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WIB-Pittsburgh Attends “Feeding the Dragon,” November 8, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 17, 2019

On election night the Pittsburgh Women In Bio chapter delighted in a moment of respite and reflection: "Feeding the Dragon" is a play written and performed by Sharon Washington, who grew up in an apartment located within the New York Carnegie library, which her father maintained. Washington’s powerful one-woman show recalls her experiences living in an unusual environment with parents who kept the library furnace fires stoked and who battled private dragons. Her story of personal discovery and steadfastness complemented our election-day mood. After the show, the playwright joined our group to discuss her journey from young introverted bookworm to an expressive and animated actress. Many thanks to the Pittsburgh City Theatre for providing Women In Bio with an opportunity to meet with Sharon; she is inspiring!

 

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WIB Pittsburgh: 4th Annual Hat-O-Ween Celebration! October 18, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 17, 2019

WIB-Pittsburgh celebrated its 4th Annual Hat-O-Ween party on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Local Bar +Kitchen in Lawrenceville.

Local closed its dining room and opened its doors to Women In Bio only. It was a spook-tacular event, complete with a cauldron of smoking brew, delicious food, elaborate hats, and Halloween-themed games and prizes!

Hat-O-Ween is our favorite way to wrap up another year of exciting social and professional events. Thanks to all of the WIB ladies--new comers and veterans--who celebrated with us.

Congratulations to Hannah Smith and Beth Knapick who won Best Hat and Runner-Up, respectively. It’s never too early to start prepping your headgear for Hat-O-Ween 2017!

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WIB-Pittsburgh: “P.O.W.E.R. Tweeting” Workshop - #WIBPOWER2016, August 25, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 17, 2019

On August 25, 2016, WIB-Pittsburgh members received hands-on Twitter training. The event was a #Blast and a #GreatSuccess! 

Amongst a spread of Italian hors d’oevres and wine, Knopp Biosciences founder, Tom Petzinger, explained how Twitter demands great writing to deliver a short but powerful statement, describing tweeting as “almost like writing a haiku.” Tom also demonstrated the importance of zoomed-in photos, as close-ups of specific items are much more eye-catching to those scrolling past.

WIB-Pittsburgh members enjoyed live-tweeting each other while learning how to push posts out to the greatest number of followers. Now that the @ and # lingo are more fully understood, and we are #Cool. WIB-Pittsburgh will launch a twittering #attack over the next few weeks to advertise #WIBPower2016. Please help us and retweet our messages: We are #POWERful with #StrengthInNumbers!

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WIB-Pittsburgh: Welcome-To-Summer Potluck Picnic, June 23, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 17, 2019

In spite of the cool weather and gray skies, WIB-Pittsburgh members and family attended their very first potluck picnic on Thursday, June 23, 2016. This was a wonderful way to kick off the summer while eating delicious grilled food and wonderful desserts. Hugs and handshakes could be seen everywhere as friends and family reconnected or met for the first time under the Anderson Shelter in Schenley Park. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon at our next event!

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WIB-Pittsburgh: MAPs 1:1 Mentoring: "Take Control of Your Career Path," May 5, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 17, 2019

Dr. Kathy Humphrey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Chief of Staff at the University of Pittsburgh, motivated 25 attendees at the MAPs 1:1 mentoring event on May 5, 2016.  She challenged all in attendance to consider: “Is your work in rhythm with the purpose of your life?”

Dr. Humphrey’s animated personality brought the room life.  Attendees erupted with frequent laughter mixed with pregnant pauses of deep thought.  Dr. Humphrey stressed to “ring true with who you are” and explained in great depth the difference between just doing what you are able to do versus using your gifts to carry out your real purpose.  She explains that purpose is an “urge to make a difference…an inner desire to share your gifts”.

Attendees participated in an activity consisting of a single tennis ball which quickly turned into a multiple-item juggling act, demonstrating how we often, and quickly, forget our purpose and lose our sight. Dr. Humphrey suggests to use daily and weekly tools, such as lessons learned book or even posters and post-it notes, to remind yourself of the big picture: Where are you going?  Dr. Humphrey explained, “If I lose sight of the big picture, I get paralyzed right here. I forget that the journey I’m on is bigger than what I am doing right now.”

She warned against the TGIF syndrome of going through the motions of life with a lethargic feeling and only living for the weekends.  Do not blame others for your unhappiness, but be self-affirming and supervise your thoughts. “What is good for you, you must find.”

Attendees were absorbed as Dr. Humphrey, in order to share as many gifts as possible, ended the evening in beautiful a cappella: “If I can show one person that she’s great not small, then my living shall not be in vain.”

A special thanks to Cybergenetics for supporting MAPs mentor memberships and Darlene Zellers, Ph.D., on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Academic Career Development for providing the venue.

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WIB-Pittsburgh: "Trending Industry Jobs in Pittsburgh" Panel, March 30, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 17, 2019

On March 30, 2016, WIB-Pittsburgh welcomed a panel of guest speakers to discuss the biotech job space in our region. Our fantastic panel included Dottie Clower, Ph.D. (Cohera Medical), Monica Glomb (Aerotek Scientific), Christian Manders (Promethean), N. Nicole Stakleff, J.D. (Pepper Hamilton), Alethea Wieland (Scope International), and Elizabeth Woo, Ph.D. (Thermo Fisher Scientific).

Each speaker discussed their background, career path, and insights into their respective fields. While speakers had unique individual insights, some themes were apparent throughout the discussions, including the importance of mentorship and networking and the need to be curious, confident, and open to risk.

In the small but vibrant biotech sphere Pittsburgh has developed, the panelists agree it is important to become involved in the community through networking and volunteering, as many jobs are obtained through connections and are often not publicly posted. Thank you to our panelists and everyone who attended!

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