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July 23, 2015

 Young Women In Bio:

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

BIO 2015 Plenary Speaker Address

Relive ShaAvhrée Buckman-Garner’s Plenary Event address in our member-exclusive video library!

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Upcoming Events


WIB-Atlanta Presents “Enhancing Your Executive Presence”

Executive presence ranks in the top three traits needed for today’s leaders. Defined as, “The confidence to express your ideas with conviction, and the ability to engage and influence others in the process,” executive presence provides an essential advantage to improve your authority in today’s business world. Learn the essential qualities to delivering your messages with confidence and credibility. Join us on August 24, 2015, to gain insight from Lia Panayotidis, Lead Instructor at Sally Williamson and Associates, Inc., on the behaviors and attitudes that will present a sense of confidence, commitment, and authenticity in your communications.

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

Austin Area

WIB-Austin Area YWIB Event - Crime Scene Investigation: Who smashed Mr. Potato Head??

Join WIB-Austin Area Young Women In Bio on July 25, 2015, for a special event created for our young science enthusiasts. Participating children will learn how to lift and analyze fingerprints, extract human DNA, and DNA fingerprints – skills used to distinguish individuals and identify criminals… Sally Spuds is a Mr. Potato Head enthusiast. So, you can imagine her dismay when she returned from camp to find Mr. Potato Head dismembered on her floor and some of his extremities missing! Participating girls will help Sally use evidence left at the crime scene to identify the perpetrator.


Please Participate in the WIB-Chicago MAPs Survey

WIB-Chicago would like to start a MAPS (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) program. Please participate in our survey to let us know more about you and your interest in such a program. Take the survey here. Thanks in advance for your help!

Greater Boston

Help Us Get to Know You Better!

Help our Women In Bio-Greater Boston chapter get to know you better! Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey to help us understand what you are looking to gain from WIB programming. Information collected through this survey will aid us in designing more exciting and useful events to better assist you in your journey as a woman in science. Thank you for your time. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Greater Montréal
Meet the WIB-Greater Montreal Chapter Leadership!
  • Pamela Shaver-Walker, Chapter Co-Chair
  • Mary Perri, Chapter Co-Chair
  • Marie-Eve Clavet, Chapter Vice Chair
  • Robin Thornton, Communications Vice Chair
  • Catherine Argyriou, M.Sc., Program Chair
  • Deborah Blake, Program Vice Chair
  • Soraya Khouadri, M.Sc., M.B.A., Funding Chair
  • Amy Dam, Funding Vice Chair
  • Andrea Petschner, B.Sc., Young Women In Bio Chair
  • Marie Di Maso, Membership Chair
  • Andrea Gilpin, Ph.D., M.B.A., Mentors, Advisors, Peers Chair
  • Vicky Sgouroudis, Secretary
  • Constantina Spanos, B.Sc., C.P.A., C.A., Treasurer

Learn more about us and our chapter!

Metro New York

Young Women In Bio and Weill Cornell Medical College Announce Mentorship Program

Weill Cornell Medical College and the Metro New York Area Chapter of Young Women In Bio are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting mentoring program for female high school seniors who have a serious interest in pursuing medicine as a career and strong academic credentials. Read the full announcement.

WIB-Metro New York Presents: “The Global Fight against HPV and Cervical Cancer - Unique Challenges and Opportunities”

Cervical cancer is the only cancer against which we have made tremendous progress: we have the HPV vaccine for primary prevention, Pap test for secondary prevention, and early treatment that is safe, inexpensive and easily administered for tertiary prevention. Yet, a young woman between the ages of 35 and 60 dies every two minutes from this disease. Join us on August 18, 2015, as Dr. Shobha Krishnan discusses the opportunities and challenges her organization faces while fighting this cancer. Dr. Krishnan will conclude by opening the floor for a discussion as to how we as women can come together to eradicate this cancer, thus keeping in line with the philosophy of Women In Bio - “Women helping women.”

