|Women In Bio E-Newsletter|
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|Applications for the Women In Bio Founders Professional Scholarship are being Accepted!
WIB is accepting applications for this year’s Women In Bio Founders Scholarship! The scholarship was established to advance the educational development of women in the life sciences industry by encouraging and supporting education on the business aspects of life science. The scholarship honors WIB co-founders, Robbie Melton, Anne Mathias, Cynthia Wong, and Elizabeth Grey, who all wanted to provide a forum for women to come together to celebrate and support each other's success, and in so doing created a dynamic and invaluable forum for the local community.
We are pleased to announce WIB will offer five $1,000 professional scholarships this year. Candidates must be women who are WIB chapter members and working within the life sciences. Scholarship money can be applied towards workshops, conferences, courses, seminars, and other similar educational programs. Click here to download and complete the application. The application deadline is November 11, 2016. Send completed applications to email@example.com.
To donate money towards the WIB Scholarship Fund, click here. We encourage companies to sponsor a full scholarship, and also invite individuals to donate any amount. Donations can be made in honor or memory of, someone special to you.
|WIB Video Spotlight Series:
Learn Why Entrepreneurship is a Viable Career Path
Why is entrepreneurship a viable path for women to take in their careers? What are the challenges of entrepreneurship - and the rewards? Learn the answers to these questions from this WIB-Pittsburgh panel in our member-exclusive video library.
|CHAPTER NEWS & EVENTS|
Tonight! - "Women in STEM-Female Pioneers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math"
The lack of diversity in STEM is no secret. The Women In Bio-Atlanta Chapter is excited to address this issue by hosting a premiere panel of professional women who will discuss how they arrived at their careers and provide insights on navigating male-dominated fields. Tonight’s discussion will be moderated by Suzanne Shope and feature the following panelists: Dr. Roberta Attanasio, Kasie Scott Palmer, Vicki Hamiliton, Prerana Sharma, and Carolyn Holcomb. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with registration and networking at the lovely Alliance Française/Goethe Institute facility. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. This is joint event with FACC, GACC, NACCSE, British-American Business Council of Georgia, and Belgian-American Chamber. Learn more!
Becoming an Outdoors Woman
WIB-Atlanta invites you to a weekend of "Becoming an Outdoors Woman," to be held November 4-6, 2016. This educational event will focus on the development of outdoor skills such as fishing, boating, shooting, and advanced hunting. This event will also introduce participants to the habitat and resource management of one of Georgia's seven natural wonders - The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. More information and registration can be found at: http://georgiawildlife.com/BOW. WIB-Atlanta will provide two scholarships for the event! Contact Atlanta@WomenInBio.org for more information.
WIB-Austin Professional Development: "How Can a Mentor or Sponsor Maximize Professional Success?"
On October 17, 2016, WIB-Austin Area hosted a panel discussion at Galvanize in Austin. The panel discussion on “How Can a Mentor or Sponsor Maximize Professional Success?” was lead by Hilary Graham from Luminex Corporation, and featured panelists Gail Page, Co-founder and Executive Chair of Consortia Health, and Managing Partner at Vineyard Investment Advisors; and Laura Bosworth-Bucher, CEO and Co-Founder at TeVido BioDevices. The event hosted a group of attendees representing women at different stages of their careers. An evening of inspiring and insightful discussions and networking was preceded by good food and good wine. Panel discussion revolved around self-confidence, self-promotion, seizing opportunities, understanding the importance of results and building one’s own credibility, and many other interesting and relevant topics. Thanks to everyone who participated and Galvanize for hosting us!
The evening’s activities were preceded by good food and good wine.
Attendees look on as panelists discuss how to recognize and seize opportunities.
Start-Up Challenge 2.0
Leaders of five local, women-led companies participated in WIB-Chicago’s second annual “Start-Up Challenge” on September 27, 2016. Representatives from LanzaTech, 4D Healthware, MAG Optics, Novalex, and PraxiCut LLC gave dynamic presentations on their companies to our panel of experts, which provided insightful feedback on maximizing the effectiveness of the pitches. Congratulations to Geeta Singh, co-founder and Chief Business Officer of MAG Optics, for winning the cash prize. Over 50 attendees enjoyed networking and supporting our local entrepreneurs. WIB-Chicago would like to thank our panel of experts, Alicia Loffler, Nancy Sullivan, Marta New, and Kapila Viges, for sharing their time and expertise. WIB-Chicago also would like to thank our sponsors for this wonderful event, Horizon Pharma; Marshall, Gerstein & Borun; and MATTER, for your continued support of our organization and the local life sciences community. – Heather R. Kissling
Young Women In Bio is Looking for Volunteers!
