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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.



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.



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.


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.


Michelle Zorrilla

University of Pittsburgh

Vice Chair


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. 



Chris Meda

IncellDX, Inc.


Vice Chair

Erin Lawless-Miller



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.


Jennifer Wampler



Co-Vice Chair

Lois Kelly

Akebia Therapeutics


Co-Vice Chair

Ali Urman

Urman Consulting, LLC

Member Benefits Committee (Sub-committee of Membership)


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.



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].


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)      


Debra Bressaw

Global Edge Strategies



Sibylle Hauser

Hauser Strategy Consulting

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


Jennie Starr

BioForm Solutions



Katie Smolnycki 

Fred Hutch



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.



Shehnaaz Suliman



Melanie Kleinschek


Communications Coordinator

Peggy Vorwald

CG Life

 Boardroom Ready Committee (Sub-committee of EWIB)


Elese Hanson



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 We'd love to have you participate and contribute to furthering our mission!