Inviting. Supporting. Succeeding.
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!
Our speakers include:
Nicole Fisher (Moderator) Founder and CEO of HHR Strategies
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.
|WIB-National Webinar: “Raising Capital for Rising Companies”
Regardless of whether one works in industry or academia, each of us plays a role in the financial health of ourorganizations. From grant writing to private equity funding, there are reasons behind the success of those who secure the funding. Join us on May 26, 2016, as Heather Smith, Managing Director, Head of Private Financing Solutions, Sagent Advisors, discusses healthcare and technology trends and forecasts, as well as provides insights into successful financing strategies. Heather will also discuss what makes a good solid business, and what we need to know about market trends that impacts all of us - from payer payments, adoption and approval processes, and reimbursements. Attendees will have the opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation to have their questions answered directly by Ms. Smith. Learn more.
|Save $300 on a BIO Executive Training Course when you register for the 2016 BIO International Convention
The Business Development Fundamentals and Advanced Business Development courses support the activity that takes place at our partnering, investor and venture capital conferences each year by training individuals who are making the deals that drive this industry. Each course is taught by experienced business development professionals from leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, and experts from the fields of law and public relations. All instructors have deep hands-on experience with deals and licensing in the biotech industry. Learn more.
|WIB Video Spotlight Series
The Path to Success in R&D – And Beyond
Join WIB-RTP to hear about the paths these women took to success in R&D and beyond, exclusively for members in our video library!
|CHAPTER NEWS & EVENTS|
WIB-Atlanta Presents a Career Workshop - Effective Strategies to Get the Best Job and Optimize Your Career
On June 8, 2016, the Executive Strategies Inc. and Career Synergies team will lead a discussion on the fundamentals of writing an impactful resume as well as answer questions on career management and the job search process. Learn more!
Personal Finances for Women of This World
On April 20, 2016, women from the Women In Bio – Atlanta Chapter met for the 10th Women’s Series event titled “Personal Finances for Women of This World,” by Meredith Moore. The event was held in partnership with French, Netherlands, Israel, and German American Chambers of Commerce, and the British American Business Council. Meredith is the founder and owner of Moore & Associates Wealth Management, which she founded in 1999 to serve and coordinate the financial affairs of a select group of individuals, families, and businesses in the Greater Atlanta area. During her presentation she covered a broad range of topics - from estate planning, risk management, and short-term savings to debt management and long-term savings. Read more!
Meredith Moore provided wealth management advice for women
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.
Bio-Industry in Central Texas: Careers and Insights in Clinical Research and Development
Clinical research and development is an important field that promotes studies of drug and medical device safety and efficacy. During the April 12, 2016, WIB-Austin Area event, moderator Hilary Graham (Luminex) and speakers Alexandria Wise Rankovic (INC Research), Christine Jesser (Seton Healthcare Family), and Shannon Lewis Berlin (Aeglea BioTherapeutics) shared their unique perspectives of their career paths in clinical research. Each speaker had ten minutes to share her story, and the discussion that followed provided valuable insights for the 30+ guests in attendance. The event was generously sponsored by INC Research.
It was standing room only at the INC Research event venue
Panelists share a light moment during the Q&A session
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!
WIB-Chicago Presents: “Strategies for Female Entrepreneurs to Secure Funding and Protect their Company's IP”
Please join the Chicago Chapter of Women In Bio on May 26, 2016, for a roundtable event focused on two of the most important issues to female entrepreneurs: funding and IP protection. Our panelists include entrepreneurs, investors, and an IP attorney. We anticipate an engaging discussion with our panelists sharing their insights and experiences, while exploring these topics from a variety of vantage points.
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!
|Metro New York
WIB-Metro New York Presents Its Spring Networking Event
Join us on May 25, 2016, for an evening of networking, drinks, and light food to toast the summer. Cash bar with light food provided.
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.
WIB-Pittsburgh Welcome-to-Summer Potluck Picnic
On June 23, 2016, Women In Bio-Pittsburgh will welcome all as we kick off summer with a potluck picnic at Anderson Shelter in Schenley Park. Family, friends, and non-members are welcome! Come join us as we celebrate summer in a delightful outdoor setting. There will be games, activities, and a delicious summertime barbecue. Kids can also enjoy the adjacent “Dinosaur” playground. Main dishes and beverages will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share as well as a blanket or chairs, if families wish to sit in the grass around the pavilion. If you would like to see what others are bringing and sign-up your own dish, please visit our pot-luck page: http://plinr.com/pl/0EDHj3.