WIB-Chicago’s Young Women In Bio group is again partnering with Citizen Schools Illinois to expand the learning day for middle school students. We need of Women In Bio volunteers to assist the weekly cooking apprenticeship at Woodsen South Elementary School (4414 S. Evans in the Bronzeville neighborhood). This apprenticeship will be taught by members of Common Threads; and all WIB volunteers will need to do is help participating kids conduct their cooking projects for the afternoon. The time commitment is only one Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the November 8th, 15th, and 29th sessions. If you would like to volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WIB-Greater Boston Chapter Has Been Busy On Many Fronts!
Welcome new members! We are in the midst of a full schedule of fall events!
Our Chapter is looking to end this year strong, but we need your help to keep the momentum going! Please consider getting involved by becoming a sponsor, volunteering to help drive the continued growth of our membership and programming, or simply sharing your ideas and expertise.
|Metro New York
Meet WIB-Metro New York’s Chapter Leadership Team
WIB-Philadelphia Metro Chapter Launch Event!
Join us Wednesday, November 2, 2016, to celebrate the highly anticipated launch of the Women In Bio-Philadelphia Metro Chapter! Learn more about our chapter and membership opportunities during an interactive and inspiring cocktail reception. The event will be highlighted by keynote speaker Dr. Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D., The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who will share her personal success story. We are excited to host this event at the brand new Pennovation Center in Philadelphia! Tours of the center will be provided.
WIB-Pittsburgh Attends City Theater's Presentation of Feeding the Dragon
On November 8, 2016, join us for Women In Bio Night at City Theater’s presentation of Feeding the Dragon, followed by a WIB-only post-show talkback with writer and performer Sharon Washington. Feeding the Dragon is a heartfelt coming-of age autobiographical play. Deep in the bowels of a New York Public Library lies a dragon: the monstrous coal furnace that Sharon’s father, the live-in custodian, must feed every night. A moving examination of family secrets, forgiveness, and the power of language, Feeding the Dragon explores Sharon’s life growing up in the library and the fire she never allowed to fade. Registration closes on October 25, 2016. No late registrations will be accepted through the WIB-specific events page as discounted group tickets will be purchased upon registration close.
Interesting in Getting More Involved?
Join the P.O.W.E.R.ful women of WIB-Pittsburgh! Volunteers are needed for the Communications, Programming, Membership, and Sponsorship committees. There are also opportunities to volunteer with the Pittsburgh MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, Peers) and YWIB (Young Women In Bio) groups. Volunteering is a tangible way to support the WIB mission. Please send an email to email@example.com for more information.
WIB-RTP Presents the "Redesigning your Career” Workshop
Do you wish for a new role in a new place, but stuck on how and when? Perhaps you have navigated your career and reached the place you thought you wanted to be. Now that you are there, you look around and wonder "Now what?" Thereis no need for stress or random "what ifs?" when it comes to changing jobs/careers. In today's rapidly changing economy, employees change jobs and careers at a break neck speed. In this November 9, 2016, interactive workshop, Phoenix Rising Consulting Group will help you break free from that rut and move forward in a way that feels fulfilling and aligned with who you really are. Belinda Ransom-Davis, MSOB, and Jill Jones, SPHR, will lead the workshop. Bothwomen have worked across multiple industries as consultants on a variety of performance and strategic initiatives. They will help you figure out what you truly want to accomplish professionally and get you on the right path to achieve that goal. Whether you are a student, new to the life science industry, or an experienced pro you will greatly benefit from attending WIB-RTP’s Career Workshop! As an added bonus, professional photographer Colin Huth will help you redesign your Social Media image with a great professional photo, free of charge to all attendees. See examples of his work.
Interested in Getting More Involved and Joining a Group of Amazing Board Members at WIB-RTP?
Join our group of amazing women on the WIB-RTP Chapter Board! Volunteers are needed for the Programming and Sponsorship committees. The Programming Committee helps plan and run various chapter programs. The Sponsorship Committee identifies and builds relationships with potential sponsors, and seeks out local grant opportunities. It tailors the benefits of sponsorship to the wishes and needs of each sponsor. Women In Bio is a growing organization with many opportunities for a diverse range of sponsors from all sectors of the industry. There are also opportunities to volunteer with the RTP MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) group and help with our always-growing mentoring program. Volunteering is a tangible way to support the WIB mission. Learn more by contacting us at RTP@WomenInBio.org.
Support Women In Bio-RTP with Your Sponsorship!
