February 19, 2015
|March is Women's History Month!
Women In Bio is excited to celebrate Women’s History Month next month by hosting its second annual National WIB Conference. To honor and recognize the contributions that generations of women have made to events in history and to society, WIB's chapters will hold events in cities across North America. These events will include keynote addresses and panel discussions from women leaders in the life sciences. Learn more about our Women’s History Month events.
|TONIGHT - WIB’s Newest Chapter Holds Its Launch Event!
WIB-Austin Area will hold its launch event this evening. Event registration is free for WIB members and non-members. We look forward to seeing you! Walk-ins are welcome for on-site registration!
|WIB-Chicago Hosts a Free Webinar Open to All WIB Members
Is stress a common word that you use in everyday life? If so, join WIB-Chicago tomorrow to discover how you can take control over your work/life stress and achieve the balance and happiness you seek. This webinar is free to all WIB members and you can still register – but hurry! Registration closes at midnight tonight.
|WIB Now Offers 2 and 3 Year Memberships
WIB has expanded its membership categories to include 2 and 3 year membership options. These new membership options provide significant savings over the one year membership. Access WIB’s membership page to see all of our membership options.
|MAPs Seeks Volunteers for its 1:1 Mentoring Program!
Along with our current MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) groups, we are excited to announce that we are creating a 1:1 Mentoring Program. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in being a part of this new program. Please contact Lisa Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
|WIB Video Spotlight Series
Looking forward to this year's Women's History Month? Check out an example of the awesome events we had last year, with this career series from WIB-San Francisco Bay Area 2014 WHM event!
|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. You can also find us on Google+ and Pinterest! Thanks for helping spread the word about WIB and your local WIB chapter!
|CHAPTER NEWS & EVENTS|
TONIGHT! WIB-Austin Area Launch Event!
WIB-Austin Area will hold its launch event this evening. Come for wine and appetizers, and learn more about what we have planned for the coming year. Network with local women. Special invited guests to this event include:
Event registration is free for WIB member and non-members. We look forward to seeing you! Walk-ins are welcome for on-site registration!
Free Webinar: “How to take stress in your stride while achieving greater heights”
Is stress a common word that you use in everyday life? If so, we might have a perfect solution! Join WIB-Chicago tomorrow, on Friday, February 20, 2015, to discover how you can take control over your work/life stress and achieve the balance and happiness you seek. You don’t need to try to survive your stress; instead, Dr. Sharon Melnick, will teach you some practical and applicable tools to solve the challenges stressing you out. This webinar is free to all WIB members and you can still register – but hurry! Registration closes at midnight tonight.
WIB-Chicago Presents "FDA Regulation of Medical Device Software"
Software is everywhere: mobile medical apps, medical device data systems, and electronic health records. Regulatory systems were designed before software existed, however, making software regulation complex and difficult. How does the FDA regulate medical device software, include mobile medical apps? Join us at MATTER in the Merchandise Mart on the evening of March 3, 2015 to learn the latest FDA developments.
A Women’s History Month Event! - “Confessions of the Clinical Minds”
Later stage clinical trials can be a challenging endeavor for companies of any size. Listen to distinguished speakers on Thursday, March 19, 2015, as they talk about emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges of clinical trials from the perspective of a sponsor and a CRO. Panelists will discuss R&D management, patient recruitment and retention strategies and the pros and cons of outsourcing clinical trials. Take this opportunity to join the discussion, and network with other professional women in the Life Sciences.
WIB-Chicago Has a New Facebook Group!
We are excited to announce that our chapter has a new Facebook group. You can link to our group via this URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433394990284376/. If you have problems accessing the page, please contact us at: Chicago@WomenInBio.org
WIB-Chicago Leadership Discusses Its Goals for 2015
On January 26, 2015, WIB-Chicago’s incoming and outgoing leadership teams met over dinner in Brinks Gilson & Lione to plan and strategize our chapter’s goals for this year We are excited to announce that this year will be jam-packed with events tailored to tackle the latest in the biotech field across sectors of industry as well as events focusing on career development.
WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio to Visit Bayer CropScience Greenhouse
Young Women in Bio (YWIB) events are dedicated to inspiring girls in biotechnology education and career choices. We encourage girls’ curiosity in biotechnology while nurturing a business and entrepreneurial spirit. Bayer CropScience’s Greenhouse 5 is a 60,000-square-foot building that houses office space, seeding areas, and an entire third floor dedicated to greenhouse space. Research and Development at the site focuses on growth and resistance of corn and soybean to herbicides, insecticides, and nematode infections. This February 24, 2015, event for girls in the 6th through 8th grades will include a safety video and an introduction to both the greenhouse and the scientists who work there. The event will end with a full tour of the greenhouse. This event is full and registration for it has closed.
