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WIB-Southern California: YWIB BE WiSE Junior Mentoring Event, February 11, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 10, 2019

On February 11, 2017, several female leaders from the biotech industry volunteered at WIB-Southern California’s Young Women In Bio Jr. Mentoring Event through the BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) program. BE WiSE is open to middle and high school girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences through out-of-school activities. BE WiSE events are organized in collaboration with San Diego County’s research, industry, and academic institutions to increase young women’s opportunities and knowledge of STEM fields of study.

During this YWIB event, professional volunteers representing areas of the biotech industry including drug discovery, clinical development, regulatory affairs, human resources, and legal affairs shared their educational backgrounds, work experience, current responsibilities, and daily work routine with about 20 BE WiSE participants.

After Barbara Troupin gave an informative introduction on drug discovery, volunteers broke into groups based on their job function. This arrangement enabled students to ask volunteers questions about topics such as internship opportunities and courses of study for them to follow now to prepare for science careers. Internships at local biotech companies for high schoolers are uncommon, as they are offered mainly to college students. However, educational and networking events like those provided by BE WiSE and YWIB allow students to better prepare for science careers and meet people who could help them “get their foot in the door.”

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WIB-Southern California Hosts YWIB Workshop on How to Network, December 3, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

On December 3rd, 2017, the Southern California Young Women In Bio committee organized an insightful workshop for high school girls on how to network. Nucleus Biologics, a local biotech company focused on providing premium cell culture solutions, hosted the event at their headquarters. High school students from across San Diego and Orange County came to the workshop, and left with new perspective on what comes after a college degree.

The workshop was divided into three sessions with three inspiring speakers covering a different professional topic. Lamia Merabet kicked off the event with a talk on how to look professional. She spoke about the importance of image, voice, and attitude when networking and gave tips on how to fine tune these elements to fit your goals. Niyati Raghavan went through how to build a resume, describing to the girls each section of a resume and giving pointers on how to leverage your current experience. Lastly, Namitha Patil rounded off the workshop by explaining how to search for a job during the last year of college. She discussed the importance of college job fairs, as well as putting together a solid Linkedin profile. 

The audience was very engaged and eager to learn from these professionals, and asked very thought-provoking questions. Breaks included light refreshments and the opportunity for the girls to put into practice what they learned about networking. Everyone left having learned something new, and feeling empowered for their next endeavor. YWIB received a very positive feedback from this event and were happy to call it a success!


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