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WIB’s BIO Plenary Event Is Not to be Missed!Please join us for our signature annual WIB Plenary Event on Monday, June 6, 2016, at San Francisco's beautiful Clift Hotel. Our panel of esteemed speakers will discuss critical, and often controversial, issues affecting women in the life sciences industry, identify important industry trends and how to act on them, and how they created their career paths. This panel is sure to inspire and motivate both women and men to work together to support the career development of women!
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This event is not to be missed so register today!
BIO 2016 Comes to San Francisco in June!
The largest, most influential biotech Convention in the world is coming to San Francisco, June 6-9, 2016. Experience powerful business partnering, benefit from invaluable education sessions and network with 15,000+ of biotech's best and brightest. See how the everyday becomes extraordinary - at BIO 2016. Register now at convention.bio.org. WIB members get a discount on any BIO Convention registration when applying discount code CH50.
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Young Women In Bio Discusses the Importance of Science and Vaccines
On March 2, 2016, WIB-Atlanta Young Women In Bio (YWIB) Chair, Jenniffer Stetler, and her colleague, Asia Bright, both doctoral students in the Department of Biology at Georgia State University, spoke about the importance of herd immunity, vaccines, and STEM careers to a group of high school girls at the Mill Springs Academy in Alpharetta, GA. The young women were interested and engaged by the case study, history, and benefits of vaccines, and were particularly excited to know about the many diverse opportunities available to women who decide to pursue careers in science. Charlotte Sumner, an 11th grader who attended this meeting, wrote about her excellent experience at this event in the school newsletter.
Jenniffer Stetler (left) and Asia Bright discuss vaccines
Girls worked together on an exercise that explored the practice of vaccination
Partner with Women In Bio-Atlanta
The Women In Bio-Atlanta sponsorship committee is looking for biotechnology company partnerships. Does your company have a sizable conference room or event space we can use for events? Wouldn’t it be great to have the next WIB event right at work and not have to go through Atlanta’s traffic? Contact us at Atlanta@womeninbio.org, let us know that your company has event space, and we’ll work with your company’s leadership to bring the event to you.
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 Atlanta@womeninbio.org to learn more and to volunteer!
Emory MAPs-U Group Needs Volunteers
Mentors Advisors Peers (MAP)s-University groups have regular monthly meetings on the Emory campus that involve invited speakers and discussions on various career-related topics. The Emory MAPs-U group is looking for a graduate student and a post-doc to volunteer as group leaders. With help from the MAPs Chair, the group leader(s) will be responsible for organizing regular meetings and inviting speakers. The group leader(s) will also report to the MAPs Chair. Being group leader allows you a great opportunity to network and will better prepare you for your future career. Email AtlantaMaps@womeninbio.org and tell us you are interested!
Opportunity for Free Registration to WIB-Atlanta Events
Would you like the chance to attend WIB-Atlanta events for free? WIB-Atlanta is looking for volunteers to work the registration table at the beginning of chapter events. Benefits of this experience include the opportunity to meet and network with event attendees. If you are new to WIB, want to meet people, and want an easy way to initiate professional relationships, this is a great opportunity. Contact Atlanta@womeninbio.org to discuss volunteer opportunities that can provide you with free entry into WIB-Atlanta events.
Join Our WIB-Austin Leadership Team!!
Looking to gain leadership experience through Women In Bio? Volunteer to serve on our leadership team! We are seeking volunteers to enhance chapter Membership and Sponsorship. The Membership committee will work with the WIB-Austin chapter and National WIB to update and maintain a complete member database. Enthusiastic volunteers will coordinate membership drives and other activities to boost membership. The Sponsorship committee is active year-round to identify and secure sponsorship money. In addition to creating opportunities for fundraising, volunteers will be confident and comfortable asking for sponsorship money from companies and organizations. Contact Austin@womeninbio.org for more information!
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 Austin@womeninbio.org to sign up!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Meet the WIB-Greater Boston Chapter Leadership!