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.
MAPs 1:1 Mentoring: Take Control of Your Career Path
Dr. Kathy Humphrey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement, and Chief of Staff at the University of Pittsburgh, motivated 25 attendees at the MAPs 1:1 mentoring event on May 5, 2016. She challenged all in attendance to consider: “Is your work in rhythm with the purpose of your life?” Dr. Humphrey’s animated personality brought the room life - attendees erupted with frequent laughter mixed with pregnant pauses of deep thought. She stressed that we should “ring true with who you are,” and explained in great depth the difference between just doing what you are able to do versus using your gifts to carry out your real purpose. She explains that purpose is an “urge to make a difference…an inner desire to share your gifts.” Read more!
Dr. Kathy Humphrey gave a riveting presentation
Attendees had fun with an activity that illustrated a serious point: how easily we can forget our purpose, and lose sight of our true goals
WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio Visits Medicago
Young Women In Bio and Medicago invite you to learn about vaccine development using plants! On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Medicago will host young women in grades 9 - 12 to meet their amazing team, see their innovative technology, and participate in a fun, hands-on activity: We will learn about Medicago’s development from research lab to state-of-the-art process, tour Medicago’s automated Greenhouse to learn how they turn plants into vaccines, and perform an experiment related to this process.
Unleashing the Power of Biotech at NCCU
As part of a WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio program, a group of high school girls from around the Triangle had the pleasure of visiting North Carolina Central University’s BRITE program on April 19, 2016. Ms. Betty Brown led the girls through an experiment, and then the girls toured the pharmaceutical science research labs where they met with researchers and learned about their work. The tour of the lab included information on cell culture for cancer research, the use of tobacco plants in pharmaceuticals, and a brief introduction to biochemistry. At each stop, the facility’s scientists shared their passion and enthusiasm for their chosen field with the girls, and conveyed to them the impact they hope to make. Read more!
The girls got to learn about scientific research being done at the BRITE facility
Practicing with pipettes during a hands-on activity
Communicating Your Best Self
Due to the success of last year’s “Communicating Your Best Self” event, the WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio group was asked to come back and present the “Communicating Your Best Self” workshop again to 11th and 12th graders at the North Carolina School of Science and Math on February 1, 2016. The event hit maximum capacity for a second year in a row and was extremely well received by students! Read more!
Lean In: Women In Science at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
On April 15, 2016, WIB-RTP participated in an excellent panel discussion at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. A panel of six women, representing a range of STEM fields, talked to the student audience about their careers, choices, and challenges during the third annual Lean In event, which was held in conjunction with the North Carolina Science Festival, a multi day celebration showcasing science and technology and its impact on North Carolina. The Lean In panel discussion was followed by a networking reception led by WIB-RTP volunteers, who provided attendees a hands-on experience in generating the best “elevator speech”: Students were broken into small groups where they had a chance to introduce themselves to WIB representatives and practice their networking techniques.
A panel of six women STEM professionals talked about their careers, choices, and challenges
The student audience sits in rapt attention as the STEM panel share their career experiences and insights
WIB-RTP Represented at NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium
On April 29, 2016, Chapter Chair, Aga Truax, and Communications Chair, Alicia Koblansky, represented WIB-RTP at the 19th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium, one of the largest assemblies of biomedical organizations and young scientists in the Research Triangle Center. Targeting postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, the Career Symposium provides young scientists with an opportunity to explore a myriad of career options and create a contact network as they plan for their future careers in biomedical sciences; therefore, it provided a perfect opportunity to explain the benefits of joining WIB-RTP to future members.
Explaining WIB’s mission and the benefits of membership to a symposium attendee
WIB-RTP Holds Its 2nd Annual Picnic
WIB-RTP held its 2nd annual picnic on May 1, 2016, at Pineywood Park in Durham, NC. Even though the morning brought us a thunderstorm, the sun eventually came out and gave us some Carolina blue skies. Chapter members brought friends and family members - including some of the furry kind - to celebrate the beginning of summer in a casual outdoor setting. Many tested their skills with the adult size Connect 4 and stacking blocks; no causalities were seen. All enjoyed the Carolina BBQ and yummy desserts. It was great to see everyone in a more casual setting than usual!