WIB-RTP Young Women in Bio to Visit BTEC
This event will include a tour of the cGMP simulated training facility at Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, and a classroom session to discuss the general aspects of recombinant expression of proteins. This event is open to girls in the 10th through 12th grades.
YWIB Science Fun - Interactive Science Workshop for Girls
|YWIB Women’s History Month Event! - Planting the Seeds of Science Workshop for Girls
|Metro New York
WIB-Metro New York YWIB Plans Visit to John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
YWIB-Metro New York has lined up a number of events including one on February 25, 2015, at publishers John Wiley & Sons, Inc., where high school girls will learn about careers in science and publishing.
Great Insights, Great Networking at WIB-Metro NY’s First Annual Anniversary Event
On January 29, 2015 over 150 people celebrated WIB-Metro New York’s first anniversary at an event sponsored by Pfizer’s Women’s Leadership Network. Dr. Lara Sullivan, Pfizer’s Vice President of WRD Strategy and Portfolio Solutions, kicked off the meeting with an exciting talk on leadership, the changing healthcare environment and pharmaceutical R&D. Read more!
Exciting WIB-Metro New York Events Planned for March
WIB-Seattle Metro Presents: How Can We Serve One Another? February 25, 2015
We are developing our programs for 2015 and want to hear your voice. On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, participate in an evening of structured networking with your fellow WIB members and express your needs and ideas for 2015, while enjoying a casual atmosphere of community and relationship building.
WIB-Seattle Metro Ushers in 2015
On January 29, 2015, WIB-Seattle Metro gathered to kick off 2015 with a networking event that featured Dr. Christine Mac Donald, an inspiring local leader who is dedicated to improving the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury. Dr. Mac Donald shared her history with us, and discussed how the choices she has made landed her where she is today. She was an inspiration to many and encouraged us to tackle our challenges head-on.
|San Francisco Bay Area
Finding - and Getting Your Worth: Negotiating Compensation
When you received your last job offer, what did you say besides "thank you"? How did you work to receive the best offer you could? Join us on Thursday, February 26, 2015, for a discussion of the many things to keep in mind when negotiating your next offer. We will hear from panelists including Dorian Hirth, Senior VP of Human Resources at Nektar, Mary Haak-Frendscho, Chairman of the Board at Compugen, and more. There’s a lot more than salary at stake!
Save The Date! - WIB-SF Bay Area Celebrates Women's History Month by Examining Hot Trends in Biotech on March 9, 2015!
On March 9, 2015, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area will host a special half-day event at UCSF-Mission Bay that highlights women leaders on the cutting edge of biotech research. We will kick-off the afternoon session with a panel discussion of new tools, featuring panelists Nathalie Stringfellow (Sangamo), Eileen deFeo (Verinata Health/Illumina), Ashley Dombkowski (Bay City Capital), and Moderator Gail Maderis (BayBio). The day’s second panel will focus on pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, and include Gillian Ivers (Clovis Oncology), Grace Colon (InCarda Therapeutics), Mya Thomae (Illumina), and Moderator Antoinette Konski (Foley & Lardner LLP). The day will be capped off by a delicious dinner at DogPatch Wine Works, and a fireside chat with our keynote speaker, Karen Bernstein (BioCentury). Come and be inspired by these women leading the way in state-of-the-art life sciences research! Stay tuned for registration information, coming soon!
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? WIB-San Francisco Bay Area 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. Interested in being a Mentor? Get in touch with Vidula Dixit, Chair, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area MAPs Program to obtain more information. You can contact Vidula by emailing her at SanFrancisco@WomenInBio.org. You can also read this flyer to learn more about our MAPs program’s offerings – please feel free to share it with friends and colleagues!
Peninsula Speed Networking Event A Great Success!
WIB-San Francisco kicked off the New Year with a fast-paced speed networking event on January 29, 2015. Over 30 enthusiastic life science professionals from academia and industry participated in this event to grow their professional networks, and to promote the careers of their fellow participants by making new connections. The evening began with lively conversations amongst the participants over wine and appetizers, followed by a series of speed dating-style five-minute interactions. Participants also learned more about WIB’s upcoming events for the year, such as the Compensation Negotiation event in February and our celebration of Women's History Month in March. A huge thank you to our sponsor Foley and Lardner LLP for making this event a great success!
WIB-DC/Baltimore Invites You to Come and Enjoy Our Spring Happy Hour! With the DC/Baltimore Chapter!