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Meet the WIB-Metro New York Chapter Leadership!
WIB-Pittsburgh Presents “MAPs 1:1 Mentoring Presents: Take Control of Your Career Path”
WIB-Pittsburgh’s MAPs 1:1 mentoring program is excited to announce that on May 5, 2016, we will wrap up our first six-month 1:1 mentoring cycle and kick off our next round! To celebrate, please join us as we welcome Dr. Kathy Humphrey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Chief of Staff at the University of Pittsburgh, to speak to our group about taking control of your career path. Dr. Humphrey overcame many significant challenges on her way to her current position, and now she is not only a leader at Pitt, but also a strong advocate for others pursuing their goals. This free event will be open exclusively to WIB members.
WIB- Pittsburgh Presents “Inspiring Professional Must-Reads!”
Summer vacations are fast approaching! On May 19, 2016, see what Women In Bio members are reading, and be prepared for summer with a book list to inspire you in your career and beyond. Join us in Squirrel Hill for casual discussions of encouraging books read by your peers. We will highlight four to five books by women authors regarding motivation, life, and career navigation. While we encourage you to submit a book title you wish to read and explore, it is not needed for joining the discussion. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. Registration is required for this event. Submit book titles to Pittsburgh@WomenInBio.org.
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: email@example.com. For more information about MAPS and 1:1 mentoring, please visit: http://www.womeninbio.org/mentoring.
WIB-Pittsburgh’s Active Enrollment Mirrors Advancement in Pittsburgh Life Sciences
Pittsburgh: The Steel City. Thirty years ago, “steel” referred to an alloy of iron produced by the city’s labor force. Today, “steel” embodies the courage and tenacity emitted by the city’s workers. Life science residents realize that to stay in Pittsburgh they must take ownership of their individual futures as well as the future of their city. These individuals of Pittsburgh are committed to the advancement of biotechnology companies through self-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. The determination and perseverance driving Pittsburgh’s life science growth is demonstrated in our WIB-Pittsburgh chapter. Even though Pittsburgh has by far the smallest population of all WIB chapter regions - Southern California, Boston, DC, and New York - to name a few, the WIB-Pittsburgh chapter has the second highest ratio of active members to distribution list non-members. This active participation demonstrates the personal and deep involvement of women in Pittsburgh to push the Steel City toward a life sciences-rich sector. As the growing life sciences adds economic growth and diversity to Pittsburgh, Women In Bio helps to add diversity to Pittsburgh’s life sciences. Recently, Forbes magazine highlighted the innovation driving Pittsburgh out of the ashes of the Steel Era into a new era.
WIB-Pittsburgh Welcomes New Members!
With great pleasure, the WIB-Pittsburgh Leadership team welcomes new members to our chapter! Our March membership drive was a fantastic success, resulting in a 15% increase in chapter membership. Great job Membership Chair, Rebecca Watters, the membership committee, and the whole leadership team. Thank you to all our WIB members and supporters for sharing and promoting our organization to your peers!
WIB-Pittsburgh’s leadership prepares to toast a spectacular membership drive
Chapter Chair, Rachel Kopper, uncorks a champagne celebration with the Leadership team
WIB-RTP Presents Its 2nd Annual Picnic!
WIB-RTP invites ALL for a picnic on May 1, 2016, at Pineywood Park in Durham, NC. Come and join us with your friends and family members as we celebrate the beginning of spring in a casual outdoor setting. There will be games and activities for adults and kids of all ages. Friendly dogs are also welcome! Barbecue and drinks will be provided at the venue by WIB. Attendees are encouraged to bring sides or desserts to share with others. Price covers the whole family. Non-members are also welcome and encouraged to join us!
Young Women In Bio Visits the Bayer CropScience Greenhouse
The WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio group is excited to announce its third event of 2016! Girls in 6th-8th grade are invited to experience the high-tech Bayer CropScience adjustable-climate research greenhouse in RTP. This May 4, 2016, event will include an introduction to the greenhouse, an informative Q&A session with the amazing scientists who work there, and a full tour of the greenhouse. Learn more!
WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio holds Inaugural “Spring into STEM” Event
On March 12, 2016, WIB-RTP’s Young Women In Bio group held its inaugural “Spring into STEM” event! This year’s theme was The Spirit of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In our first event of this size, over 150 girls, representing the 8th through 12th grades enjoyed a visit to The Frontier, the headquarters of the RTP Foundation. Read the entire article on this spectacular event!
Girls learning how to pipette for one of the day’s hands-on STEM activities
In another activity, Dr. Natalia Mitin instructs girls on how to compose a product pitch
Lu McLeod Speaks on Entrepreneurship within an Organization
On April 6th, 2016, members and guests of WIB-RTP had the pleasure of hearing Lu McLeod speak about the “Entrepreneur Inside.” Lu began her career as a pharmaceutical sales representative, and became the first female at her company to become a District Manager and Regional Sales Director. Throughout her career, she has held positions of increasing responsibility including VP of Sales, VP of Marketing, and VP of Advertising and Promotion. Lu is the recipient of numerous awards for performance, leadership, and innovation. She recently earned her ICF Coaching Certification and is passionate about coaching and mentoring women to enhance in their careers and lives. Read more!
Lu McLeod discusses the “Entrepreneur Inside” organizational role
Fielding audience questions
MAPs U Group Holds Inaugural Events!
WIB-RTP has recently launched MAPs U at Duke University, and has held its first two events! We wish to recognize our MAPs-U Chair, Julia Roberts, for her hard work in putting together these unique mentoring opportunities for graduate students and postdocs:
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WIB-San Francisco Bay Area YWIB Visits 23andMe
23andMe invites San Francisco Bay Area middle and high school girls to an exciting afternoon at their Mountain View headquarters on May 10, 2016, to learn about DNA testing and new ways of accelerating biomedical research with genetics. After check-in, the girls will listen in on a career panel of 23andMe women working in various roles across the company, followed by a pizza party and tour of 23andMe's new office. The event will conclude with hands-on activity simulating a Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) of dog coat type or a strawberry DNA extraction!
WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Presents: “Speed Networking at Molecular Devices”
Join members of the Bay Area biology community on May 11, 2016, at WIB’s speed networking event! This is a great opportunity to meet other women working in biotech, and to learn about Women In Bio. We’ll start with an informal reception with refreshments and plenty of time for conversation, followed by a speed networking event with five-minute one-on-one interactions. Special thanks to Molecular Devices for hosting!
WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Call for Volunteers!
Build a network without even trying - come volunteer with Women In Bio! Our committees are staffed and run by amazing women who you should get to know! Plus, make connections at local companies as part of our chapter’s Sponsorship committee, meet amazing speakers with the Programming committee, hone your speaking and writing skills with the Communications team, and more. Email SanFrancisco@womeninbio.org for more information!
WIB-Seattle Metro Presents “Juggling Time: Integrating All That Is Important In Life”
Work and life are often weighted against each other. How do women achieve success and still maintain a rich, fulfilling life outside of work on their terms? On May 17, 2016, we are going straight to the source in search of answers. We’ve invited a panel of women to tackle these tough questions. Our panel will tell us what worked for them. You will leave with new tips and techniques. Please join us for a candid and compelling discussion and the chance to network with prominent women.
The 50/50 Challenge: Projecting Confidence and Practicing Power as a Path Forward
On March 28, 2016, WIB-Seattle presented "The 50/50 Challenge: Projecting Confidence and Practicing Power as a Path forward" at Cambia Grove. Our invited speaker, Kore Koubourlis, is a leadership coach and founder of The Essential Group, LLC., and has helped numerous executives succeed in their careers. During the interactive workshop, Kore provided the audience with tips for recognizing problematic behavioral patterns, followed by the development of strategies to project confidence and credibility in the workplace. She stressed that through practice it was possible to manage self-doubt and instead articulate our vision and values in a productive way. She stressed that above all else we should acquire a habit of celebrating our accomplishments to counteract our tendency to critique our actions. Over 60 people participated in the event, and attendees commented that they would be able to use some specific techniques learned from the workshop in their lives right away.
