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East Bay AWIS Summer Social

Over 50 attendees made new connections while enjoying live music and
appetizers provided by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Tuesday, July 19th
5:00pm – 7:00pm

WXYZ Bar at Aloft
8200 Gateway Blvd
Newark, CA, 94560

Thanks to our sponsor!
Boehringer Ingelheim

Annual Awards Banquet 2016


AWIS-NCC Presents:
22nd Annual Awards & Recognition Banquet

It was an inspiring evening and lovely dinner party. This annual event, hosted by AWIS-NCC brought together 4 chapters to celebrate 3 distinguished women scientists being recognized for mentorship.

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The 2016 Judith Pool Award to Leilani Miller, Ph.D., Santa Clara University.

The 2016 Ellen Weaver Award to Wendy Fantl, Ph.D., Stanford University.

The 2016 Sherrie Wilkins Award to Tracy Lin, R.Ph., Johnson & Johnson.

Keynote address by Susanne Lindgren, Ph.D., Cal State University, Sacramento, 2015 Judith Pool awardee.

Consider joining us next year for a fun evening at the AWIS Northern California Annual Awards Banquet


Event Summary:

See photos from the event here.

Approximately 80 AWIS members and friends attended the 22nd Annual NCC AWIS Recognition Awards Banquet on May 17, 2016 at Dominic’s of Oyster Point in South San Francisco. The evening started with members from all four Northern California chapters mingling and networking among the hors d’oeuvre spread. Dinner consisted of a generous buffet and dessert selection, complete with wine, coffee, and tea.

Dr. Ashley Fouts led the awards presentation followed by the keynote address that was presented by Dr. Susanne Lindgren, recipient of the 2015 Judith Pool Award. Dr. Lindgren shared her top four tips on mentoring and her own personal mentoring experiences that helped to shape her role as a mentor. Next, Jacqueline Do, recipient of the Palo Alto Chapter Memorial Scholarship, gave a very inspiring talk about her journey in science and how she was able to achieve her goals through the support and encouragement of her mentors.The evening moved on to recognize the winners of the 2016 NCC AWIS Recognition Awards. Dr. Tracy Lin was the recipient of the Sherrie Wilkins Award. She spoke about her ‘true passion’ in mentoring and encouraged the audience to include mentorship in their careers. Dr. Wendy Fantl was the receiver of the Ellen Weaver Award. She shared her favorite experiences of being mentored and talked about her own role as a mentor, as it brings her great joy to see the success of her mentees. Dr. Leilani Miller was the recipient of the Judith Pool Award and was supported by several of her students in the audience. Dr. Miller talked about her love for teaching and shared her experiences with helping students to find their passion and achieve their career goals.

The evening concluded with raffle prizes given for several career and professional development books as well as a wine tasting tour.

This event was a lovely showcase of our amazing network of supporters. It was a great reminder about all the women who have helped others tackle obstacles in and out of science and provided further encouragement for everyone to include mentoring in their lives.

More information on the AWIS Northern California Chapter website:


AWIS NCC Winter Workshop 2016

BRAND YOU! Techniques to help you feel comfortable when you find yourself leading

Can you control a room?  Influence others?  Do you have a “place at the table”?  And if you do, are you comfortable there?

Workshop Leaders:

Ariana Newcomer – The Voice Coach’s Voice Coach and international best-selling author. Ariana will help you unlock the secrets of your voice so you can command a room, increase your influence and effectiveness, and step into authentic leadership.

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Debbie Rocco and Betina Schonberger, Senior Consultants at Interaction Associates, partner with multi-national corporations, non-profits, and educational institutions to develop and support women leaders around the world. In this workshop, they will help us learn what it takes to make a positive impact.

Unlock the mysteries of Executive Presence through use of voice and other power techniques:

  • Explore your Field of Authentic Leadership as the core of your personal power
  • Unlock the secrets of your voice to increase your influence and effectiveness
  • Utilize wholeheartedness as a source of renewed energy

Saturday, March 12th 2016

Genentech, Inc

1475 Grandview Drive, Bldg. 35 Room 1A
South San Francisco, CA 94080


8:30-9:00 Check in and breakfast
9:00-9:15 Opening remarks
9:15-10:15 Voice Your Value
10:15-12:00 Authentic Leadership
12:00-12:45 Networking lunch
12:45-1:45 Practice and Coaching
1:45-2:00 Closing remarks

Thanks to everyone who attended this fabulous event on the Genentech campus. We had 60 attendees, an energetic and interactive discussion, and a lot of positive feedback. See you next year!

NCC Awards Banquet Nominations

Call for Nominations for NCC Banquet

Respond by Feb 25th, 2016

Do you know a woman who has helped you or others in personal career development? Nominate her for an award!


Each year NCC-AWIS presents awards to women who have combined their professional activities with support of other women in science. In honoring individual women, AWIS recognizes the importance of mentoring and of teaching and sharing with others more than just the content and techniques or our science.


Awards are given at the Annual Banquet in late April/early May held in South San Francisco.  The recipient should be able to attend the banquet and will be asked to speak for about 10 minutes on the general topic of mentoring and supporting other women in career development.  These personal observations and motivations are always the highlight of the evening.


Currently we are soliciting nominations for the following awards:


Ellen Weaver Award: To recognize a woman, who is early in her career, and working to advance research or technology in academia or industry.


Sherrie Wilkins Award: To recognize a woman using her science away from the bench

Nominating someone is easy.  Please write a brief letter explaining how this person has helped you and/or other women develop professionally and a brief resume or CV giving the nominee’s educational background and professional history. Submit nominations by February 25th, 2016 to Mary Alice Yund at


If you know a deserving recipient, don’t delay!

Introducing AWIS-East Bay Executive Board for 2016

AWIS-East Bay Executive Board

Dear Fellow East Bay AWIS members,
We are happy to announce the results for the AWIS-East Bay Executive Board
President: Marianne Kavanagh, Ph.D.
Vice President: Akila Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D
Secretary: Vinaya Kapoor, Ph.D.
Treasurer: Margarita Gonzales, Ph.D.

Thank you for your time spent placing a vote.
We look forward to collaborating and partnering with all our Fellow AWIS members.

On behalf of the AWIS-East Bay Board.