Women In Bio Mission: "Women In Bio is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences."
Women In Bio was established in 2002 to help women entrepreneurs and executives in the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia area build successful bioscience-related businesses.
The founders of WIB: Cynthia W. Hu, Robbie Melton, Anne Mathias, and Elizabeth Grey wanted to provide a forum for women to come together to celebrate and support each other's success, and in so doing created a dynamic and invaluable forum for the local community.
The mission of WIB expanded several years later, with a vision to grow it to an organization with a national footprint that would impact the careers of women in all sectors of the life sciences industry.
That vision has now become a reality, as we have 13 chapters throughout North America, led by more than 225 volunteers and a membership base of over 2,600. Thousands of women attend WIB events each year, and continue to grow the organization through their ideas, activities and donations.
Thanks to its founders and past presidents, WIB has become a community that represents one of the fastest growing and most influential organizations for women in life sciences.
WHO WE ARE
WIB membership and events are inclusive of all who support our mission. We are an organization of professional women from all career walks in the field of life sciences. We are all volunteers and we all share the goal of enabling and empowering women to reach the highest levels of leadership, and -- more importantly -- to fulfill their own career aspirations.
Our members reflect the increasing spread of the life sciences. We belong to biotech and pharma companies, universities and institutes, law and accounting firms, marketing and PR firms, CROs and CMOs.
Many of our members are entrepreneurs, and a focus on entrepreneurship has remained core to WIB's mission.
WIB’s primary focus is to provide women-to-women mentorship and leadership support through all stages of career development
- from bench to boardroom
- from academia to industry
- from first job to last
- from idea to entrepreneur
“Women helping women” is one of the most important features of WIB. We have found that successful female role models can inspire our members to challenge themselves and aim for the top, and can show women that people who “walk like them and talk like them” can become leaders in any field.
Friendly, relaxing networking is key to our – and your – success. Our events are relatively small by design (under 100 attendees is common) to enable people to have meaningful interactions with each other and with featured speakers. WIB events spark friendships, business relationships and job opportunities by taking the awkwardness out of networking and creating a fun, welcoming environment.
WHAT WE DO
WIB aims to help women achieve the highest levels of leadership, influence and decision-making that they desire. As WIB grows its membership, its activities and its geographic spread, it is rapidly becoming a leading authority and organization for women in the life sciences. We focus our activities on education, mentoring and networking, and on creating opportunities for leadership that can help advance careers.
VOLUNTEERING: We have 13 chapters, located in key biotech hubs in North America, where volunteers come together to meet new people and help drive the events and mentoring programs of WIB. For more information on how to get involved, contact us here.
EVENTS: Chapters hold events that fall broadly into two categories; professional development or educational events, and social or purely networking events. [All events have time dedicated to meeting new people and networking]. For more details on our events, please see here.
SPECIAL EVENTS: In addition, WIB holds a number of special events, headlined by our signature Annual Celebration featuring a leading industry executive as our keynote speaker. In 2013, WIB began holding the Annual Celebration at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) conference, allowing people from all chapters and many other cities to come together to meet in person, swap stories and exchange ideas.
MENTORING: Mentoring and giving back is a core tenet at WIB. Our Mentorship, Advisors, Peers and Sponsorship (MAPS) program provides a forum for groups of up to ten women with common interests to gather and exchange advice and views. Our Young Women In Bio (YWIB) program aims to encourage middle- and high-school girls to enter STEM by creating fun, hands-on laboratory events that are partnered with local biotech companies.
Learn more about WIB membership and join our vibrant community of entrepreneurs, leaders, business development professionals, investors, scientists, students and others who work in the biotechnology and life sciences industries.