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WIB-RTP Hosts a Beneficial Evening on Employer Benefits, November 9, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, June 6, 2019

On November 9, 2017, WIB-RTP members attended a panel discussion on employer benefits. The event began with Florina Gordon, Head of Human Resources at Liquidia Technologies, describing many types of benefits. These benefits included: retirement plans, health insurance and health savings accounts, short- and long-term disability, and wellness programs. Following Gordon’s presentation, panelists shared their unique experiences as well as, the daunting obstacles they encountered. The panelists included: benefits managers and human resource professionals from public and private universities, government agencies, and industry. These highly successful panelists engaged the audience in a lively discussion that was both informative and personal. All attendees learned how to negotiate and take advantage of their benefits.

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WIB-RTP Celebrates the Season with its Annual Holiday Party! December 5, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, June 6, 2019

Women In Bio-RTP celebrated a successful year on December 5, 2017, during its Annual Holiday Party at RTP Headquarters. It was a fun evening of socializing, networking, and entertaining for all those who attended. Louise Giffin, WIB-RTP Chapter Chair, kicked off the evening’s events with a summary of our chapter’s accomplishments over the past year, including hosting 12 events. Louise also highlighted our chapter’s Young Women In Bio group, which this year was an US2020 2017 STEMmy Award Finalist for Youth Serving Organization of the Year. Louise also recognized and thanked all the committee members from WIB-RTP for their hard work, current and old. At the conclusion of the presentation, Louise mentioned the need of additional volunteers who would help our chapter have an even more successful year in 2018. Happy Holidays everyone!

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WIB-RTP Presents “Leading from the Middle” with E.L. Betsy Smith, September 25, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, June 6, 2019

Women In Bio-RTP kicked off its first event of the fall season on September 25, 2017, with Aga Truax, our chapter’s president for the past two years passing on the baton of leadership to Louise Giffin. We are all very thankful for the hard work, dedication, and leadership Aga has provided to our group over the years. Louise previously held the role of Vice Chair of the program committee for more than two years and has been active in putting together many of our exciting events. Louise then introduced our guest speaker, E.L. “Betsy” Smith - a dynamic speaker and executive leadership coach with over 30 years of experience in leadership development. Attendees took advantage of an interactive and fun-filled workshop based on John Maxwell’s work about leading from the middle. They learned strategies that could be used at work or school to deal with situations where leadership would be required.

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WIB-RTP: "Managing Investment Risk to Strengthen Your Financial Future" Lunch & Learn, June 20, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, June 6, 2019

On June 20, 2017, Women In Bio-RTP members took advantage of their lunch hour by attending our second annual lunch and learn financial planning workshop. Financial advisors, Amy Johnston and Elizabeth Pritchett, from The Orchid Group at Morgan Stanley, led a discussion on how women should understand and manage risks associated with their investment portfolios. The audience came prepared with insightful questions and possible scenarios. It was a very informative session with an overview of important topics to consider for future financial wellness.

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WIB-RTP: Summer Book Club Event: "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy," July 21, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, June 6, 2019

A heartfelt discussion prompted by Sheryl Sandberg’s and Adam Grant’s book, "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy," occurred at the WIB-RTP chapter’s summer book club meeting on July 21, 2017. The women present shared their personal experiences of adversity--both work and life-related--as well as solutions that have been helpful to them in managing these challenges. Methods for building resilience included speaking with a friend or family member and writing to recovery with an emphasis on gratefulness and self-compassion.

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WIB-RTP: “How to Make the Most of the New Version of LinkedIn,” April 27, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, June 6, 2019

On April 27, 2017, Women In Bio-RTP hosted a workshop on the getting the most out of the newest version of LinkedIn, and to use this work-focused online platform to advance their career. Presenter Heidi Scott Giusto, Ph.D., of Career Path Writing Solutions, provided attendees pro-tips for using this new version of LinkedIn to maximize its value for professional development, networking, and job searching.

