Women In Bio E-Newsletter 

Inviting. Supporting. Succeeding. 
July 6, 2017 

 Young Women In Bio:



A Memorable BIO 2017 Convention

Women In Bio once again participated memorably in the annual BIO International Convention. Look for full coverage of WIB BIO 2017 happenings in the next issue of the WIB E-Newsletter!

WIB Video Spotlight Series:

Gretchen Stup Discusses Project Management

Re-watch our two-part webinar series on project management with Gretchen Stup in our member-exclusive video library!

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Upcoming Events


About Our Chapter

Atlanta is the home of the Centers for Disease Control and a number of prominent academic research centers including Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse Medical School, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Georgia State University. The nearby University of Georgia and Georgia Regents University contribute to this research climate, along with our highly prized hospitals and the network of trained hospital staffers, nurses and doctors who conduct clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies. Atlanta is the regional hub for hospital technology and medical device industries, and is the home of a burgeoning biotech industry that some have likened to a potential “Silicon Valley” of Biotechnology.

The Atlanta chapter of Women In Bio was founded in 2012 to cater to women in the burgeoning life sciences sector here. WIB-Atlanta provides women a space to interact, and exchange information and ideas, through a wide range of social gatherings and educational workshops. Our membership base includes women researchers, sales, law professionals, business, technology transfer specialists, supportive staff, policy experts, doctors, medical/science communicators, educators, and other experts. Learn more about our chapter.

Meet WIB-Atlanta’s Chapter Leaders

Central Texas 


About Our Chapter

The Women In Bio – Central Texas chapter provides easy reach to the home of some of the most prominent academic research centers in the country, including the University of Texas at Austin, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Texas Heart Institute, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the Texas A&M System, and the Baylor, Scott & White System of institutions. The many internationally recognized hospitals and medical research centers in Texas attract a highly skilled network of trained hospital staffers, nurses and doctors, as well as clinical trial organizations.

Our membership base includes academic and clinical researchers, sales professionals, venture capitalists, legal advisors, intellectual property advisors, technology transfer specialists, policy experts, clinical trials professionals, doctors, medical/science communicators, educators, students, and many other experts who support the health, pharmaceutical, and science industries. These and other qualities have nurtured the creation of a burgeoning biotech industry in the state, Texas having recently being dubbed the “Third Coast” of Biotechnology. Learn more about our chapter.



WIB-Chicago Invites You To Become A PITCH NINJA!

There is much more to a good business presentation than a slick PowerPoint deck. On July 19, 2017, join our speakers, Sara Myers and Mike Moyer, as they introduce the Super-Awesome Presentation Zone Program, which teaches how to properly “choreograph” your presentation for incredible impact. Attendees will learn a simple yet powerful framework that consists of three distinct “zones” for turning any presentation into a compelling, persuasive event. Even experienced presenters will leave with a new way of thinking about how they address an audience to make more meaningful connections. Post-seminar coaching will be available to interested WIB members and companies participating in WIB-Chicago’s Start-up Challenge!
       Sara Myers
           Mike Moyer

Membership Discount for MATTER Members

MATTER members can save 25% on WIB membership costs! If you are a MATTER member, contact Chicago@womeninbio.org to learn more and receive the discount code.

Greater Boston


About Our Chapter

The Women In Bio-Greater Boston chapter leverages the strength of our region's biotechnology supercluster to promote leadership and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences. WIB-Greater Boston aims to foster the community of biotechnology professionals in New England while providing mentorship and professional development opportunities across the career continuum - from those just beginning their careers to industry veterans. We provide educational and networking opportunities for colleagues from a variety of disciplines involved with the life science industry. Additionally, we organize educational programs for middle and high school-aged girls to promote their interest in life science and introduce them to the breadth of career opportunities in that field.

We are fortunate to live and work in a thriving, intellectually stimulating region where many professional women have reached the highest levels of leadership and are poised to serve as role models for the next generation. From a geographic perspective, because many companies and organizations are located beyond the Boston and Cambridge city limits, our programming mix includes events held in the Route 128/95 and Route 495 corridors as well as in-town locations. Learn more about our chapter.

