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WIB-Capital Region: Member Spotlight with Julie (Wu) Rosen, Ph.D.

Posted By Jhimli Roy, Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Member Spotlight with Julie (Wu) Rosen, Ph.D.


Tell us about your background (both educational and professional).

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and I serve as one of two Executive Directors for UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece. In this role, I support all of Dean Reece’s projects relating to science and medicine and have co-led two large scientific meetings on behalf of the Dean. From 2013-2018, I co-directed the University of Maryland School of Medicine science communications internship program. In 2019 I accepted a position as the program administrator for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinical Program, and this year I was appointed to the editorial board of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology as its inaugural Assistant Editor. 

I began my career at a biotechnology start-up company where I initiated a project to eradicate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus biofilms from medical implants. I went on to earn my Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology, with a specific focus in the field of reproductive immunology. Prior to joining the UMSOM, I worked in the communications office at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. 

What are your top three tips for women who are just starting their careers?

Don’t be afraid to go after something that you might not feel 100% qualified for. I essentially had no science writing experience but got a job as a technical writer within six months of earning my Ph.D. because I wasn’t afraid to apply for those jobs. I had very little administrative experience but am now part of the administrative leadership team in my current role because I wasn’t afraid to jump into that role. 

Concurrently, don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself. I’ve successfully negotiated for two major promotions because I didn’t hesitate to ask. Know your value. Feel confident that you play an integral role within your organization. And then ask to be compensated accordingly. This doesn’t necessarily mean a pay raise or organizational promotion. When I was pregnant, I asked for an extended maternity leave and received it. That was huge. 

Finally, identify good mentors. If that turns out to be your direct supervisor, even better. But recognize that a mentor can be anyone, even someone whose position might be lateral to your own, or who might be completely outside your field or organization. And recognize that a good mentor isn’t just going to be there to tell you that you’re doing a good job. A good mentor is going to reveal your weaknesses and help you find ways to overcome those. 

What are some of the biggest challenges women still face in the life sciences?

Despite increased diversity, the life sciences are still dominated by men at the highest levels in organizations—be they industry, academia, or government. The business of science, such as the tenure clock, the grant funding cycle, the promotion considerations, are all built around this perspective. The tenure clock doesn’t stop because you have a baby but as a mother, you need to have a little recovery time after birthing a human. 

Parallel to that, I have observed that some women leaders are not as magnanimous as they could be when it comes to supporting the advancement of their junior female colleagues. Perhaps it’s because of the struggles of achieving as a woman in a (traditionally) man’s world. Or, perhaps it’s because there’s an unspoken sense that there are only a few available positions for women at the top. I don’t have specific studies to cite to support these hypotheses, but I’ve certainly observed successful women who, somewhat passive-aggressively, block opportunities for junior female colleagues out of (maybe) a sense of tenuousness of their own positions of prestige. 

Tell us how you got involved with Women In Bio, what you do for the organization, and what being a part of WIB means to you. 

I started attending the WIB meet-up groups in Baltimore just after I began working at the School of Medicine. After about a year or so of attending, I was asked to lead some of the discussions during the time Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In book was popular. Also, I have been invited to serve on a panel discussion about the push-pull of having a family and working full-time. 

WIB is a fantastic resource, and I’m always telling a new colleague or friend about the group and encouraging them to join. I’ve invited a number of people to the Baltimore WIB meet-up groups, and I’m delighted that there are events in Baltimore, as driving down to Montgomery County or DC on a weekday is a non-starter for me at this point in time. 

I’ve met some amazing women through my involvement with WIB, and it feels great to be part of an organization focused on the unique needs of women professionals in the life sciences. Sometimes, I think society’s focus on equality for women and men in the workplace is a bit misplaced. We really need to focus on equity for women professionals, and I believe that WIB raises awareness of this distinction and need. And I love the fact that WIB encourages the support of other women and the celebration of women’s successes. Again, I think we can easily fall into the trap of viewing a successful woman as our competitor, rather than as a collaborator or even a mentor. WIB shows that there’s plenty of “room at the table” for all, and we should help each other get there. 

What is the most exciting and personally fulfilling part of your work right now?

