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June 25, 2015
BIO 2015: WIB + Philadelphia = Success!
Women In Bio participated in the 2015 BIO International Convention and once again we reunited with friends, met new connections, and created lasting partnerships and strategic alliances.
WIB kicked off the week-long Convention with our Inaugural Roundtable Discussion, where over 40 industry women leaders came together to discuss the importance of women in company leadership positions - illustrating that importance with statistics demonstrating the success of companies with women leaders. We established our goal of having 50% of biotech company boards comprised of women, and the need to continue the education process not only with women, but men as well.
We continued our activities with the WIB Plenary Event on Monday, June 15, 2015, where 200 women and men enjoyed extraordinary views overlooking Philadelphia at Top of the Tower. We were delighted to have Dr. ShaAvhrée Buckman-Garner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as our keynote speaker. She provided an overview of her career success story, the FDA’s growth and role in the biotech industry, and the process of developing new medicines. She concluded by answering questions from the audience for nearly 30 minutes! It was a fantastic way to get the Convention going!
WIB had a booth on the Exhibit floor where over 20 WIB volunteers from our various chapters greeted and interacted with attendees, informing them about our rapidly growing organization.
Is Lucky #13 in the works? On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, WIB hosted the “Tri-State Area Professionals & Executives in the Life Sciences” Meet-up. Over 60 women had the opportunity to meet and network with other convention attendees from the Tri-State area. Additionally, WIB used this opportunity to gauge interest in starting a chapter in the Philadelphia area, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. We will be in touch soon with those that indicated interest to start the grassroots efforts of identifying leaders to get the 13th WIB chapter off the ground. If you are interested in learning more about the formation of a Philadelphia area chapter, please contact Jamie Strachota at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIB leaders Dimitra Georganopoulou, Kristi Sarno, and Jamie Strachota were interviewed by GenomeAlberta regarding issues facing women in the life sciences and initiatives WIB is pursuing to overcome those issues. The full interview can be found here.
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, WIB hosted our second Meet-Up, “Speed Networking Session for Existing and Prospective WIB members.” Like speed dating, we lined up our attendees and had them talk with the person across from them for 2 minutes before making them switch to the next person. Well over 100 women and men participated in this event, and our line of speed networking attendees spanned the entire meet-up floor, into the Exhibitor floor walkway, and even partially into a company’s booth… an interesting way to meet new people?! Thank you to all that participated!
On Thursday, June 18, 2015, the final day of BIO, WIB hosted a panel discussion titled, “Women Moving Forward and Up: Boldly Taking That Next Step,” moderated by WIB Executive Director, Jamie Strachota, at the BioProcess International Theatre. Panelists included:
The discussion attracted nearly 60 attendees with standing room only! We discussed the importance of career profiling, self-branding, networking, mentoring, strategic alliances, and the importance of education experience. Thank you to our wonderful industry partner, BioProcess International, for inviting us to speak again this year.
What a busy, crazy, fun - and ultimately successful week! Thank you to all who participated this year, and to Erin Lee and Emma Andrews of BIO for the opportunity to exhibit and host Meet-Ups during this year’s Convention. We look forward to seeing you all next June at BIO 2016 in San Francisco.
|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 email@example.com if you are interested.
|WIB Video Spotlight Series
Panelists Discuss Career Transitions
When it comes to your life and career, discovering “what’s next” is perhaps the most challenging and exciting process you can undertake. Watch this WIB-Washington DC/Baltimore video from our member-exclusive video library to learn from panelists who have successfully transitioned from academic to corporate, large company to start-up, laboratory to legal, and more.
|CHAPTER NEWS & EVENTS|
WIB-Atlanta Presents: “Perk Up Your Profile Pic with Mary Kay and La Videotique”
When was the last time you had a professional photography session? Do you need an up-to-date polished picture to publish on your website, social media pages like LinkedIn, presentation announcements, or your employer’s website? We are all concerned about how we look online. Well, worry no more. Women In Bio-Atlanta will help you put your best face forward. Join us on July 12, 2015, and perk up your profile pic…and participate in our summer potluck. Dress up as nicely as you would like for the photography session, and bring your favorite dish (large enough to serve five people). Don’t want to worry about making anything for the potluck? No problem – just select the “No-Dish” option when you register for this event and we will provide everything you need to get that high-quality professional portrait you can use for years to come.