Meet WIB-Greater Boston’s Chapter Leaders

Greater Montréal


WIB-Greater Montreal Presents: “A Cool Taste of Summer,” July 12, 2017

Join WIB-Greater Montreal as we usher in the summer season with a fun cocktail party. Escape the blistering heat and enjoy the cool, relaxing atmosphere of the downtown offices of Bereskin & Parr. Sample great wine and delectable fare while mingling with men and women from all areas of Greater Montreal’s Life Sciences sector. Discover the new innovations and recent trends, meet the decision makers, and become more visible.

What are you waiting for?! Get connected, and start building valuable, lasting relationships. It’s so easy. Register on-line now as spots will go fast.

WIB-Grand Montréal présente “Un Rafraichissant Gout d'Été,” 12 juillet 2017

Joignez-nous à WIB - Grand Montréal en ce début de saison estivale pour un cocktail de plaisir. Échapper la chaleur torride et profiter de l'atmosphère fraiche et détendue des bureaux du centre-ville de Bereskin & Parr. Savourer des bons vins et des plats délicieux, tout en discutant avec des hommes et des femmes de tous les domaines du secteur des Sciences de la vie du Grand Montréal. Découvrez les nouvelles innovations et les tendances récentes, rencontrez les décideurs, et devenez plus visible.

Qu’attendez-vous?! Soyez connectés, et commencez à construire des relations précieuses et durables. C'est très facile. Inscrivez-vous en ligne dès maintenant car les places partiront vite.

Metro New York


About Our Chapter

The Metro New York Area Women In Bio chapter invites you to join a dynamic organization committed to developing and promoting leadership and entrepreneurship by women in a region which boasts the highest concentration of women with advanced degrees in the nation. Our goal is to build a community of biotechnology professionals that provides mentorship and development opportunities for women at all stages of their careers – from those just starting out to well established, industry veterans.

Our members come from all walks of life sciences - from start-up entrepreneurs to global pharmaceutical officers, researchers to lawyers, editors to marketing and communications professionals. Together we share the passion of science, and ultimately, its role in transforming our daily lives. Learn more about our chapter.

Meet WIB-Metro New York’s Chapter Leaders

Philadelphia Metro


WIB-Philadelphia Invites You to Swing & Sip with Navigate Women’s Leadership Network

We are excited to partner with the Women’s Leadership Network of Navigate Corporation to bring you this year’s exclusive golf event! Join us on July 14, 2017, for your choice of a 90 minute clinic or 9 holes followed by an hour of networking with other Philadelphia Area businesswomen!

Pricing includes 90 minutes of instruction or 9 holes of friendly play, one drink ticket, and light appetizers. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/swing-sip-event-series-2017-tickets-34366800024?aff=erelexpmlt. Click “Tickets” and select the July 14th event.



Get Social at Wigle Whiskey: A Speed Networking Event

Brush up on your networking skills this summer with Women In Bio! On July 24, 2017, we’ll turn up the heat and break the ice with speed networking - learn some tips and tricks from the crowd, practice, and have fun. Afterwards, socialize at the Wigle Whiskey distillery, named for a Pennsylvanian whiskey distiller who sparked the Whiskey Rebellion in the 1790s. Wigle Whiskey was the first distillery in Pittsburgh after Prohibition. Join us for samples of award winning local craft spirits. Bottles of Wigle Whiskey will be available for purchase at the event. Whiskey samples and light appetizers will be provided.

WIB-Pittsburgh Presents: "P.O.W.E.R. 4 - Precision Medicine"

Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally (P.O.W.E.R) is an annual celebration of the contribution local women are making to life sciences and healthcare. As our fourth annual P.O.W.E.R. event, P.O.W.E.R. 2017 showcases an emerging trend in healthcare – precision medicine, diagnosis, and clinical treatment based on the kaleidoscope of genetic, environmental and lifestyle inputs using patient-per-patient analysis.

Conditions summarized by a single word - Diabetes, Depression, Cancer – no longer fit within a “one-size-fits all” classification. On September 26, 2017, P.O.W.E.R. 2017 will take attendees right to the root of an illness and capture the individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Six successful Pittsburgh scientists and sector leaders will highlight the startling discoveries that fuel the engine of precision medicine, covering clinical perspectives as well as impact on patients, health care, and health insurance in Pittsburgh and across the globe. Learn more!

Linda McAllister-Lucas
Jessica Gibson

Rebecca Jacobson 
Lisa B. Boyette
 Diane P. Holder

      Jennifer Xavier
Meet P.O.W.E.R. 2017 Speaker #1 of 6: Jennifer Xavier, Ph.D.