The Women In Bio-DC/Baltimore chapter invites you to a networking Happy Hour on Thursday, March 5th, 2015, at La Tasca in Rockville, MD. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and connect with women industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and researchers while enjoying sangrias and tapas at the lounge! The event is open to both members and non-members. All guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers and one drink ticket. La Tasca happy hour specials will be available throughout the event.
Save The Date! - "Funding Your Biotech Enterprise, an Education Event for Your Finances” Event on March 24, 2015
March is Women’s History Month. To honor this special time, WIB-DC/Baltimore is organizing an educational event that will focus on financing topics that help our members better understand how to access and protect their capital. SAVE THE DATE and come join us for "Funding Your Biotech Enterprise" on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at the University of Maryland BioPark. Look for more event details and registration information to be announced soon.
Become a Sponsor for the WIB-DC/Baltimore Chapter! Help us meet our goals!
Support the WIB-DC/Baltimore Chapter! Being a sponsor gives your company the opportunity to interact with members, a WIB annual membership, and a great chance to display your company logo for WIB events! Does your organization want to impact and facilitate professional growth for women in the life sciences? Then consider becoming our WIB chapter sponsor! Since our chapter represents a network of more than 230 members, your brand name will spread easily within and beyond our community. Furthermore, by sponsoring our monthly education and networking events, you will bring true values that promote our members’ professional growth in careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship. For more details, feel free to contact our sponsorship committee chair, Bianca Farias at email@example.com.
Looking to volunteer? Join our Communications, Membership, Sponsorship, and Program committees!
Looking for opportunities to improve your leadership and communication skills through WIB? Consider volunteering with our communications, membership, program, or sponsorship committees! All these diverse committees are seeking amazing WIB volunteers to help with exciting projects such as social media marketing, membership driving as well as events planning for the upcoming year. Don’t miss out on a chance to serve as future leaders for the DC/Baltimore chapter. Contact DC.Baltimore@WomenInBio.org to learn more and to volunteer!
Engaging, Connecting, Supporting
For Women In Bio leadership March signifies change: During this time we transition members into roles within our steering committees and prepare for a new year of leadership. While we look forward to the success of our organization with new leaders, we set aside time to acknowledge and highlight women who have made an impact in our world. March is Women’s History month, and this year WIB-Southern California will acknowledge how far women have come in two ways:
We would love to hear how you will remember a woman who has influenced your career or life. Please message us via Twitter at @WomenInBIOSoCal.
WIB-Southern California Town Hall Event
Are you interested in learning more about Women In Bio? Would you like to be involved in helping our Southern California Chapter grow? If so, have your opinion heard by attending our 2015 Annual Town Hall Meeting on April 9, 2015, presented by the Southern California Chapter’s Steering Committee and Biocom. We will discuss 2014 program successes and improvements, membership benefits and retention, reinvigorating Steering Committee engagement, and developing an exciting slate of 2015/2016 professional development programs. Light food and refreshments will be served. Guests of members and non-affiliated non-members are welcomed.
WIB Membership Leads to Networking, Leadership, and Long Lasting Relationships!
Women In Bio is an organization of professionals who are committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences. If you are already a member, enrich your WIB experience and help us achieve our mission by participating in chapter events and by volunteering for various leadership opportunities that our chapter provides! We encourage you to attend the WIB events that our chapter provides, and support our chapter’s future events by spreading the word to members and non-members. You can inspire others by taking leadership roles in our chapter’s steering committee. Your goals in joining WIB can be best realized by becoming more involved, so get involved in any way you can! If you have questions about how to become more involved in our chapter, please contact our leadership team at Southerncalifornia@womeninbio.org.
Membership Discount for Biocom Members!
Biocom members can save 25% on WIB membership costs! If you are a Biocom member, contact SouthernCalifornia@womeninbio.org to learn more and receive the discount code.
Save the Date! - A Conversation with Susan Catalano, Ph.D., on March 5, 2015
WIB-Pittsburgh MAPs-U is excited to host Dr. Susan Catalano, Founder and Chief Science Officer of Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. for a discussion on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the University of Pittsburgh campus, Room 1105ABC, Scaife Hall.
Save the Date! - Practicing Leadership: Global Perspectives, Personal Focus, on March 31, 2015
Women's advancement in leadership is currently a very hot topic, thanks to Sheryl Sandberg pushing the conversation by asking women to Lean In. A more feminine style of leadership is recognized as the way forward by Arianna Huffington, who has referred to this time as "a second women's movement,” and John Gerzema, author of The Athena Doctrine, who believes that "femininity will be the operating system of the 21st century." More and more people are sending a clear message: there is a real need for women's leadership and feminine values in our organizations and in the world. Join us on March 31, 2015, as we bring those global perspectives into personal focus through discovering and exploring our own personal, authentic leadership styles. Lee Ann Munger, PowerLink Director at Seton Hill University's E-Magnify, will lead us through a fun and highly interactive exercise, followed by group discussion and insight.
