On January 23, 2016, the WIB-Chicago Young Women In Bio Committee hosted a networking and mentoring event. Over 75 girls, ranging in ages from 10 to 18 years old, had an opportunity to speak with women who have careers in the life sciences. Twelve mentors volunteered and provided guidance on education and insight on their careers. The mentors were research scientists in the academic field and both start-up and large health science companies. In addition, the mentors had experience in consulting, entrepreneurship, biosimilar development finance and patent law. The “speed networking” format of the event allowed the girls to begin learning the life-long skill of networking, and to have the opportunity to meet successful professional women of various ethnicities at different stages of their careers. The event was sponsored by Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP. In attendance were member of Girls 4 Science (G4S), a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing girls in Chicago to science, technology, engineering and math.
- Sharon M. Sintich