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Women In Bio Announces 2016 Founders Scholarship Recipients

The Women In Bio Founders Scholarship was established to advance the educational development of women by encouraging and supporting education on all aspects of life science. The scholarship honors WIB co-founders, Robbie Melton, Anne Mathias, Cynthia Wong, and Elizabeth Grey, who wanted to provide a forum for women to come together, celebrate, and support each other's success; and in so doing created a dynamic and invaluable forum for the local community.

This year we are pleased to announce WIB has offered $1,000 professional scholarships to five deserving women who work within the life sciences and are WIB members. The recipients can apply the scholarship money towards workshops, conferences, courses, seminars, and other educational programs.

The 2016 WIB Founders Scholarship recipients are:

  • Hien Anh Nguyen, WIB-Chicago: Hien plans to attend the BIO 2017 Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
  • Leslie Gailloud, WIB-Metro New York: Leslie plans to attend the MGM Resorts Women’s Leadership Conference.
  • Chelsea Zhou, WIB-DC/Baltimore: Chelsea plans to attend an Effective Communications and Human Relations skills workshop.
  • Susan Farabaugh, WIB-Pittsburgh: Susan plans to attend a week-long course focused on “Managing Science in the Biotech Industry.”
  • Daniela Grabs, WIB-Seattle Metro: Daniela plans to attend an Executive Seminar, “Strategic Communications and Negotiations.”

 

 

Individuals and organizations can donate money towards the WIB Scholarship Fund. We encourage companies to sponsor a full scholarship, and invite individuals to donate any amount. Donations can be made in honor or in memory of someone special to you.

 

WIB Executive Director Interviewed for EisnerAmper Catalyst Article

Jamie Strachota, WIB Executive Director, was recently interviewed for the current issue of EisnerAmper’s Catalyst life science newsletter. Her comments appear in the issue’s feature article, “Women in Biotech,” alongside those of other women leaders representing the life sciences. Read the article.

 

 

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“Bringing Women into Biotech Boardrooms” Podcast is Available

The Bio Report recently spoke with Dawn Hocevar, President-Elect of Women In Bio, and Michael Rice, Founding Partner of LifeSci Advisors, about their organizations' efforts to place more women on the boards of biotech companies. Listen to their podcast.

 

 

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 all 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 info@womeninbio.org.

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.

 

Theresa McNeely Joins WIB Board of Directors

TheresamcneelyWIB is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Theresa McNeely to its Board of Directors. "There is always more that we can be doing to support one another in our careers and our lives, and I think WIB is unique in the way that the organization seeks to do both. As the newest member of the Board, I look forward to helping WIB expand the opportunities available to women, as well as promoting greater awareness of our collective contributions to the continued growth and success of our industry."

WIB Announces 20 Executives Selected for First Boardroom Ready Program Class

Twenty accomplished female life sciences executives will comprise the first ever cohort of Women In Bio’s Boardroom Ready program, the organization announced today. The women will spend five days this fall at George Washington University completing a new executive-level board certification training program to prepare them to join corporate Boards of Directors.

Women In Bio (WIB), an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences, announced the new program in June and received over 70 applications from executives for 20 available seats in the initial class. WIB’s Boardroom Ready selection committee comprised of six men and women with extensive board experience in the biotech/pharma industry conducted an in-depth review of the applications to choose the top 20 candidates who would benefit most from the Boardroom Ready program.

For more, read the full Press Release.

 

Women In Bio Launches Executive-Level Certification Program to Prepare Women in Life Sciences for Board of Directors Role

The “Boardroom Ready” program is a new executive-level board certification training program that will prepare women in the Life Sciences to become members of Boards of Directors and will provide women with a full understanding of the duties, responsibilities and commitments of serving on both public and private boards. Graduates will also have access to events and a network designed to facilitate board appointments. Women In Bio is offering participation to its members and will soon be accepting applications for the first program, which is expected to begin this fall.  LifeSci Advisors, an investor relations and corporate communications firm focused in the life sciences sector, is the Founding Sponsor of the Boardroom Ready program, with additional support provided by MassBio and Biogen.

The Boardroom Ready program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016 and applications from qualified candidates will be accepted in June. Please check back shortly for more information about the program and instructions for applying; details will be available soon!

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WIB at BIO2016, Moscone Center, San Francisco, California

The Women In Bio annual event and Meetups during the BIO International Convention attract hundreds of WIB members as well as community and business leaders (women and men) from across the United States and beyond. Find out more and join us there!

 

WIB Rings Closing Bell at NYSE

WIB leaders had the honor of participating in the closing bell ceremony for the New York Stock Exchange on January 28, 2016. Read more in our Past Events.

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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 www.womeninbio.org and use promo code: WHM201620%. * - this promotion applies to new memberships only.

 

Women's History Month is Here!

Women In Bio’s celebration of Women’s History Month goes into full swing this week and next with events in San Francisco, Southern California, Chicago, and DC/Baltimore! These and other WIB chapter events across North America are part of the third annual “National Women In Bio Conference.” To honor and recognize the contributions that generations of women have made to events in history and to society, WIB's chapters are holding events in cities across North America. These events will include 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!

 

Women In Bio Applauds Our 2015 Founders Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our WIB Scholarship Winners, Shahila Mehboob Christie, of the WIB-Chicago Chapter, and Di Gao, of the WIB-Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter.

 

Shahila and Di will provide to our readership descriptions of their experiences using the scholarship money towards their professional development. The WIB FoundersScholarship 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. We thank everyone that applied for thescholarships and congratulations to the winners.

 

WIB Rings in New Year at NYSE

WIB leaders had the honor of participating in the closing bell ceremony for the New York Stock Exchange on January 28, 2016. Executive Director, Jamie Strachota, and WIB President, Kristi Sarno, were the bell ringers. This opportunity was presented to WIB by the NYSE because our organization was recognized for making a powerful impact in helping women succeed and rise in their careers in the life sciences. Participants of the bell ringing ceremony also included Dimitra Georganopoulou (WIB President-Emeritus), Stacie Byars (WIB President-Elect), Ashley Bowman (National Young Women In Bio Chair), Julie Langdon (National Membership Vice Chair), Keisha Thomas (WIB-Metro New York Sponsorship Chair), Charlotte Stewart (WIB-Metro New York), Andrea Cohen (WIB-Metro New York Communications Chair) Jen Zimmons (WIB-Metro New York Program Chair), Janet Vasquez (WIB-Metro New York Membership Chair), Violetta Urba and Karine Kleinhaus.

WIB Executive Director, Jamie Strachota (left) and President Kristi Sarno (right) ring the NYSE’s closing bell.

Biotech Showcase 2016 Comes to San Francisco in January!

Biotech Showcase

Biotech Showcase™ investor and networking conference is devoted to providing private and public biotechnology and life sciences companies. The event, held January 11–13, 2016 in San Francisco during the healthcare industry’s busiest week of the year, will bring together 2,100+ attendees representing the life science industry’s most enterprising and pioneering biotech companies and major players in the drug development arena. The event offers attendees direct access to public, private and strategic investors and cutting edge public and private biotechnology and life science companies. Two new one-day programs are designed to shine a spotlight on the emerging fields of medtech and digital health: Medtech Showcase will be held on January 12 and is designed to connect innovative medtech companies with investors. Digital Health Showcase will be held on January 13 and features select company presentations focusing on digital therapeutics that intersect technology and medicine. As the top investor conference for mid- to small-cap and private biotech companies, the partnering opportunities for Women in Biotech are unparalleled.

Go to www.biotechshowcase.com to register.

 

MAPs Seeks Volunteers for its 1:1 Mentoring Program!

Along with our current MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) groups, we are excited to announce that we are creating a 1:1 Mentoring Program. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in being a part of this new program. Please contact mapgroup@womeninbio.org if you are interested.

 

 


 

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