One of the initiatives I proposed after joining the School of Medicine was starting an internship in science communications for graduate students and postdocs. I co-directed the program from 2013-2018 and, in this last year, decided to turn the internship into a for-credit course. I’m working on developing a syllabus for it now and plan to launch in Fall 2020. 

What is the best leadership advice you ever received and from whom?

The best leadership advice I’ve received is to not be afraid to ask for help. There are many things I don’t know, and there are many things I don’t even know that I don’t know. But, when you work in a rich environment, there will be people who do have strengths in those areas. Don’t be afraid to tap into that expertise. If someone can teach you (and if you have time to learn), then great. You’re not going to be an expert in everything, nor should you think you could be. Identify your go-to colleagues and build that collaboration because someday you might be the expert they turn to. 

What does success mean to you?

Career-wise, success is sort of a moving target for me and is really tied to the projects I’m working on right now. Success would be to get those done without feeling overly stressed or pulling a bunch of 18-hour days to do so. I’d like the course I’m going to launch to be well-received by the students, but I also really can’t wait to learn from them. Success for that will be that everyone gets something out of the process and has a lot of fun along the way.

On the personal side, success is leaving work on time, making a hot dinner from scratch for everyone, getting my kids to go to bed by 9:00 p.m., and staying awake long enough to have one substantive conversation with my husband. 

How did you find the career path that you are on right now?

Happy accident and serendipity. I started out thinking I’d be a creative writer. Then I thought I’d be a research scientist. Then I thought I’d be a science writer. Now, I’m kind of a science/academic administrator, science/medical editor, meeting planner, and, soon, teacher. None of those things were what I’d envisioned for myself when I entered college. But I’ve paused along the way, used challenges and setbacks as opportunities to take an inventory on what I wanted to do, and then done my homework to figure out what steps I needed to take to achieve those goals. I’ve taken risks but haven’t made rash decisions—these have always been calculated risks with pros and cons weighed and debated. And, I’ve also always taken the perspective that, even if I’m told a “no,” I’d be okay with that too…at least for a little while. 

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WIB Capital Region: Member Spotlight Susan Hibbs

Posted By Katrina Adlerz, Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Spotlight Interview - Susan Hibbs


1. Tell us about your background (both educational and professional).

I have a slightly different background than many others in the field. I completed my undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at the University of Rochester in upstate New York. Then, I got my Master’s of Education at Lesley University. I taught elementary education for six years in Howard County, Maryland. I had the option to teach either Math and Science or English and Social Studies, and I always took Math and Science because this is something that I liked and was good at! My job then expanded, and I helped teachers implement new curriculum kits from the county. 

I was fortunate to be able to take a break from my career to parent my kids. During this time, I kept involved by substitute teaching and organizing volunteers at the school library, along with other community volunteering efforts. When my kids were older, I went back to work at a preschool, where I was for the next ten years.

2. How did you find the career path that you are on right now?

While I was teaching preschool, I started to get involved in what I am doing now. Shock Therapeutics Biotech, of which I am now CEO, was founded by my father, Don Gann, a renowned surgeon. He and his research partner identified a toxin that makes the body go into shock with body fluid loss. They were able to isolate the toxin and use an antibody to reverse its effects, a patented discovery. Large drug companies are very interested in this discovery but need to see promising Phase I clinical trial data in order to take the drug forward. My dad asked me, in my free time, to help organize and figure out a path to move the product forward, which I did for about four years. 

I realized, however, that I could not put 100% into both teaching and this project. So, for the last six months, I have been totally focused on Shock Therapeutics. I recently took on the role of CEO and my son, Lewis, who has a business background, is the President. There are 5.8M people every year dying from trauma, and this drug could really help by stabilizing patients and giving them the time they need before getting more definitive treatment. We are focused now on accelerating our product development and milestone execution in preparation for filing an IND. 

3. What is the most exciting and personally fulfilling part of your work right now?

The part that is most exciting to me is trying to raise money to fund the next stages of our company, as we move towards clinical trials. It is challenging, but I enjoy being challenged, and I have learned a lot. I also enjoy storytelling – being able to tell our product’s story and convey its importance. I get to tell people that they have the opportunity to invest in this drug, which is going to be a game-changing product, impacting many lives. I spent much of my career preparing young people for the future. Now, as an entrepreneur, I am passionate about getting this drug to market to protect their future.

