August 14, 2014                                                                                                        
WIB’s Video Library is Live!

Have you ever wished that you could view other chapters' events? Now you can! This new Member-Only benefit allows you to view previously recorded WIB events. Click here and log into your WIB account to take advantage of this great resource and access the videos in our WIB video library!

Our National Mentors, Advisors, and Peers Program Needs Volunteers

This is an exciting time! WIB’s National Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) program is growing fast, and we need volunteers to help fuel that growth! Volunteer roles include:

  • Helping to expand MAPs or MAPs-University to more chapters
  • Establishing a virtual MAPs program
  • 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. Read on in this edition of the WIB enewsletter to learn about exciting MAPs initiatives in our chapters!

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!

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Check Out WIB's Job Board!

Women In Bio has a job board!  Visit 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 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.


Join WIB-Chicago Tonight for Its Third Annual “Metro Meet & Mingle!”

Please join us tonight 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 for more information.


Enjoy the Night Networking with WIB-Atlanta!

August is here! And it’s the perfect time for a warm and lively night of networking at one of our favorite local restaurants on August 19, 2014. If you are new to WIB, come introduce yourself and make sure to bring your business cards - you will meet plenty of biotech professionals. WIB-Atlanta and friends: do join us this night for some fun, sangria, and spirited conversation!

Paths to Success: “Lean In” Stories and Discussions from Female Leaders in BIO

Join us on September 11, 2014, to hear a panel of successful Georgia Biotech women leaders share their professional "Lean In" stories with the bioscience community. Through their talent, determination, and perseverance, these women have obtained success and achieved leadership positions in organizations big and small. Coming from all walks of life, these panelists will inspire more women to become leaders in their respective fields, relay knowledge on success and leadership, and provide role models for the younger generation of bioscience workers at large.

Want to Expand Your Resume? Volunteer!

Are you thinking of transitioning to a career in education? Are you trying to get more teaching experience? A great way to beef up your resume is to join our Young Women In Bio-Atlanta committee! Already this fall semester we have STEM events planned for Tritt Elementary School (August 18, 2014), Saint Philip AME Church (August 23, 2014), Morehouse School of Medicine (September 13, 2014), Northbrook Middle School, Hull Middle School, and Stockbridge High School. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved! Check out our Facebook page to learn more and join one of these events. You can also sign up for our YWIB email listserv by contacting Jenniffer Stetler at

WIB-Atlanta Sponsorship Specials!

WIB-Atlanta is always looking for candidates interested in sponsorship. Please contact Susan Sunay at to learn what our organization can offer you and your business.

WIB-Atlanta Event – Winship Win the Fight 5K

Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University is having a “Win the Fight” 5K to raise money for cancer research on September 25, 2014. Women In Bio-Atlanta has formed a team to help them “Win the Fight!” It is absolutely free for you to join the team as a “sleep-in warrior” and raise funds for this worthy cause. However, coming out to the 5K is another great way to show your support for cancer patients/survivors and to raise awareness about the services that Winship Cancer Institute provides. Show support for your friends and family who are cancer victims/survivors and join WIB-Atlanta’s 5K team by signing up on our team website!

Seattle Metro

WIB-Seattle Metro’s Summer Social – Beer, Wine, and Chocolates; Biotech is the Least of Our Vices

WIB-Seattle Metro has had a great year so far, with a number of events focusing on issues important to women in the life sciences. On August 27, 2014, we’d like to put those networking skills to use and mingle with a Summer Social on the rooftop of UW’s Fluke Hall. Come celebrate the final days of summer with a fabulous group of women in the life sciences! Light refreshments, beer, and wine will be served.


WIB-Pittsburgh P.O.W.E.R. Event!

WIB-Pittsburgh is proud to announce P.O.W.E.R. (Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally) which is a “first-ever” event for the region! The rally on the evening of Monday, September 22, 2014, will feature prominent women-led funding sources and will showcase local women entrepreneurs. Come join us!

Summer Book Review Rendezvous Provides Lively Discussion

Eight avid readers met at McCormick and Schmick’s on July 9, 2014, to discuss the book Inspired Entrepreneurs: A Collection of Female Triumphs in Business and Life. On hand was local author Beth Caldwell who led the discussion of her book, a collection of stories about women who felt trapped in their careers and used entrepreneurship to follow their passions and change the world. Dinner was delicious and the conversation was lively. Participants commented that they enjoyed the book and left feeling inspired. Have a great summer reading other motivational books...we look forward to seeing you at the next WIB-Pittsburgh Book Review Rendezvous!

Young Women In Bio Needs Your Expertise and Enthusiasm!

The WIB-Pittsburgh Young Women in Bio Committee is looking for volunteers to organize future events that will encourage young women to investigate STEM careers. We expect to host one more event in 2014 and welcome your ideas and participation! If you are interested, please contact Amy Laura ( or Christi Kolarcik ( today! We appreciate your enthusiasm and look forward to hearing from you!

Washington DC/Baltimore

Join Us for an End of Summer Rooftop Potluck

Please join WIB-DC/Baltimore on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, for an evening of fun during our annual rooftop potluck! This event is a great time to network with WIB members and other life science professionals. The event will take place on the rooftop deck of our hosts, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, an intellectual property law firm with headquarters in Washington DC. We hope to see you there!

Volunteers Needed for the WIB-DC/Baltimore Programs Committee

Are you interested in planning events, organizing, and networking? Consider volunteering with our Programs committee and working with amazing Women In Bio members! We are gearing up for an exciting fall schedule of educational, networking, and professional development events. Please email if you are interested.

WIB–DC/Baltimore Summer Happy Hour Event: A Time to Meet Old Friends and Make New Ones!

The DC/Baltimore Chapter hosted a terrific summer happy hour on July 30, 2014, at the Columbia, Lakeside Pavilion. Approximately 40 members and guests attended this informal social to meet old friends and make new ones, by forming cozy groups to make connections and exchange information. Light fare and beverage were provided, as well as an exciting raffle drawing of small gifts and a free annual membership. Special thanks to all volunteers, attendees, and WIB leaders for making such event a great success!

Linda Saffer, Ph.D., Amy Belton, Ph.D., and Erika Pfeiler, Ph.D.

Sarah Pick and Therese Poku

Welcome to Our New Vice-Chair for Mentors, Advisors and Peers Peer Groups!

WIB-DC/Baltimore’s MAPs leadership is happy to welcome Kayla Valdes as the Vice-Chair of our MAPs-Peer Groups! Kayla is a Ph.D. student majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellow. Kayla has been an active member of Women In Bio for over a year, and has also coordinated the MAPs-U program at UMD over the past year.

Kayla Valdes

San Francisco Bay Area

Hot Trends in the Life Sciences

What are some of the Hot Trends driving innovation and technological advances in the life sciences? Please join our distinguished panel on September 25, 2014, for a discussion of these cutting-edge trends! We will discuss some of the most exciting areas of research and technology that are shaping basic research, drug development, and therapeutic implementation. Check out this unique opportunity to learn from leading experts and discuss life science priorities from the perspective of academic research, nonprofit organizations, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies. As always, there will be wine, light snacks, and time to network before and after this engaging event.

WIB–San Francisco Bay Area Mentors, Advisors and Peers Program Needs Mentors!

Are you an experienced and successful woman in the world of Bio? Are you interested in mentoring? The San Francisco chapter of Women In Bio offers a MAPs program that provides 1:1 mentoring for young women who are recent graduates or in early to middle stages of their careers. Mentors and Mentees are paired based on common interests, and then meet at mutually convenient times. Mentees typically look for advice in either career development, transitioning to an alternative career, work/family balance, promoting women at work, managing a team, or the entrepreneurial process. If you have a calling to be a Mentor, please get in touch with Vidula Dixit, Chair, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area MAPs Program to obtain more information.


MAPs Program Coming to RTP Chapter

WIB-RTP is delighted to announce that it is organizing Mentors, Advisors, Peers (MAPS) Program groups and inviting interested women to participate! MAPs groups are informal meetings of six to 10 women who share an interest in discussing topics of common professional interest. The MAPs program brings together women at different career stages, paths, and backgrounds in a professional yet social atmosphere. Learn more about this great program here! If you want to participate, please complete this online survey. Enrollment for our MAPs group runs through August 29, 2014. Feel free to send any questions you have to

Outsourced Pharma Speaks With WIB-RTP Chapter Chair, Laura McClung

The online periodical Outsourced Pharma recently interviewed WIB-RTP Chapter Chair, Laura McClung, to discuss her professional background, current position as Field Based Sales Associate for Eli Lilly & Company, and her thoughts on the roles that sales personnel can play in the drug development process. You can read the entire interview here!

Southern California

WIB- Southern California Chapter DNA: Membership at a Glance

Investigate the DNA of our chapter! We are more than your stereotypical idea of southern Californians, surfing into the sunset. We represent the movers and shakers in one of the largest industries in our region. Learn what we are all about!


Announcing the Buzz of BIO: Recognizing the Most Innovative Companies at the 2014 BIO Investor Forum

Are you an early-stage company looking for your next financing round, or a late-stage private company hoping to make the valuable connection needed to take your product to the next phase? Nominate your company to be the Buzz of BIO at this year's BIO Investor Forum on October 7-8, 2014, in San Francisco. Winners receive complimentary conference registration, a Company Presentation and promotion to industry leaders including a spotlight in BioCentury Extra. Act fast! Nominations are only open until 5:00 p.m. EST on August 19, 2014.

AdvaMed 2014 Coming to Chicago in October!

The AdvaMed 2014 MedTech Conference provides the optimal forum for U.S. and international life science associations to showcase their medical technology sector. PARTNER, NETWORK, and EXPAND your opportunities at AdvaMed 2014 by attending such events as CEOs Unplugged sessions, company presentations, plenary sessions, and receptions! Even more opportunities are available through participation in Sector MeetUps, MedTech partnering, and the Women’s Executive Forum!

STEM Festival Coming to Boston in October

The Women in STEM festival will take place in four locations over the coming months, with the first Women in STEM event taking place in Boston on October 21, 2014. All WIB members will receive a discount of nearly 40% from the normal registration cost! Look for more information on the STEM Festival coming your way soon.

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