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Date: Monday, October 02, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Venue:  Hera Hub, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92121  |  City: San Diego, United States

Women in STEM Stories

We are very delighted to have 4 inspiring weomen, Aniko Hastings, Susan Madueno, Jill Collins, and Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, to share with us their stories at this upcoming and igniting Strategy Sessions to cover various topics that are essential to women in STEM fields. We are hoping through these short yet inspiring talks, we can start conversations on these topics and raise awareness! 

  1. Aniko Hastings, Ph.D.

Aniko received her PhD in medical sciences and medicinal chemistry from Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University, Szeged, Hungary and Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France. She came to the United States as a postdoctoral scientist at University of California, San Diego and completed a second postdoctoral fellowship at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. Her first industry position was at Neurocrine Biosciences where she worked as a Scientist in the Molecular Medicine department.  She devoted the next few years to raising her children as a full time stay-at-home mom.  Her now 10 year old daughter and 9 year old son are her biggest motivation and priority. Currently, Aniko is a full time employee at Intercept Pharmaceuticals in the Regulatory Affairs department. She strives to achieve the best possible balance between family and work one day at a time.  She believes in the importance of continuous learning and self-development, having a support system (family, friends and mentors) and paying forward.

Aniko will talk about the importance of choosing one's priorities at different stages of women's career and life and how she decided to switch from being a basic lab scientist to a part-time translator / consultant so that she could have the flexibility needed to raise her family. She will also talk about how she went back to school at a later point in her life to acquire a new set of skills in the area of Regulatory Affairs in order to get back to the workforce.

  1. Susan Madueno

Susan will share with us what does it take to make the leap from being a first generation college graduate to becoming a Biotech Sales Manager and starting her own business. Susan will talk about hardships, resilience, flexibility and  additional skills women need to learn in order to deal with women specific challenges in the ever competitive corporate environment. 

  1. Jill Collins, Ph.D.

Jill was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio.  She received her doctoral degree in Medicinal Chemistry in Chicago and then pursued a postdoctoral assignment that took her to San Diego, California where she currently resides with her family.  Dr. Collins is currently a biotechnology professional that specializes in strategic marketing and branding for genomics oncology companies. She enjoys the opportunity to translate science and technology into commercialization strategies and contribute to the evolving landscape of genomic companies transforming healthcare.

Jill will talk about her life journey from the time she obtained her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago to present days when she is a VP of Genomics Startegy at GenomeDx and how does one cross the bridge between academia and biotech and achieve a work/life balance.

  1. Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, Ph.D.

Dorota is born in Lodz, Poland. She received her MSc in Molecular Biology at University of Warsaw, Poland and PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is interested in gene expression regulation, and impact of global changes in nuclear organization on cellular programs. Eye is her favorite model system. She just recently got promoted to the Assistant Professor position at UCSD, Department of Ophthalmology.

Dorota's talk will be focused on women specific challenges related to thriving in academia and the importance of building strong support networks. She will introduce to audience to the concept of “women allies” as well as discuss the role of inner calling perseverance, flexibility regarding relocation and work/life decision making.

Networking – 6:00 pm, Workshop – 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Light refreshments will be served.
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Preregistration is essential!

Free for AWIS-San Diego members. $25 for non-members.

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4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400, San Diego CA 92121
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