4. What is the best leadership advice you ever received and from whom?

Always listen. I have been given this same advice from a couple of different people. When you listen, you learn, and you have the opportunity to think of something new. For me, in this business, it might be a new way to use our product, for example. I love getting to talk to people with very different perspectives, to hear the stories of other people and to really listen; I always get something out of it. I speak with people in the industry and I listen and take notes furiously! Listening has helped and is continuing to help me develop as a leader and an entrepreneur. 

5. Tell us how you got involved with Women In Bio, what you do for the organization, and what being a part of WIB means to you.

A couple of different people told me about Women In Bio as a great place to meet people from all different spaces in the field, on a wide range of career paths, and a great place to be able to hear people’s stories. People who recommended this organization were right! I have always been interested in mentorship and I am excited to get more involved in that aspect of the organization. 

6. What does success mean to you?

It means a lot of different things, but in this instance, true success will be when we are able to say our product saved a life. For me, to be successful and for this company to be successful right now means raising funds, charting a path, and getting this product to patients. 

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WIB-Capital Region: Member Spotlight: Sarah Ellinwood, Ph.D.

Posted By Nivedita Hegdekar, Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Spotlight Interview – Sarah Ellinwood, Ph.D.

1. Tell us about your background (both educational and professional).

I received my BS in Biology from Roanoke College in 2012 and my Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park in August 2017. My doctoral research focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which Mycobacterium tuberculosis (the bacterium that causes tuberculosis in humans) evades the immune response to cause disease. While I enjoyed the scientific aspects of my work, I knew from the start of my Ph.D. that I didn’t have long-term career aspirations in doing bench top research. And, like many others in graduate school, I was unaware of other career options for science PhDs besides academia or industry.

Unfortunately, my graduate program at the time provided limited resources for helping students transition beyond the bench, so I sought mentorship outside my department by joining Women In Bio and attending meetings and networking events around the DC area. I started connecting with like-minded women and learned more about the exciting careers in fields like science policy and science communication. After realizing that I enjoyed talking to people about science much more than doing science at the bench, I began searching for jobs in the science communication field.

Following graduation, I began working as a medical writer for a Bethesda-based CRO called Technical Technologies International (TRI), which offers a variety of services to different organizations, with a primary focus on the NIH. More specifically, I was providing regulatory writing support for clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). TRI was a great first step out of graduate school, as I learned a lot about clinical trial development and the latest progress in the cancer field. While I was satisfied with my work, I also wanted to explore the more creative aspects of medical writing and communication, which led me to my current job as an Associate Analyst and Medical Writer at Verge Scientific Communications in Tysons, VA. Here, I work alongside a team of seasoned communication professionals to help up-and-coming biotech companies craft and tell their scientific stories. I’ve been at Verge for a year now and have loved every minute so far!

2. What are your top three tips for women who are just starting their careers?

My first piece of advice would be to keep an open mind – something that people often told me when I began my first job out of grad school. Many people think that their first job after graduate school will be the career trajectory they stick with until they retire, but this is usually not the case. If you are dissatisfied with your current position, you should not settle and instead explore alternative opportunities. My suggestion would be to active in your community and continue attending networking events and having informational interviews with people in different careers. Reaching out for advice never hurts and, based on my experience, people are generally happy to help because they’ve been there.

A second piece of advice is to never be satisfied. By this, I mean, always keep learning and talking to others. Even if you have a job that fulfills you, continue to network in professional circles and strive to learn new skills. There is always a value in making new connections! In fact, the way I landed my current job at Verge was through connecting with the founder/president of the company on LinkedIn. I met with her for coffee to learn more about science communication agencies and her career path, which ended up turning into an impromptu interview and eventual job offer! In conclusion, you never know who you will end up meeting and where it might lead you.

Lastly, remember to leave the ladder down for others. Even as you advance in your career, it is important to mentor those that are more junior to you. During graduate school, I met so many people who supported me and offered much-needed advice, and it was pivotal in helping me get to where I am today. It is very important for me to pay it forward, and I always enjoy talking to graduate students/post docs about my experiences and science communication careers.

