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WIB-Chicago: Women and Investing: Managing Your Financial Health. Do Women Invest Differently Than Men?, October 16, 2019

Posted By Shahila Christie , Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The Chicago Chapter of Women In Bio hosted a great event on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Julie Lopez, Vice President, Merrill Lynch led a discussion on women's financial health, especially regarding what's different, financially, for women and how do women invest differently than men. The audience included members and their guests from a variety of career stages, all the way from post-docs to senior executives. Julie provided tips to empower investment decisions through various life stages, including the fundamentals of risk management. Women entrepreneurs also benefited from the advice Julie provided during the program. The discussion was lively and interactive! The event was held at CARA, a not-for-profit organization that helps Chicago's unemployed find gainful employment. Gotta B Crepes was on-site with their founder, Ryan Jones cooking up sweet and savory crepes for our attendees and Eric Scott was at the meeting to provide head shots and capture the event with his photography services. Everything added up to be a great event for WIB-Chicago and we are most appreciative to Merrill Lynch for their sponsorship of our Chapter!

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WIB-Chicago: Special Event - Turn Your Side Hustle Into a Business, July 31, 2019

Posted By Nancy Tyrrell , Tuesday, October 15, 2019

On July 31, WIB-Chicago proudly hosted Chris Guillebeau, a New York Times Bestselling Author and the creator of the "Side Hustle School" podcast. Chris talked about inspirational real-life stories featuring teachers, artists, coders, and entire families who've found ways to create new sources of income. He presented our audience with steps for launching a side hustle, from identifying underserved markets to crafting unique products and services that spring from our passions. WIB-Chicago members have unique talents and were inspired to join the ranks of these innovative entrepreneurs--making money on the side. We provided our members with a personally signed copy of Chris’ 100 Side Hustles book.

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Over 100 people attended this special event. In addition to WIB members, attendees included other Chicago area entrepreneurs and groups such as Women in IP, Illinois Women Conquer Alzheimer's, University of Chicago Women’s Life Sciences Society, CHIentist, and Chicago Women in STEM Initiative. Chris included this event in his podcast and in his outreach to his followers. As a bonus, CBS “This morning” flew a crew from New York to film the event! Here is a link to the clip aired on TV.

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WIB-Chicago: Standing Room Only at the Women In Bio Fifth Annual Start-Up Challenge! September 18, 2019

Posted By Shahila Christie, Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On September 18, 2019, Women In Bio-Chicago invited female entrepreneurs, investors, and life science professionals to our 5th Annual Start-Up Challenge hosted at MATTER, Chicago’s health tech hub. Six finalists from women-led Illinois biotech companies were chosen from a pool of applicants and these finalists pitched to a panel of experts and a packed audience. The presenting companies included:

  • Sano Seat: providing a solution to patients with mobility issues that face painful and costly pressure ulcers.
  • Hubly: focused on modernizing bedside intracranial access through an integrated electric drill system that decreases operating room reliance and facilitates treatment for emerging indications.
  • Prenatal Hope: providing hope for families through reducing infant mortality with biomedical innovations. 
  • Enzyme by Design, Inc: developing safer cancer therapeutics that improves patient quality of life. 
  • Curto TechTM, LLC: develops low-cost, low-tech, and low-hassle endoscopic accessory to improve colonoscopy procedural safety and efficiency. 
  • ClostraBio: creating therapies to treat severe food allergies. 


The presentations were of high quality and after much deliberation, our panel selected Prenatal Hope as the winner of the Challenge. Founder Tammy Dorsey accepted the award. After the pitches, lively discussions and networking continued while the audience enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and drinks. 

This pitch competition is one of its kind in the Chicagoland area focused on promoting women-led companies and judged by a panel of women experts including investors, entrepreneurs, and innovators. 

Special thanks go to our lead sponsors Horizon Pharma, Marshall Gerstein, and MATTER for supporting this event. In addition to our amazing sponsors we would also like to thanks our expert panel for their time: Shradha Agarwal (Jumpstart Ventures), Kristin Fox (Co-founder, FinFoundHer), Nancy Harvey (BioPharma Industry Consultant), Dima Elissa (Entrepreneur, VisMed-3D), and Laura Bloem (UICenter, University of Illinois at Chicago). 

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Previous Past Event Recaps

Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Click here for Women In Bio Chicago 2018 Past Events 

Click here for Women In Bio Chicago 2017 Past Events 

Click here for Women In Bio Chicago 2016 Past Events

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