WIB-Metro New York Presents “Getting on Boards: Rewards, Risks and Realities”

The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) and Women In Bio are two organizations whose goals are to promote women's advancement within the healthcare industry. The Metro chapters of HBA and WIB are proud to join forces for this September 8, 2015, event to show the true rewards, risks, and realities of board service to our constituents. During this lively and informative session we will dive into this complex and exciting world, and hear from executive women who currently serve on boards as well as from those who recruit and work with boards to improve their effectiveness. Learn more.


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-RTP Young Women In Bio Visits the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health was ranked the number one public school of public health by U.S. News & World Report. The school’s mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being, and eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and around the world. This event will include an introduction to the school with a question and answer portion. The girls will be taken on a tour of the school as well as the labs. A hands-on activity will be completed at the end of the event. This July 28, 2015, event is open to rising 9th-12th grade girls.

San Francisco Bay Area

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Presents a Social at Cantor Arts Center

Did you know that over 5,000 years of art history is sitting in Palo Alto? Join Women In Bio on July 30, 2015, for an evening walk through the ages of art history at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center. The event will begin with al fresco networking in the Rodin Sculpture Gardens, one of the largest collections of Rodin Bronzes outside of Paris. After light appetizers, we will meet with our own docent for a personal tour of the museum.

Young Women In Bio Visit to Stanford CHARM Lab

Young Women In Bio (YWIB) Biotechnology Career Leadership for Girls is a series of events dedicated to inspiring girls in biotechnology education and career choices. We encourage girls’ curiosity in biotechnology while nurturing a business and entrepreneurial spirit. YWIB events include exposure to many different female science professionals, their careers, and experiences; an in-depth look at a bioscience organization; and tours of bioscience facilities. This event is open to girls in grades 6-12 who have not previously attended YWIB events. Learn more!

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Presents: Speed Networking Bling Party

Join us on August 12, 2015, for a festive night of networking with WIB members. Wear your favorite bling costume jewelry (e.g., rhinestones, Mardi Gras beads, costume pearls), bring your business cards and a positive smile, and be prepared for a fun and fast-paced evening of speed networking. If you don't own any bling, not a problem - join us for a fun and festive evening. In two hours you’ll mingle, learn some science, make new connections, and see some eye-popping bling. A special prize will be given to the best bling. Space is limited so please register early.

Prioritizing Gender Equity: What does it take to reach and succeed at the “C” and Board level?

On June 11, 2015, men and women from around the Bay Area gathered at Genentech to learn about gender equity at the C- and Board-level in biotech. The evening kicked off with a presentation by Peg McAllister (Senior Vice President, Lee Hecht Harrison), using data from Liftstream which highlighted the landscape and discussed factors that could drive change. We then heard from an outstanding panel of CEOs and Partners from Bay Area companies - Laura Brege (CEO & President, Nodality, Inc), Mark Goldsmith (CEO & President, Revolution Medicines; Partner, Third Rock Ventures), Wende Hutton (General Partner, Canaan Partners), Kimberly Popovits (CEO, President and Chairman of the Board, Genomic Health, Inc), and Laura Shawver (CEO, Cleave Biosciences) in a discussion moderated by Heather Erickson (CEO and President, Life Sciences Foundation).

A presentation by Peg McAllister opened the evening.

Heather Erickson answers an audience question

Seattle Metro

WIB-Seattle Metro Planned Events

  • August, 2015 - Summer Social
  • September, 2015 - Stories from Working Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs
  • October, 2015 - Career transitions and LinkedIn Profile
  • November, 2015 - Pitching Yourself: Developing and Delivering Your Message

Southern California

WIB-Southern California Presents: “Lessons from a Successful Serial Entrepreneur in Biotech – a Fireside Chat with Wendy Johnson”

We are deeply honored to have Ms. Wendy Johnson, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in biotechnology, as the featured speaker of our August 26, 2015, event. Wendy will share with the audience her unique experience and perspective on being an entrepreneur in the field of biotechnology. Audience members are encouraged to ask Wendy questions during the event. Learn more.

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

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

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!


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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