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March 17, 2016 

 Young Women In Bio:

Women In Bio’s Celebration of Women's History Month Continues

Women In Bio’s celebration of Women’s History Month continues with WHM events held by our San Francisco, DC/Baltimore, Greater Montreal, Metro New York, Seattle Metro, and Pittsburgh chapters. To honor and recognize the contributions that generations of women have made to events in history and to society, WIB's chapters have been holding events in cities across North America. These events have included keynote addresses and panel discussions from pioneer women in life sciences, covering topics such as science education for girls, career path choices, cultivating skills to move from bench to business, and breaking the life sciences “ceiling.” Learn more about our Women’s History Month events.

WIB Offers a Women's History Month Membership Discount!

If you've considered joining Women In Bio, there is no better time to do so than now! In honor of Women’s History Month, throughout March, WIB will offer 20% off of our normal membership rates*. Take advantage of this discount and join us for only $76 (1-year general membership) or $40 (student/post-doc membership). There are also discounted multi-year membership options and discounted organizational membership options available. This is a limited-time offer for new members; take advantage of it today! To become a WIB member, visit and use promo code: WHM201620%. * - this promotion applies to new memberships only.

WIB Video Spotlight Series

Marketing Your Personal Brand

Join WIB-San Francisco Bay Area - learning how to best market your personal brand and articulate your achieved goals as you move on to new opportunities - in this archived video from our member-exclusive video library!

Women In Bio Partnership with SmartBrief
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Check Out WIB's Job Board!
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Upcoming Events


Volunteer to Help Us with Our YWIB Booth at Atlanta Science Festival 2016!

Many from the Atlanta area scientific community will attend the Atlanta Science Festival on March 26, 2016. Come join the fun! Young Women In Bio will have a booth from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Festival’s Exploration Expo dedicated to honoring women scientists who have made invaluable contributions to science. Volunteers are needed to help work our kid-oriented science labs. We will have DNA extraction with strawberries to honor Rosalind Franklin’s significant contribution to the discovery of DNA; color chromatography with Skittles to honor Marie Curie; a lily dissection to remember naturalist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian; and a create-a-cell lab in honor of molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn. Helpers are also needed beforehand to help make materials for the booth, such as posters describing various women in science. If you’re interested in participating, contact Jenniffer Stetler at

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 YWIB Participates in “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” Event

Women In Bio-Austin and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) joined 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 were held on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Over 600 girls participated in our activity. They learned about DNA and how it codes for genetic information.

Event volunteers (left to right) Margo Lee (AWIS), Sucheta Arora, Krista Ternus, Rose Stewart, Tanya Raymond, and Claire Weldum

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!

“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 the February 29, 2016, WIB Austin-Area event, panelists from academia (University of Texas at Austin) and industry (product validation, commercialization, and patent law) joined us to discuss available technologies and resources in Central Texas that may foster collaborations and partnerships for future product development and implementation. Learn more!

Each panelist had 3-5 minutes to share something great and interesting she had to offer the Austin biotech community.

After the event attendees networked with panelists while enjoying light refreshments.

YWIB Partners with Citizen Schools

During the spring months of 2016 WIB-Chicago’s Young Women In Bio will partner with Citizen Schools in Illinois, a non-for-profit organization, to provide a longer learning day rich with opportunities for public middle schools in low-income communities. The Citizen Schools’ goal is to help put young adults on track to succeed by connecting the resources of communities, companies, governments, and philanthropies. Our first project is to recruit WIB members as volunteers for the Six Degrees of Networking Series this spring. This program is a one-time volunteer opportunity. We seek WIB members to volunteer as guest speakers for one Tuesday afternoon (~90 minutes) in March, April, or May or this year. Guest speakers are asked to share with students their college and career trajectories, what they do as a career, and the education, training, networking, and key moves they made to get to where they are today. Volunteers will also work in collaboration with Citizen Schools staff to plan and implement a 20 to 30 minute hands-on activity related to their career, which students will complete during the session. The sessions will take place on Tuesdays at Chase Elementary, 2021 North Point St, Chicago, IL 60647, in Logan Square, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Interested volunteers should contact for further information.

