Networking with the AWIS Leadership


Thanks to East Bay AWIS Members who joined us for a Friday afternoon chat with AWIS presidents past and present. Dr. Ann Lee-Karlon, Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management and Operations at Genentech, shared stories from her time serving as AWIS President – we heard about her experience representing AWIS globally, including in front of the UN!

bahijajallalAlso present was Bahija Jallal, Executive Vice President of AstraZeneca and Head of MedImmune, who shared her vision for leading AWIS onward, building on the momentum built by Ann.

This was an insightful, yet casual opportunity for our members to connect with AWIS leadership. We look forward to more like it!


This event was held on:
Friday, Oct 7, 2016

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (PDT)

East Bay AWIS October Leadership Workshop


Thank you Johnson & Johnson for helping to host this engaging East Bay AWIS workshop featuring Vikas Bhatia from the Prana Partnership. Bhatia guided a lively discussion  to help attendees gain a greater awareness of how each person’s mind and background affects the way they act and react in situations. The goal of this workshop was to empower women to pursue leadership roles without sacrificing who they truly are. To be the lighthouse in the storm by harnessing unique character strengths instead of trying to conform to an archetype.

A special thanks to Vikas Bhatia of the Prana Partnership for generously donating his time and knowledge for this event. To read more about Vikas Bhatia, check out his blog post on “How Gender Diversity Efforts are Failing Us” …or read his post, “Velco. Teflon. The Mind. And the future of humanity“, that was inspired by Margarita’s question at the workshop!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the next event!

This workshop was held on:
Thursday October 6th, 2016

5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Johnson & Johnson
6500 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Building 1
Fremont, CA 94555


Thanks for Coming to the Annual Picnic!

The Northern California Chapters of AWIS (East Bay, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Sacramento) thank you for coming to our annual summer potluck picnic on August 13th!

We hope you had a great time! If you weren’t able to make it this year make sure to subscribe to our mailing  list to be kept updated on future events.

The Beresford Park has paths for walking, grassy and picnic areas, several playgrounds, skate park, bocce, as well as tennis and basketball courts nearby. We were located in picnic area #2 next to the play structure.

Saturday, August 13th 2016
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Beresford Park
2720 Alameda De Las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA 94403

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: