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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






Click here to check out events sponsored by Pharmaceutical & BioScience Society International (PBSS)



2018 AWIS-NCC Winter Workshop

Join us for our 2018 Winter Workshop — together we’ll learn how to discover and cultivate our leadership potential.

“Unleash your Leadership Potential”
Saturday, April 7th
Genentech, South San Francisco

register now

Laura Gates

Workshop Details

Our facilitator, Laura Gates, will share key lessons she discovered as a leadership coach and trainer to women in science, engineering and tech. The event will provide experiential learning opportunities including:

  • Overcoming self-limiting obstacles
  • Having hard conversations
  • Owning your power as a leader
  • Tapping your Zone of Genius

This program combines training, shared stories from other women in the field who have directly benefited from Laura’s training, and will provide opportunities for real-time coaching conversations to allow you to break through to your next level. Laura brings a humorous, practical approach gained over almost 25 years from working with thousands of leaders in the leadership training, organizational development and culture change arena with women leaders in tech, bio-tech and big pharma.

You will leave this session with…

  1. A renewed hope and inspiration for your career and life
  2. Concrete practical, applicable tools for manifesting change in your life
  3. A plan for when you leave to implement immediately
  4. An accountability partner to provide support and follow through

Workshop Leader: Laura Gates

Laura Gates, Founder Gates Group LLC, brings 24 years of experience in the leadership development, training and coaching field having worked with NASA Astronauts, Naval jet fighters, decorated Generals and CEO’s of Silicon Valley tech startups. Laura is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation, certified in International Coaching Federation-approved Knowledge-based Coaching and Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching. She’s used the tools of David Allen’s Getting Things Done, Crucial Conversations, The Energy Project, Non-Violent Communications, Rational Behavior Therapy, various 360 assessment tools, including OPM, DiSc, EQ360 and MBTI. She holds a BA in Business from Syracuse University’s School of Management and is a graduate of the San Francisco Renaissance Entrepreneur Center.

Register for tickets now for a reduced price ($35 for members, $50 for non-members).

Women in the Sciences Industry – Nov 30th


An Inspiring Panel Discussion and Networking Event.
We heard about how the panelists overcame challenges to build their careers in the Pharma and Biotech industry.

Panelists Include

  • Jens Vogel, President and CEO, BI Fremont
  • Lillian Marrero, Director, Supply Chain and Logistics, BI Fremont
  • Amanda Tate, Director Human Resources, BI Fremont
  • Karen Albertson, Global Business Director, 3M
  • Barbara Paldus, VP/GM Finesse, Thermo Fisher Scientific

This was a free event sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Event Schedule
5:00 pm Arrivals/Registrations/Networking
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm AWIS Announcements
7:15 pm Panel Discussion
8:15 pm Q&A, Close

Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc.
6701 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555

The Equity Equation – Oct 12th


Whether you are a founder or employee, EQUITY is an important, but poorly understood component of your success. If you have equity, want equity or think you may be offered equity, you were welcome at this event! Thanks for everyone who attended.

Mary Russell, renowned attorney and founder of Stock Option Counsel – Legal Services for Individuals, discussed key issues in evaluating equity in a startup.

Co-hosted by East Bay AWIS and East Bay Bio Network.

Thursday, October 12th 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Alameda, CA