Mentorship program connects future biotech leaders with C-suite | Scientist's work helps reshape thinking about fighting cancer | Experts: Exercise is good for pregnant women, fetuses
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March 24, 2017
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Mentorship program connects future biotech leaders with C-suite
Life sciences investor Lisa Suennen and co-founder Lisa Serwin have developed a nonprofit networking program called CSweetener in an effort to help close the gender gap in biotech leadership by matching future female executives with mentors who have C-suite experience. It's part of a growing effort to position women for leadership roles in the industry, including Women In Bio's Boardroom Ready program, which has already trained 20 women and had four placed on boards.
Xconomy (3/23) 
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Women Movers and Shakers
Neuroscientist celebrates exceptional women scientists through art
Neuroscientist and designer Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya wants to make the contributions of women in science, including 16 Nobel Prize winners, more visible through her online illustration project celebrating 32 women in STEM fields and their achievements. "We need to show everyone that our world was built by brilliant women, not just by men, and by people of all backgrounds," says Phingbodhipakkiya, who has also made her work available in the form of downloadable posters.
SmithsonianMag.com (3/16) 
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Scientist's work helps reshape thinking about fighting cancer
Stanford University chemist Carolyn Bertozzi is leading research to explore ways in which cell-surface sugars allow cancer cells to escape immune detection and how these sugars might be manipulated via immune therapies to prompt the body's cancer-fighting response. Bertozzi has been studying these sugars, called sialic acids, since the late 1990s, and in 2014, her team established a cause-and-effect relationship between concentration of sialic acids and immune cell response, laying the groundwork for a new way of thinking about immunotherapy.
Science News (3/21) 
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Reimagine the life science patient experience
The life science industry is undergoing rapid transformation, driven by consumer empowerment, clinical innovation and outcomes-driven health care policy. In this changing landscape, medical device and pharmaceutical companies are striving to connect with patients and deliver the best possible experience before, during and after therapy. Learn more.
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Women's Health
Experts: Exercise is good for pregnant women, fetuses
Experts and researchers agree that pregnant women and fetuses benefit when the women regularly exercise, which can help prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Experts, writing in a viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said that moderation is the goal and cautioned against certain more vigorous exercises that may not be safe for pregnant women.
National Public Radio (3/21) 
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Viewpoints and Data Points
Women face barriers, get less credit for work in the life sciences
Though female life scientists may outperform male colleagues in some areas during the early stages of their careers, they are less likely to get credit for their work and face other barriers that slow or stall their career progression, leaving women underrepresented at the top of their fields, according to recent studies. Women are less likely to transition to prestigious last-author spots on papers, publish in journals with the highest impact or receive funding that transitions them to the level of senior scientist, and women who become senior scientists do so on average a year later than their male counterparts.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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Commentary: How women can succeed in male-dominated work environments
Women working in predominantly male environments may feel uncomfortable or intimidated and frequently receive so-called advice to "focus on being a mom," and other sexist statements, according to Jan Plutzer, chief operating officer at Apcera. To thrive in these settings, she offers women the following advice: be genuine and don't feel the need to act like a man, exude confidence, adopt an optimistic leadership style, and give back by advocating for other women who are on the way up.
Fortune (3/18) 
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A look at the gender gap in venture funding
The gender gap in venture funding has grown wider over the past year, according to PitchBook. In 2016, venture capitalists funded 5,839 companies founded by men and 359 founded by women, and women received $4.5 million in average investment, compared with $10.9 million for the men.
Fortune (3/13) 
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Authenticity means you can have multiple communication styles
Women don't need to adopt all the communication styles of men or use only one style, but it's clear that they face higher expectations, or what Andrea Kramer and Alton Harris call the "Goldilocks dilemma." "Because workplaces are so suffused with gender bias, women need to have both a forceful, decisive style and an inclusive style -- and probably many others -- at the ready," they write.
Fast Company online (3/20) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
Outreach and mentors can keep girls engaged in STEM
Girls represent half of the enrollment in high-school math and science classes and perform as well on standardized tests, yet women are still underrepresented in STEM fields in college and in the workplace. Eugene Chou, who pursued teaching after earning a master's degree in industrial engineering, actively recruits middle-school girls for her three-year program preparing students for engineering careers, while Carol Tang of the California Girls in STEM Collaborative says mentors are critical to increasing the number of women in STEM.
EdSource (3/12) 
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Women In Bio News
Women's History Month is in full swing
Women In Bio celebrates Women's History Month.
Women In Bio's celebration of Women's History Month is in full swing, with events being held by our San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Boston, Chicago, DC/Baltimore, Greater Montreal, Atlanta, Philadelphia Metro, Pittsburgh, and Seattle chapters. To honor and recognize the contributions that generations of women have made to events in history and to society, WIB's chapters have been holding events in cities across North America. Learn more about our Women's History Month events. Women In Bio is offering a special Women's History Month discount of 20% off our normal membership rates. To become a WIB member, visit womeninbio.org before April 1 and use promo code: WHM201720%. This is a limited-time offer for new members; take advantage of it right away!
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It's not easy being the only or the first at anything. But it can be rewarding, especially when you see other women follow in your footsteps and benefit from your strong leadership and advocacy.
Jan Plutzer, chief operating officer at Apcera, writing for Fortune.
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