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WIB-Seattle: Women's History Month Event Recap: Rockstar Women, March 25, 2019

Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Monday, April 15, 2019

In honor of Women’s History Month, Women In Bio - Seattle hosted, “Rockstar Women,” on March 25, 2019. Our event featured three highly engaging panelists: Lisa Cohen, Senior Advisor at Uncommon; Beth Kolko, Co-Founder and CEO of Shift Labs; and Cathy Melfi, Vice President of Quality and Regulatory and Chief Regulatory Officer of Omeros. The lively conversation was moderated by Blythe Sather, Senior Director of T cell engineering at Lyell Immunopharma and former Seattle WIB Treasurer. We were proud to showcase these rockstars in the local life science scene.

Sophia Siu, WIB Seattle Chapter Vice Chair, introducing the panelists and sharing information about WIB-Seattle membership.

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We were privileged to have these all-stars for a wonderful evening where they shared their successful career journeys and personal reflections. Common themes in the discussion included the importance of building a supportive network, how to approach experts for help and mentorship, and how to take the fear out of decision making. Another surprising commonality amongst our panelists was their non-scientific academic beginnings - English, Journalism, and Economics - and how they didn’t let this stop them from moving into scientific or engineering areas to make amazing things happen. The panelists talked about taking on roles despite being uncertain that they were completely qualified quite yet, and encouraged others to embrace the challenge and opportunity to grow.    

Panelists (left to right; Beth Kolko, Shift Labs ; Lisa Cohen, Uncommon; Cathy Melfi, Omeros ; Blythe Sather, Lyell Immunopharma  and past Seattle WIB Treasurer. 

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The panelists asserted that their confidence came from their prior experiences, and with this experience came the bravery to continue to venture into new territory. Beth Kolko ended the night's conversation with this insight, “My work [exists] because of who I am, it’s not what I am.”

We thank all the panelists for their time out of their incredibly busy schedules on a rainy night, and we thank the University of Washington, CoMotion Labs HQ, for hosting this event.

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