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-Montreal YWIB Presents a WHM Event: “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists” Third Annual Workshop for Girls in Grade 9, March 22, 2016

The WIB-Greater Montreal Young Women In Bio presents the “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists” Workshop designed to encourage young women to explore career opportunities and fields of study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

This event offers lab tours, and discussions in the field of science, at the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Center at McGill University. McGill graduates will introduce girls, aged 14-15 years, to the wonders of science at the bench. This is a closed event

Etudiantes d’aujourd’hui et scientifiques de demain: Séminaire pour adolescents en secondaire III, 22 mars 2016

Le séminaire, intitulé Etudiantes d’Aujourd’hui et Scientifiques de Demain et sous l’auspice de l’organisme Femmes en bio, accueille des jeunes filles dans le but de les conseiller et soutenir dans leurs choix de carrière  en sciences de la santé, technologies, génie et mathématiques.

Cet événement propose des visites guidées de laboratoire et des discussions scientifiques au Centre de Recherche en Cancer Rosalinde et Morris Goodman de l’Université de McGill. Les étudiants en deuxième (Master) et troisième (doctorat) cycle d’études feront découvrir aux jeunes filles la magie des sciences de la santé à la paillasse. Ceci est un événement fermé


Let’s Talk: Communication Strategies to Help Navigate Your Career

On February 17, 2016, WIB-Greater Montreal kicked off the year with a great workshop on communication strategies, bringing together in one panel top life science executives across diverse sectors of the pharma industry. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about key aspects of professional life where communication etiquette is key: 1) adapting your managing style, 2) dealing with difficult team members, 3) the value of corporate mentorship, 4) setting career development goals, and 5) managing a remote team.

While we learned that the preferred communication style of our distinguished panelists, who are also practice leaders in their respective field, is directness, speakers were quick to mention that it comes in different flavours and tends to be adapted to the situation at hand. On the issue of career development, initiating a discussion about your goals and expectations early on with your manager serves you best in the long run. Assumptions can easily get in the way of an effective communication strategy. According to our panel, a safeguard against this communication faux-pas is seeking informal mentoring and practice verbal communication.

This interactive event was very well attended, with lively discussion between panelists and attendees continuing well beyond the allocated time.

We would like to thank our panel moderator Michelle Béliveau of Michelle Béliveau Conseil Inc., and our panelists - Christine Guindon, Director of Strategic Operations at Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Christine Poulin, Senior Director of Marketing at Teva Canada Innovations, Catherine Konidas Vice President Global Business Development at Altasciences Clinical Research, and Anna Czarnecki Vice President, Practice Leader, Forecasting & Valuation at Foster Rosenblatt - as well as all the attendees for their participation.

Parlons en: Des stratégies de communication aidant à planifier votre carrière

Le 17 Février 2016, Femmes en Sciences du grand Montréal organisait une table ronde sur les stratégies de communications gagnantes en entreprise, réunissant sous le même toit des cadres expérimentés de divers secteurs de l’industrie pharmaceutique. Les participants ont eu l’occasion d’en apprendre davantage sur des aspects communicationnels importants pour le développement de carrière soit : 1) les différents styles de gestion, 2) la gestion de conflits et d’équipes à distance, 3) la valeur du mentorat en entreprise et 4) l‘importance de définir un plan de développement personnel en entreprise.

Sans surprise nous avons appris que nos panelistes préféraient être directes dans leur approche communicationnelle et de gestion.  Sans perdre de son essence, ce style de communication peut-être adapté à différentes situations et/ou individus.  Au chapitre développement de carrière une stratégie de communication gagnante mise en avant par nos panelistes consiste à initier une discussion de son plan de développement assez tôt avec son superviseur. Et surtout n’oubliez pas une des barrières à la communication est la présomption. Le conseil de nos experts pour ne pas tomber dans ce piège : le mentorat informel et la communication verbale plutôt qu’écrite.