3. What are some of the biggest challenges women still face in the life sciences?

One of the biggest hurdles for women in life sciences is that they are often not taken as seriously in their area of expertise compared to their male counterparts. I’ve seen this frequently on social media, particularly on Twitter, where prominent female scientists often have their knowledge and expertise questioned and are sometimes even perceived as egotistical. Women with strong leadership abilities also have the additional burden of walking the fine line when being leaderly and authoritative, as strong and assertive women in life sciences might be considered difficult to work and get along with. This bias rarely exists for their male colleagues who behave the same way. While we’ve made great strides in combating sexism in life sciences, we still have a long way to go. 

4. Tell us how you got involved with WIB, what do you do for the organization, and what being a part of WIB means to you?

I learned about WIB during my first year of graduate school. A senior graduate student who was involved with WIB was advertising an event that was sponsored by the organization, and I decided to attend. I found the meeting to be extremely informational and signed up for student membership in the WIB-Capital Region chapter so I could meet other like-minded women and find potential mentors. In the beginning, I largely focused on attending meetings and networking events, but as I learned more about what WIB had to offer I began seeking opportunities to volunteer and hone my leadership and communications skills. I volunteered as chair for our chapter’s Mentors, Advisors, Peers, and Sponsorship (MAPS) University program for two years, followed by a two-year tenure as co-chair for our chapter’s communications committee. I loved working with our chapter leadership and wanted to stay involved as a volunteer, but also wanted to challenge myself with a new role, leading me to my current position as Vice-Chair for the WIB National Communications committee.

WIB has been such an essential and important part of my life, particularly during graduate school. WIB helped me develop relations and identify mentors in different fields – something I could not have gotten from doing bench work all day. I found a network of supportive women with whom I could discuss issues that I wasn’t comfortable talking about in a graduate school setting, and I learned how women can empower each other to overcome obstacles and be the best versions of themselves. Moreover, WIB gave me the opportunity to grow professionally and hone my soft skills. At the same time, I learned the value of giving back to the community, particularly to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Without a doubt, WIB has been influential in my journey of self-discovery and learning.

5. What is the most exciting and personally fulfilling aspect of your current work?

The most exciting part of my work is the fact that I get the opportunity to collaborate closely with different biotech companies who are working in exciting areas of research, ranging from cancer to inflammatory diseases and beyond. Each day at Verge presents new avenues to learn and explore. A fulfilling aspect of my job has been helping companies that are developing potentially life-saving therapeutics shape their narratives and talk about their science in a way that both excites and inspires others. Being a part of their journeys and walking alongside them through their successes and challenges has been a truly rewarding experience.

6. What is the best leadership advice you have received and from whom?

My undergraduate research advisor had a knack of giving good advice, and the thing that stuck with me the most over years is this: Do what you need to do in order to be successful. If you want something, work towards achieving it, and don’t allow hurdles and other people deter you (this in no way implies that one should resort to unethical practices, of course!). During graduate school, this advice motivated me to be pro-active about my career, get out of my comfort zone and become involved with WIB. Even now, as I am in my current role, his words motivate me to keep learning and growing within my organization and beyond.

7. What does success mean to you?

To me success is an overall feeling of fulfillment. Despite facing several setbacks during graduate school, I kept the end goal in focus and worked hard.  While the journey has been difficult at times, I am proud of my achievements and where they’ve landed me. I feel truly fortunate to get to work with such an amazing team and clients, doing what I love every single day, and in that way I feel like I’ve been successful.

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WIB-Capital Region Member Spotlight: Akunna Iheanacho, Ph.D.

Posted By Jhimli Roy, Monday, September 16, 2019

Spotlight Interview – Akunna Iheanacho, Ph.D.

1. Tell us about your background (both educational and professional).

I am the Director of Research and Development at Texcell – North America, Inc. where I support novel assay development and virus purification efforts. I serve as a subject matter expert with extensive experience in the purification, recovery, and formulation of proteins and biologics. Prior to joining Texcell, I was a Senior Scientist at Paragon Bioservices, Inc. (now Paragon Gene Therapy). While there, I made significant contributions in transitioning projects from basic science discovery to cGMP-ready processes by establishing critical process parameters and quality attributes for vaccines, AAV gene therapies, and reagents for diagnostics. During my graduate studies, I employed biochemical and biophysical techniques in my structural and functional characterization of proteins dysregulated in cancer and type II diabetes. I received my Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, and B.S. in Biology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.