Emory MAPs-U Group Needs Volunteers
Mentors Advisors Peers (MAP)s-University groups have regular monthly meetings on the Emory campus that involve invited speakers and discussions on various career-related topics. The Emory MAPs-U group is looking for a graduate student and a post-doc to volunteer as group leaders. With help from the MAPs Chair, the group leader(s) will be responsible for organizing regular meetings and inviting speakers. The group leader(s) will also report to the MAPs Chair. Being group leader allows you a great opportunity to network and will better prepare you for your future career. Email AtlantaMaps@womeninbio.org and tell us you are interested!
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.
About Our Chapter
The Texas WIB chapter in Austin provides easy reach to the home of some of the most prominent academic research centers in the country, including the University of Texas at Austin, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Texas Heart Institute, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the Texas A&M System, and the Baylor, Scott & White System of institutions. Learn more!
Join WIB-Chicago for Symphony in the Park
On July 22, 2015, celebrate the summer with WIB! Join us for an evening of informal networking in beautiful Millennium Park followed by a symphony performance at Jay Pritzker Pavilion featuring the Lyric Opera House and Grant Park Orchestra showcasing works of contemporary American opera. Bring your own snacks and a blanket or portable chair to sit on. Meet us at the Southeast corner of the pavilion, and be sure to be on the lookout for blue and gold balloons!
Meet the WIB-Greater Boston Chapter Leadership
|Metro New York
Young Women In Bio May Event Receives Write Up in L.E.K. Advisor
BIO 2015 Through the Eyes of Our WIB-Pittsburgh Chapter Chair, Babs Carryer
The highlight of this year’s BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) International Convention held in Philadelphia was booth #949: Women In Bio. Staffed by WIB members, leaders from around the country, volunteer students, and WIB Executive Director, Jamie Strachota, the booth teemed with activity. On Tuesday and Wednesday we hosted meet ups, where women new to WIB met and heard about the benefits of being part of WIB. On Monday, June 15, 2015, many of us attended the WIB Executive Roundtable, where we heard from past presidents as well as the current President, Dimitra Geroganopoulou, and our President-Elect, Kristie Sarno. That night, over 100 WIB members attended a Top of the Tower reception, hosted by Saul Ewing. We heard from ShaAvhrée Buckman-Garner, Director of the Office of Translational Sciences at the FDA. Her talk on women and minorities advancing the field was inspiring. ShaAvhrée also gave hope with discussion on current trends within the FDA to advance technologies from the bench to the bedside. See you all at the WIB booth in 2016! - Babs Carryer
2015 ATHENA Young Professional Award Nominations are Open!
Nominations are open for the Greater Pittsburgh 2015 ATHENA Young Professional Award. Women In Bio–Pittsburgh would love to see some of our wonderful ladies represented in the nominations!
The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes emerging female leaders age 35 or younger. Nominees should demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the community; and serve as personal and professional role models for young women. Nominations are due on June 30, 2015. You can get more information and access nomination submissions here!
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!
TONIGHT! - RTP-WIB Summer Book Club Series - Part I
Tonight we will review The Confidence Code, the first book of our summer book club series. The book’s authors, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, discuss an unspoken problem among women at all levels of achievement - nagging self-doubt. Confidence - we know it when we see it, or think we do. And we all want it for ourselves; but how to become more confident is a challenging question that this book tries to answer. The authors of this New York Times bestseller deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint to bring more of it into our lives. Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts, and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life conducted with confidence.
WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio Visits the Duke Lemur Center
The Duke Lemur Center and its living laboratory advance science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research on lemurs. By engaging scientists, students, and the public in new discoveries and global awareness, the Center promotes a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery. This July 12, 2015, event includes a short lecture and a tour of the facilities, and is open to current or rising 4th through 6th grade girls. Advanced registration is required. Due to capacity restrictions during the tour, no more than 30 students can participate, and parents are unable to participate at the event. This is an outdoor event so be sure to dress weather appropriate.
