When young boys and girls are in elementary school their interest in the STEM subjects is generally at the same level, but by the time they are in their teens the girls tend to drop out of science activities. The gap is even bigger when you look at university statistics, and when you scroll through the executive ranks in biotech companies women remain under-represented.
Women in BIO
(WIB) was established in 2002 to bring about change and it has grown to 13 chapters and a membership base of more than 2,600. They are a regular attendee. exhibitor, and session leader at the annual BIO conference and the switch to BIO Digital did not seem to slow them down at all.
Recent events that have raised awareness around racism and marginalization may even have added energy to the organization’s mission to push for more diversity and inclusion in the biotech sector.
I talked with 3 members of WIB's team who were part of the organization's BIO Digital contingent.
Lisa Iadicicco, is Executive Director of WIB, Kayla Valdes, is the 2020 President-Elect of WIB and in her day job is the Senior Program Manager for the Cure Sickle Cell Program, at the NIH/NHLBI, and Jessica Bosc, the 2020 WIB President, and Director of Business Development and Licensing at Selexis.
Here is our conversation.