Women In Bio (WIB)-RTP offers a multitude of sponsorship options, including event and chapter sponsorship. We are an organization of professionals committed to promoting the careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences. In fact, we represent a network of over 1,000 participating women professionals in the RTP area alone, and are growing. Through its WIB chapter sponsorship, your company will have great opportunities to interact with hundreds of life science professionals during our educational and networking events. Additionally, sponsorship enables you to take advantage of corporate-rate WIB annual memberships for your employees, and enhance your company’s exposure to the WIB community via our monthly events. Your company’s brand and commitment will reach within and beyond our community to extended networks throughout the RTP area. Most importantly, by sponsoring our monthly educational and networking events, you will bring true value and influence through your support of our mission to enhance our members’ professional growth in career development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Please let us know if you are interested in supporting the Women In Bio-RTP Chapter! If your organization thrives to impact and facilitate professional growth for women in the life sciences, please consider becoming a WIB chapter sponsor. For more details, feel free to contact our sponsorship committee chair, Cerdi Beltre, at RTP@WomenInBio.org.
|San Francisco Bay Area
WIB-San Francisco Presents: "Intellectual Property Basics for Future Entrepreneurs"
For life science companies, intellectual property (IP) is the lifeblood of a strong business model. Having a solid patent portfolio at the outset can ultimately make or break a company as it faces future bidding, trading, or litigation. Join us on November 9, 2016, for a panel discussion on patents and entrepreneurship, and how they come together to shape the life sciences industry. What are the opportunities and challenges for the unwary in IP? How is IP shaping entrepreneurship and research? Moderated by Janet Xiao, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP, our panel includes the following industry, academia, and legal experts: Mei Hong, IP Manager at Eureka Therapeutics; Shannon Reaney, Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP; Sunita Rajdev, Associate Director, Technology Licensing at UCSF; and Mona Wan, Associate Director at Stanford University, Office of Technology Licensing
WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Holiday Party at Devil's Canyon
On December 6, 2016, come join WIB-San Francisco Bay Area chapter members at Devil's Canyon Brewing Company to celebrate another phenomenally successful year. None of this would have been possible without the tireless support of our amazing volunteers. Let us say, "Thank You," to them and wish WIB continued success!
YWIB Attends a Biotechnology Career Leadership Event for Girls at Amgen
On September 29, 2016, Amgen hosted 19 middle school girls from the Bay Area. Women In Bio members Karla Lindquist and Leah Makley, along with members of the Amgen Women’s Interactive Network, organized the event. The girls learned through first-hand accounts from Amgen volunteers that making medicines to fight disease can be rewarding and fun, and that it requires collaboration between scientists with diverse skills and backgrounds. The event started with a brief introduction by an Amgen volunteer. She explained that Biotechnology is about “learning how cells and other living organisms work so they can be used to improve the human condition.” She also explained the importance of Amgen’s mission: to make medicines that fight disease. This was a very motivational and interactive introduction where the girls were encouraged to ask and answer questions. The main take-home messages for the girls were to be curious, study hard, be persistent, and exchange ideas freely. Read the entire article!
The girls broke into teams for a hands-on activity emphasizing team problem solving.
Mingling with Amgen scientists during a pizza dinner.
Tonight! - WIB-Seattle Presents "Personalized Medicine: Advances and Challenges"
Join us tonight for an expert panel discussion on the state of personalized medicine, moderated by Lucy Sannes, President of Sannes & Associates, Inc. Our panelists will discuss the promising technologies and remaining challenges in cancer diagnostics and clinical genomics. We welcome these panelists: Tera Newman-Eerkes, Director of Clinical Operations, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Houda Hachad, Chief Scientific Officer, Translational Software, and Sarah Warren, Senior Scientist, NanoString Technologies. Learn more!
Come join us on November 7, 2016, for a night of speed networking with our vibrant Seattle life sciences community! We will have three themed rounds for the evening, each lasting 20 minutes:
These speed rounds will be followed by an hour of general networking to provide attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle.
"Intellectual Property in Biotech Industry"
Please join us on November 16, 2016, for a dynamic conversation exploring topics related to Intellectual Property in the Biotech industry. Our seasoned industry panelists will discuss topics such as their personal experience with patents, current hurdles in patent law, balancing patent investments, and what defines a good partnership between a biotech and an Intellectual Property legal firm. Our panel discussion will be moderated by Laurie Hill, Head of Global Intellectual Property, Illumina, and feature panelists Karen Potter, Patent Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Lynn Kirkpatrick, CEO, PHusis and Ensysce Bioscience, and Holly Logue, Principle, Logue PC.
Save The Date! – WIB-Southern California 2016 Holiday Party, December 1, 2016
This year’s holiday party will be here before we know it! 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.
