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WIB-Atlanta: Negotiating - The Key to Getting More at Work and Beyond, September 22, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 21, 2019

The WIB-Atlanta chapter met at the office of Kilpatrick Townsend for a workshop entitled “Negotiating – The Key to Getting More at Work and Beyond,” led by Dr. Elizabeth M. Boyd, an Assistant Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship and Research Director for the Women’s Leadership Center at Kennesaw State University.

After some networking over wine and snacks, Dr. Liz Boyd started her talk by defining negotiation – a process involving two parties working to come to an agreement. She stressed the fact that we are always negotiating, perhaps poorly, whether we ask for something or not. There are two aspects to the negotiation process: 1) the issue at hand; and 2) the psychological factors. An effective negotiator quantifies the issue and is aware of all options before walking into a negotiation. Knowing your BATNA, or “Best Alternative To the Negotiated Agreement,” is critical to the outcome. Quantifying your BATNA, or what you are left with if you don’t come to an agreement, is important so you do not mistakenly agree to something that is worse than what you started with.

Using salary negotiating as an example, Boyd demonstrated a number of strategies to help us get more out of our negotiations. She explained that you should try to be the first to suggest your starting salary, so you can use the “anchor and adjust” principle: request a high salary (to anchor the conversation) to intentionally steer the counter-offer (the adjustment) by the employer to a higher level. If the employer is the first to provide the offer, he or she will anchor the conversation at a lower level and you will have the harder task of adjusting the salary to a higher level.

Also, the principle of reciprocity can help advance your job offer: agree, with disappointment, to lose a benefit (whether or not you are bothered by losing it), so you can “compromise” for another benefit. Another strategy discussed was using silence after receiving/making an offer and being willing to leave the negotiation table without a deal. This tactic leaves the other party uncomfortable and more inclined to compromise. It is also important to make sure that all issues in your negotiation are settled as a package and not one at a time. Know that individuals tend to differ in their negotiation styles and that you should adopt tactics and choose a style that suits your personality or it won’t work effectively.

The women that attended the workshop were interactive with the speaker and asked questions specific to their experiences, the answers to which were informative for everyone. The strategies suggested left us better prepared to handle our next negotiation.

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WIB-Atlanta: Enhancing Your Executive Presence: 7th Women’s Series, August 24, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 21, 2019

On August 24, 2015, women from Women In Bio-Atlanta gathered at the German American Chamber of Commerce South (GACC-South) headquarters for a seminar on “Enhancing Your Executive Presence.”

Before the seminar started, attending WIB-Atlanta members had the opportunity to network with the women from our partnering organizations: Connexx, French American Chamber of Commerce Southeast, GACC-South, and Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce Southeast. The lead organizing team (GACC-South) made sure to provide everyone the opportunity to sample some authentic German cookies!

Lia Panayotidis, a lead instructor at Sally Williams and Associates Inc., defined executive presence as “the quality that helps you get promoted.” She elicited the audience to come up with a list of attributes that describe effective communication.

Ms. Panayotidis demonstrated that all of those attributes fit into the three qualities of executive presence – confidence, commitment, and connection: Effective communicators appear physically grounded and solid (confident) in front of a group of people; they deliver their message with commitment and energy; and they focus on the audience (connect). In addition, attendees learned during the presentation that 55% of an impression is based on physical presence, 38% on sound of voice, and ONLY 7% is actually based on the content of the message.

That said, once good impressions have been made, the true differentiators between people with the most executive presence are emotional attributes. People at the very top are authentic, believable, charismatic, confident, empathetic, intuitive, and transparent. Interestingly, no style of communication is necessarily more effective than other styles, and people with true executive presence allow their unique characteristics to influence their communication style.

This seminar was well worth attending. Be sure to attend the next one in this series!

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WIB-Atlanta: Discussion of "Thrive," June 11, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 21, 2019

Members from the Women In Bio-Atlanta chapter gathered to chat about Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. The central theme of the book everyone had read (or planned to read) was about focusing on your health, listening to your intuition, and enjoying life to regain happiness and achieve “feeling” successful.

The night started out with the group snacking and chatting about their career prospects. Eventually everyone congregated on the host’s porch and discussed some of the most intriguing aspects of the book. The struggle between being right or happy struck a note with a number of women. Some talked about compromises they needed to make with their roommates and coworkers. Some realized they were making career decisions already around the fact they were burned out from their careers. It was a great book for reflection. Some people criticized that the book didn’t go into enough detail about how to get started and make changes to improve your life. But perhaps this is a topic for another book, another day.

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WIB-Atlanta: Sushi Class at Steel Restaurant, May 13, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 21, 2019

Perfect for a warm May evening, a sushi-making class at popular Steel restaurant in Midtown Atlanta. The May 13, 2015, WIB event drew 19 ladies – members, new members, and guests.

The all-inclusive menu included wine, which set a festive tone for networking. We then divided into two groups – each group got step-by-step instruction in sushi-making, then “rolled their own” with eel, tuna, and salmon, plus lots of avocado.

For the last step, Eric, our “chef/mentor,” skillfully sliced and plated each lady’s nigiri creation – creating a beautiful presentation of our less-than-artistic rolls.

Each dish tasted scrumptious, and for several of us made for yummy leftovers. WIB-Atlanta is seeking a ravioli-making class as a follow-up, not sure if that will pan out (pardon the pun; can’t resist).

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WIB-Atlanta: Making a Professional First Impression Event, April 20, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 21, 2019

On April 20, 2015, Women In Bio-Atlanta met at Macy’s to get advice on improving our professional image. Whether it is fair or not, our appearance (clothing, makeup, hairstyle, etc.) is the first thing people notice, so not dressing fashionably can negatively impact our networking performance.

Macy’s personal shopper, Andrea Warner, M.B.A., hosted the affair by directing a fashion show with five of our WIB-Atlanta members. Before the event, members, Ashley, Anne, Han, Dana, and Laura, sent Andrea their pictures and photos of the labels of their clothing. With this information, Andrea was able to pick out four professional outfits for them to wear, including purse, jewelry, and shoes.

Our members modeled these outfits at our WIB fashion show; for fun, Macy’s staff set the runway music to “Blurred Lines.” Andrea impressed us with her ability to select stylish clothing our members liked that worked well with their body type and style. Our WIB fashion models were satisfied with their personal shopper experience and later bought clothing picked out by Andrea. We also learned that this personal shopper service provided by Macy’s is free, which should be appealing to busy professional women who are short on time.

With this seminar came free samples of new products (facial creams, lipstick, perfumes, etc), a $25 gift certificate, and a Friends & Family discount. Also, two event attendees won a clutch purse in a prize drawing sponsored by Macy’s. Afterward, we had the chance to shop and get great deals on some of the new clothing styles we saw in the fashion show, while using our discount. Many indicated their likeliness to return for the personal shopper service.

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WIB-Atlanta YWIB: Atlanta Science Festival’s Exploration Expo, March 28, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 21, 2019

At the Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo on March 28, 2015, the ladies of YWIB honored four great women scientists with interactive demos. The labs performed were:

1) DNA extraction to honor Rosalind Franklin

2) Color chromatography to honor Marie Curie

3) Tulip dissection to honor Maria Sibylla Merian

4) A create-a-cell workshop to honor Elizabeth Blackburn.

The booth, "Women Rock in Science," was attended by many young children, who were encouraged to pursue their scientific interests and received YWIB bracelets for their participation. The women of YWIB-Atlanta were delighted about this opportunity to get involved and promote science with the kids of the metro-Atlanta area. We are all looking forward to participating in the festival again next year.

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WIB-Atlanta: Women’s History Month “Women Changing Cancer," March 19, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 21, 2019

The WIB-Atlanta chapter’s March 19, 2015, meeting--at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Buckhead--featured a panel of four leading women researchers working to positively impact cancer outcomes.

The panel included Margaret “Kenny” Offermann, M.D., Ph.D., co-founder and Managing Partner of Salutramed Group, Inc, Patricia Thompson, M.D., Medical Director of Thoracic Oncology & Medical Oncology at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Lisa Richardson, M.D., M.P.H., Division Director of Cancer Prevention & Control at the CDC, and Susanna Greer, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Cancer Research and Immunology Program at the American Cancer Society and was moderated by Suzanne Shope, J.D.

Despite their differing professional experiences, these women shared a number of opinions. The panel’s consensus was that if you work hard enough--and use your mind--there are no challenges you (a woman in bio) cannot overcome. They advocated using networking to find mentors who can help you out along the way. Also, the panelists discussed the current funding situation and the need to find new ways to improve the system. They encouraged writing letters to state legislators about research funding. Dr. Offermann suggested using the letter templates on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s website, which was developed to help improve funding while she was president of the organization. All members of the panel agreed that the current lack of funding and public support for science is the biggest challenge to women in oncology – largely because it threatens science as a whole.

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WIB-Atlanta: MAPs-University Groups, February 27, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 21, 2019

Thanks to the Speakers of WIB-Atlanta's MAPs-University Groups

The MAPs-University groups at Georgia State University and Emory University have been happy to welcome fantastic speakers to their recent meetings. On Tuesday, February 27, 2015, Suzanne Mertens, an account manager with Affymetrix, spoke with graduate student members at Georgia State University, sharing her own career story and offering many tips and tricks to networking.

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Emory's MAPs-U group met to have an informal discussion with Lieutenant Commander Tamara Henderson of the U.S. Public Health Service who is currently serving as investigator for the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Henderson shared her own personal career journey from an Emory Ph.D. graduate student in Chemistry to her current position in the federal government, offering lots of personal and practical insights and answering all of our questions!

If you are interested in being a speaker at one of our informal MAPs-University meetings, please contact the Atlanta MAPs-U chair at Atlanta@womeninbio.org.

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WIB-Atlanta: Pairing Wine & Chocolate, Pairing Friends & Fun, February 12, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 21, 2019

Women In Bio-Atlanta members and friends met February 12, 2015, at a popular wine bar, Vino Venue of the Atlanta Wine School, for some tasty lessons. The sommelier began the class by making sure we all knew how to hold and taste wine. We all got the hang of carrying the glass by the stem and swirling the wine to release and smell the aromas. The sommelier encouraged us to drink and describe the flavors as we tasted. Many insisted that it just tasted like wine, but others were more perceptive and indicated eucalyptus, citrus, and pear among others. To further the lesson, the wine instructor chose for us a special selection of four wines and chocolates to demonstrate pairing flavors. She included a diverse set of wines (sauvignon blanc marlborough, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and a dessert wine) to appeal to everyone’s preferences. We all enjoyed at least one of the pairings, while we all loved the chocolates. It was a great opportunity to just indulge in the finer things while in the company of colleagues.


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