Female Students and Women Professionals Network to Inspire Science Careers
Twenty female students from San Francisco high schools and community college networked with female industry professionals at an event coordinated by CLSI, Young Women in Bio, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The Speed Networking event, held at Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, allowed female students the opportunity to directly interact with women professionals from BioMarin, Genentech, Nektar, UCSF and more. In addition to being exposed to a diverse set of career roles and career stories, the students got to practice presenting their own experience and interests, and to hone the valuable skill of networking.
Kayla Ko, a junior at Wallenberg high school stated that she valued “getting to know more about the many different fields and pathways that are available.” Her peer, Meron Andebrhan, added “It was so inspiring to see scientists who look like us. I feel like we are changing the world one by one.” Stephany Reeves, a Clinical Manufacturing Associate at BioMarin, when asked why she volunteered for the event, stated: “I can relate to girls who are not sure of what they want to do, and I know how effective it can be to meet and talk to someone like me. I was in the same position, and these opportunities to meet people from industry were so helpful to me.”
Kioma Palkhivata, a Data Analyst at Genentech added, “I was really impressed at how much thought these young women were giving to what they want to do. I let them know that it’s ok if that changes, just be comfortable with who you are and about asking for help to get where you want to go.”
Young Women In Bio (YWIB), part of Women In Bio, is an inspiring program that organizes science events for young women, introducing them to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.