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WIB-Capital Region: Annual Holiday Gala, December 7, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Saturday, June 15, 2019

WIB Capital Region Wraps Up a Great Year at Annual Holiday Gala

On December 7, 2016, WIB Capital Region capped off a fantastic year with lots of familiar faces in addition to new members at the annual Holiday Gala.

We thanked sponsors Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., Paragon Bioservices, and TEDCO, and had some words of encouragement from Judy Costello of Maryland's Department of Commerce and TEDCO's Arti Santhanam. We also heard some words from our WIB Scholarship award winner, Chelsea Zhou.

Past chapter Presidents Debra Bowes and Lynn Langer reminded us of WIB's origins and history: Started as an organization to connect women entrepreneurs in biology, Women In Bio has grown to much more. Debra and Lynn imparted some wisdom in their prepared words, but we also had fantastic discussion.

Some of Debra and Lynn’s key pieces of advice are highlighted below:

- Get involved. Squeeze everything that you want to out of being a WIB member. One of the best ways to do this is get involved in one of the committees. If possible, join one that gets you out of your comfort zone!
- Don't forget to network with men. Women need to support each other and network, and WIB is an important organization for doing that. However, some opportunities are made available only through networks. A concrete example is the placement of women on boards. As more women take leadership roles, this dynamic will change; but for now, don't exclude yourself from the networks of the people who are making those decisions.
- One of the best things about our membership is also a challenge - our diverse membership requires different needs. Don't be afraid to tap "wiser members." Whether you do so to seek one-on-one mentoring, or to remind them about an upcoming event, don't be afraid to reach out to more senior WIB members and keep them in the fold. However, with that goal in mind, strive to engage both junior and senior members.

We also discussed the past and future role of WIB in policy in addition to our honored guests' hopes and dreams for the Capital Region Chapter and National WIB. It was a night to reflect on where we've been and where we're going. It was a great way to close out the year and get energized for 2017.

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WIB-Capital Region: YWIB Visits Nanotechnology Company Pixelligent LLC, December 6, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Saturday, June 15, 2019

Baltimore area middle school girls (6th through 8th grade) attended an excellent event on December 6, 2016, to learn about nanotechnology at the Baltimore based company Pixelligent Technologies, LLC.

Pixelligent is an advanced materials company that delivers next generation optical materials for demanding applications in solid-state lighting, flat panel displays, and optical components.

Students learned about nanotechnology, toured the labs and production facility, and had a round table discussion with the women scientists. They learned about career paths of women scientists, and the major subjects those scientists took in college to be successful in their roles in the nanotechnology industry.

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WIB-Capital Region: Capital Region Chapter Participates in 5th Annual MedImmune Diversity Summit

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Capital RegionChapter of Women In Bio was excited to participate in the 5th Annual Women’s Summit hosted by MedImmune, Gaithersburg, MD on August 31, 2016.  The event was attended by supporters throughout the MedImmune and Astrazeneca corporate communities. The theme of the event was “Succeeding Together: The Power of Diversity,” and served as a platform for the organization to showcase the strides it has made in its efforts to increase diversity.

The event kicked off with a welcome from the Executive Vice President and Head of MedImmune, Bahija Jallal, Ph.D. followed by a dynamic presentation by Pamela McCauley, Ph.D., C.P.E on achieving innovation through diversity.  The panel discussion hosted by JoAnn Suzich, Ph.D. covered the challenging paradigm of diversity in leadership. The afternoon session consisted of a presentation from Pascal Soriot, CEO of Astra Zeneca giving a “male” perspective on diversity.  The afternoon was also filled with Breakout Sessions covering various topics related to professional development and communication within diverse peer groups. The summit ended with an evening reception that was open to all attendees.

The day was filled with opportunities to be inspired about the increased strides that women have made within the corporate workplace and to share which barriers still need to be overcome!


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WIB-Capital Region: WIB-Capital Region and AWIS-Bethesda Co-Host "Summer Networking Happy Hour!" August 25, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

Over 70 members of the Capital Region Chapter of WIB and the Association for Women in Science mingled at a Summer Networking Event in Rockville on August 25, 2016.

Held at La Trasca Restaurant in Rockville, WIB members discovered many common interests and talents with the members of AWIS. Let’s hope this has been the first of many joint events.

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WIB-Capital Region: "Dangerous Documents" Event, July 21, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

The FDA auditor is coming tomorrow. What can you do to make sure your documents are ready?

To answer questions such as this one, WIB-Capital Region and event sponsor Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox, LLP (SKGF), hosted a July 21, 2016, seminar entitled “Dangerous Documents: Avoiding Land Mines in Your FDA Records and e-Mails.” The event speaker was Nancy Singer, Esq., founder of the Compliance-Alliance, LLC, and she discussed how to establish a culture of compliance to ensure that documents in your purview won’t come back to bite you during an audit or a trial.

Event attendees ranged from paralegals to Directors at SKGF, academics, and industry professionals from around the region. Nancy reminded them that drug and device executives are held to a higher legal standard because the consumers using their products are not in a position to decide complex scientific questions themselves. During the seminar attendees also completed group exercises where Nancy helped us realize how statements and actions that many are guilty of can come back and cause great harm personally and professionally.

The advice she shared is extremely useful to those responsible for protecting sensitive information for their clients and organizations. Nancy recommended daily habits for us all in order to achieve a culture of compliance:

- Don’t sign things you don’t read.
- Pause before sending an email.
- Don’t put opinions or inflammatory words in correspondence or email.
- Never send e-mails when angry.

These suggestions sound simple, but she offered several recent examples of how not following these simple rules have resulted in serious legal troubles for individuals and corporations.

Nancy began and ended the seminar with the simple message that “Documents are like diamonds: They are very precious and they last forever.”

For more information about the Compliance-Alliance visit their website.

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WIB-Capital Region: MAPs Networking Event Featuring Susan Seber, May 10, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

WIB MAPs Networking Event was a Great Success!

On May 10, 2016, the WIB-Capital Region Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) committee held a kickoff event at Montgomery College to celebrate the formation of 10 new MAPs peer mentoring groups. At the event, Susan G. Seber (CCE, ACC, Global Compliance Strategy, MedImmune), MAPs member of the Montgomery group, addressed the concept of resilience and the psychology of how it affects our choices:

In today's world, our days begin early and our nights end late. Needless to say we are constantly overwhelmed and stressed out as we stretch ourselves thin; after all, it is quite a daunting task to juggle work, family, and other aspects of life like clockwork day in and day out. The type of situation, the level of control, time, and maturity of how we handle the matter at hand defines our response. Further, Susan introduced the group to the concept of "High Performance Pyramid." Like Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs," the pyramid consists of four basic categories - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual - that we tweak to reach our ability to perform well. Studies have shown that our minds work on a 3-1 positivity ratio: to offset one negative thought, a person needs three positive thoughts.

Overall, Susan gave a wonderful presentation about the importance of resilience and maintaining physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance in the workplace. After her presentation, attendees were placed into small groups, where they discussed these topics in relation to their own experiences. Members enjoyed seeing how a MAPs meeting is typically run as well as networking with individuals from other groups.

  

 

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WIB-Capital Region: YWIB Kitchen Science Series at Harford County Public Library, April 23, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

The WIB-Capital Region Kitchen Science Series on April 23, 2016, at the Harford County Public Library (HCPL), Edgewood Branch was a fun and educational day. Youth Women In Bio (YWIB) presented the “Layer Magic! Rainbow in a Jar” experiment in coordination with the STEM program at Harford County Public Library.

Young ladies, ranging in age from 5 years old to high school freshmen, were guided through a fun and simple experiment in density, building a liquid rainbow by first dying liquids of different densities different colors of the rainbow with food coloring and then layering these liquids (from most to least dense) on top of each other in a clear plastic jar. Our rainbows consisted of normal household items: corn syrup, dish detergent, olive oil, water, and rubbing alcohol. After creating our “rainbows,” we compared the densities of the different liquids to solids, including sponges, wine corks, pennies, and grapes. During the experiment our YWIB volunteers talked about their own careers in the biological sciences and answered any general questions the ladies had about careers, density, or science in general.