2. What are your top three tips for women who are just starting their careers?

Here are my top three tips for women starting their careers:

I. Success in professional relationships lies in your ability to effectively communicate with others. It is important to advocate for yourself and for this, effective communication is critical. To be successful in pitching yourself, you need to know your audience, their needs, and also consider what they value. It’s not just the words that you use but your nonverbal cues are equally important —the gestures you make, your posture, your tone of voice, how many eyes contact you make—these all send strong messages. I should probably also mention the importance of effectively communicating when you are networking. With an exchange, really think about the key message you are trying to convey.

II. Practice fostering resilience. In order to conquer challenges at work, you must possess determination, perseverance, and grit. View challenges as opportunities for growth.

III. Avoid perfectionistic thinking and accept feedback. Because the fear of failure can have an immobilizing effect, one way in which you can avoid perfectionist thinking is by focusing on the process rather than the end result. Strive for continuous improvement rather than perfection. When others give you feedback, listen objectively and take time to process the information.

3. Tell us how you got involved with Women in Bio, what you do for the organization, and what being a part of WIB means to you.

I attended a WIB-Capital Region chapter roundtable discussion on how women can become more effective leaders. This event was truly inspiring. I was excited about the opportunities this organization offered and became a WIB member that same afternoon. Later that year, I began participating in MAPS. I am passionate about encouraging young women to explore opportunities, education, and careers in STEM and while at Hopkins I was actively involved in mentoring programs that encouraged STEM outreach and targeted young people. I missed being able to give back in this way and once I learned about Young Women in Bio (YWIB), I decided to volunteer. I currently serve as Co-Chair for Capital Region Chapter of YWIB).

4. What is the most exciting and personally fulfilling part of your work right now?

The most fulfilling and exciting part of my work is that every single day I have an opportunity to make scientific contributions that have the potential to improve someone’s quality of life. On any given day, I’m able to facilitate the translation of breakthrough discoveries into safe and effective products.

5. How did you find the career path that you are on right now?

While in graduate school, I evaluated protein-protein interactions with the end goal of utilizing structure-based drug design to assist in the development of more targeted therapies. Although I really enjoyed basic science research, I was more passionate about seeing those scientific breakthroughs or discoveries translate into actual commercial products (e.g. drugs, vaccines, biologics, or other pharmaceutical products) that had the potential to impact public health. I pursued a career in industry because I believed my skills and knowledge base would assist me in conducting research that bridged the gap between scientific discovery and the delivery of new technologies or biotherapeutics to market. While at Paragon, I was able to develop new technologies and medical products that improved patient outcomes – this is how I started my career path in translating basic science to therapies and diagnostic tools. As I have transitioned into my role at Texcell, this position been a great fit for me because I’m part of a global organization that supports therapeutic innovation and enhances product safety.

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WIB-Capital Region: Member Spotlight - Margot Connor

Posted By Marina Pranda , Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Margot Connor

Margot Connor is currently the Chief Executive Officer of RoosterBio Inc, a regenerative medicine company on a fast-growth trajectory in Frederick, MD. Margot has led the company through major growth and development since its early founding.  RoosterBio aims to radically change the way that scientists use stem cells and to propel the industrialization of regenerative technologies. The company is enabling living cellular technologies to become more affordable, easier to access, and much simpler to incorporate into product development efforts, leading to a rapid acceleration in products coming to market that incorporate these technologies. Ultimately these efforts will lead to new, game-changing regenerative therapies, serving patients in need. Margot Connor’s professional journey has taken her through many fascinating and diverse positions, primarily on the business side of biology both in the US and in Europe. Margot has a personal dedication to mentoring, with anyone aiming to broaden and advance their career horizons. Margot Connor strongly believes in the mission of Women In Bio and actively supports activities by serving on the WIB-Capital Region Advisory Board and she was also a speaker at the 2018 HERstory Gala.

Tell us about your background (both educational and professional).

