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February 18, 2016 

 Young Women In Bio:

March is Women's History Month!

Women In Bio is excited to celebrate Women’s History Month (WHM) next month by hosting its third annual National WIB Conference. To honor and recognize the contributions 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. Our WHM theme for this year is "Expanding The 50/50 Challenge." This theme reflects WIB’s unwavering commitment to bridging the gap between men and women in leadership positions. Look for more WHM information coming your way soon!

WIB January Webinar a Valuable Resource for Biomedical Entrepreneurs

Have a biological product you’d like to turn into a start-up… but need some funding? Would you like the technology you developed in your collaboration with a university to bear fruit as a small business? Then take a look at Women In Bio’s webinar, “NIH Small Business Programs: What Biomedical Entrepreneurs Should Know.” Just because you missed the original January 26, 2016, webcast doesn’t mean that you have to miss out. Simply activate your ShareVault account. After that, you can login at During the webinar, you’ll learn the how-to of applying, the pitfalls to watch out for, and the phone numbers to get help on your application. (Yes, they’re from the federal government and they really are there to help you!) Still not convinced? Take a look at the infographic on the small business application process at: (Maryland Colleagues: If you don’t qualify for NIH funding, the Maryland Biotech Initiative may still be able to help you. Check out: - Veronica J. Bailey, WIB-DC/Baltimore

WIB Video Spotlight Series

Articulating Your Purpose and Personal Brand

Learn how to discover and articulate your purpose and personal brand with our WIB-San Francisco Bay Area chapter - watch this event now by logging into our member-exclusive video library!

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Upcoming Events


Looking to volunteer? Join our Communications Committee!

Looking to gain leadership experience through Women In Bio? Volunteer to serve on our Communications Committee! We seek enthusiastic WIB members wishing to help with exciting chapter projects over the upcoming year such as social media marketing. Don’t miss out on a chance to serve as a leader for the WIB-Atlanta chapter. Contact to learn more and to volunteer!

Sign-Up for Our Mentoring Program!

Are you looking for more mentoring opportunities? WIB has three different ways members can participate in mentoring activities: Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) groups, which are informal groups of members who meet regularly to discuss career-related topics; MAPs-University groups, which are groups of young students at local universities that meet regularly and host speakers; and our new 1:1 Mentoring program, where WIB members are matched together for more individual mentoring. Tell us how you want to get involved by filling out this survey. For more information, email

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 Presents: “Bridging Academics and Industry in Central Texas”

Innovation is vital to the progress of biotechnology development and commercialization. University resources enable novel research and foster the development of technology in fields ranging from big data to medical sciences; in order to bring these innovations to the market, a number of industry resources are required to enable product accessibility. In this February 29, 2015, event, panelists from academia and industry will join us to discuss available technologies and resources in Central Texas that may foster collaborations and partnerships for future product development and implementation. Each of our invited speakers will have 3-5 minutes to share something great and interesting they have to offer the Austin biotech community. Following this 30-45 minute session, attendees will have an opportunity to network with featured panelists while enjoying light refreshments. Learn more.

Volunteer for “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”

Women In Bio-Austin Area and the Association for Women in Science will join forces to host an activity for K-3rd grade students at the University of Texas at Austin for "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day." "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" and the "Girl Day STEM Festival" will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Noon. Over 6,000 elementary and middle school students are expected to participate, with over 900 volunteers and over 100 student organizations, community organizations, and companies volunteering. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” (Girl Day) is an international event celebrated during Engineers Week each year. Contact for more information on how you can volunteer at this great event!

Looking to volunteer? Join our Communications Committee!

Looking to gain leadership experience through Women In Bio? Consider volunteering with our Communications Committee! We seek enthusiastic WIB members wishing to help with exciting chapter projects over the upcoming year such as social media marketing. Don’t miss out on a chance to serve as a leader for the WIB-Austin chapter. Contact to learn more and to volunteer!

Call for Speakers!

The year ahead has many opportunities for professional women to share their experience and exchange information at one of our events. Do you have special expertise? Tell us your story! Whether you're in Academia or Industry, we want to hear from you. Contact to sign up!


