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May 28, 2015

 Young Women In Bio:


Registration is open for WIB Plenary Event at BIO 2015

Registration is now open for our signature annual WIB Plenary Event at Philadelphia’s Top of the Tower, which offers breath-taking views of Philadelphia. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet new and familiar faces from across the industry and across the globe. Our Plenary featured speaker will be ShaAvhrée Buckman-Garner, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P., Director, Office of Translational Sciences Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA. This WIB event encompasses an inviting and fun environment for networking because it brings together people from all corners of the biotech industry, and spawns new career and business opportunities. Sponsorship opportunities are available and we need your support! Learn more here or contact

BIO Convention Discount for WIB Members!

The largest, most influential biotech meeting in the world is coming to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, June 15-18, 2015, offering super-charged ideas and opportunities that go far beyond professional development - sessions covering hottest science and cutting-edge topics, daily networking events, 1,700+ exhibitors, and BIO One-on-One Partnering (TM) meetings with thousands of companies. Join the global biotech community in Philadelphia and see how the everyday becomes extraordinary at BIO 2015. Register now at members receive $100 off the Education & Exhibition Access pass for BIO 2015 by using discount code SU2015X.

Join Us in Philadelphia at BIO 2015!

This year WIB has a stellar line-up of events

  • Monday, June 15: Women In Bio’s First Executive Roundtable, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 16: Meet-Up session, "Women In Bio—Tri-State Area Professionals & Executives in Life Sciences Meetup" from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Booth #149. While this informal gathering is open to all BIO attendees, it should be particularly valuable for attendees based in the Philadelphia Tri-State area, providing a low-key setting for attendees to meet industry peers and discuss professional interests, and discuss a potential chapter in Philadelphia. Interested in attending? RSVP here.
  • Wednesday, June 17: Meet-Up session, "Speed Networking Session for Existing and Prospective WIB Members," from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Booth #149. 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 here.
  • Thursday, June 18: WIB Panel titled, “Women Moving Forward and Up: Boldly Taking That Next Step,” from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the BPI Theatre on the exhibit floor. We will discuss how to take the next step of your career, how sometimes it requires getting out of the comfort zone, and that the next step may not be as scary as it seems.

Women In Bio will be at booth #949, so be sure to stop by, say hello, and learn more about our rapidly growing organization!

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 if you are interested.

WIB Video Spotlight Series

Learn how to secure Startup Capital

Entrepreneurs, do you have an idea for a life sciences startup company? Are you hunting for that elusive financing to launch your dream? Watch this WIB-San Francisco Bay Area seminar in our member-exclusive video library to find a roadmap to securing startup capital and hear advice from experienced entrepreneurs.

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Upcoming Events


WIB-Atlanta Book Club Presents Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success

Come join WIB-Atlanta book club members on June 11, 2015, for an engaging and insightful discussion on Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive. Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post has personally shared her real-life experience and insights on how to truly thrive and redefine success by focusing on our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. Can’t wait to learn the secrets of how to create a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder? Sign up today and join us to discuss some revolutionary ways to transform our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives through meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving.

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 to discuss volunteer opportunities that can provide you with free entry into WIB-Atlanta events.

Making a Professional First Impression

On April 20, 2015, WIB-Atlanta met at Macy’s to get advice on improving our professional image. Macy’s personal shopper, Andrea Warner, M.B.A., hosted the affair by directing a fashion show with five of our WIB-Atlanta members. Our members modeled these outfits at our WIB fashion show; for fun, Macy’s staff set the runway music to “Blurred Lines.” Andrea impressed us with her ability to select stylish clothing our members liked that worked well with their body type and style. Read more!

WIB-Atlanta attendees and Macy’s consultants

Modeling professional attire at the WIB-Atlanta fashion show

Austin Area

WIB-Austin Area Happy Hour

Join us on June 24, 2015, for WIB-Austin Area's first Happy Hour since our chapter launch earlier this spring. At this event, expect to:

  • Expand your network in the Austin Life Science Community
  • Meet influential women biotechnology leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Learn more about the benefits of the Women in Bio organization.

The happy hour is open to members and non-members. While there is no formal program, WIB-Austin Area board members will be available to answer questions about the organization.

Greater Boston
Greater Montréal

La section régionale du Grand Montréal de Femmes en Bio Cocktail de réseautage et de développement professionnel à Ottawa, 4 Juin 2015

La section régionale du Grand Montréal de Femmes en Bio rend visite à Ottawa! Rejoignez-nous pour une soirée de réseautage avec des professionnels du secteur des sciences de la vie d’Ottawa et de Montréal, que ce soit de l'industrie, du gouvernement, du milieu universitaire ou de prestataires de services professionnels. Des membres exécutifs de WIB-Montréal présenteront brièvement les possibilités offertes par cette organisation à Montréal et celles prévues pour Ottawa, comme la sensibilisation de l'industrie, le développement professionnel, le réseautage et le mentorat pour les personnes à tous les stades de leur carrière. En outre, la soirée comprendra une présentation par le coach de communication et de présentation en public d'Ottawa Sylvia Larass, qui discutera de stratégies pour la vulgarisation scientifique à un public non-scientifique dans un contexte professionnel. Boissons (alcoolisées et non alcoolisées) et hors d’œuvre sont inclus.

