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Women In Bio (WIB) programs support the professional and personal growth of women involved in all aspects of the life sciences. 

WIB programs are designed to help you advance your businesses and careers. They are educational and social, and offer valuable networking opportunities in a relaxed informal atmosphere.

National Committee leaders (indicated below) work closely with the respective chapter committee chairs to support local initiatives and convey good ideas and success stories between the different chapters. Additionally, Committee Associates assist the efforts of the National and Chapter Chairs and support the successful implementation of their initiatives.

Communications Committee
The Communications Committee promotes the overarching strategic plan of WIB by developing and delivering timely, informative, and professional communications in support of WIB activities. Communications Committee products include bi-weekly emails, WIB brochures, public service announcements, press releases, event materials, and more.

 

Chair

Alice Ku 

 

   

 Vice Chair

Sarah Ahlbrand Ellinwood

 



Program (Events) Committee
The National Program (Events) Committee assists chapters with their event planning, and drives national initiatives such as the Meet the Expert and Paths to Success series of events. Events are organized by individual chapters to meet the interests of their local life sciences community.

 

Chair

Jamie Graham

Kilpatrick Townsend

   

Vice Chair

Rong Wang

Tiempo Development

 

 National Webinar Committee (Sub-committee of Programming)

The Webinar Committee creates a line-up of industry-relevant topics for our members and supporters to view right from their computers or devices. A list of upcoming webinars can be found here.

Chair

Myra Frick

 

 

Special Events (Sub-committee of Programming)
The Special Events committee handles unique events outside of the Program Committee, such as the WIB-Annual Plenary Event which is held at the BIO conference. This is a National committee that works in partnership with the chapter in the location of the BIO conference.

Chair

Michelle Zorrilla

University of Pittsburgh

Vice Chair

Open



Sponsorship Committee
The Sponsorship Committee identifies and builds relationships with potential sponsors and seeks out local grant opportunities. The committee tailors the benefits of sponsorship to the wishes and needs of sponsors. WIB is a growing organization with many opportunities for a diverse range of sponsors from all sectors of the industry. 

 

Chair

Chris Meda

IncellDX, Inc.

   

Vice Chair

Erin Lawless-Miller

   

Vice Chair

Arpitha Parthasarathy

 

 


Membership Committee
The Membership committee focuses on providing value to WIB members, and building the organization through efforts to expand and retain members. The committee works with chapters to create membership drives, surveys and activities that reach out to local communities to enable more women to benefit from WIB.

Co-Chair

Andrea Knapp

 

Co-Chair

Stephanie Tatem Murphy

SEngine Precision Medicine

   

 

               
   

Vice Chair

Jennifer Wampler

EwingCole

           
 
 
Member Benefits Committee (Sub-committee of Membership)
   

Chair

Shobha Kothapalli


Young Women In Bio (YWIB)

The YWIB committee creates programs and events geared towards encouraging middle- and high-school girls to consider the life sciences as a career choice.  YWIB events are often partnered with local biotech companies who provide hands-on experience for girls in biotech labs, and exposure to female science professionals from many different disciplines.

                            

Chair

Lily Wound

 

YWIB Communications Chair

Maggie Tobin

Novogene Corp


The Mentorship, Advisors, Peers, and Sponsorship Committee (MAPS)
MAPS is a group-based peer mentoring program consisting of like-minded women and experts who meet to discuss relevant issues. The committee helps coordinate the groups and match people with appropriate interests together.  

MAPS groups are open to WIB members. 

[Several, but not all chapters currently contain MAPS groups].

Chair

Neelum T. Aggarwal

 

Co-Vice Chair

Stacie Seidel

Homology Medicines, Inc 

 

Co-Vice Chair

Katie Williams

Applied BioMath

 

 

 
               
 WIB Entrepreneur Center Committee  (Sub-committee of MAPS)      
 

Chair

Debra Bressaw

Global Edge Strategies

 

Co-Chair

Sibylle Hauser

Hauser Strategy Consulting

     
 
WIB eMAPS Committee  (Executive MAPS;Sub-committee of MAPS)
 
Co-Chair 

Chair

Jennie Starr

BioForm Solutions

 

Co-Chair

Katie Smolnycki 

Fred Hutch

   

Co-Chair

Kirsten Anderson

Presage Biosciences, Inc.


Executive Women In Bio Committee
The Executive Women In Bio (EWIB) is dedicated to supporting executive women looking to advance professionally. The committee manages the Boardroom Ready program that is designed to fuel women’s participation on corporate boards in the life sciences by vetting exceptionally qualified candidates to receive rigorous board training and WIB certification as "Board-Ready." The ultimate goal is to advance the contribution and visibility of women in boardrooms around the country.

 

Co-Chair

Shehnaaz Suliman

   

Co-Chair

Melanie Kleinschek

         
 
 Boardroom Ready Committee (Sub-committee of EWIB)
 

Co-Chair

Elese Hanson

   

Co-Chair

Kelly Huang


* If you are interested in serving on any of the above committees at either a National or Chapter level or assisting as a Committee Associate, please email info@womeninbio.org. We'd love to have you participate and contribute to furthering our mission!