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WIB-Chicago: The Journey to being Board Member - A Personal Story and Practical Advice, February 27,2020

Posted By Alicja Santos, PhD, Abbott, Tuesday, March 10, 2020

WIB-Chicago held an exceptional event on February 27, featuring Sharon Ayd, an accomplished healthcare industry executive and corporate board member. Sharon shared her experiences and advice on becoming and being a woman on a company board. The story was personal - Sharon walked through her motivations for joining a board, talked about obstacles and discouragements of the process as well as emphasized the need for more female board members. Sharon also talked about the role of Executive Women In Bio’s exclusive development program - Boardroom Ready - that was one of the tools that started her corporate board member adventure. Words of advice and encouragement from Sharon resonated well with the audience. The subject sparked many questions and comments with an extended Q&A session. The uplifting message of the evening was that the landscape in corporate boardroom is chaining also. Some countries require female participation at a certain percentage on the boards of publicly listed companies. As of the end of 2019, California requires all publicly traded companies with headquarters in the state to have at least one woman on their boards. With more female board members companies can address needs of female costumers more efficiently. At the same time, women can put their expertise to work and reinforce the trend of incorporating diversity representing society. 


WIB-Chicago could not be more grateful to Sharon and to our sponsors, especially Medmarc, that made this event possible! We have the highest hopes for many Women In Bio to join and serve on board boards so that companies are diverse and successful like never before! 


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WIB-Chicago: Top of the Mountain Leadership, January 30, 2020

Posted By Amanda Schalk, PhD. EnzymebyDesign, Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tiffany Prince gave an exceptional talk on leadership at the Women In Bio event on January 30, 2020. Attendees received her book "Top of the Mountain Leadership: The Future of Performance and Productivity in a Technology Changing World". In the science world where scientific achievements and promotions are not always accompanied by training in management skills, the relevance of the topic of leadership hit home for the audience. Going over the various general styles of leadership, people were able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their own main leadership styles with tips on implementation to achieve maximum success for their professional goals and inspiring their teams. Consisting of both presentation and group participation, attendees were able to discuss their own real-life examples of factors limiting leadership outcomes, how various attributes associated with leadership have positive and negative effects on teams, and how being able to exercise a breadth of leadership styles maximizes the potential for team engagement. In addition, fabulous prizes were offered that included free personal coaching sessions with the speaker. This was an excellent session for people at various stages in professional development, for those already in charge of teams to lead even more effectively and those currently members of teams to lead their own teams in the future. It was a fun-filled evening focused on personal and professional growth on a topic that is always at the forefront of relevance. 

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