WIB-Greater Montreal Life Sciences Networking and Professional Development Cocktail in Ottawa, June 4, 2015

The Women in Bio Greater Montreal Chapter is coming to Ottawa! Join us for an evening of networking with professionals from across the Ottawa and Montreal life-sciences sector, be it industry, government, academia or professional service providers. WIB-Greater Montreal Executive members will briefly introduce the opportunities provided by this organization in Montreal and planned for Ottawa, such as industry awareness, professional development, networking, and mentorship for individuals at all career stages. In addition, the evening will feature a presentation by Ottawa-based public speaking and presentation coach Sylvia Larass, who will discuss strategies for communicating science to non-scientist audiences in a professional context. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and canapés are included.

Metro New York

Young Women In Bio closes out School Year with exciting Panel Discussion

On May 6, 2015, WIB-Metro New York YWIB closed out a stellar school year of events with a panel discussion on “Consulting Careers with STEM Backgrounds.” A diverse group of panelists discussed their roles in life sciences and healthcare consulting across a variety of different firms, including Bionest Partners, L.E.K. Consulting, and The Boston Consulting Group. Read more!

The event was open to female students from all New York City and New Jersey - area elementary, middle, and high schools

A panel of STEM professionals described their work and the career paths they have followed.

Outsourced Pharma profiles Mary Lavin

Mary Lavin, President of the Sartorius companies based in North America, and WIB-Metro New York member, was the subject of an Outsourced Pharma profile. Read more!


WIB-Pittsburgh presents a Summer Skyscraper Social - meet Us on the Roof and bring out your Pink!

We hope everyone can join us on June 23, 2015, for summer sunshine and socializing on the rooftop beer garden of Sienna Mercato! Located right in the cultural district, we'll be surrounded be some of Pittsburgh's most famous skyscrapers. Light Italian fare will be provided and there will be beverages available for purchase.  Wear, bring, or accessorize with your favorite pink items to "Bring Out Your Pink!" At the end of the evening we’ll take a vote on who has “The Best Pink.” It can be pink anything so feel free to get as creative as you want. Sandals, hats, shirts… you name it! We’ll also have a fun craft-decorating contest so please bring any craft supplies you want to use or donate to the cause. We have some exciting prizes for both contests that you won't want to miss. Remember you can bring a guest along at member pricing, and walk-ins are welcome. Come one, come all, and we will see you on the roof!

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 for more information or to start volunteering!

WIB-Pittsburgh Member Experiences Pittsburgh’s Expanding Life Science Community!

Over the past several days, WIB member Mitali Patil, a bioengineering graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, experienced two “simply amazing” life science events in Pittsburgh: On May 12th and 13th, the city was host to the world’s largest international pre-college science competition - the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and thus flooded with 1700 students from over 75 countries. Mitali was “completely taken aback by the amazing work these high school students accomplished.” Mitali “can’t wait to see what our future generation is going to accomplish.” Five days later, Mitali joined Pittsburgh’s startup and entrepreneurial community at the 2015 Annual Pennsylvania Bio Pittsburgh Member Dinner. Here, Mitali learned “just how dedicated to life sciences Pittsburgh really is.” This year’s event highlighted newly elected Pittsburgh residents to the PA Bio Board of Directors. “While Philadelphia may be traditionally recognized as the life sciences hub,” Mitali notes “there’s no doubt in my mind that Pittsburgh is quickly gaining ground, and is definitely proving an excellent environment for life science-based businesses to grow and become successful companies.”


WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio Visits JC Raulston Arboretum

On June 7, 2015, YWIB will host an event at the JC Raulston Arboretum for girls interested in learning more about plants. The arboretum is a teaching and research facility with more than 9,000 specimens across more than 6,000 species. The event will include a hands-on project and a tour of the gardens, so make sure to dress weather appropriate! Due to the size of the garden, no more than 25 students can participate so advanced registration will be required. Parents are welcome to accompany students on the tour.

Bayer Cropscience Hosts Greenhouse Tour for Middle School Students in RTP

On the afternoon of May 12, 2015, twenty-five 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls attended a Young Women In Bio event hosted by Bayer CropScience. The event began with a safety video of the Bayer greenhouse, followed by a Q&A session with a panel of female scientists, and ended with a tour of the greenhouse. Read more!

The Bayer CropScience event began with staff introductions and an overview of the day’s activities.

WIB-RTP Participates in Speed-Networking for May Event

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, life science professionals from Research Triangle Park attended the WIB-RTP Spring networking event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Durham. The event began with exciting chapter announcements, including the launch of MAPS University with participants from Duke University. Following introductions, attendees were encouraged to participate in a group-based model speed networking exercise. Personal introductions and ice-breakers were initiated by answering the question, "What is your dream job?" Following the structured portion of the event, attendees were encouraged to further connect with individuals that they had chosen, in a free-form environment over wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Listening to chapter announcements

There was plenty of time for informal networking before and after the event.

San Francisco Bay Area

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Presents “Prioritizing Gender Equity: What does it take to reach and succeed at the 'C' and Board Level?”

Women and men in the life sciences are equally ambitious when it comes to gaining a seat at the executive or board table, and there are a large number of highly qualified and skilled women actively seeking leadership positions… So why do over 50% of all biotech companies in the US have exclusively male boards? And how can aspiring women be more effective at reaching and succeeding on Life Science Boards and Executive Teams? Women In Bio and growBOLD have partnered to explore this topic in a facilitated panel discussion where veteran life science executives and board members will share their experiences and lessons learned. Participants will hear the latest research on gender diversity at the Board and Executive level in the life sciences, listen to industry leaders share their lessons learned, better understand gender the diversity issues and landscape in the life sciences, and learn practical steps for moving toward more inclusion within companies at all levels of maturity.

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 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!

Seattle Metro

TONIGHT! - WIB-Seattle Metro Presents a Panel Discussion on Personalized Medicine

Join a panel of speakers this evening to discuss current topics in personalized medicine including pharmacogenomics, personal oncology diagnostics, direct to consumer health apps, and wearables.

Southern California

WIB-Southern California Presents “Rare Diseases: Obstacles of Rare Disease Healthcare & Promise of the Precision Medicine Initiative”

WIB is putting “The Patient First” on June 25, 2015. We have assembled a panel moderated, by Linda Strause, Ph.D., an expert on clinical research and passionate advocate of rare disease research, to speak to the scientific, economic, political, and emotional realities of rare disease knowledge, funding, and advocacy. The expert panel, including a patient, physician, clinical research expert, and experienced patient advocate, promises to stimulate discussion and bring awareness to the need for solutions. Learn more about our panelists and read an interview with Dr. Strause.

U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference Coming to San Diego in June

WIB-Southern California is happy to promote the fourth annual U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference which will take place from June 29 – July 1, 2015, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. WIB members are eligible for a $100 conference registration discount. Learn more in the “Other Interests” section below!

WIB-Southern California Reviews On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work, and Life by Arianna Huffington

We all have fear because it is necessary for survival, but it is misplaced fear that negatively impacts the quality of our lives. Let’s take the opportunity on July 21, 2015, to identify where and why we hold ourselves back, and discuss the ways by which we can shift our focus to the experiences and happiness gained from being bold. In stories drawn from her own experiences and from the lives of other women, Arianna Huffington points toward the moments of extraordinary strength, courage, and resilience that result from confronting and overcoming fear. Her book shows us how to become bold from the inside out - from feeling comfortable in our own skin to getting what we want in love and at work to changing the world. If you purchase the book through AmazonSmile as a hardcopy, Kindle edition, or on Audible, a percentage of the purchase price will be donated to Women in Bio! The book is also available on iTunes.

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

Membership Discount for Biocom Members!

Biocom members can save 25% on WIB membership costs! If you are a Biocom member, contact to learn more and receive the discount code.

Washington DC/Baltimore

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

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 to learn more and to volunteer!

WIB-DC Baltimore Presents "From the Labels to the Lips: The Science behind the Foods We Eat”

On May 7, 2015, members of the WIB-DC/Baltimore chapter gathered at the Columbia Campus of Loyola University for a panel discussion on the appetizing topic of food science, sponsored by Parker Flavors. Industry experts Dr. Janet Collins, Senior Vice President of Science & Regulatory Affairs at CropLife America, and Teri Curran Mascuch, VP of Technical Innovation and Health & Wellness, McCormick & Company, Inc., offered unique insights in the evolving interplay between food technology advances and consumer-driven trends in the food industry. Dr. Lynn Johnson Langer, Director of Regulatory Science and Enterprise Programs at Johns Hopkins University, moderated a stimulating and interactive dialogue between panelists and guests

Dr. Lynn Johnson Langer (left) and Dr. Janet Collins listen as Teri Curran Mascuch fields an audience question.

After the panel discussion, dialogue continued between Teri Curran Mascuch, Dr. Lynn Johnson Langer and WIB-DC/Baltimore members.


U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference Offers Discount to WIB Members

WIB-Southern California is happy to promote the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference which will take place from June 29 – July 1, 2015, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. This highly-regarded national conference assembles the best minds in business, education, and government to work toward a self-sustaining STEM pipeline that ensures opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender, race, socio-economic, or cultural background. During this conference the entire STEM community will have the opportunity to collaborate, learn, and share with experts and advocates who are proactively working to advance the STEM agenda for national change. WIB members receive a $100 registration fee discount when using code WIB100. Learn more and register.

2015 Health Innovation Hub

Springboard’s Health Innovation Hub is a collaboration platform advancing the growth of women-led digital health and life science companies with access to sources of funding, partnerships, and advisors. Learn more on their website, download the 1-pager, or apply here.

To take advantage of a free subscription to WIB-Smartbrief, a weekly newsletter that will keep you updated about women making a difference in biotech and life sciences, please sign up here.

 WIB is funded in part by our National Sponsors


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