Annual Fall Luncheon

The GWISE Fall Luncheon is our annual flagship event! Every year we invite an accomplished speaker to share her experiences as a scientist, executive, and entrepreneur! After the talk, we adjourn to dessert and discussion. This event is a great opportunity to network and discuss issues related to women in STEM over a delicious 3-course luncheon.


Fall Luncheon 2017 featuring Dr. Nergis Mavalvala

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Please join us for GWISE’s Annual Fall Luncheon, featuring Dr. Nergis Mavalvala. Dr. Mavalvala is the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics and serves as the Associate Head of the Physics Department at MIT.  She is best known for her work on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) project, which last year famously observed gravitational waves for the first time. Her colleagues at LIGO were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics this year for these achievements. Among many other honors, she was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow in 2010, was awarded the Joseph F. Keithley Prize by the American Physical Society in 2013, and was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in 2017.


Fall Luncheon 2016 featuring Dr. Nina Dudnik

Please join us for GWISE’s Annual Fall Luncheon, featuring Dr. Nina Dudnik, an accomplished biotechnology executive and entrepreneur.  She is the founder and chief executive officer of Seeding Labs, which helps talented scientists in developing countries conduct life-changing research. She began the effort to build Seeding Labs as a graduate student in molecular biology at Harvard University. Dr. Dudnik was a finalist in the 2006 MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and was awarded an Echoing Green fellowship in 2007 to formally launch and expand Seeding Labs. In 2015, Dr. Dudnik was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview magazine. She received the 2014 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, was a 2010 TEDGlobal Fellow and a 2010 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, and received the 2010 Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Young Professional award.


Fall Luncheon 2015 featuring Dr. Katherine Turner

Please join us for GWISE’s Annual Fall Luncheon, featuring Dr. Katherine Turner, an accomplished biotechnology executive and entrepreneur.  She is currently Senior Vice President, Research at Scholar Rock, Inc., which is focused on discovering and developing a new class of biologic therapies called “niche modulators,” that selectively target dysregulated growth factors in the disease microenvironment. Prior to Scholar Rock, she has served as Vice President at such pioneering companies as Genetics Institute (Protein Discovery), Wyeth (Immunology), and Biogen Idec (Validation Biology). In addition, Dr. Turner has played key scientific leadership roles in start-up companies including Attogen, Inc. Her extensive research and managerial experience encompasses more than 30 years of involvement with all aspects of therapeutic biologics discovery through early clinical development and onto the market. Her areas of therapeutic expertise include immunology, oncology, hematopoiesis and tissue repair and fibrosis. Dr. Turner has been responsible for the advancement of several therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and played important roles in the development of Neumega®, GM-CSF and an IL-13 antagonist. Dr. Turner received her PhD in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech, and pursued post-doctoral training at the Courtauld Institute for Biochemistry (London University) and Brandeis University.


Fall Luncheon 2014 featuring Dr. Meena Subramanyam: “Staying the Course: Making Smart Choices”

This year, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Meena Subramanyam as our luncheon speaker. Dr. Subramanyam has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years and is now the Vice President of Translational Sciences at Biogen Idec (Cambridge, MA). We are very excited to have her share some of her thoughts with us on how to make the right choices in your scientific career. After the talk, we will adjourn to dessert and discussion. This round-table luncheon is an opportunity for all our members to enjoy lunch, network, hear from community leaders, and to discuss issues related to women in science. We would love to see you there! Please RSVP to the link above.

Dr. Subramanyam joined Biogen in 1998 and has over twenty years of experience in the Biotechnology industry. Her research interests include the mechanistic understanding of the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and immunogenicity of therapeutics besides identification of clinical biomarkers to enable patient enrichment and/or stratification strategies. Dr. Subramanyam is a member of the Biogen Idec Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Council and the Multicultural Biogen Idec Cultural Diversity network. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Biotech Section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and is a member of the Biotechnology Industrial Advisory Board of Northeastern University.


Fall Luncheon 2013 featuring Dr. Meg Urry

This year, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Meg Urry as our luncheon speaker. Dr.Meg Urry Urry has been a vocal spokesperson for increasing the number of women in the sciences.  We are excited to have her share some of her thoughts with us. After the talk, we will adjourn to dessert and discussion. This round-table luncheon is an opportunity for all of our members to enjoy lunch, network, hear from community leaders, discuss issues related to women in science, and provide feedback to how GWISE can better serve the community. We would love to see you there!

 

 

 


Fall Luncheon 2012 featuring Dr. Karen Panetta

This year, we are very pleased to have Dr. Karen Panetta as our luncheon speaker. Dr. Panetta has been involved in initiatives to increase accessibility of engineering to people from all backgrounds and to break down the barriers and stereotypes surrounding STEM. We are very excited to have her share some thoughts with us. After the talk, we will adjourn to dessert and discussion. This round-table luncheon is an opportunity for all of our members to enjoy lunch, network, hear from community leaders, discuss issues related to women in science, and provide feedback to how GWISE can better serve the community. We would love to see you there!

Dr. Karen Panetta is a Fellow of the IEEE. Dr. Panetta received the B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine. She serves as the 2011 Chair of the IEEE Boston Section. During 2009-2007, she served as the World Wide Director for IEEE Women in Engineering, which has over 300 chapters in 53 countries. She is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts University and Director of the Simulation Research Laboratory. Dr. Panetta is the founder of the award winning Nerd Girls program, which celebrates the individuality and “beauty of brains” all in an effort to inspire young girls to pursue math, science and engineering while breaking stereotypes of smart individuals.


Fall Luncheon 2011 featuring Dr. Paula Rayman

Professor Paula Rayman teaches in the Department of Regional and Social Development at UM, Lowell. She was the founding director of the Radcliffe Public Policy Center at Harvard University. Dr. Rayman is a nationally known scholar who is an economist and sociologist by training. She has extensive publications on work, family, and community issues. She is an expert in the fields of social change, work and inequality, and gender and science. Rayman has been called upon by the White House to participate on committees regarding the workplace and family. Of her book, Beyond the Bottom Line: The Search for Dignity at Work, one reviewer wrote, “it would be wonderful if Beyond the Bottom Line became the Silent Spring of a movement for dignity in the workplace,” (Arlene Skolnick,The American Prospect 10/09/01).


Fall Luncheon 2010 featuring Alice Hogan

This year, we are very pleased to have Alice Hogan as our luncheon speaker. Currently an independent consultant working on programs and policies to advance the participation of women in STEM, she was the founding Program Director for the NSF ADVANCE Program. The title of her talk is Making ADVANCE: Reflections on Public Policy and Women in Science. We are very excited to have her share some thoughts with us. After the talk, we will adjourn to dessert and discussion. This round-table luncheon is an opportunity for all of our members to enjoy lunch, network, hear from community leaders, discuss issues related to women in science, and provide feedback to how GWISE can better serve the community. We would love to see you there!


Fall Luncheon 2009 featuring Dr. Virginia Sapiro, Dr. Selim Unlu, and Dr. Rama Bansil

Women’s Organizations Luncheon with Deans and Professors at Boston University. The speakers were board members of women’s groups in chemistry, biology, engineering, and physics at Boston University.