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August 6, 2015

 Young Women In Bio:

WIB-Philadelphia is in the Works

Women In Bio is excited to announce that we are planning the establishment of a WIB-Philadelphia chapter, which will increase our footprint to 13 chapter locations. Over the remaining months of 2015 work will proceed for getting this chapter up and running, with WIB-Philadelphia’s launch slated for early 2016. If you are interested in volunteering to help, learning more about WIB-Philadelphia’s formation, and future WIB-Philadelphia events, please create a free account. We will publish updates on WIB-Philadelphia’s progress as they occur. We are excited about the creation of another sister WIB chapter, and look forward to working with Philadelphia chapter members as they create another WIB success!

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

WIB-Atlanta Panelists Tell Their Inspiring Stories

Through their talent, determination, and perseverance these women have obtained success and achieved leadership positions in organizations big and small. Be inspired by these panelists' stories in this past WIB-Atlanta event 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

Meet the WIB-Austin Area Chapter Leadership!
  • Denise Mayfield, Chapter Chair
  • Monica Berrondo, Chapter Vice Chair, Membership Chair
  • Ellen Decareau, Communications Co-Chair
  • Emily Schmitz, Communications Co-Chair
  • Tanya Raymond, Communications Vice Chair
  • Jaya Srivastava, Program Co-Chair
  • Stephanie Martinez, Program Chair
  • Jeanette Hill, Program Vice Chair
  • Krista Ternus, Funding Chair
  • Jawon Song, Funding Vice Chair
  • Becca Young Brim, Ph.D., Young Women In Bio Chair
  • Dana Kadavy, Young Women In Bio Vice Chair
  • Anne Wilson, Membership Vice Chair
  • Marilyn Robertson, Diversity Chair

Learn more about us and our chapter!


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!

WIB-Chicago Enjoys an Evening Full of Music at the Park

On July 22, 2015, WIB Chicago members and friends gathered to enjoy a symphony and informal networking session at Millennium Park. Enterprising women from pharma and academia had a magnificent evening listening to the music – it was fantastic, and attendees had a great time taking a break from their busy schedules. Women from different scientific backgrounds had an interesting talk with WIB members, and had an opportunity to explore points of view beyond those encountered in their usual work environments as attending WIB members shared their work experiences and insights into different sectors of the life sciences industry. Budding aspirants were enthusiastic in learning about new career options in the life sciences from more established professionals. All in all it was an evening of fun, good tunes, and a great way to call it a night!

Greater Boston

WIB-Greater Boston Presents: “Fundraising Bootcamp: Step-by-Step Guide to Success”

This August 13, 2015, event will be a top-to-bottom master class on outbound global fundraising. Topics to be covered include the changing investor landscape, new categories of life science investors, and how to organize and execute a successful road show. The class will bring you step-by-step through the processes of positioning, marketing collateral, website creation, branding & messaging, and how to reach out to a list of global investors. Learn more and register for this event!

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!

WIB to Have Presence at BioPharm America 2015 - 8th Annual International Partnering Conference

Don’t miss the upcoming BioPharm America 2015, an annual Boston biotech conference mainstay taking place September 15–17, at the Marriott Copley Place. While you are there, stop by the WIB Greater Boston booth to learn what’s happening with your WIB chapter. Learn more!

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

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.”

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 “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.

Janaki J. Joshi Speaks On “Virtualizing Biotech - 3 Key Strategies for Success”

At the July 14, 2015, WIB-Metro New York networking meeting held at Café Centro in Manhattan, Janaki J. Joshi, Chief Executive Officer of Iris Interactive, gave a personal account and advised attendees on how to reach the next value inflection point with the least amount of capital and within the shortest timeframes. Read more!

WIB-Metro New York Vice Chair, Jessica Swartz, introduces Janaki J. Joshi

WIB-Metro New York members networking before the evening’s presentation


SAVE THE DATE for P.O.W.E.R. 2015!

Mark those calendars for the evening of September 21, 2015, for this year’s Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally! This year's theme is "Women Revolutionizing Healthcare," and we are pleased to introduce our keynote speaker, Jill Hagenkord, the CEO of 23&Me.

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 Welcomes Alethea Wieland!

We want to welcome Alethea Wieland, one of our newest WIB members! Alethea has held clinical leadership roles atALung Technologies and Precision Therapeutics. She recently became President and Managing Director of SCOPE International USA, Inc. North American operations, which will be headquartered in Pittsburgh and is SCOPE’s first U.S. presence. SCOPE is a global phase I-IV contract research organization and is the only one of its kind in our area. Alethea is currently building her team and we look forward to her joining us at our upcoming events this summer and fall!


WIB-RTP Presents Its Summer Book Club Series - Part III

Join us on August 27, 2015, for breakfast and a book discussion of 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth by John C. Maxwell, an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 19 million books. His organizations have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. He is the founder of INJOY, Maximum Impact, ISS, and EQUIP, an international leadership development organization working to help leaders. In 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, Maxwell answers a few basic questions that are important for people at every stage of career growth. This is a free event for members; breakfast will be provided.

WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio Visits the Duke Lemur Center

On July 12, 2015, thirty 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls visited the Duke Lemur Center. The girls first watched a short video detailing the history of lemurs and the Duke Lemur Center: Lemurs are only found naturally on the island of Madagascar, and are believed to have traveled there on small rafts of vegetation about 65 million years ago. The Duke Lemur Center was established in 1966 as a premiere interdisciplinary research center to study many different aspects of lemurs from behavioral studies to different physiological traits. The goal of the center is to gain scientific knowledge about lemurs, educate the public, and promote conservation efforts. Read the entire article.

The Lemur Center tour begins

San Francisco Bay Area

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.

Young Women In Bio to Visit Buck Institute for Research on Aging

On September 12, 2015, the Buck Institute in Novato, California, will host San Francisco Bay area middle and high school girls for a Saturday afternoon of discovering the fun and challenges of a science career. The Buck Institute is the nation’s first independent research facility focused solely on understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease, with a mission to increase the healthy years of life. The event will include hands-on science activities, lab tours, and a panel discussion with scientists at the Institute. The discussions and activities will be followed by a pizza dinner. Learn more.

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

Stellar Summer Events in Southern California

WIB-Southern California has had great two wonderfully successful June and July events, and we are expecting the same for our August event. It’s hard to believe we are already wrapping up the summer months - time flies when you are having fun planning and hosting great WIB events…

Our June 25, 2015, event on Rare Diseases was exactly what we hoped it would be: a night full of exceptionally knowledgeable speakers speaking to a serious topic. This event brought attendees much awareness about the struggles that not only patients and their families have to face, but also the struggles of the doctors who treat them, and the researchers who try to discover treatments and cures.

Our July 21, 2015, book review of On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work, and Life, by Arianna Huffington sold out quickly. The book is an inspiring read so there was no surprise as to why the event filled up as rapidly as it did.

We will conclude a stellar summer of WIB-Southern California programming with our upcoming August 26, 2015, event, “Lessons from a Successful Serial Entrepreneur in Biotech – a Fireside Chat with Wendy Johnson.” We are deeply honored to have Ms. Johnson, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in biotechnology, as our featured speaker for this event, and we look forward to an inspiring and informational evening! We would love to have you join us as we wrap of the summer season. Learn more about this event and register!

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!


BioOhio Conference to be Held in December

BioOhio is very excited to host our inaugural Women in Bioscience Conference, featuring predominantly women speakers covering topics such as career paths, mentoring, networking, communication strategies, success stories, and featuring an enlightening lunch speaker. Learn more!

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.

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