Nous tenons à remercier notre modératrice Michelle Béliveau de Michele Beliveau Conseil Inc, et nos panelistes - Christine Guindon, Directrice des Opérations Stratégiques chez Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Christine Poulin, Directrice Commerciale senior chez Teva Canada Innovations, Catherine Konidas, Vice-Présidente du développement des affaires à l'internationale chez Altasciences clinical research, Anna Czarnecki vice-Présidente/ chef de direction de l'évaluation et de la prospective chez Foster Rosenblatt - ainsi que tous les participants qui ont fait de cette table ronde un succès.


Join WIB-Greater Montreal’s Young Women In Bio Interactive workshop at Concordia University

The WIB-Greater Montreal’s YWIB Interactive Science Workshop for Girls in Grade 9 at Concordia University was an exciting day. Students from Sacred Heart School of Montreal and Villa Maria participated in a series of interactive workshops. We started the day with an interesting movie on Organic Origami. We all tried to fold, refold, squeeze, and refold to create our own Organic Origami flower. Pictures and instructions will be posted on our Facebook page. The group was then split in two, one group enjoying the taste test of liquid nitrogen chocolate ice cream, the other heading on to the physics lab. It was an exciting lab where the students could light a bulb with touch, watch liquid travel upwards, watch a spark travel up a “ladder”, try to avoid flying objects, and bumping cans. We finished out the day with a riveting presentation, "Let's get Glowing: The Transfer of Information Among Living Cells.” We discussed glowing piglets to lighting the streets with glowing trees – just because we can do it, is it a good idea? Thank you to the excellent Arts and Science faculty members and students of Concordia University that made this a successful event. Thank you to the staff and students of Sacred Heart School of Montreal and the Villa Maria students who ventured out during their spring break!

Les jeunes femmes en Bio - Atelier Interactif des Sciences de Montréal et le chapitre pour les filles de 9e année à l'Université Concordia était une journée passionnante

Les élèves de l'école Sacré-Coeur de Montréal et Villa Maria ont participé à une série d'ateliers interactifs. Nous avons commencé la journée avec un film intéressant sur L’Origami Organique. Nous avons tous essayé de plier, repliez, presser, et repliez plusieurs fois pour créer notre propre fleur en Origami organique. Vos photos et des instructions seront affichées sur notre page Facebook. Le groupe a ensuite été divisé en deux, un groupe appréciant le test de goût de crème glacée au chocolat d'azote liquide, l'autre groupe dans le laboratoire de physique. Il était un laboratoire excitant où les élèves pouvaient allumer une ampoule avec une touche, regarder ?du liquide faire un revirement vers le haut, voir une étincelle grimper une «échelle», essayer d'éviter des objets volants, et “bumping cans”. Nous avons terminé la journée avec une présentation fascinante, "Let’s Get Glowing: ou On S’Embrase: Le transfert d'informations entre les cellules vivantes". Nous avons discuté des sujets comme les porcelets illumines et l'éclairage des rues avec des arbres rougeoyants – en se demandant parce que nous pouvons le faire, est-il une bonne idée? Merci beaucoup aux membres du Faculte d’Arts et Sciences et des étudiants de l'Université Concordia qui ont fait de cet événement un succès. Merci aussi au personnel et aux élèves de l'école Sacré-Coeur de Montréal et les étudiantes de Villa Maria qui se sont aventurés au cours de leurs vacances de printemps!

Creating Organic Origami flowers

Touring Concordia University’s physics lab
Metro New York

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Panel Discussion

In honor of WIB’s Women’s History Month celebration, the WIB-Metro New York chapter, in partnership the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, will host a March 24, 2016, panel discussion on entrepreneurship and innovation in the healthcare industry. Leading biotech entrepreneurs Nina Tandon (CEO EpiBone), Sonia Ben Yehuda (President, MedCPU), Louise Tiranoff (President, GeneticaLens), and Misti Ushio (CEO, TARA Biosystems) will discuss their experiences with and offer insights into the challenges and benefits of founding a company. Learn more!

