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WIB-Southern California: MAPS Peer Group Launch Event – 8th Cohort

October 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Metorship Advisors Peers Sponsorship

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Join Women In Bio’s Southern California chapter for our MAPS (Mentorship, Advisors, Peers, and Sponsorship) Peer Group – 8th Cohort Launch Event. WIB-Southern California has received over 500 applications for this incredible community and it’s growing rapidly, getting stronger and more vibrant with each cohort. Join us for a meaningful evening to learn more about MAPS, network, and meet our incredible peer group leaders and members. New and past participants are welcome. Open to guests as well. Our event will be hosted completely virtually.

Where do peer groups meet?
Groups are formed by geographic locations including Del Mar, Carlsbad, La Jolla, Irvine, and Los Angeles (West Hollywood, Pasadena, Torrance). We also have a Consultant Group and a Director Group which are not limited to a location. All meetings are virtual during the pandemic.

Invest in your career! Peer groups are a powerful career advancement tool. Face challenges, obstacles, and celebrate new opportunities by taking advantage of the advice, counsel, and mentorship of women in your field who are vested in your success. Peer groups have 8-15 life science professionals in an intimate group designed to support, advise, and encourage you as you work towards your career goals. Each group determines the format and topics that are most meaningful to them with guidance and support from experienced members. Peer groups in each geographic area are made of a mix of junior and senior life science professionals, in a variety of different roles and all types of life science companies including pharma, diagnostic, and biotech.

Who will you find in the WIB-Southern California MAPS Community?
40% Biotech
20% Pharma
10% Medical Device
20% Service providers
10% Academia/Institute/Post Docs
30% Exec and Sr. Management
50% Age/Experience: 18-33
50% Age/Experience: 34-59

Two steps to participate:
1. Apply here to join a Peer Group
The application is your opportunity to share your interests, personal career goals, desired peer group location or special interest group, and prioritize topics that interest you. You may join more than one group. After completing your application, register for this launch event.

2. Register for the Launch Event (registration button at the top of this page)
If you cannot make the launch event, complete an application so we have your information and can add you to your preferred peer group. We will connect you to your peer group leaders who will notify you of the time and location for your peer group meeting in November. WIB membership is required for participation in the peer group monthly meetings (except for the launch event).

No new applicants will be admitted to peer groups for applications received after October 30, 2021. We will continue to accept applications on a rolling admission for joining peer groups in the 9th cohort starting in April 2022. The Peer Group program enriches your WIB experience beyond our monthly educational events and we encourage you to join the vibrant part of the MAPS community today. The launch event is free.

Disclaimer: This event may be recorded. If so, there is a possibility your image and or voice may be a part of that recording. If you do not wish for your image to be included please turn off your camera.

Please read WIB’s Code of Conduct here.


6:00 p.m. – 6:05 p.m. Overview of all MAPS programs which include SIP (special interest panel) events, Peer Groups, Mentoring Circles, and eMAPS (executive)
6:05 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Icebreaker event – Get to know a little bit about everyone
6:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Speed Networking – Three rounds with one-on-one networking sessions in break-out rooms
7:15 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. Break
7:20 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. Peer group meetings – We’ll use Zoom’s breakout function to add you to your group. Meet with leaders and peers, set topics for the cohort, and arrange meeting dates
7:50 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wrap up and share – Learn about the plans of each group and final networking for the evening

Throughout the evening we will have an interactive activity designed for all participants to gain support from someone in the virtual room for something you share you want/need to advance your career. Take advantage of the experience in the virtual room to make the next step in your career.

Hosted by

Yuchen WangYuchen Wang
WIB-Southern California MAPS Co-Chair


Pricing Information

  • Members: Free
  • Non-members*: Free
  • Optional Donation: $10

*Not a Member? Click here to learn about the benefits of a WIB Membership — access to our video library, mentorship groups, and more. Enter the code Inclusion2021 to save $20.21 off membership. This code is valid through October 1, 2021.


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October 14, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm