WIB-Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization working to support recognized and emerging women leaders in the biosciences industry of Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia. Our mission is to: promote knowledge sharing among women, impact regional economic growth and stimulate empowerment among women leaders. We believe that women have the unique potential for improving companies' strategic positions and growth by offering intelligence, spirit, leadership and vision to the biotech, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries.
WIB-Pittsburgh promotes entrepreneurship, innovation, education, and mentorship among women across our region. Through WIB-Pittsburgh, women can connect and network with industry peers. We optimize opportunities for women to achieve the greatest potential in their careers and professional development.
WIB-Pittsburgh Chapter is expanding its boundaries of influence to attract and involve more young women in the regional life science industry economic growth. In coordinating these efforts with celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, Lynn Brusco, VP & Chief Relationship Officer of the PLSG, recently wrote in TEQ magazine, "it is our job as regional women working in math, engineering, technology and science careers to help forge a pathway for young women to feel encouraged and witness that the "wonder women" of today and tomorrow are using these skills and working in innovative companies that have the potential to cure diseases, improve quality of life and change the world for the better". You can read more here.
Recently, Membership Chair Babs Carryer blogged about the new WIB Chapter in Pittsburgh, PA. In her blog post, Babs writes about how the city is growing with new industries and businesses. Because of this new environment of development, it made perfect sense to create a new WIB chapter in Pittsburgh. The field of life sciences in region is growing and this new chapter will be key to bringing together entrepreneurs with experienced regional leaders. WIB-Pittsburgh plans to fill the void for an organization that is focused on working with women to help further their careers and the industry in Western, PA. To read the blog, click here.
WIB Pittsburgh Committee Leadership
Dottie Clower, Ph.D., Vice President Research & Development, Chief Scientific Officer, Cohera Medical, Inc
Chapter co-Chair: Lidiya Orlichenko, Ph.D., M.B.A., Research Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Board Member: Patricia Rogan, Vice President, Operations, Immunetrics, Inc
Lynn Brusco, Vice President and Chief Relationship Officer, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
Chair: Lynn Brusco, Vice President and Chief Relationship Officer, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
Program (Events) Committee
Chair: Stephanie Kladakis, Ph.D., Director of Preclinical Development, Cohera Medical, Inc
Chair: Rachel Kopper, Senior Manager, Business Operations, Knopp Biosciences, LLC
Young Women In Bio Chair: Amy Laura, Thermo Fisher
To contact any of the committees listed above, please email Pittsburgh@womeninbio.org
WIB-Pittsburgh Holds Winter Book Club Event with a Surprise Guest
The WIB-Pittsburgh chapter held a Winter Book Club at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Technology Development Center on December 12, 2012. Over 25 women turned up to discuss “Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want” by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever. Special thanks goes out to our notable guest, one of the authors, Linda Babcock, a Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University, who joined in on the conversation to provide additional insight into negotiating skills based upon her research. Following the lively and engaging discussion, attendees had an opportunity to share their successes and challenges related to negotiating in their own careers. Stay tuned for our Spring/Summer Book Club!
WIB-Pittsburgh Celebrates at Launch Event
WIB successfully launched a new chapter in Pittsburgh, PA on November 29, 2012 at Bridgeside Point. Nearly 70 attendees were present, ranging from local biotech executives to post-doctorate fellows and graduate students. With this mixture of professionals and aspiring professionals in the room, the networking sessions were said to be “robust and fruitful.” The enthusiasm in the room was articulated well in a conversation between Dr. Susan Catalano, Chief Scientific Officer of Cognition Therapeutics, and Ms. Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University. Susan believes the Pittsburgh “region is incredibly vibrant…there’s so much young talent and a growing industry that will allow them to stay here.” Rebecca agreed then added that the “key now is to get women engaged…[WIB] is the platform to do it.” In her inspiring speech to the women at the launch event, Alexandra Drane encouraged everyone to be intentional and to be brave (rather than just innovative.) The WIB-Pittsburgh programming committee is encouraged by the turn-out; we look forward to many more events in the future (such as our Winter Book Club on December 12). Tremendous appreciation for our local sponsors who made this event possible: Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney, ThermoFisher Scientific, and Pittsburgh Technology Council.