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WIB-RTP: Annual Holiday Party, December 15, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

WIB-RTP Celebrates the Season with Our Annual Holiday Party!

Women In Bio-RTP celebrated a successful 2016 on December 15, 2016, during its Annual Holiday Party at RTP Headquarters. It was a fun evening of socializing, networking, and entertaining for all those who attended. Aga Truax, WIB-RTP Chapter Chair, kicked off the evening’s events with a summary of our chapter’s great accomplishments over the past year, including hosting 12 events and Young Women In Bio offering 10 free events to girls of various ages of our community.

Aga also highlighted two new and very successful chapter events - our Lunch Time Workshop, “Find your Financial Fortitude,” and a MAPs social event with painting activity. In addition, she reminded everyone about our very successful YWIB event, “Spring into STEM,” where the idea of innovation and entrepreneurship was presented to over 150 girls. This event was the largest Young Women In Bio event held by any WIB chapter in 2016, and a great success. Due to the overwhelming positive feedback our chapter received on these new events, we plan to make them our annual tradition. In addition, Aga reminded us that our chapter’s Young Women In Bio group was a US2020 2016 STEMmy Award Finalist for Youth Serving Organization of the Year.

Aga also recognized and thanked all the committee members from WIB-RTP for their hard work. In particular, she focused on three very special Board members who have been actively involved with our chapter for years, and have made an incredible impact on the success of our Chapter: Sathya Ganesan, Stephanie Byrd, and Meredith Earl. All three of them have always gone above and beyond to make things happen. They have built a strong, large team of volunteers, and have led them to plan and execute events that ultimately made an impact on our RTP community. All three of them clearly have a passion for giving back to others and are phenomenal mentors to so many others.

As an extra bonus, Christine Warrington, the Founding Chair for WIB-RTP and a Global Chair of Women In Bio, gave inspirational words of advice and encouragement to all members in attendance. She spoke at length about the benefits and importance of the WIB-RTP chapter - not just to its members but to the greater RTP community as a whole. Christine has always been known as a mentor to many in WIB-RTP, but she is also an inspiration; so it’s always an honor to hear her speak.

At the conclusion of the presentation, Aga and Cerdi Beltre, our Sponsorship Chair, announced that Bayer has donated a significant amount of money to our chapter, and has become a Major WIB-RTP Sponsor for 2017. That donation and great group of volunteers will allow us to have even more successful year in 2017.

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WIB-RTP: 4th Annual WIB-RTP and HBA RTP Joint Networking Event, October 18, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A group of well over a hundred scientists, healthcare professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs attended our fourth annual WIB-RTP and the RTP chapter of Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) joint networking event on October 18, 2016, at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

The event kicked off with opening remarks from Aga Truax, WIB-RTP Chapter Chair; and was followed by informative tips on how to network by Elizabeth Turpin, WIB-RTP MAPs Vice Chair.

Next, facilitators divided participants into two groups for the main attraction: an hour of structured speed networking. The facilitators gave each group 13 minutes for its members to share among themselves answers to questions such as “Give your 30 second elevator speech and have the group give you (brief) feedback,” and “How do you break the ice in a networking situation?” before switching some of the participants to ensure everyone met as many people as possible.

The evening closed with event attendees continuing their conversations in an unstructured environment over wine and hors d' oeuvres, where they were able to practice all their new networking skills.

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WIB-RTP: YWIB Visits Biogen's "Back to School" Event! September 22, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

On September 22, 2016, 30 middle school girls from all over the Triangle area visited Biogen, one of North Carolina’s largest independent biotechnology companies.

The girls first gathered in Biogen’s Community Lab to conduct a hands-on chromatography experiment. Using real-world laboratory equipment and techniques, they separated purple Kool-Aid into its red and blue components, all while hearing instruction and advice from world-class female scientists and laboratory managers.

The experiment was followed by tours of the stability, microbiology, and manufacturing areas during which the girls learned about how Biogen discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes innovative therapies for people living with serious neurological, autoimmune, and rare diseases.

The event ended with a pizza party where the students and Biogen professionals chatted about careers in an informal setting.

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WIB-RTP: “Making the Transition from Academia to Industry,” September 20, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

On September 20, 2016, WIB-RTP members attended a panel discussion on how academic scientists can transition into industry. The event began with Ben Boytor, Director of Quality Management at BD Technologies, presenting key tips to creating effective business messages. 

Following Boytor’s presentation, panelists shared their unique career transition experiences as well as the daunting obstacles they encountered. The panel included: Laura McClung, Health Outcomes Liaison and Consultant at Eli Lilly and Company; Ginger Rothrock, Director of Emerging Technologies and Commercialization at RTI International; Sheetal Ghelani, Associate Director of Strategic Site Collaboration at PPD; Leigh Ann Tull, Account Manager at Sigma Aldrich; and Sathya Ganesan, Regulatory Affairs Manager at PPD.