The children had a great time and were able to take a colorful piece of science home with them. We thank all of our volunteers. Specifically, we would like to thank HCPL for advertising and hosting our event. In all, the library event provided a great opportunity to reach out to younger children in the Harford County community and educate them on future opportunities and careers in STEM. We look forward to partnering again with the HCPL in future years as part of their STEM and reading summer program.

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WIB-Capital Region: YWIB at USA Science and Engineering Fair, April 16-17, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

Fantastic Accomplishment from Young Women In Bio on the national STEM Stage

The WIB-Capital Region YWIB group had a hugely successful participation as an exhibitor at the USA Science and Engineering Festival held April 16-17, 2016.

As a result of our involvement, we collected hundreds of names of interested girls and parents to participate in our upcoming programs. We have already been contacted by three area organizations for potential partnerships. We raised nearly $5,000 in sponsorship funds and we awarded two schools checks for their science departments.

We had nearly 20 girls volunteer to wear the pink lab coat and walk through every aspect of our booth at the event, achieving exactly the science immersion and leadership YWIB hopes for.

Special thanks to our leadership team and all our volunteers behind the scenes, without whom none of these could have been achieved!

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WIB-Capital Region: ISPE Showcase, April 12, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

A Shout-Out to WIB-Capital Region Volunteers at the ISPE Showcase

WIB-Capital Region had a great opportunity to set up exhibitions and represent our chapter in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences Showcase event on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Universities at Shady Grove. Organized by International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering Chesapeake Bay Area chapter, the event was a huge success and a great platform for biotech companies and organizations to showcase and to network. Shout out to all our chapter volunteers who planned and presented at the site for this event; it lends great opportunities for our chapter to meet potential sponsors in the near future.

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WIB-Capital Region: "Women Investing In Women" Event, March 17, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

On March 17, 2016, WIB-Capital Region hosted a panel discussion on women entrepreneurship in the biotech industry. The speakers were:

Amita Shukla, M.B.A., founder and CEO of Vitamita, a former member of TEDCO in Maryland, and author of Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change
Amy Millman, CEO of SpringBoard, which helps startups. Amy told the event audience that her dream for SpringBoard wasn't to get every woman funded, but to get women investing in each other. In that, she's been successful, starting the "Dolphin Tank" in the D.C. area where entrepreneurs thinking of a start-up can pitch their idea to prospective investors.
Carol Nacy, Ph.D., co-founder of Sequella in 1997 after many years as a scientist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC, and as president of the American Society of Microbiology.

During the panel discussion, Amita Shukla spoke about the mindset needed for success as an entrepreneur, stating that entrepreneurs who succeeded failed their way to success: It's necessary to re-frame your failures quickly, and learn from them to turn them into successes. Amita also said that entrepreneurship can be a very effective way of solving problems and building something lasting.

Carol Nacy, reported on a survey of women entrepreneurs by mentioning that they were off the charts on learning agility and emotional intelligence. Others noted that women often have a slower impulse towards action ("I need to do three more things before I start a company and then I will... "), are often not good networkers, and many never actually close the deal.

Panelists agreed on the need for one to have entrepreneurship “in the DNA,” and to see the point on the horizon and head towards it. They spoke of the need to incorporate work life and home life, and to make enough time and enough passion to do what you love to do. Nevertheless, passion is necessary but not sufficient, and the panelists warned that ego has caused many an entrepreneur to "drink too much Kool-Aid" and become so attached to an idea that they couldn't take any feedback.

When asked where to find funding, the panelists mentioned that Maryland's TEDCO, Maryland Venture Fund, and their sister programs are an excellent source. They told prospective applicants to remember that the Maryland Biotech Investment Tax Credit provides up to $12 million with high net worth investors -  giving them a 50% refund of their investment in a tax credit. In addition, Montgomery County may provide an additional 5-10%. They also reminded would-be biotech entrepreneurs that NIH Small Business (SBIR) funding is non-dilutive, so that's a great place to start out.

Overall it was a very informative, inspirational, and well organized event. Thanks to all our speakers, guests, members on program committee for the event planning, and WIB-DC/Baltimore Communications Committee member, Veronica J. Bailey, for sharing this post-event recap!

 

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