Save The Date! - Presentation on Columbia University’s Precision Medicine Initiative

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, world-renowned scientists/entrepreneurs Tom Maniatis and David Goldstein will speak about the broad-ranging, multi-disciplinary Precision Medicine Initiative at Columbia University, the related new Institute for Genomic Medicine and its impact on patient care, and their own role in the burgeoning NYC life sciences ecosystem. WIB-Metro New York members are invited to attend this event at a 20% discount by its organizer, the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York (CBSACNY). For more information, please visit this website.


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.

YWIB Seeks Volunteers for PRSEF Judging!

Young Women In Bio seeks volunteer judges for the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair, on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Heinz Field. Judges will evaluate science projects conducted by 6th-8th graders. Additionally, YWIB judges will select two projects they feel are particularly outstanding, and the winning students will be given a YWIB award and invited to a luncheon that is part of the Women In Bio P.O.W.E.R. event later in the year. If you have questions and/or are interested in volunteering as a judge for this event, please contact Christi Kolarcik or Erika Fanselow through our email:

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 Members Attend PA-Bio Dinner

On March 10, 2016, over 1,000 industry and community leaders involved in the Pennsylvania life sciences industry met at the Philadelphia Convention Center for the Annual Pennsylvania Bio Dinner. Several WIB-Pittsburgh members made the journey with Pittsburgh-regional biotechnology associates to partake in celebrating a great year of Pennsylvania life sciences:

WIB member Jennifer Young receives the President’s Service Award

WIB-Pittsburgh congratulates Jennifer Young, Senior Director at the Pittsburgh Technology Council, on winning the 2015 Pennsylvania Bio President’s Service Award. She was recognized for her significant contributions to the mission of the organization, volunteering her time, leadership, and energy devoted to the unification of Pennsylvania’s life sciences programs. In response to the reward Jennifer stated, “This biotech industry sector is so incredibly inspiring – they are changing the world. These people and companies aren’t driven by money or by fame, they are driven by much larger causes and any little thing that any of us can do to make their work easier or better we should do.” Congratulations, Jennifer, on a great year!

WIB-Pittsburgh member, Jennifer Young, wins the 2015 Pennsylvania Bio President’s Service Award

Pittsburgh Leadership meets WIB-Philadelphia Chapter Founders

Members of the WIB-Pittsburgh leadership team took advantage of the Philadelphia excursion to meet with the launching founders of the WIB-Philadelphia Chapter. Philadelphia will be the 13th established WIB Chapter. Leadership met to offer advice on chapter formation and programming as well as to form a foundation for future collaborations. The Philadelphia Chapter plans to host its first event over the summer. The Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Chapters look forward to working together to increase WIB’s exposure across the commonwealth!

Special Thanks

The PA Bio Dinner trip was arranged by the Biomedical Breakfast group and the Pittsburgh Technology Council. A special thank you to the Pittsburgh Technology Council for sponsoring transportation and a table at dinner. Support was also graciously provided by Connor Strong and Buckelew in the form of food and refreshments during the trip, and by the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute.


About Our Chapter

Research Triangle Park (RTP) is one of the oldest and largest high-tech research and development centers in North America. It is part of North Carolina's overall biotechnology initiative, and a primary economic driver for the region. Its 7,000 acres house more than 170 companies employing over 42,000 full-time and approximately 10,000 contract employees. Businesses range from Fortune 100 multinational research and development companies, to U.S. federal agencies, to university spin-outs and start-ups. Learn more about our chapter!

