Category Archives: Chapter Meetings

EAST BAY AWIS June Chapter Meeting:“How to Use Decision Making to be a Collaborative Leader”

EAST BAY AWIS is pleased to invite you to our June Chapter meeting

June 8th,  2015,  6:00 p.m.

“How to Use Decision Making to be a Collaborative Leader”

In the modern workplace, command and-control leadership is out, replaced by a way of leading that emphasizes collaboration and participation. We know that if we include the people affected by our decisions in the decision-making process, we get better ideas and more buy-in, but the process can take time and may bring up unresolved issues. And there’s a risk of frustrating people who provide input and don’t see their ideas reflected in the final decision. So, how do you know who to involve in a collaborative decision-making process, and when?

Collaboration doesn’t mean that all decisions should be made by consensus. Leaders who believe that abdicate their responsibilities and become passive members of their team, or waste time and energy in unnecessary rounds of agreement building. Instead, leaders need to make conscious choices about how much collaboration is appropriate for each decision. After all, there are many degrees of collaboration between making a decision unilaterally and delegating it.

In this conversation we will explore the various levels of involvement in decision-making and practice applying the process to real world situations. The evening will be highly interactive enabling participants to learn from and connect with each other.


As a Senior Consultant with Interaction Associates, Betina Schonberger helps organizations build individual and collective capacities in the areas of strategy, collaboration, facilitation and leadership development. She co-creates and facilitates engagements tailored to address an organization’s unique challenges and goals. Betina has worked for and with global Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and government agencies.

Light dinner and networking 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Interactive learning session-7:00-8:00 p.m.given by

Interaction Associates

Men and non-scientists welcome

Registration is required- Use the link below to register.

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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

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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

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Non-Scientists and Men Welcome


March Chapter Meeting At Novartis

East Bay AWIS  is pleased to present Thursday, March 28, 2013

Roopa Ramamoorthi, PhD, PMP

Associate Director, Partnering & Scientific Affairs,  BIOVentures for Global Health

WIPO Re:Search – Sharing Innovation in theFight Against Neglected Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis and malaria affect more than 1.4 billion people.  This health statistic in turn affects mortality and the ability to earn a livelihood and function effectively in school. Often affected people live in abject poverty and sometimes in conflict zones. And some so called tropical diseases are now being seen here in the United States.

WIPO Re:Search is an initiative launched over a year ago to share innovation in the fight against neglected diseases. It consists of a consortium led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in partnership with BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), several leading pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions and research organizations world-wide to share innovation in the fight against neglected diseases.

BIOVentures for Global Health (BVGH) is focused on the 19 neglected tropical diseases on WHO’s list as well as malaria and tuberculosis. As the Partnership hub administrator, BVGH works with members to identify collaboration opportunities of mutual interest and facilitates communication between members to explore and establish collaborations.

Dr. Ramamoorthi will speak about the initiative and share examples of collaboration agreements developed between members since the launch of the initiative.


Dr. Ramamoorthi joined BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) in November 2011 as Manager, Scientific Affairs, with an extensive background in drug development, bacteriology, biotechnology, and engineering. Prior to joining BVGH, Dr. Ramamoorthi was a senior research analyst with the consulting firm Strategic Perspectives. Before that, Dr. Ramamoorthi worked with Bayer Corporation for more than five years, during which she served as a scientist and senior scientist, developing purification processes for antibodies and other complex proteins and bringing in platform technologies.

Dr. Ramamoorthi received her Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Washington and at MIT. She is a registered patent agent and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. A native of India, where she received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, Dr. Ramamoorthi brings a developing world perspective to her professional endeavors.

Thursday March 28, 2013

Light Dinner and Networking at 6:30 pm

Presentation at 7:00 pm

Fee: $5 for members, $10 for non-members – Register at


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

Parking is in front of the Building



January Chapter Meeting at Novartis

The East Bay Association for Women in Science Launches the New Year with Our January Networking Event!

In this venue, career professionals will review and practice networking strategies.  In a relaxed setting, networking games will allow you to meet new people and offering you the opportunity to:

  • Meet scientists as well as professionals interested in an affiliated career if you are currently seeking employment
  • Enhance your contacts if you are established in your present position
  • Work on your 30 second elevator pitch
  • Polish presentation skills before the interview
  • Gather invaluable feedback about yourself in a friendly, fun, and informal environment

Our featured presenter is Mara Jeffress, PhD,  of Fulfillment Life Coaching. ( )  She is offering a free month of coaching   – valued at  $240  –  in our raffle for participants who  sign up and attend the meeting!

Thursday, January 24, 2012

Light Dinner & Networking at 6:30 pm,  Structured Program at 7:00 pm

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Fee: $5  members, $10 non-members

Registering w/ Eventbrite will say free; however, fee will be collected at the door

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

Parking is in front of the Building

East Bay AWIS welcomes all Scientists and Science Enthusiasts:

Men and Women, Members and Community at large

September Chapter Meeting

September 27, 2012 at Novartis

Therapeutic Flow for Lab Rats

Poh Teng, Ph.D.
Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Instructor
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
Four areas of the body are commonly stressed and subsequently injured due to repetitive work at the research bench and in the office: wrists, shoulders, upper back, and lower back. Learn how to prevent injuries and heal the body with simple stretches and remedies that can easily be done at the desk, in the lab, or at home. This will be an interactive class and it is recommended that you dress comfortably.
Poh studies modularity and the design of bacterial micro compartments in David Savage’s laboratory at UC Berkeley and has been practicing yoga since 2004. For more information, visit

Best Practices for Networking

 Connie Hampton
Hampton & Associates, Scientific & Executive Search Consulting
Connie Hampton will present best practices for networking.
Hampton and Associates specializes in scientific and executive search and recruiting of professionals (MD, PhD, MBA as well as others) in biotechnology and life sciences. Connie has been in the business of finding lower-cost, higher-quality scientific and executive searches since 1997. Learn more at

Thursday, September 27, 2012

6:30-7:00 pm – Light supper and Networking

7:00-7:30 pm – Connie Hampton – Best Practices for Networking

7:30-8:30 pm – Poh Teng, PhD – Therapeutic Flow for Lab Rats

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FEE: $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

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

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

Parking is in front of the building