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WIB-Greater Boston Unveils Leadership Ready Program with Guest Speaker Nancy Simonian, M.D., January 31, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

It was a full house on Wednesday, January 31, when Fish and Richardson hosted attendees and members of WIB-Greater Boston in the Seaport district for the unveiling of our Leadership Ready program. In a response to the biotech industry gender gap, the program will offer educational sessions and practical advice for women aspiring to, or just entering leadership positions. On hand to deliver an inspiring keynote speech was Nancy Simonian, CEO of Syros Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Simonian shared the story of her career journey, beginning at Massachusetts General Hospital, to being one of the first neurologists at Biogen, to Chief Medical Officer for Millennium Pharmaceuticals and eventually, Syros. Dr. Simonian offered insights she learned along the way, stressing the importance of taking risks and assuring that she wouldn’t be who she was if she “Was worried about failing.” She encouraged a captive audience to follow their own paths and to pursue what is most important to them. The Leadership Ready program with continue with a seminar series focused on career development and leadership topics specifically designed for women professionals in the biotech industry. Those who complete a designated number of sessions and mentoring meetings will earn a “Leadership Ready” certification from WIB. 

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