Kore Koubourlis speaks to a full house at WIB-Seattle Metro’s Women’s History Month event
Attendees practiced how to project confidence and credibility in the workplace
“The Power of Networking - Creating Your Own Opportunities in the Life Sciences Industry”
On April 28, 2016, Ashley Van Zeeland, Head of Pediatrics, Human Longevity Inc., an accomplished neuroscientist, will share her experiences as a female leader, knocking on doors and creating opportunities that led to her co-founding Cypher Genomics, and leading it to its recent successful acquisition by Human Longevity Inc. Lauren Mages, successful recruiter and business developer at Real Life Sciences, will share her experiences building relationships that have led their success. Both have valuable lessons about the power of networking and face-to-face interactions. Learn more!
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 SouthernCalifornia@womeninbio.org 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!
Save The Date! - WIB-DC/Baltimore presents a Mentorship Workshop
The Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) program has been growing since 2012, and we are excited to have new members and groups! Our May 10, 2016, interactive mentorship workshop will simulate a MAPs meeting, and facilitate small group discussions pertaining to mentorship. Leading the discussions will be Susan G. Seber, Global Compliance Strategy & Operations Leader, MedImmune. An active MAPs member since 2012, Susan has logged many hours of mentorship coaching to earn her Leadership Coaching Certification and Associate Certified Coach Credential through the International Federation of Coaching. Look for registration information coming out soon!
Fantastic Accomplishment from Young Women In Bio on the national STEM Stage
The WIB-DC/Baltimore YWIB group had a hugely successful participation as an exhibitor at the USA Science and Engineering Festival held April 16-17, 2016. As a result of our involvement, we collected hundreds of names of interested girls and parents to participate in our upcoming programs. We have already been contacted by three area organizations for potential partnerships. We raised nearly $5,000 in sponsorship funds and we awarded two schools checks for their science departments. We had nearly 20 girls volunteer to wear the pink lab coat and walk through every aspect of our booth at the event, achieving exactly the science immersion and leadership YWIB hopes for. Special thanks to our leadership team and all our volunteers behind the scenes, without whom none of these could have been achieved! See more!
“Stop by and learn about STEM!”
Want a 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 (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4260075), Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/WIBDCBaltimore/?fref=ts), and Twitter handle (https://twitter.com/WIBDCBaltimore). Follow us and you’ll be informed of upcoming events, recaps of past events, resources, recent articles in Bio-related fields, and job postings!
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 DC.Baltimore@WomenInBio.org.
Looking to volunteer? Join our Communications, Membership, Sponsorship, and Program committees!
Looking for opportunities to improve your leadership and communication skills through WIB? Consider volunteering with our communications, membership, program, or sponsorship committees! All these diverse committees are seeking amazing WIB volunteers to help with exciting projects such as social media marketing, membership driving as well as events planning for the upcoming year. Don’t miss out on a chance to serve as future leaders for the DC/Baltimore chapter. Contact DC.Baltimore@WomenInBio.org to learn more and to volunteer!
A Shout-Out to WIB-DC/Baltimore Volunteers at the ISPE Showcase
WIB-DC/Baltimore had a great opportunity to set up exhibitions and represent our chapter in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences Showcase event on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Universities at Shady Grove. Organized by International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering Chesapeake Bay Area chapter, the event was a huge success and a great platform for biotech companies and organizations to showcase and to network. Shout outs to all our chapter volunteers who planned and presented at the site for this event; it lends great opportunities for our chapter to meet potential sponsors in the near future.
WIB-DC/Baltimore’s team at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences Showcase
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