San Francisco Bay Area

“Women in Leadership: Seizing Opportunities”

On March 17, 2016, Women In Bio-San Francisco Bay Area and UCSF Women in Life Sciences (WiLS) will celebrate Womens History Month by hosting a special event at Nektar Therapeutics focused on leadership and opportunities in the life sciences. Join us for a stellar panel moderated by Jennifer Riggs (Nektar Therapeutics) featuring panelists Chris Meda (InCellDx), Gail Maderis (Antiva Biosciences), and Barbara McClung (Caribou Biosciences). Come get inspired by leaders who are at the forefront of cutting edge biotech companies and network with a wonderful group of women!

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area YWIB Visits Stanford Biodesign

Stanford Biodesign in Palo Alto, CA, invites San Francisco Bay Area middle and high school girls (6-12th grade) to an exciting afternoon learning about the process of invention and implementation of novel technologies in biomedicine. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 4:15 7:00 p.m. PST. Immediately following check-in, girls will meet with current fellows in small groups to learn about the biodesign projects they are working on (Women's Health - Gynecology/Obstetrics and Urology), followed by lab tour and a networking pizza dinner while having career discussions. The event will end with hands-on activities at the da-Vinci robotic surgical system simulation lab.

Seattle Metro

“The 50/50 Challenge: Projecting Confidence and Practicing Power as a Path Forward”

Women In Bio-Seattle Metro is delighted to host Kore Koubourlis, Leadership Coach and Founder of The Essential Group, LLC, as the speaker for our March 28, 2016, event: “The 50/50 Challenge: Projecting Confidence and Practicing Power as a Path Forward.” During Kore’s workshop, we will learn:

  • How the Inner Critic can keep us and our contributions invisible
  • The signals we may inadvertently send that stymie our own confidence and power and could be leaving uninspiring impressions on others
  • How to leverage everyday business situations that we might today dread and avoid as opportunities to shine (such as spontaneous hallway meetings with a professor or esteemed researcher in the field, riding the elevator with a CEO, and meetings)
  • Power practices that will help us project and feel more confidence, and propel us to permanently uplevel our game

Join us at this empowering event.

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: “Building Effective Presentations for Investors/Partners”

You have been successful in getting the attention of a potential investor and have been invited to present to their investment team - now the hard work begins. Creating a presentation that will engage your audience, communicate your message, and highlights your capabilities is a critical part of successful fundraising. Please join us on May 17, 2016, for a round-table discussion about developing successful and effective presentations.

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 a Women’s History Month Event: “Women Investing in Women”

Every year in March, Women In Bio celebrates Women’s History Month (WHM) with events highlighting the most pressing issues for women in the biosciences/technology field. This year’s theme is “Expanding the 50-50 Challenge,” and our March 17, 2016, WHM event will identify opportunities, barriers, and challenges for women who are becoming investors in their own right, as well as challenges for women entrepreneurs to access investment. On a broader note, our panel will discuss how women can identify and tackle with gender disparities in the professional environment through “investing” in their own and their female colleague’s professional goals. Learn more!

April will Feature WIB-DC/Baltimore’s Exhibition at the ISPE Showcase

April is coming! WIB-DC/Baltimore will present exhibitions in the upcoming 2016 Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences Showcase event on April 12, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Universities at Shady Grove (9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850). This event is organized by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering-Chesapeake Bay Area chapter, and provides a great opportunity for our chapter to gain exposure and grow our network with the local community. Our chapter volunteers will set up a table and exhibitions, and network with event attendees as well as partners at the exhibition hall. Registration to the exhibit hall is free until MARCH 18, 2016. Come join us at the event and spread your network!

Want an 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!

“Building Your Confidence Muscle”

WIB-DC/Baltimore organized an evening on February 25, 2016, with Joan Worthington, a notable IT leader, entrepreneur, and coach in the University of Maryland Biopark. Linda Saffer (Tedco) began the evening by introducing the speaker to twenty-some attendees. Ms. Worthington, a “tech person” as she called herself, led technology initiatives in the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for more than four years and then moved into entrepreneurship sector. She is also a certified career coach and led an energetic discussion on the topic of "how to build confidence." Read the entire article.

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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