I received a bachelor’s degree in textile chemistry with a dual degree in strategic marketing from the University of Maryland. During my undergraduate studies, I was primarily focused on the technical aspects of my degree; however, upon graduation, I immediately focused my career in positions on the commercial side of science. My early career concentrated on sales, marketing, and business development at large life science companies. As my professional development evolved, I began taking on managerial roles and leading business units inside of larger entities. One of these business units was spun out and divested, leading me to develop a strong interest in mergers and acquisitions. I was then asked to join the Lonza Group to build the investor relations and corporate communications organization and internal competencies. I was also the acting spokesperson for the company. This role also gave me the opportunity to spend a few years living in Switzerland, which was a priceless experience and it truly broadened my outlook. Following this position, I began my adventure in M&A with Lonza and then founded my own consulting firm focusing on life science transactions. Over the course of my career, I was a part of many M&A transactions valued at over $1.5 billion. In 2015 I joined an exciting startup called RoosterBio, Inc, and I’ve loved every minute of this experience. I’m a firm believer that a company is about its people and the relationships we foster. I’ve sought to bring my experiences full circle at RoosterBio, now having grown to 50 employees and continuing to expand rapidly. 

1. What role did mentorship play in helping you to achieve your career goals?

I consider mentorship to be a key aspect of any career path. In my case, I was incredibly fortunate to work with some great mentors who made a powerful difference in my career. At various times throughout my career, my mentors helped me to evaluate good career choices, opened my mind to new possibilities, and encouraged risk-taking. Mentoring can take on many forms, whether it’s a formalized mentor-mentee relationship, a supportive collaborator, an inspiring colleague, an invested boss or an insightful friend. I’ve certainly benefited from all of them.  On occasion, others see qualities in you that you don’t necessarily see in yourself, and mentorship is crucial for helping you discover and develop those qualities. In my experience, it’s important that one invests in mentorship and nurtures that relationship, in order for it to be effective. When mentorship relationships are fostered, it can significantly help to shape one’s personal and professional goals. In my case, my actual career path is extremely different from what I initially envisioned! Without those mentors throughout my career, I would not be where I am today at this extraordinary place in my journey. Mentors gave me their time, focus and advice without expectation of a return. I’ve been inspired to make it a part of my personal mission to give freely to others what was freely given to me. 

2. What the most exciting and personally fulfilling part of your work right now?

The mission of RoosterBio is to accelerate regenerative medicine and enable the translation from an academic idea into a commercial reality. Along the way, we get to play our part in creating and sustaining the regenerative medicine field and interacting with our customers. What inspires me the most about RoosterBio is building an organization that contributes to tomorrow’s life-saving cures and creating a culture that really inspires people. We emphasize some of our most valued qualities at RoosterBio: dedication, trustworthiness, integrity while also being open-minded, collaborative, transparent and challenging each other to be better, in a respectful way. Oh… and also not to take ourselves too seriously! We do like to have fun here at RoosterBio. 

3. What advice do you have for somebody who is a student or early-level in their career?

Don’t be afraid to look outside your comfort zone at opportunities. Seek out people who you admire and engage with them. Identify and make connections with people who inspire you. Invest your efforts in building relationships with mentors. Learn from these inspiring people and take advantage of their knowledge and expertise. In most cases, people truly like to share and help. Realize that there are opportunities everywhere you look. It’s important to stretch the concepts of yourself, and that is easier to do when someone is helping you along the way. Another piece of advice I like to give is: do something every day that scares or challenges you. You will be able to stretch yourself more when you become more comfortable taking risks. Finally, it’s also great to get involved in organizations like Women In Bio and leverage the organizations’ resources and depth of experience. 

4. Tell us how you got involved with Women In Bio, what you do for the organization, and what being a part of WIB means to you. 

I learned about Women In Bio through various industry contacts and was asked to speak at 2018 HERstory Gala. That event was truly inspiring, and I became excited about the organization. As I mentioned before, I believe that mentorship is crucial for career success and I found that WIB values this mission. I hope to support the mentorship portion of the organization by serving on the WIB-Capital Region Advisory Board now. I aim to contribute as not just a board member, but also as a professional/personal development mentor. One of the best feelings in the world is giving. Through one act, you can inspire others to go out and give back too. The positivity is contagious. That’s what WIB is all about. 


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