Jennifer Xavier, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Research at the Institute of Precision Medicine, and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Xavier joined the Institute of Precision Medicine in 2017, after ten years of postdoctoral research focused primarily on oncology drug development. She trained at St Jude Research Hospital and Ontario Cancer Institute before joining Eli Lilly and Company - first as a postdoc in the oncology developmental pathways team, and then as a research scientist and group leader in Investigational Toxicology. Prior to her appointment at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Xavier served as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine. While at Penn State, her responsibilities included research involving the validation of novel drug targets in autophagy and leading her division’s biorepository efforts.



WIB-RTP Book Club Reviews Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

It’s time for WIB-RTP’s annual summer book club discussion! Join us on July 21, 2017, for early morning networking and a discussion of Sheryl Sandberg’s and Adam Grant’s new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and author of the previous best seller Lean In, has co-authored a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. Our discussion will be led by Ronna Dornsife, M.S., and will include how to acknowledge life’s challenges and overcome both personal and career adversities.

        Sheryl Sandberg 

             Adam Grant

San Francisco Bay Area


Mid-Senior Professional Networking event!

If you are a professional with at least five years of work experience, and would like to meet other women at the same career stage, this event is for you! It is held every three months, with its location rotated throughout the Bay Area. Space is limited to eight women on a first-come, first-served basis so register quickly! This month’s event will be held in Palo Alto. Please RSVP to sanfranciscomaps@womeninbio.org and receive details about this event.

MAPs Volunteer Mentor Info Session!

The WIB-San Francisco Bay Area MAPs team is looking for volunteer mentors! We are recruiting for our mentorship programs and looking for anyone--from postdocs to highly-experienced professionals--interested in making a difference. Share your experiences, build meaningful relationships and, of course, add brownie points to your CV. Mentor commitments range from once a month to one-off meetings, and mentees range in experience from high schoolers to postdocs. Come to the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center (Bakar Auditorium, 1450 Third Street, Mission Bay, SF) on August 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about mentorship opportunities! You can also contact sanfranciscomaps@womeninbio.org for more information about our MAPs programs.



WIB-Seattle Annual Summer Social and Networking Mixer

Join Women In Bio-Seattle on August 10, 2017, for our annual summer social and networking mixer. Come celebrate the summer with colleagues new and old. Learn more about what Women In Bio does and how you can get involved with the Seattle chapter. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. Thank you to our event sponsor Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Meet WIB-Seattle’s Chapter Leaders

Looking to Volunteer?

Looking for opportunities to improve your leadership and communication skills through Women In Bio? Consider volunteering with our Communications, Membership, Program, Young Women In Bio, or Sponsorship committees! These diverse committees seek amazing WIB volunteers to help with projects such as social media marketing, membership drives, or events planning for the upcoming year. If you look for more chapter leadership, consider joining the WIB–Seattle Board as a Vice Chair for Programs or Treasurer-elect. Contact seattle@womeninbio.org for more information.

Southern California


    Laura Vanderkam
WIB-Southern California Book Club Discusses I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam

Please join us on July 12, 2017, for an exciting book discussion with food and beverages! Time management expert Laura Vanderkam reveals the surprising strategies you can use to spend more time on the things you enjoy. Learn how we can work less, sleep more, enjoy date nights, and go to the gym by following her advice. Examples from the lives of real women will show us how to rethink the hours in the week - and build a life that works.

WIB-Southern California Presents: "The Jewels of Networking"


Please join us on August 9, 2017, for a networking reception with life science professionals at Unicorn Jewelry. The event will include: an opportunity to connect with the local professionals over wine and appetizers, a presentation from a store gemologist about the various precious gems, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to go behind the scenes and observe what takes place in the back rooms of a jewelry store.

Washington DC/Baltimore


    Kristin Backstrom
WIB-DC/Baltimore Presents: "Honing Communication Skills for Better Leadership"

What if you could really understand what someone wanted? What if, by asking the right questions and listening to the words another person uses, you could better understand what they wanted – even before they did? What if you could improve all your relationships? Improved communication and a deeper understanding of others’ motivation is possible. By learning a repeatable framework, based on language choices that expose unconscious motivation, you can experience being “heard” and better understand others. On July 27, 2017, Dr. Kristin Backstrom, from the Centers for Motivation, will share insights on how language choices express what drives and motivates individuals, helping you learn how to improve teamwork, reduce conflict, and achieve goals. Learn more!

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