Women In Bio (WIB), a national non-profit organization whose stated mission is a continued commitment to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in life sciences, is celebrating the launch of its first chapter in Austin, tonight (February 19th), with a free kick-off reception that includes an opportunity to network with local women in the life sciences industries, as well as special invited guests.
WIB was founded in 2002, based on a core philosophy of “women helping women” achieve their professional aspirations in the life science industries. With a focus on educational activities, mentoring, networking, and creating opportunities for leadership, the organization is enabling and empowering women to reach their highest leadership and career goals. A WIB membership offers women support through all stages of professional development in the life sciences, including:
- from bench to boardroom
- from academia to industry
- from first job to last
- from idea to entrepreneur
Based out of Washington DC, WIB currently has 12 chapters that are located throughout North America. These chapters are all established in areas that are considered to be “key biotech hubs;” this is why a chapter in Austin is so important as Monica Berrondo, PhD, Vice Chair of the WIB Austin Area Chapter and Chief Executive Officer of local life science company Macromoltek explains “Texas has a thriving life science and medical research community. It’s about time that we brought WIB here to support women throughout the industry with educational programming, mentoring, and networking opportunities.”
The meet and greet free kick-off reception will be held Thursday, February. 19, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Husch Blackwell Office, located at 111 Congress Avenue, Suite 1400 in Austin, Texas. All those affiliated with the life science industry (men and women) are encouraged to attend. The special invited guests include:
- Maninder “Mini” Kaylon, MD, Vice Dean of Strategy and Partnerships at the Dell Medical School
- Michelle Lee,Deputy Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
In a statement explaining the importance the establishment of a WIB chapter in Austin, Denise Mayfield, Founding Chair of the WIB-Austin Area Chapter and Partner at law firm, Husch Blackwell exclaimed, “Our members will have the opportunity to network and share best practices with a professional community, here and throughout the country, who understands the unique dynamics of the life science industry.”
The February 19, 2015 kick-off social event is sponsored by Husch Blackwell and the firm’s enrichment series for women, True North. For more information and to register for the event, visit www.womeninbio.org.
About Women In Bio
Women In Bio (WIB) is a vibrant national organization dedicated to the success of women entrepreneurs, executives, scientists, professionals and students in the life sciences industry. WIB plans and presents unique and valuable educational programs to help women build successful companies and foster professional and personal growth. Their innovative programs include: workshops and education programs, networking events, professional development seminars, and also programs on science and entrepreneurship for young women in middle and high school.