MASS AWIS 10th Anniversary Celebration


Join us for a festive luncheon to commemorate this milestone of

For a decade, MASS AWIS has been providing support, career development and mentorship to many extraordinary women in the STEM fields in Massachusetts. A key event in our chapter's history — a book club on the book Every Other Thursday — sparked the beginning of the ever-growing MASS AWIS Mentoring Circles Program. Our successful mentoring program has made a profound impact on the lives of our members. Thus, we are truly honored to have the author of the book, Dr. Ellen Daniell, as the keynote speaker at our 10th Anniversary Celebratory Luncheon. The program of the event will also include a video introduction from Massachusetts Senator, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and an Excellence in Mentoring Award presentation to Career Strategist, Sarah Cardozo Duncan.

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Alternative Careers in STEM: Tuesday, Sept. 23rd 2014

Exploring career possibilities in the STEM disciplines

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Kinnicutt Hall, Salisbury laboratories, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA 

Julie Bates
(Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Associate Director, Career Development and Research Office,
UMass Medical School)

Dmitry Berenson
(Ph.D. in Robotics Engineering, Assistant Professor,
Computer Science Department and Robotics Engineering Program, WPI)

Lesley A. Mathews Griner
(PhD in Molecular&Cellular Biology, Investigator II, Oncology Molecular Pharmacology
and Biological Chemistry, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.)

Ian Greene
(M.S. in Biology, Director Cloud Solutions Engineering, Genesys)

Kristin Rider
(M.S. in Biology, Account Executive, Sales & Business Development, Blue Sky Biotech, Inc.)

Jordyn Rombola
( Electrical and Computer Engineering, Product Engineer, Analog Devices)

To Register Visit:

  • MASS AWIS and WECE members $5
  • WPI students $10
  • Non-member/Non-WPI Student $15

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12 Tricks Confident People Use to Overcome the Impostor Syndrome: Tuesday, Sept. 30th


Defeat career complacency and trade self-doubt for success in the STEM industry. Realize your full potential!

Dr. Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D. has unlocked the mysteries of the mind and developed 12 key strategies that will enable you to beat Impostor Syndrome and achieve your greatest professional aspirations.

This seminar teaches you to:

  • Take control of your life, career and success
  • Discover the power of internal validation
  • Break any cycles of self-sabotage
  • Conquer anxiety, poor performance, and low self-esteem
  • Utilize "the art of pretending" as a tool for personal advancement
  •  Maximize your personal and professional potential
  •  Understand how, by allowing yourself to succeed, you allow others to succeed

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Summit for Women in Life Sciences: Tuesday, Sept. 8th 2014 Complimentary Registration for 10 MASS AWIS members

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*Interested MASS AWIS members please email to receive one of the 10 complimentary tickets* Individual ticket price is $995

Time: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Biogen Idec, Building 8 Auditorium, 15 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA

The National Association For Female Executives (NAFE), Leadership Summit for Women in Life Sciences: Influencing Through Leadership, brings together high achieving and high potential women in the life sciences who are advancing to senior positions. This conference is anchored in three areas in which women are helping to redefine the life sciences: breakthroughs in thinking about leadership, cross-sharing through diverse perspectives, and creating collaborative networks.  During this important day of skill building, action planning, and self-awareness, attendees will capitalize on the integration of individual, team and organizational goals.

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Harvard Biotech Club Career Fair: Thursday, Sept. 11th 2014

Time: 11:30 – 5:30 pm 
Location: New Research Building, HMS 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, 02115
CostAttendees are encouraged to pre-register online at:
On-site registration starts at 11:30 am and is free for all Harvard affiliates. *Please pay by cash or check on-site.

  • Attendance is free for Harvard students and Harvard-affiliated postdoctoral fellows. 
  • Attendance is free for the first 50 non-Harvard affiliates and $10 for all remaining non-Harvard affiliates. 

12-2:15 pm, 1st Floor Pechet Room – Refreshments will be served.

  • Panel 1: Biotech Hiring Round Tables (12-1 pm)
  • Panel 2: Opportunities in the “big data” revolution in healthcare (1.15-2.15 pm)

Scientific leaders and hiring managers from innovative and well-funded biotech and healthcare companies in the Boston area will discuss growth opportunities in the industry, what makes an attractive candidate, networking, discuss benefits and risks of working for a particular company, and suggestions for transitioning from academia to industry. Panel discussion followed by Q&A.  Moderator: Pearl Freier, President, Cambridge BioPartners, Inc.

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Novartis Recruiting – Cell and Gene Therapy Unit


Novartis significantly invests resources to support research and development activities.  We are aggressively investing in the development of novel cell and gene therapies, and are striving to be a leader in the field.  We are rapidly building our internal capabilities to advance these innovative approaches to address the needs of patients.

 We are working to improve gene transfer vector production platforms and cell product manufacturing capabilities using advanced, industry-leading technologies in close collaboration with researcher and clinical scientist.  We have opportunities in Cambridge, MA, Morris Plains, NJ and Basel Switzerland.

We need world class talent to successfully complete this ambitious mission to bring these remarkable new cell and gene therapies to patients in need. Flyer

For more information about job opportunities in Cell and Gene Therapy, please visit
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To view an article featuring our Cell and Gene Therapy program please click the following link Forbes CART Article

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Moving Outside of Academia: Finding Your Purpose and Achieving Your Goals, Wednesday, Nov. 12th 2014 – Save the Date

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: TBD

This highly interactive, nuts-and-bolts workshop focuses on the skills and steps to identify your transferable skill sets and match those to exciting non-academic positions. It is designed to give pre-and post-doctoral students and scientists the tools, techniques, strategy and confidence to find their own myriad and meaningful career opportunities outside of academia.

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