A key take away message from the workshop was to “Define your strategy, make your plan, and execute your plan.” Linkedin is more than just creating and updating your profile, so I asked Heidi some questions about that resource:

What is the one point or idea you hope the attendees would take with them after your presentation?

“To get the most out of LinkedIn you need to have a structured plan that includes knowing your point for using the platform and constructing ways to accomplish your objective. It needs to be more than ‘I’ve heard I’m supposed to be on LinkedIn.’“

What do you think is the biggest mistake people make with making and executing their initial plans with LinkedIn?

“Oftentimes, people are inconsistent with executing their plan. You might devote several hours to think through your plan and list out the steps you’ll take to execute it, but consistent follow-through is key. Something is better than nothing, but it’s better to be realistic about what you can commit to and then do that. Otherwise - and this is just one example - you’ll fall into the trap of rarely being on it and then, when you do log in, filling contacts’ newsfeed with dozens of “likes” all at one time because you’re trying to play catch-up for your inactivity.”

Thank you Heidi for the awesome presentation and workshop. I think everyone attending learned something new and can now think about developing a strategy to make the most of LinkedIn.

 

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WIB-RTP: “How to Ace your Informational Interview for Career Success,” March 14, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, June 6, 2019

On March 14, 2017, as part of Women’s History Month, the Women In Bio-RTP chapter held an engaging workshop on “How to Ace Your Informational Interview for Career Success.” The workshop was lead by career coach Tracy Jenkins, Ph.D., ACC.

With an extensive background in academics and coaching, Tracy has served in various roles as an advisor, professional mentor, professor, and academic coach. All of the skills required for these roles were definitely seen by the attendees. Dr. Jenkins provided steps on how to explore the types of work that interest you, decide whom to interview, how to request an informational interview, how to prepare, and what to do after that interview. There were also insightful questions and real world scenarios given by different members and attendees, describing their experiences with informational interviewing.

At the end of the workshop, Dr. Jenkins wanted the attendees to realize that "Informational interviewing, when used deliberatively and strategically, provides the means to explore roles of interest that can lead to a job offer."

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WIB-RTP: First Wellness Event, February 22, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, June 6, 2019

On February 22, 2017, Women In Bio-RTP members took time out of their busy days to take care of themselves and attend the chapter’s first wellness event, during which they learned about mindfulness, self-compassion, and how to bring meditation and yoga into their lives.

The discussion on mindfulness and self-compassion was led by Dr. Karen Bluth, a leading researcher from the Program on Integrative Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UNC’s School of Medicine. She explained the importance of mindfulness, or paying attention in the moment, in a purposeful way. Studies on mindfulness show that it can lead to positive effects on one’s emotional and physical well-being. Dr. Bluth then introduced attendees to some basic aspects of mindfulness and led them through a couple of exercises in which they could focus on the moment and mediate.

This activity was followed by a quick yoga tutorial, led by Erin Kaltenbrun, Ph.D. She spoke about her path from science to yoga, and how yoga can provide balance in a stressful life. Then Erin led the attendees in “chair” yoga, which provided a nice end to a very insightful evening. Namaste.

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WIB-RTP Kicks Off Its 2017 Season with a Networking Event, January 31, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, June 6, 2019

On January 31, 2017, Women In Bio-RTP hosted a networking event that focused on effective network strategies.

The event started off with Chapter Head Aga Truax giving attendees an overview of what to expect from WIB-RTP over the coming year.

Lauren Lohmer, YWIB Committee Co-Chair, followed with a brief outline about Young Women In Bio’s activity in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area and a call out for volunteers and companies to host events.

The networking portion of the night was kicked off with Michael Davies, Founder of “Life Sciences Networking,” describing his career path from being a Ph.D. on the bench in academia to a career in industry. He provided advice and key insights into getting the most out of your networking.

Attendees heard that the most important thing about networking is “to focus on the relationship first. Nothing can be accomplished without that.” Afterwards, everyone was split into tables of eight to practice those networking skills. Practice makes perfect.

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