Speed Networking and Mentoring with Young Women In Bio

On January 23, 2016, the WIB-Chicago Young Women In Bio Committee hosted a networking and mentoring event. Over 75 girls, ranging in ages from 10 to 18 years old, had an opportunity to speak with women who have careers in the life sciences. Twelve mentors volunteered and provided guidance on education and insight on their careers. The mentors were research scientists in the academic field and both start-up and large health science companies. In addition, the mentors had experience in consulting, entrepreneurship, biosimilar development finance and patent law. The “speed networking” format of the event allowed the girls to begin learning the life-long skill of networking, and to having the opportunity to meet successful professional women of various ethnicities at different stages of their careers. The event was sponsored by Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP. In attendance were member of Girls 4 Science (G4S), a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing girls in Chicago to science, technology, engineering and math. - Sharon M. Sintich, Chair, WIB-Chicago Young Women In Bio

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

WIB-Greater Montreal: Join Young Women In Bio’s Interactive Workshop at Concordia University, 2/24/2016

WIB-Greater Montreal will host a Young Women In Bio (YWIB) event at Concordia University, at the Loyola Campus, on February 24th, 2016. This interactive event offers young women in grade 9 the opportunity to participate in a “hands-on” workshop in science, technology, and math developed by Concordia University’s Faculty of Arts and Science. The workshop is designed to engage young women and encourage them to explore career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Students will be involved in a real experience, during which they will discover the worlds of living cells, markers, chemistry, and more! The workshop is open to girls in ninth grade only. It is free to attend, however pre-registration is required. Spaces are strictly limited, so please register early.

Séminaire scientifique et interactif du chapitre de Jeunes Femmes en bio déstiné aux filles inscrites en secondaire 3.

Séminaire scientifique et interactif du chapitre de Jeunes Femmes en bio aura lieu à l’Université Concordia le 24 février,  2016. Les jeunes filles auront l’occasion de participer au séminaire interactif, mis sur place par la faculté d’Arts et de Sciences de l’Université Concordia. Ce séminaire a pour but de familiariser les étudiantes aux carrières envisageables dans les domaines des sciences de la nature, technologie, génie et mathématiques. Les étudiantes seront incites à explorer des possibilities de carrières dans les domaines des sciences de la nature, technologie, génie et mathématiques. Les étudiantes vont acquérir de l’expérience sur le tas en découvrant la biologie (en manipulant des cellules vivantes), la chimie, et on passe! Ce séminaire s’offre aux étudiantes inscrites en secondaire 3. Ce séminaire s’offre gratuitement, mais une inscription est requise pour y participer. Les places sont strictement limitées, alors inscrivez-vous le plus vite possible.

Metro New York

WIB-Metro New York Celebrates 2nd Anniversary; Expert Panel Relays Best Practices in Investor Relations

WIB-Metro New York celebrated its second anniversary on Jan. 27, 2016, with an all-star panel of investor relations pros discussing their successful careers in investor relations and IR’s role in building a biotech company. Robust enthusiasm for WIB-Metro New York was evident among the audience of more than 60, who gathered in the wondrous space generously donated by PrideGlobal, a private equity firm. Read more!

PrideGlobal provided an excellent venue for networking before and after the panel discussion.

- Thanks to Wendy Diller (text) and Janet Vasquez (photos)


WIB-Pittsburgh Presents “Trending Industry Jobs in Pittsburgh”

What is hot in the Bio Industry Career space? What’s trending in Pittsburgh? Come and find out if the grass is green in the greater Pittsburgh area. On March 30, 2016, we will host a professional development event with panelists who have unique perspectives on industry trends including: medical devices, startups, intellectual property, biotech, clinical research, and healthcare. Additionally, hear from a recruiter looking for talent in our area. In the first hour our panelists will share their thoughts, while in the second hour you can mingle and ask more specific questions. We’ll convene in the East End on the third floor of AlphaLab, a local startup accelerator. Food and drink will be provided; street parking is available.

Call for Mentors: Join our Pittsburgh MAPS Mentoring Team

Our Pittsburgh MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) 1:1 Mentoring Program is in full swing and we need more mentors! Each mentor will meet with a mentee about once a month for six months. Please share with anyone you think may be interested in giving back to the next generation of women in the sciences. Interested in our Pittsburgh mentoring team? Email: For more information about MAPS and 1:1 mentoring, please visit:

WIB-Pittsburgh Celebrates Pop-Up Socials

Be on the lookout for our February 25, 2016, Pop-Up Social: #WIBMeet. Enjoy a relaxing evening of socializing, networking, and amazing happy hour prices. These happy hour events are specially designed for a light and fun evening out between regular scheduled programming. For Pop-Up Social announcements please join our social media pages (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter). No registration is required. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce WIB to your friends and co-workers before taking advantage of WIB’s discounted March Membership Drive! To receive future Pop-Up Social announcements directly to your e-mail, please join our Facebook page.