We would like to extend a big congratulation to our own Dottie Clower, Ph.D., former WIB-Pittsburgh Chapter Chair, and the whole Cohera Medical, Inc. team for the recent FDA approval of its TissueGlu Surgical Adhesive! TissueGlu has been approved for abdominoplasty procedures to adhere tissue layers, eliminating the need for post-surgery drains and improving patient recovery. According to Dottie, “After many years of hard work, it is incredibly exciting to see TissuGlu reach the US market. The company is looking forward to making this product available to help reduce recovery times and improve patient experience after surgery.”
WIB-Pittsburgh Stands with Power while Maintaining a Pleasant Attitude
Leanne Meyer captivated the Pittsburgh Women In Bio chapter with her smarts, her passion, and her charm. About forty women were present on February 11, 2015, for Leanne’s presentation on using negotiation to get more of what we want. Every participant was engaged in the conversation and offered supportive advice during the discussion. Several key behavioral techniques shared by Leanne were implemented before the evening concluded. As a result, participants were standing tall and smiling broadly! A wonderful mix of senior, mid-career, and junior women and men, representing all aspects of life sciences, were present. The diverse group exemplified the best of what WIB has to offer and it resulted in a truly wonderful event. We look forward to the rest of 2015! Special thanks to C-Leveled, who provided a beautiful space--perfect for networking--delicious wine, and appetizers.
Volunteer Roll Call!
We are always looking for volunteers to help on the WIB-Pittsburgh Communications/Marketing, Events/Programming, Membership, and Sponsorship committees! It is a great way to become more involved in the Pittsburgh chapter for all those who are interested. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to start volunteering!
Save The Date! - WIB-Atlanta Women’s History Month Event: “Women Changing Cancer” on March 19, 2015
Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in America, affecting all of our lives. Consequently, it is an important industry full of opportunities for research and innovation. For Women’s History Month, WIB-Atlanta will host a panel of women leaders who are dedicated to improving cancer prevention and treatment. Come join us on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Buckhead, for this Cancer Treatment Centers of America - sponsored event. Speakers will include:
This event will open for registration soon.
Atlanta Science Festival 2015
Pretty much everyone in the scientific community is going to be at the Atlanta Science Festival on March 28, 2015. Come join the fun! Young Women In Bio is going to have a booth from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. that will be dedicated to honoring women in history. You are welcome to come! Volunteers are needed to help prepare and work our kid-oriented science labs. We will have DNA extraction with strawberries to honor Rosalind Franklin, color chromatography with Skittles to honor Marie Curie, a lily dissection for Maria Sibylla Merian, and a create-a-cell lab for Elizabeth Blackburn. If you’re interested in participating, contact Jenniffer Stetler at Atlanta@womeninbio.org.
Opportunity for Free Registration to WIB-Atlanta Events
Would you like the chance to attend WIB-Atlanta events for free? WIB-Atlanta is looking for volunteers to work the registration table at the beginning of chapter events. Benefits of this experience include the opportunity to meet and network with event attendees. If you are new to WIB, want to meet people, and want an easy way to initiate professional relationships, this is a great opportunity. Contact Atlanta@womeninbio.org to discuss volunteer opportunities that can provide you with free entry into WIB-Atlanta events.
Learning the Tricks to Networking
On January 28, 2015, the WIB-Atlanta chapter met at the City Club of Buckhead for a presentation entitled “Be Your Personal Best While Networking.” After an hour of networking, complete with wine and hor d’oeuvres, Peggy Newfield gave a talk on ways to improve our networking experiences. Read more!
International Intellectual Property Forum – Quebec Provides Discount for WIB Members
FORPIQ (the International Intellectual Property Forum - Quebec) is a not for profit organization whose objective is to increase the level of knowledge of innovative Canadian companies and their advisers with respect to IP assets, in order to gain more value therefrom. To attain this objective, FORPIQ organizes forums that bring together business leaders, intellectual property experts, investors, and government representatives to discuss and exchange their experiences and best practices with respect to IP. Their next conference - FORPIQ2015 – will be held in Montreal on April 16, 2015. WIB members can get a discount using promotional code, exclusive to WIB members: FORPIQ2015WIB. You can access an electronic version of the FORPIQ2015 program and register here.
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