved in WIB-Chicago and meet other dynamic women in the local life sciences community. Interested? Contact Chicago@womeninbio.org for more information.

Fantastic Panel Addressed State of Precision Medicine

WIB-Chicago’s “Precision Medicine Strategies: Designing Individual-specific Care” event was held at 1871 on May 29, 2014. Our inspiring speakers led an interesting and dynamic conversation on the state of precision medicine. Attendees enjoyed networking in 1871’s innovative space and the delicious refreshments from Embeya. We thank our esteemed panelists for sharing their insights, and our event sponsors, Pharma Start and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, for their continued support of WIB-Chicago.

WIB-Chicago’s “Precision Medicine Strategies” event

Washington DC/Baltimore

Vice-Chair Position Open on DC/Baltimore MAPs Committee

We are looking to fill a Vice-Chair position for the DC/Baltimore Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) program. The Vice-Chair will oversee local mentorship groups for WIB members and work closely with the MAPs Chair to expand our MAPs program, increase member involvement, and spearhead new initiatives in this successful program. If you are interested in this position, please contact DC MAPs Chair, Priyanka Oberoi, for more information.

 WIB is funded in part by our National Sponsors


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