Food and fellowship on a beautiful Carolina day
WIB-RTP Chapter Chair, Aga Truax, recruiting a future WIB member
Kayo Roundtable: Women in Healthcare Investing
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST, join leading CEOs, investors, and M&A and finance professionals for an afternoon investor roundtable and cocktail reception on the topic of “Healthcare Investment Trends: What RTP Companies Need to Know.” WIB members can take advantage of a 10% registration discount by using promo code WIB10. Learn more.
|San Francisco Bay Area
WIB-San Francisco Bay Area YWIB Visits the Joint BioEnergy Institute
On March 8 2016, the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) hosted 15 middle school girls from across the Bay Area for an event organized by WIB member Dr. Erin Hill. At this event, the girls learned how to make biofuels from plant biomass. Immediately following check-in, pizza was served. Dr. Hill then began the event with a presentation that provided the girls with motivation and background information to help them better enjoy their time at JBEI, and learn from their experience there. During her presentation Dr. Hill highlighted the work of inspirational female scientists throughout modern history, explained the importance of biofuels to our society, and gave an age-appropriate science introduction to the process by which biofuels are produced from plants. Read the entire article.
Touring the JBEI facility
Comparing plant and animal cells
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-San Francisco Bay Area YWIB Tours Stanford Biodesign
On April 6, 2016, fifteen middle and high school girls from the Bay Area, including girls from the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, attended WIB-San Francisco Bay Area’s Young Women In Bio event at Stanford Biodesign in Palo Alto, California. The Stanford Biodesign Fellowship Program charges its fellows to form connections between innovation and healthcare with the goal of developing practical, cost effective solutions to address today’s medical needs. The girls were greeted by fellows at their Biodesign offices, followed by an introduction to the Biodesign program by Elisabeth Wynne and brief descriptions from fellows of their ongoing projects: William Kethman described in depth the principles and development of a device intended for early detection of asthma in children. This device is being clinically tested, and Dr. Kethman showed the girls its prototype. The students expressed their interest and curiosity by asking many questions: What percentage of ideas become products? How long it takes to make a product? Do the physicians and engineers come from prestigious schools? Why can’t this device work in adults? Read the entire article.
Gaining hands-on experience in the surgical training lab
Stanford Biodesign Fellows, Elisabeth Wynne (back row, blue sweater) and William Kethman (4th from right, second row) organized a dynamic and engaging event
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.
Your Relationship with Money: How it Impacts Your Career, Income and Beyond
On April 13, 2016, WIB-Seattle Metro welcomed Mary Billerbeck, money coach and owner of Financially Fit Living, to provide insight on our relationship with money. Mary discussed the need to understand our relationship with money, and how that relationship may be holding us back. Money is an integral part of our lives and our beliefs about money show up in all parts of life. An unhealthy relationship with money may cause us to underestimate our worth, give away power, or self-sabotage, resulting in living a life controlled by fear or financial chaos. Allowing ourselves to be controlled by the fear of our relationship with money is a self-imposed condition. We have the power to change this by evaluating our beliefs around money to gain clarity. To do this, Mary suggested that we ask if our money beliefs are true, healthy, helpful, realistic, and logical. Once we break through limiting beliefs, we can create a new money story for ourselves.
Mary Billerbeck spoke to a full house at the CoMotion Incubator on the UW Seattle campus
Answering audience questions
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.
WIB-Southern California the “Women In Bio Start-Up Pitch Challenge”
Women In Bio-Southern California invites women in the life sciences to enter the “Start-up Pitch Challenge” to be held June 14, 2016, at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS. Finalists will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges and a winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced at the event and will receive various prizes. All contestants will have the opportunity to display their business at our reception prior to the pitch event. We are excited to offer this opportunity, and welcome you to apply by May 26, 2016, by filling out our Executive Summary. Once you have completed the Executive Summary, send it and your attached slideshow deck to SouthernCalifornia@womeninbio.org, attention Debra Bressaw. Please note that we only review non-confidential materials.
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.
The Power of Networking – Creating Your Own Opportunities
Our April 28, 2016, event took place at Hera Hub - a great stimulating working space for women – and opened a discussion on the power of networking and face-to-face interactions. Our new Program Chair, Debra Bressaw, began the evening by thanking the WIB-Southern California committee chairs for their help in making this event a reality, then passed the mike to our new chapter chair, Gabriela Velasquez. Gabriela then introduced our speaker, Lauren Mages, recruiter and business developer at Real Life Sciences. Lauren’s presentation was interactive, and the audience often provided a lively conversation and exchange of good practices. Read the entire article.
Laura Mages discusses how fact-to-face meetings occur in today’s workplace
An extremely engaged audience discussed communication best practices throughout the evening
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 (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!
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