Tonight! - WIB-DC/Baltimore Presents "GETTING ON BOARD"
Tonight WIB-DC/Baltimore will present a program to learn about board service in the public and private sectors. If you are a budding entrepreneur looking to develop a board, this is the event for you. If you were recently named to a board and want to know more about your responsibilities, this is the event for you. If you want to start a business/nonprofit and need to know how to set up a board, this too is the event for you! Moderated by Mr. Yusuf Azuzullah, Chairman Board of Directors, Global Board Advisors Corp (GBAC), the panel will include Ms. Rachel King, CEO and President of GlycoMimetics, Inc., Ms. Lily Qi, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Montgomery County Office of the County Executive, and Ms. Sharon Ayd, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior VP Pharmaceuticals, Regulatory Compliance Associates Inc. Learn more!
Maryland STEM Career Fair for Girls
Join Young Women In Bio at the Maryland STEM Career Fair for Girls on November 12, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., hosted by the Bryn Mawr School. This event is designed to provide high school girls with the opportunity to meet and learn from successful women in STEM careers, and to give educators a chance to network on future STEM ventures. The WIB-DC/Baltimore YWIB group will have an interactive exhibit featuring small tabletop experiments using fluorescence and chemiluminescence; we will discuss careers in the biological sciences; and we will forge new networks with area educators. Schedule: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Setup; 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Session 1; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch; 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Session 2.
2nd Annual STEM Event for Young Women
Join us on November 15, 2016, for the 2nd Annual STEM Event for Young Women at The University of Maryland School of Medicine. This event will be hosted by the University in partnership with Young Women In Bio (YWIB) and the National Cancer Institute Continuing the Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program, the STEM Event for Young Women – aimed at grades 10 through 12 - will allow high schoolers to explore career paths in the biological sciences. These young women will have the opportunity to perform a fun and educational hands-on experiment isolating DNA from cancer cells, and learn about STEM careers from women professionals in medicine, nursing, biomedical research, take a lab tour, and more. Space is limited to 30 students; once this event capacity has been reached a waiting list will be kept. Please contact Karen Underwood directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event.
Young Women In Bio to Attend 2016 ATLAS Expo
The Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM (ATLAS) Expo is a college and career readiness symposium that increases students’ awareness of STEM to promote rewarding and high paying jobs within Maryland. ATLAS connects students typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with business leaders, colleges, government, and potential employers. The WIB-DC/Baltimore Young Women In Bio (YWIB) group will attend the ATLAS Expo to talk to attendees about careers in the biological sciences, to promote upcoming extracurricular programs, and to discuss the power of networking in career advancement. This year's event will be held on November 15, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the University of Maryland Biopark - we encourage all WIB members to come and support YWIB! Schedule: 9: 00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.: Expo setup; 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Expo (lunch served); 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Company tours and hands-on workshops for small groups; 1:00 p.m.: Expo tear-down.
Send Us Your Suggestions for 2017 Chapter Events
We hope that you enjoyed attending the WIB-DC/Baltimore chapter events this year. The Programs Committee is dedicated to providing you with events and opportunities to expand your professional network and help take your career to the next level. As we line up programs for 2017, we would love to hear your suggestions. What topics are important to you? Who would you like to see featured? Would you recommend any new or different formats? Do you have a special idea for an event? Please contact program chairs Lindsay D'Ambrosio and Shruti Rao at DC.Baltimore@WomenInBio.org to discuss how we can take it from idea to reality via the Programs Committee.
Become a WIB-DC/Baltimore Sponsor! Help Us Meet Our Common Goals!
Support the WIB-DC/Baltimore Chapter! Being a chapter sponsor gives your company great opportunities to interact with more than 2,000 women professionals in life sciences, take advantage of corporate-rated WIB annual memberships for your employees, and enhance the exposure of your company to the WIB community via our monthly events. If your organization thrives to impact and facilitate professional growth for women in the life sciences, please consider becoming a WIB chapter sponsor. We represent a network of more than 230 dues-paying members and over 1,800 participating women professionals. Your company’s brand will reach within and beyond our community to extended networks throughout the DC/Baltimore area. Furthermore, by sponsoring our monthly education and networking events, you will bring true value and influence in promoting 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.
Want to get involved? Volunteer at our Membership, Sponsorship, MAPs and/or YWIB committees!
Looking for opportunities to build your leadership and professional network in our local chapter? Consider volunteering for our Membership, Sponsorship, MAPs, and YWIB committees! All these committees are seeking amazing volunteers to help with exciting projects such as membership driving and events planning for the upcoming year. Join us, and don’t miss out the opportunity to become the future leaders of the WIB-DC/Baltimore chapter. Contact DC.Baltimore@WomenInBio.org to learn more!
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