Women In Bio (WIB) programs support the professional and personal growth of women involved in all aspects of the life sciences.
WIB programs are designed to help you advance your businesses and careers. They are educational and social, and offer valuable networking opportunities in a relaxed informal atmosphere.
National Committee leaders (indicated below) work closely with the respective chapter committee chairs to support local initiatives and convey good ideas and success stories between the different chapters. Additionally, Committee Associates assist the efforts of the National and Chapter Chairs and support the successful implementation of their initiatives.
The Communications Committee promotes the overarching strategic plan of WIB by developing and delivering timely, informative, and professional communications in support of WIB activities. Communications Committee products include bi-weekly emails, WIB brochures, public service announcements, press releases, event materials, and more.
Chair: Winnie Pong
Vice Chair: Alice Ku
Program (Events) Committee
The National Program (Events) Committee assists chapters with their event planning, and drives national initiatives such as the Meet the Expert and Paths to Success series of events. Events are organized by individual chapters to meet the interests of their local life sciences community.
Chair: Deborah Blake
The Sponsorship Committee identifies and builds relationships with potential sponsors and seeks out local grant opportunities. The committee tailors the benefits of sponsorship to the wishes and needs of sponsors. WIB is a growing organization with many opportunities for a diverse range of sponsors from all sectors of the industry.
Chair: Chris Meda
Vice Chair: Erin Lawless-Miller
The Membership committee focuses on providing value to WIB members, and building the organization through efforts to expand and retain members. The committee works with chapters to create membership drives, surveys and activities that reach out to local communities to enable more women to benefit from WIB.
Chair: Rebecca Watters
Vice Chairs: Andrea Knapp and Shahila Mehboob Christie
Young Women In Bio (YWIB)
The YWIB committee creates programs and events geared towards encouraging middle- and high-school girls to consider the life sciences as a career choice. YWIB events are often partnered with local biotech companies who provide hands-on experience for girls in biotech labs, and exposure to female science professionals from many different disciplines.
Chair: Lily Wound
Vice Chairs: Elise Hartley
The Mentors, Advisors, and Peers Committee (MAPs)
MAPs is a group-based peer mentoring program consisting of like-minded women and experts who meet to discuss relevant issues. The committee helps co-ordinate the groups and match people with appropriate interests together. MAPs Groups are open to WIB members. [Several, but not all chapters currently contain MAPs Groups].
Chair: Neelum T. Aggarwal
Vice Chair: Angela Furlanetto
The Webinar Committee creates a line-up of industry-relevant topics for our members and supporters to view right from their computers or devices. A list of upcoming webinars can be found here.
Chair: Elizabeth Schwarzbach
The Special Events committee handles unique events outside of the Program Committee, such as the Annual WIB Celebration which is held at the BIO conference. This is a National committee that works in partnership with the chapter in the location of the BIO conference.
Chair: Vicki Hurless
Vice Chairs: Valerie Simonsen
Executive Women In Bio Committee
The Executive Women In Bio (EWIB) is dedicated to supporting executive women looking to advance professionally. The committee manages the Boardroom Ready program that is designed to fuel women’s participation on corporate boards in the life sciences by vetting exceptionally qualified candidates to receive rigorous board training and WIB certification as "Board-Ready." The ultimate goal is to advance the contribution and visibility of women in boardrooms around the country.
Co-Chair: Jessica Swartz
Co-Chair: Yasmin Chandrasekher
Boardroom Ready Committee (Sub-committee of EWIB)
Chair: Carolyn Brougham
Vice Chair: Elese Hanson
* If you are interested in serving on any of the above committees at either a National or Chapter level or assisting as a Committee Associate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to have you participate and contribute to furthering our mission!