WIB-RTP Presents The “Influence Matters” Workshop

“Influence Matters” is a highly engaging and interactive workshop to introduce participants to the important, positive impact of ethical and practical influence skills in professional, community and personal sectors of life. Attendees will learn about the power of influence and some key points about two of the most universal principals: Reciprocity and Liking. Using these skills, attendees at this March 2, 2016, event will learn to effectively and ethically build LONG-TERM and TRUSTED relationships with customers, employees, and co-workers with minimal change and at no cost. There will also be an interactive workshop for attendees to apply skills learned to a real world scenario and leave with an action plan. It is time to start moving forward the power of influence! Led by Carol Perriccio, founder of Influence Forward and one of only ten Cialdini Method Certified Trainers in the United States, this workshop is crucial for anyone who influences others on a daily basis. Learn more!

WIB-RTP YWIB Presents: “Spring into STEM - The Spirit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship”

The WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio presents our first annual “Spring into STEM: The Spirit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship” event. On Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., young women in 6th-12th grade will meet an amazing group of leaders in the biotech and bioscience industry. This event will begin with an informative speaker session where attendees can hear from female executives and entrepreneurs who are leaders in their field. These short talks will be followed by breaking up into smaller groups to complete hands-on STEM related activities. We will finish up with lunch and informal networking. For anyone who has never learned about networking before, do not worry! We will guide you through the process while you meet professionals from all areas of STEM.

WIB-RTP Chapter Learns Networking Tips and Donates to Local Organization

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, life science professionals attended a WIB-RTP networking event at the Frontier in Research Triangle Park. The event began with a group-based model of speed networking, enabling attendees the opportunity to meet the maximum number of participants. Personal introductions and ice-breakers were initiated by answering questions or completing statements such as: “What is your strongest networking skill?” and “Describe a career achievement that you are most proud of.” Following the structured portion of the event, attendees were encouraged to learn about the RTP Chapter’s committees and volunteer opportunities over refreshments. Read the entire article.

Attendees enjoyed networking before and after the event.

San Francisco Bay Area

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area YWIB Presents a Womens History Month Event, Hosted by the Joint BioEnergy Institute

The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) invites San Francisco Bay Area middle school girls to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016, and learn about converting plants into renewable transportation fuels. JBEI is a U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Center dedicated to developing advanced biofuels - liquid fuels derived from the solar energy stored in plant biomass that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. The main program includes lab tours, a presentation, a panel discussion with scientists at JBEI, and a pizza dinner. Learn more!

Seattle Metro

Be More Innovative in Your Career - Learn how to use the Lean Canvas Tool

Lean Canvas is a one page business model to quickly and effectively communicate your business ideas with internal and external stakeholders. On February 22, 2016, join Lindsie Goss and Jeanette Ennis for a presentation and Workshop on mapping out a business idea, and raising your odds of success. Learn more!

Sign-Up for Our Mentoring Program!

Are you interested in meeting and mentoring/being mentored by wonderful women in your community? Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) groups are looking for new members in your area. Please visit this link for more information about the MAPs program. Don’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity to make new connections? Just fill out this questionnaire by March 10, 2016, and then check your email for your group assignment and materials to help you get started. Contact with any questions or to learn more about our MAPs program.

Meet the WIB–Seattle Metro Chapter Leadership

  • Chapter Chair: Andrea Knapp
  • Chapter Vice-Chair: Shannon Dennis
  • Communication Chair: Sandra Merrick; Vice Chair: Katie Smolnycki, Yang Wu
  • MAPS Chair: Jennifer Lill; Vice Chair: Parastu Shubin
  • Membership Chair: Mary Fox; Vice Chair: Sameena Habib
  • Programming Chair: Franziska Seeger; Vice Chair: Sue Kraemer
  • Sponsorship Chair: Kristen Helton
  • YWIB Chair: Stephanie Braitsch

Learn more about our chapter!

Looking to volunteer?

Looking for opportunities to improve your leadership and communication skills through WIB? Consider volunteering with our Communications, Membership, Program, Young Women In Bio (YWIB), or Sponsorship committees! These diverse committees are seeking amazing WIB volunteers to help with exciting projects such as social media marketing, membership driving, or events planning for the upcoming year. If you are looking for a great leadership experience, consider joining the WIB–Seattle Metro Board as a Vice Chair for YWIB or Sponsorship. Contact for more information.

Southern California

WIB–Southern California Presents: “Leadership Traits That Are Always In Style”

You know that thing that almost seems to guarantee a project, group, or department is going to succeed at the challenges presented to them? It’s not money. It’s not unlimited resources. Nor is it having the most qualified person, on paper, at the helm. It’s inspiration. Inspiration can and should come through in your leadership style. We are thrilled to host the February 25, 2016, presentation, “What Makes a Successful (Woman) Leader in the Biotechnology Field? Tips and Observations,” by Katerina Leftheris. Ph.D., a Senior Director at Celgene, about what leadership traits contribute to inspiring those around you and a successful career. Learn more!

