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WIB-Metro New York: Inspirational Career Transitions to Industry, May 9, 2019

Posted By Linda Dyson, Monday, June 17, 2019
The Metro New York Women In Bio chapter hosted an amazing panel discussion last month, focused on inspirational career transitions to industry. The very frank and humorous discussion about winding career paths and work-life balance was very well received. The key takeaway was there are several avenues to be able to have a flexible and fulfilling career that suits your life – both personally and professionally. Extensive networking followed the panel presentation. The esteemed panelists included Dr. Saya Nagori, MD (Medical Director of SimpleHealth.com), Rania Nasis, MD, MBA (COO of Element3 Health), Andrea L. Nicholas, JD, PhD (Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP), and Alice Zheng, MD, MPH, MBA (Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company).

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WIB-Metro New York: A New Cohort of Eager Future MDs Begins the 5th annual Weill-Cornell Medicine Mentorship Program, May 21, 2019

Posted By Wendy Diller, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Young Women In Bio-Metro New York's mentorship program with Weill Cornell Medicine, now in its fifth year, got off to a roaring start on 5/21, thanks to WCM medical school student-mentors, led by Emily Lang and Elora Busa. A new cohort of nearly 30 NYC high school girls interested in medicine as a career and a new group of WCM first-year medical school student-volunteers met for the first of three sessions, with two more to follow in Fall 2019 and Winter 2020. This month's meeting centered on case studies, similar to those provided to real-life medical school students. Several dozen girls applied to the program, which has a simple application process that is open to both public and private school students. New mentees come from a diverse group of schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and we encourage more to apply next year: The application process begins in March 2020.


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WIB-New York: Young Women In Bio - RockEDU's Science Outreach Lab Welcomes EastSide Community High Schoolers, May 14, 2019

Posted By Wendy Diller , Tuesday, May 28, 2019
May is AP exam and end-of-school-year activities for high schoolers in New York City and elsewhere, but that didn't stop about 25 girls interested in STEM careers from attending RockEDU's PCR Lab Experience on May 14. The girls attend the East Side Community High School in Manhattan. They participated in hands-on demos at Rockefeller University's state-of-the-art outreach labs, around lab methods for isolating DNA. Expert scientists from the outreach lab led discussions around the ethics of DNA testing. Huntington's disease was used as an example and the girls got to practice gel electrophoresis with Huntington's model gel. A very exciting program, at a busy time of year for high school students!

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WIB-Metro New York: YWIB Spring Into STEM in Connecticut, April 6, 2019

Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Friday, April 26, 2019

On Saturday, April 6, the Metro NY Chapter of Young Women In Bio hosted its inaugural Young Women In Bio "Spring into STEM in Connecticut" at Southern Connecticut State University which was a huge success! The event was held at Southern’s Academic Science & Laboratory building which provided an inspiring backdrop for the event with their onsite aquarium, astronomy center, CT geology exhibit and Google map of lower New England.

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Middle School and High School girls were invited to participate in an inaugural YWIB event in CT at Southern Connecticut State University where they learned about what types of STEM careers await them and how to get there through a variety of interactive exhibits, hands-on learning, and presentations from Connecticut’s leaders from technology, pharma, biotech, university and more! 


After a brief introduction about Young Women In Bio by National Communications Director Maggie Tobin followed by the benefit and importance of young women pursuing a STEM career by Southern’s Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Outreach Colleen Bielitz, PhD, the more than 50 students and parents that attended the event moved between three conference rooms throughout the day to hear from and participate in a variety of interactive STEM activities.  

Students learned about a variety of career pathways in STEM fields and participated in hands-on learning activities, including suturing, medical device development, looking at bacteria and fungus through microscopes and practicing sterile techniques used in surgery! The attendees learned about what it’s like to pursue fields, including marine biology, rare diseases, medical devices, information technology, psychiatry, artificial intelligence, embryology, oncology clinical trials, marketing, sales and more!

