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WIB-Pittsburgh: 2016 Planning Session, November 16, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 24, 2019

On Tuesday, November 16, 2015, WIB-Pittsburgh members met to discuss programming for 2016. Many new members joined the think tank. Armed with a marker and two wall-sized white boards, the planning team brainstormed until the walls were covered with an outlined monthly 2016 plan of attack. WIB-Pittsburgh is ready to start the new year! Be on the lookout for new events such as the Beach Book Pitch as well as themes for our annual P.O.W.E.R. and social events. Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for many opportunities to volunteer through YWIB and MAPs . We cannot wait to see you all in 2016!

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WIB-Pittsburgh: Hat-O-Ween 2015! October 28, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 24, 2019

WIB-Pittsburgh celebrated its 3rd Annual Hat-O-Ween party on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at the Pittsburgh Winery. It was a spooky, fun event complete with wine, elaborate hats, delicious food, 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, and a huge thanks to Regulatory and Quality Solutions for sponsoring the event again this year. It’s never too early to start prepping your headgear for Hat-O-Ween 2016!

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WIB-Pittsburgh: Wake the Sleeping Giant: Babs Carryer & Pittsburgh’s Biomedical Breakfast, September 21, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 24, 2019

Our WIB-Pittsburgh Chapter Chair, Babs Carryer, Director of Education and Outreach at University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute, was the VIP speaker for Pittsburgh’s September 21st Biomedical Breakfast hosted at Marty’s Market in the Strip District.  With established business owners, new entrepreneurs, trainees, and WIB members scattered throughout the crowd, Babs discussed the challenges of being a life sciences startup in Pittsburgh. She noted the great programs, talented students, and start-ups spilling out of our local universities and declared that “technology is not our problem.” Contact with companies to conduct startup pilot projects is the problem. According to Babs, we here in Pittsburgh need to “wake the sleeping giant.” How do we do this? “As startups we need to band together and become a large power of startups in order to open the doors of the big companies.” Babs concluded her talk with this advice: “Entrepreneurship is less about thinking about it and more about doing it. The best path is to start.” A lively discussion on how to attract more attention to Pittsburgh’s growing potential concluded the productive breakfast gathering.

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WIB-Pittsburgh: YWIB Pittsburgh Judges and Sponsors Special Award at Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 24, 2019

For the first time in what will hopefully be an annual event, Young Women In Bio Pittsburgh participated as a sponsor in the 76th annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF).  PRSEF is an open competition for research projects in science, mathematics and engineering with nearly 1,100 students covering grades 6-12 from 23 counties across Western Pennsylvania as well as parts of West Virginia and Maryland.  

On March 27, 2015, YWIB chose 2 outstanding young women from the 7th and 8th grade Intermediate Biology category with $50 sponsor awards.   Haley Nichols, a seventh grader at Falk Laboratory School, Pittsburgh, was awarded our first prize YWIB sponsorship award. Ms. Nichols’ project was entitled, “Is Himalayan Sea Salt Best?”  She did an outstanding job in troubleshooting, testing and retesting her sea monkey system when the initial experimental setups failed. Her presentation style was also energetic and engaging.  Our second sponsorship was awarded to Isabelle Kowenhoven, an eighth grader at St. Thomas More, Pittsburgh. She researched “How much light is too much light?” Before collecting tables and tables of plant growth data, Ms. Kowenhoven first constructed her own refrigerator sized light box.  

Both of these young women displayed great resourcefulness and tenacity in completing their project goals. We look forward to next year’s event!

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WIB-Pittsburgh: Summer Skyscraper Social - Bring Out Your Pink! June 23, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 23, 2019

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, WIB-Pittsburgh members gathered at Sienna Mercato for a Skyscraper social! Due to summer storms, the event was moved inside. The storms did not detour over 40 members from attending and enjoying summer drinks and appetizers. Mingling members were easily detected by the pink they donned: shirts, pants, dresses, hats, sunglasses, sandals, and even hair. Prizes were awarded to two members voted as wearing “The Best Pink.” Members took pink flamingo favors home to add to their lawns. Thank you to all who came out and made this event one to remember!

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WIB-Pittsburgh: "Lead Like a Girl!", March 31, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 23, 2019

Expressive, patient, collaborative, and intuitive are all behaviors traditionally deemed feminine. At the March 31, 2015, Pittsburgh Women In Bio event, we learned that they are also the traits most desired in modern leadership! Lee Ann Munger, PowerLink Director, took a group of about 25 women through an entertaining and empowering workshop on discovering personal leadership characteristics. “What defines your unique leadership style?” she prompted.

Engaging discussions sprang up through different activities where participants selected images and words they felt spoke to their personalities as leaders.

We also listened to the TED Talk by John Gerzema on The Athena Doctrine that exposed fascinating facts from across the globe describing the edge women have as leaders by being themselves and embracing what makes them unique.

The diverse group of participants chatted about what they had learned long after the event ended as they snacked on appetizers and sipped wine. Many thanks to C-leveled for providing the venue and to all those who participated in the enlightening evening!

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WIB-Pittsburgh: MAPs-U Event: Creating Your Own Career! March 24, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 23, 2019

Dr. Ria David, president of Cybergenetics, inspired a group of 15 attendees at the WIB-Pittsburgh MAPs-U event on March 24, 2015, with the invigorating story of how she got to where she is today. Dr. David led a riveting Q&A discussion on navigating unconventional career paths by constantly learning and taking calculated risks. David laughingly admitted she would not have believed anyone who told her she would be where she is today when she was growing up in Cape Town, Africa, and planning to pursue a career in business. “Be open to everything and don’t give up,” she urged the engaged group. “You create the opportunity. There’s never been a situation like there is in today’s world where so much is possible… Set goals, chart a course, and make things happen,” she advised. “Be open to everything and don’t give up.” A special thanks to Darlene Zellers, Ph.D., and University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Academic Career Development for providing the venue and catering for this informative and inspiring event!

 

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WIB-Pittsburgh: Standing with Power while Maintaining a Pleasant Attitude, February 11, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 23, 2019

Leanne Meyer captivated the Pittsburgh Women In Bio chapter with her smarts, her passion, and her charm. About forty women were present for Leanne’s presentation on using negotiation to get more of what we want on February 11, 2015. Every participant was engaged in the conversation and offered supportive advice during the discussion.

Several key behavioral techniques shared by Leanne were implemented before the evening concluded. As a result, participants were standing tall and smiling broadly! A wonderful mix of senior, mid-career, and junior women and men, representing all aspects of life sciences, were present. The diverse group exemplified the best of what WIB has to offer and it resulted in a truly wonderful event. We look forward to the rest of 2015!

Special thanks to C-Leveled, who provided a beautiful space – perfect for networking – and delicious wine and appetizers.

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