Save The Date! - WIB-Southern California Presents “Are You LinkedIn? Branding and Networking for Career Development,” March 10, 2016

Come join us for an exciting interactive evening as you gain insights on developing a powerful personal brand, networking to tap into the hidden job market, and creating a professionally polished LinkedIn profile. You will hear from Leadership Development consultant, Debra Bressaw, CEO of Global Edge Strategies, and Senior Clinical and Medical Affairs consultant, Gabriela Velasquez, of Real Life Sciences Group. Refreshments will be served and valuable time for questions and networking will be provided.  The event will be held at the Hera Hub, Sorrento Valley, CA, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WIB-Southern California Presents Its Annual Town Hall Meeting: Membership and Volunteer Drive

Three weeks into 2016, on January 20, 2016, WIB-Southern California’s objective for its Town Hall meeting was clear: Foster the growth of our chapter to continue bringing events on education, mentoring, networking, and on creating opportunities for leadership that can help our women advance their career in the SoCal Life Science community. Read the entire article.

WIB-Southern California committee chairs describe the purpose of their committees and 2016 goals.

American Biomanufacturing Summit Coming to San Diego in May

The American Biomanufacturing Summit is a senior-level program designed to provide biomanufacturing executives with current trends, strategic insights, and best-practices on internal manufacturing, external manufacturing, operational excellence, quality management, and compliance. During the Summit, held May 10 and 11, 2016, network with over 150 of your peers as we explore strategies to maximize efficiency while remaining compliant in an ever evolving environment. Learn more.

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.

WIB-Southern California Chapter Membership Breadth

When attending an event hosted by WIB-Southern California, you will have the opportunity to meet with a wide range of women and men of different backgrounds. In terms of education, our members' highest degree earned is well distributed between Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D., and other professional degrees. Learn more about our chapter members!

Washington DC/Baltimore

WIB DC/Baltimore Presents: “Building Your Confidence Muscle”

We are what we think about all day long… and what are you thinking about all day long that impacts your confidence? Often our “Inner Critic” (IC) is leading the discussion - and we are not even aware of it! The IC is one of the most prevalent and restraining forces in people’s lives, and it is part of our culture. What isn’t a part of our culture is the knowledge of how to replace the IC habit with a confidence-building habit. It is time for that to change! In this February 25, 2016, interactive session, Joan Worthington, a dynamic technology leader, who knows confidence is vital to success both professionally and personally, will work with event attendees to look at what is taking place and discuss how to develop their confidence muscle in a powerful, engaging way.

WIB-DC/Baltimore YWIB Presents An Afternoon of Hands-On Science

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) invites Young Women In Bio (YWIB) and area middle school girls to participate in an afternoon of science immersion on March 11, 2016. WRAIR shares YWIB’s passion for engaging the DC/Baltimore community in science, technology, engineering, and math, and supports numerous educational outreach programs. Through their GEMS (Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science) program, adolescents get to experience firsthand scientific method and valuable experimental techniques. Come join WRAIR and YWIB for a taste of this exciting curriculum. Registration is limited to 25 girls so please be sure to sign-up early to reserve your place.

Want Network Online? Join WIB DC/Baltimore on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter!

Tired of too much effort spent traveling and showing up in person for every chapter event? Then join our online social media groups, and start conversation and networking from anywhere! WIB-DC/Baltimore has launched and robustly runs our LinkedIn group (, Facebook Page (, and Twitter handle ( Follow us and you’ll be informed of upcoming events, recaps of past events, resources, recent articles in Bio-related fields, and job postings!

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. We are looking for volunteers interested in being part of this new program. Interested? Learn more and take our interest survey!

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, Jenny Zhang 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!

Attend Events for Free: WIB-DC/Baltimore Communications Committee Seeking Post-Event Writers!

Have you been wondering who the talented writers are behind our chapter’s post-event reports? Have you ever shied away from our events because of the admission price? WIB-DC/Baltimore is seeking volunteer post-event writers for our subcommittee under the chapter’s Communications Committee! Once recruited to this subcommittee you will enjoy the benefit of attending any events hosted by our chapter FOR FREE. In addition, to gain information for your write-ups you will have opportunities to meet key contacts behind the events. You will also attend our monthly Program Committee calls to get involved in chapter events planning! Sound tempting? Contact us at to learn more about this opportunity!

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