WIB-RTP Presents Its Summer Book Club Series - Part II
Join us on July 16, 2015, as we review our book club’s second selection, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make to Sabotage Their Careers. In it, author Dr. Lois P. Frankel provides examples of serious mistakes that women have made that hold them back in their careers. In her book, Dr. Frankel reveals why some women roar ahead in their careers while others’ careers stagnate: She has spotted a unique set of behaviors that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults. Now, in this The New York Times bestseller, she helps you eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back - and offers invaluable coaching tips you can easily incorporate into your social and business skills.
YWIB Visits J.C. Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University
On June 7, 2015, ten 4th and 5th grade girls visited the J.C. Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. This nationally acclaimed garden was designed to grow plants adapted to the Piedmont region of North Carolina. There are over 9,000 plants covering 6,000 different species! The girls were met by the Children’s Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Overcash. She began the event by describing the importance of the Arboretum and asking general questions about plants. We were then taken on a tour of the Arboretum while Elizabeth described the different areas of the garden. The girls got to experience various microclimates the Arboretum creates, including a desert-like area with hot sinks, a mountainous terrain with crevices where plants grow, and Japanese-influenced gardens just to name a few. Read the full article.
|San Francisco Bay Area
Women In Bio holds Panel Discussion on Reimbursement
On May 19, 2015, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area held an event that featured a discussion of reimbursement challenges, successes, and market access strategies for Biopharma, Medical Device, and Diagnostic products. The panel discussion was held at the new JLABS facility in South San Francisco.
The discussion was moderated by Marijke Annis, M.S.P.H., and included three panelists: Becky Foster, M.P.H., Vanessa Jacobsen, Pharm.D., and Marianne Laouri, Ph.D. The panelists presented case studies from different industries that demonstrated key components for successful reimbursement strategy, including knowing how your product or service aims to change patients’ care, the importance of referencing solid clinical data that has been published, and the value of retrospective claim analysis. Lively networking preceded and followed the panel discussion. We are thankful to our sponsors and speakers and look forward to future WIB events.
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!
WIB-Seattle holds Panel Discussion on Personalized Medicine
On May 28, 2015, WIB-Seattle Metro heard from a panel on Personalized Medicine, including Adina Mangubat of Spiral Genetics, Tera Eerkes of Resolution Bioscience, Sean Ferree of NanoStraing Technologies (and our first male speaker for WIB-Seattle), and Rebecca Norlander of Health 123. The panelists provided their expertise and insights into technological trends, challenges, and partnerships fueling advancements in pharmacogenomics, oncology diagnostics, and mobile health.
TODAY! - Join Us at Our First Meet Up Luncheon!
Membership is an important aspect of WIB. It’s a great way to be a part of a community of women who are all in a similar field and who have similar interests. But, since there are still women out there who don’t know about WIB and what we are about, our So Cal membership team is out to resolve that problem by inaugurating a series of meet up luncheons. Our first luncheon will be today. Learn more!
TONIGHT! - WIB-Southern California Presents “Rare Diseases: Obstacles of Rare Disease Healthcare & Promise of the Precision Medicine Initiative”
WIB is putting “The Patient First” tonight. 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 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.
WIB-DC/Baltimore Happy Hour Kickoff: It’s All About Networking!
WIB-DC/Baltimore invites you to our July 8, 2015, networking happy hour, hosted by our newest sponsor BioHealth Innovations Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland. We will be welcomed by Mr. Richard Bendis, Founder, President and CEO of BioHealth Innovation, Inc., followed by an evening of networking. Please come out and meet our new and exciting professionals from the DC/MD/VA area and learn more about the burgeoning biohealthcare industry in Maryland. Numbers are limited – register early!
WIB-DC/Baltimore Announces Its 1:1 Mentoring Program
The WIB-DC/Baltimore Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) Committee is thrilled to announce the initiation of our 1:1 Mentoring Program. This program is designed to match mentees in the early stages of their careers to mentors who can help guide them based on different areas of interest. Learn more!
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!
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.
UCode Programming Academy Offers Scholarships to “Girls Only” Camp
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.
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