WIB-Capital Region Chapter

The Capital Region Chapter is dedicated to creating opportunities and careers for women in the life science industry and to encouraging women in our region to translate novel discoveries into products.



We are an organization of professional women from all career walks in the field of life sciences. We are all volunteers and we all share the goal of enabling and empowering women to reach the highest levels of leadership, and — more importantly — to fulfill their own career aspirations. Our members reflect the increasing spread of the life sciences. We belong to biotech and pharma companies, universities and institutes, law and accounting firms, marketing and PR firms, CROs and CMOs. Many of our members are entrepreneurs, and a focus on entrepreneurship has remained core to the mission of WIB since its foundation in 2002.


“Women helping women” is one of the most important features of WIB. We have found that successful female role models can inspire our members to challenge themselves and aim for the top, and can show women that people who “walk like them and talk like them” can become leaders in any field. Friendly, relaxing networking is key to our – and your – success. Our events are relatively small by design (under 100 attendees is common) to enable people to have meaningful interactions with each other and with featured speakers. WIB events spark friendships, business relationships and job opportunities by taking the awkwardness out of networking and creating a fun, welcoming environment.


At WIB, we focus our activities on education, mentoring and networking, and on creating opportunities for leadership that can help you advance your career.

VOLUNTEERING:We have 12 chapters, located in key biotech hubs in North America, where volunteers come together to meet new people and help drive the events and mentoring programs of WIB. For more information on how to get involved, contact us here.

EVENTS: Chapters hold events that fall broadly into two categories; professional development or educational events, and social or purely networking events. [All events have time dedicated to meeting new people and networking]. For more details on our events, please see here.

SPECIAL EVENTS: In addition, WIB holds a number of special events, headlined by our signature Annual Celebration featuring a leading industry executive as our keynote speaker. In 2013, WIB began holding the Annual Celebration at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) conference, allowing people from all chapters and many other cities to come together to meet in person, swap stories and exchange ideas.

MENTORING: Mentoring and giving back is a core tenet at WIB. Our Mentors, Advisors, Peers (MAPs) program provides a forum for groups of up to ten women with common interests to gather and exchange advice and views. Our Young Women In Bio (YWIB) program aims to encourage middle- and high-school girls to enter STEM by creating fun, hands-on laboratory events that are partnered with local biotech companies.

Services Provided

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring
Contact Information
Kayla Valdes
8007 Tyson Oaks Cir
Vienna, VA 22182