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WIB-Atlanta: Supper Club Dinner with Darnisha Harrison, July 14, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

On July 14, 2016, eight members of the Women In Bio-Atlanta chapter shared the privilege of dining with Darnisha Harrison, Founder, President, and CEO of Ennaid Therapeutics, at the home of WIB member, Jamie Graham.

During the evening, Darnisha explained her vision to create a company that focused on curing third world diseases, starting with the mosquito-transmitted dengue virus. This potentially deadly virus infects nearly 400 million people yearly. Darnisha chose to license existing Flavivirus peptide inhibitor technology rather than start from scratch, and quickly assembled a dynamic team of scientists to adapt the technology to treat infection with viruses such as dengue and the (then) little-known Zika virus. Darnisha and her company were in the right place at the right time as news of Zika virus’ dangerous effects on unborn babies unfolded and the disease spread from jungles to cities. Darnisha provided a big picture view of how the technology was licensed, adapted for targeted treatment through laboratory research, and wound its way through funding, regulatory approval, and animal trials.

After a lively conversation over dinner that focused on solving many biology-based problems of the world, Darnisha asked the group to share their dreams. Without hesitation, dreams ranging from painting huge murals on walls, to making career jumps, to start-ups or non-profits were vocalized. Free advice and offers to make connections were plentiful. Only time will tell if this evening with Darnisha will be one of those “life-changing” events.

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WIB-Atlanta YWIB: STEM Wars, April 23, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

STEM Wars was the first STEM exposition held by Atlanta Metropolitan State College on April 23, 2016. There were over 3,000 kids in attendance from Atlanta and Southern Georgia. At a workshop held during this event, Jenniffer Stetler, the Chair of WIB-Atlanta Young Women In Bio (YWIB), spoke about the importance of vaccination and herd immunity. In another workshop, she described the process of isolating DNA from strawberries. In addition, Jenniffer presented a cell workshop at the career exposition.

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WIB-Atlanta: "Personal Finances for Women of This World," April 20, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

On April 20, 2016, women from the Women In Bio – Atlanta Chapter met for the 10th Women’s Series event titled “Personal Finances for Women of This World,” by Meredith Moore. The event was held in partnership with French, Netherlands, Israel, and German American Chambers of Commerce, and the British American Business Council.

Meredith Moore is the founder and owner of Moore & Associates Wealth Management, which she founded in 1999 to serve and coordinate the financial affairs of a select group of individuals, families, and businesses in the Greater Atlanta area.

During her presentation Meredith covered a broad range of topics - from estate planning, risk management, and short-term savings to debt management and long-term savings: 

    -Meredith’s advice for everyone is to own life insurance outside of that provided by her workplace, specifying both the beneficiary and contingent (individual who receives funds if beneficiary is deceased) on her life insurance plans.
    -Children who are minors should not be designated as beneficiaries or contingents as this often results in legal conflict for attaining guardianship of those minors. Instead, placing UTMA (Uniform Transfer to Minors Act) with the name of the guardian as the beneficiary is the best way to leave your young children their inheritance.
   - Life insurance paperwork always overrides a will, hence one should review both to keep them consistent with her wishes.
    -Probate court money is required to enact a will, so this should be considered when estate planning. An alternative to setting up a will is a revocable living trust that does not require probate fees and, unlike a will, is private and cannot be contested in court.
    -In cases where individuals own properties in other countries, the laws of those countries should be adhered to and acknowledged in wills/trusts set up in the US.
    -When it comes to paying off debt, Meredith listed nondeductible credit cards with the highest interest rates as the first item to be concerned with followed by student loans, tax-deductible mortgages, and home equity lines with variable interest rates.
    -She emphasized creating income flows and not just assets for retirement. In addition, she suggested individuals should invest differently for different timelines as long-term horizons allow for more risk.

As an ending note, Meredith suggested one should always be aware of their monthly income and plan around it accordingly.

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WIB-Atlanta: YWIB Atlanta at the Atlanta Science Festival 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

YWIB Atlanta was in the Atlanta Science Festival in March 2016. Three interactive demonstrations provided a hands-on opportunity for children of all ages to isolate strawberry DNA, perform color chromatography of various foods, dissect a tulip, and create a cell. These demonstrations highlighted basic principles of biology and honored three women scientists with far-reaching legacies: Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie and Maria Sibylla Merian. This YWIB Atlanta event was attended by over a 1000 girls and boys, making the event a resounding success!

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WIB-Atlanta YWIB: The Importance of Science and Vaccines, March 2, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

On March 2, 2016, WIB-Atlanta Young Women In Bio (YWIB) Chair, Jenniffer Stetler, and her colleague, Asia Bright, both doctoral students in the Department of Biology at Georgia State University, spoke about the importance of herd immunity, vaccines, and STEM careers to a group of high school girls at the Mill Springs Academy in Alpharetta, GA.

The young women were interested and engaged by the case study, history, and benefits of vaccines, and were particularly excited to know about the many diverse opportunities available to women who decide to pursue careers in science.

Charlotte Sumner, an 11th grader who attended this meeting, wrote about her excellent experience at this event in the school newsletter.

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