These highly successful panelists engaged the audience in a lively discussion that was both technical and personal. All attendees learned how to evaluate transferable skills and prepare for their next career move. 

This exciting and informative panel discussion was moderated by Meredith Earl, Principal Scientist at Liquidia Technologies.

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WIB-RTP: First MAPs Social, August 16, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

On August 16, 2016, chapter members and non-members celebrated during WIB-RTP’s first MAPs (mentors, advisors, and peers) social at Bull City Craft in Durham, NC.

This event, which was organized by MAPs leaders Meredith Brown and Elizabeth Turpin, was a great opportunity to meet other MAPs groups and network across the different groups.

This event was held in appreciation of the efforts of our members who have made our MAPs program such a huge success, with over 100 members being active in this program. We also got to see all the hidden artistic talents of our members; pretty impressive stuff.

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WIB-RTP: Book Club, “Unleashing your Inner Leader," August 4, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

WIB-RTP Book Club Discusses Unleashing your Inner Leader with Author Vickie Bevenour.

Bright and early on Thursday, August 4, 2016, members of WIB-RTP rolled out of bed and met at NC Biotechnology Center to discuss our second book of the summer, "Unleashing Your Inner Leader: An Executive Coach Tells All."

These participants had the extra special bonus of interacting and discussing the book with its amazing author, Vickie Bevenour. Her book is a great read and informative guide to anyone who is or trying to be a leader. The addition of Coach Vickie’s insight into real world problems plus her encouragement provided a stimulating environment for discussion about finding that inner leader.

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WIB-RTP: Find Your Fiscal Fortitude Event, July 21, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Find Your Fiscal Fortitude to Manage Your Finances and Forge Your Future During Your Lunch

On July 21, 2016, WIB-RTP members took advantage of their lunch hour by attending our chapter’s first financial planning workshop.

Financial advisors, Amy Johnson and Elizabeth Pritchett from The Orchid Group at Morgan Stanley, led the discussion on how women should understand the basics of personal finance and saving for retirement. It was a very informative session with an overview of important topics to consider for future financial wellness.

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WIB-RTP: Book Club Reviews "What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know," June 23rd, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

On June 23, 2016, fifteen WIB-RTP members met at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for a lively and exciting discussion of the featured book, What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know, by Joan C. Williams and her daughter, Rachel Dempsey.

Williams (Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law), and Dempsey (a student at Yale Law School, who blogs for The Huffington Post on women’s issues) describe four patterns that shape gender bias in the workplace: Prove It Again, the Tightrope, the Maternal Wall, and the Tug of War. Each pattern represents different challenges and requires different strategies.

This research-based guide for working women provides indispensable solutions, real-life anecdotes, and concrete strategies to mitigate the effects of gender bias. The strategies presented in this book are practical tools for women from the cubicle to the corner office, be they shy or assertive, juggling a family or single. Hence, women of all ages and professions can benefit from reading this book. It is a must read for everyone committed to creating gender-fair workplaces.

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WIB-RTP: WIB-RTP partners with Kayo Conference for First Women in Healthcare Investing Roundtable Discussion

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

On June 21, 2016, Kayo Conference series partnered with WIB-RTP to hold the first Kayo Women in Healthcare Investing Roundtable discussion. Chapter President Aga Truax and Alicia Koblansky, Communications Chair, were in attendance to hear a fantastic group of female entrepreneurs and investors who discussed various topics ranging from healthcare investment themes in 2016 and to an outsider’s perspective of possible investments in the RTP area.  It was an informative evening where plenty of network opportunities emerged. Partnership with Kayo conference has provided WIB a unique opportunity for advertisement and broader exposure to the Triangle community.

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WIB-RTP: YWIB Holds Event at Medicago USA, June 14, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 17, 2019

On June 14, 2016, the WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio held an event at Medicago, Inc. in Research Triangle Park. Girls from area high schools began the afternoon with a company introduction by several female scientists. Next, they learned how to set-up and run a sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide (SDS-Page) gel electrophoresis to determine the presence of the protein hemagglutinin, which is important in influenza vaccine research.

The girls completed the afternoon with a tour of Medicago USA’s state-of-the-art laboratories and greenhouse. Medicago USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Medicago Inc. It consists of a 97,000 square-foot commercial-scale facility in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. This facility includes a fully automated greenhouse, customized infiltration systems, and a state of the art extraction and purification unit whose objective is to produce virus-like particles for influenza.

During the afternoon’s activities the girls met female scientists from engineering, analytical development, process development, project management, QC, QA, facility security, and the greenhouse. They learned there are a remarkably wide variety of jobs available in the plant biotech industry!

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