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Upcoming Event: 2019 Winter Workshop

On March 23, 2019 Attend our Winter Workshop sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim! Ticket purchase link



Cultural Competence:
Organizing in the Workplace

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Our host: Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc.

Join an interactive workshop for a day of networking and connecting 

Hear from women leaders from biotech, academia, and high tech on the power of connecting at work and building communities. Some featured speakers and activities include:

  • Aida Sabo VP Diversity at Parexel,a strong advocate of building a diverse work force
  • Dr. Bahija Jallal, CEO of Immunocore and former AWIS president on the benefits of workplace employee resource groups
  • Learn how to self promote to build your career – Participate in Google’s I Am Remarkable training (#iamremarkable)
  • Plus, we will feature a round table workshop aimed at helping attendees understand how to promote diversity and inclusion at work with positive impact to their careers

There will be a raffle with some great prizes and we will provide breakfast and lunch. Be sure to bring your business cards!  We look forward to seeing you!

8:30 – 9:00    Breakfast 
9:00 – 9:45    Morning Keynote speaker 
Aida Sabo, VP Diversity/Inclusion Strategy at PAREXEL will speak to how to find creative ways to execute diversity and inclusion strategies
9:45 – 11:30   Breakout Session 1- Self promote yourself
Google Initiative-I Am Remarkable  Facilitator: Kat Langan Google workshop  In this training  you will earn about importance/gain tools to help you develop the skills of self promotion to benefit your career


11:30 – 12:00  Lunch / Networking

12:00-1:00  Keynote speaker afternoon:
Bahija Jallal, CEO, Immunocore, previous AWIS national  president will speak to her story around successfully building a supportive environment for men/women to communicate the business need of building diversity/inclusion groups even in the most resistant environments

1:00 – 2:00   Breakout Session 2: Don’t Give Up!!! Led by Boehringer Ingelheim’s Women’s Group
-Lessons Learned

2:00 – 3:00    Interactive Speaker Panel: Organizing to Make a Difference

Nicole Vadivel, Ph. D, Tesla
Kat Langan, Google
Michelle Kim,  Awaken
Sara Rosso, Founder SCU Women in Business

3:00 – 3:15    Close out: The Challenge / Call to Action 



AWIS members $35.00
Non-members $45.00
At the door $55.00

See our Workshop sponsors below– To Sponsor the Workshop, please email and  Click here to learn more about sponsorship benefits.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc.
6701 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555






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2017 NCC – AWIS Annual Awards Banquet

It was a lovely event on the Bay — inspirational and filled with fun. Thanks to everyone who attended, and a round of applause for this year’s awardees…


Tuesday, May 2nd
Dominic’s at Oyster Point

360 Oyster Point Blvd
South San Francisco, CA

The AWIS Northern California Chapters joined together to celebrate the 23rd Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet. It was a lovely dinner on the Bay to celebrate the accomplishments of three outstanding women scientists!


Celebrating Inspirational Women

The awards recognized exemplary women scientists in the community that have combined their professional activities with the passion of helping other women in science. Here are our outstanding 2017 award recipients:

Olga_150x189 SHERRIE WILKINS AWARD – Olga Potopova, Ph.D. 

Olga is a life sciences executive with extensive scientific and management expertise in oncology, diagnostics, and laboratory medicine. Olga heads Cureline Group, a global translational CRO, located in the San Francisco Bay area, providing services for the biopharmaceutical and medical community working on development of precision medicine.

Fan_Yang_150x189 ELLEN WEAVER AWARD – Fan Yang, Ph.D.

Fan Yang is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Bioengineering, and Director of Stanford Stem Cells and Biomaterials Engineering Laboratory. Fan’s mentoring is exemplary in terms of the impact on women and minorities, with 80% of her current and former PhD trainees are women and 30% are first generation college students.

Laura_Smoliar_150x189JUDITH POOL AWARD – Laura Smoliar, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Smoliar is co-founder of the Berkeley Catalyst Fund, a new investment fund closely tied to UC Berkeley and its College of Chemistry. Laura has participated in peer mentoring groups, and has been invited to give presentations at AWIS, the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, and LinkedIn. She gives career advice about how to find, negotiate, and close on job offers.


MAY Chapter Meeting

May  Chapter  Meeting  at Novartis

Working Effectively with Researchers, Scientists, Engineers and Academics

Susan Christy, Phd

Working with researchers, scientists, engineers and academics takes special insights, approaches, creativity…and patience. For two decades, Susan Christy has specialized in working with this sector. She has researched work styles, mindsets, priorities and stressors – helping clients and their colleagues work together skillfully. She is currently presenting her findings and best practices to universities, laboratories and higher education conferences across the country. Her book is Working Effectively with Faculty: A Guidebook for Higher Education Staff and Managers.

Susan holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and was a tenured Professor of Psychology at Asnuntuck College in Connecticut before starting her own business consulting for corporations and higher education. She has served as a Board Member of the Institute of Management Consultants;  Trustee of The California Institute of Integral Studies;  the Marin Chapter of the Association of University Women; Vice President of HighGain, Inc. – a San Francisco training firm; and as TV talk-show host.   Major clients include Stanford University and School of Medicine, UCSF, University of Michigan, UC Davis, University of Washington, Oregon Health and Science University, Notre Dame, and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm

Light supper and networking 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Register at

Registering with Eventbrite will say free – however fee will be collected at the door

Fee: $5 members and students, $10 non-members

Location: Novartis, 5400 Hollis St, Building X-310 Emeryville, CA

Parking is in front of the Building

***Click Here for DIRECTIONS***

Non-Scientists and Men Welcome


NCC AWIS 19th Annual Awards Banquet

You are cordially invited to enjoy an inspiring evening and lovely dinner party. This annual event, hosted by NCC-AWIS brings together 4 chapters to celebrate 3 distinguished women scientists as well as several outstanding students.
The event will start with hors d’ouvres in the sunny, bright foyer area. Dinner will be followed by speeches by a diverse and interesting group of awardees.  It will be an opportunity to meet and network with these ladies, their colleagues, and AWIS members and friends.

  • Keynote by Amy Herr, UC Berkeley professor using engineering to solve biology problems
  • The 2013 Judith Pool Award to Telle Whitney, PhD, CEO and President of the Anita Bourg Institute
  • The 2013 Ellen Weaver Award to Becket Feierbach, PhD, scientist in infectious disease and Genentech Inc.
  • The 2013 Sherrie Wilkins Award to Roopa Ramamoorthi, PhD, Associate Director at BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), a non-profit organization whose mission is to save lives by accelerating the development of novel drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics coming from the biotechnology industry that address the unmet medical needs of the developing world.

WHEN:        Monday, May 6, 2013  6:00-9:30PM

WHERE:     Holiday Inn 275 S. Airport Blvd  South San Francisco, CA

COST:         $37.50 ($38.50 online)

MAP:           This link

Flyer:         Here


If you’d like to send payment for $37.50 by check, Please RSVP below and write check  to:  NCC AWIS  PO Box 6083  San Mateo, CA 94403  Questions, please email