 
Speaker Biographies: 

There were a total of 16 inspiring female presenters with diverse backgrounds who live in Connecticut and work in academic, government and industry organizations that focus on science, technology, engineering and math areas, including:

  • Arvinas - Kimberly Wehger (Vice President of Information Technology)
  • Cardurion Pharmaceuticals – Rebecca Velez Frey (Chief Operating Officer)
  • Zachry Group - Katharine Goldberg (Mechanical Engineer)
  • Cognitive Recruiting Solutions - Kendra Paolitto (President & Owner)
  • Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation - Diane Tillman (Co-Founder & Board Director)
  • Celldex Therapeutics – Jennifer Newman (Global Project Leader, Regulatory Affairs/Clinical Operations), Margo Heath-Chiozzi (Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs), Komal Patel (Senior Associate Scientist)
  • Medtronic - Kayla Cloutier (Senior Research & Development Engineer), Olesea Diaz-Chiosa (R&D Engineer), Rebecca Cutler (Associate R&D Engineer)
  • National Organization for Rare Disorders – Mary Dunkle (Senior Advisor)
  • UCONN – Evelyn Neuber (Embryologist)
  • UCONN/CIRCA – Katie Lund (Marine Policy Project Coordinator)
  • UCONN - Alexandra Goetjen, MS, (MD/PhD Psychiatry Candidate)
  • Novogene – Maggie Tobin (Senior Sales Manager)

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WIB-Metro New York: An Afternoon at Alexandria Center LaunchLabs, April 4, 2019

Posted By Melissa Conner , Friday, April 5, 2019

At the second annual "Afternoon at LaunchLabs" event, students engaged with female entrepreneurs at the state-of-the-art Alexandria Center for Life Sciences.The 25 student participants were divided into small groups to meet entrepreneurs and learn about their backgrounds and how they got to where they are today. The girls asked interesting questions before they were taken on a short tour of the laboratory by the LaunchLabs team, and the afternoon concluded with a science-themed reception!

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WIB-Metro New York: From the Bench to the Boardroom, March 7, 2019

Posted By Linda Phelan Dyson , Tuesday, March 26, 2019

On Thursday March 7th, in celebration of National Women's Day, WIB-Metro New York hosted a panel event titled "From the Bench to the Boardroom" at NYU Leslie Labs. Dee Dao, PhD, from the NYU lnnovation Venture Fund, moderated the panel of three successful entrepreneurs: Sofija Jovic, PhD, MBA, co-founder, Prophase; Maria Luisa Pineda, PhD, CEO, Envisagenics; and Erika Smith, MBA, CEO, ReNetx Bio. The panelists candidly expressed their journeys as they navigated company creation, management, and exit. The packed room had a chance to engage the panel in thoughtful questions, and gain their insights into the opportunities and challenges we all face as both "entre-preneurs and “intra-preneuers." Erika emphasized how running a start up is like sailing a ship - you need to “tack in the direction” the winds take you, and not fight against forces you cannot control. Maria shared how limited the typical representation of entrepreneurship can be, as many of us have alternative projects, revenue streams, or plans - all in addition to day jobs that we might call "work." Last, Sofija shared how sobering it was to realize that, as a CEO, it was her job to make the final decision, "not waste a crisis" and provide direction for her team as they navigated the highs and lows of a start-up company.

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WIB-Metro New York: YWIB Robotics in Surgery Demo at NYU Langone, February 13, 2019

Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Robotics in Surgery Demo at NYU Langone on February 13, 2019 was full of great vibes and robust discussion for 25 NYC high school students.

Dr. Amie Kent is speaking (left) and Irina Komm is at the podium.

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Dr. Amie Kent, a cardiothoracic surgeon who is certified in robotic surgery, explained how robots are transforming certain kinds of lung surgery due to their ability to enable smaller incisions, which are necessary for minimally invasive surgery. As a result, patients recover faster and get out of the hospital sooner than they do with traditional open procedures.  She also talked about her career decisions and how she has successfully balanced her intensive training and personal/ family life, assuring the girls that she has a spouse, child, and friendships outside of work.

PA Irina Komm discussed different kinds of careers open to women interested in robotic surgery. Komm, Kent, and Melissa Figueroa, also on staff at NYU Langone then organized a hands-on, interactive demo of the DaVinci Robot that is used in cardiothoracic surgery.

YWIB Metro New York and NYU Langone have been running this hugely popular program for several years now. Recruiting and school contacts were organized by volunteers Neda Memar (photography credits), the YWIB program lead, and Wendy Diller, YWIB Metro New York Chair.

There are great careers ahead for the 25 student attendees!

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Previous Past Event Recaps

Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Click here for Women In Bio Metro New York 2018 Past Events

Click here for Women In Bio Metro New York 2017 Past Events

Click here for Women In Bio Metro New York 2016 Past Events

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