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WIB-Seattle Presents: "Make the Shift: Career Transitions"
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When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST
Where: Idea Lab, Fluke Hall, University of Washington
4000 Mason Rd
Seattle, WA  98195
United States
Contact: WIB-Seattle

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Are you dreaming of a new career but do not know where to start? Are you seeking ways to get out-of-the-lab? If your answer is YES, this WIB-Seattle event is for you!

Join us for a panel discussion about changing your professional path. Our panelists include a healthcare consultant, a regulatory affairs director, a business owner, and a process development professional; together, they will share their experiences on how they made a successful career transition.


Speaker Biographies


  • Emily Willard: Emily Willard is the CEO and Founder of Engage Biotech, a startup working to reduce the spread of bloodborne pathogens in developing countries resulting from contaminated injections. The company was started during the final year of her degree program in Bioengineering at Washington State University. Emily won numerous business plan competitions, an Amazon Catalyst grant, and completed the Jones + Foster Accelerator at the University of Washington.
  • Marissa Braff, PhD: Marissa holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and completed a postdoc at Seattle Children’s Research Institute before joining Gilead in 2007 in a Clinical Research Scientist role. She later transitioned into Regulatory Affairs at Gilead, where she has served as the Global Regulatory Lead for a number of products within the hematology/oncology and inflammation/respiratory therapeutic areas. Marissa has also been actively involved in career development initiatives, trainings, and mentoring.
  • Melissa DeFrancesco, PhD: Melissa holds a PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and she is a Senior Scientist in Upstream Process Development at Aptevo Therapeutics. After a postdoc at New York University, she moved to Seattle to find an industry job where she could work on projects with direct applications.
  • Corey Snelson, PhD: Corey holds a PhD in Developmental Neurobiology and master’s degrees in Biotechnology and in Public Health Genetics. She enjoys using data to find solutions to complex problems spanning healthcare delivery and public health programming to community empowerment. Corey works as a Healthcare Consultant at Boston Strategic Partners.
  • Mary Mitchell (moderator): Mary has almost 30 years of experience in Executive Leadership, Coaching, and Corporate Training. She has developed and delivered comprehensive career development programs for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Pacific University, University of Washington, as well as many other institutions, through The Mitchell Organization. Alongside her work, Mary has also brought her message and skills to the public as a speaker, through her newspaper columns, and as a TV and radio host. She believes that social, presentation and communications skills are the keys to personal and professional success.


Walk-Ins Accepted?


* - Walk-ins will be accepted at the door until event capacity is reached.



6:00 p.m.      Doors Open and Networking

6:30 p.m.      Opening Remarks, Panel Start

7:30 p.m.      Panel End

8:15 p.m.      Closing Remarks


Pricing Information



  • Early Bird Pricing through June 13, 2018: $10
  • Regular Pricing Starting June 14, 2018: $15


  • Early Bird Pricing through June 13, 2018: $40
  • Regular Pricing Starting June 14, 2018: $45

Students: $10


Special Pricing for Guests

When registering, members can register guests at member price


Event Date/Time

Thursday, June 21, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST


Parking Information

  • Paid parking is available.
  • The closest parking lots to Fluke Hall are N21 and N24.
  • Night Parking permits can be purchased at any UW gatehouse for $5 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Public Transit Information

Please use King County Trip planner to determine your transit route.


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