ISPE Women in Pharma® (WIP) provides women in the pharmaceutical industry a forum for connecting and collaborating on technical and career advancement topics. A community of Women in Pharma mentors, resources across all levels, and educational sessions will be an enabler for career success and work-life balance.
Women in Pharma® held their inaugural event at the 2016 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, with 9 panelists from the FDA and industry and approximately 70 attendees. It has since grown remarkably, with well over 120 attendees at the 2017 Women in Pharma® Breakfast during the ISPE/FDA/PQRI Quality Manufacturing Conference held in June in Arlington, Virginia.
Several events also took place during the 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego, CA, including:
Members of the group will be selling ISPE Women in Pharma® buttons at many of the ISPE International Events. Those who donate $10 or more ($5 or more for students) will receive a Women in Pharma® button. Every dollar from the button sales will be contributed to a scholarship fund supporting future opportunities for women in the industry.
In 2016, the proceeds from button sales were awarded to the University of Georgia Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences for women pursuing degrees in the field. The first recipient of that scholarship Wided Najahi-Missaoui, MS, PharmD, was recently announced.
The Women in Pharma® community regularly contributes to the iSPEAK blog. Recent posts include:
As the program has progressed, ISPE Women in Pharma® has become a Networking Community.
The governance of the Women in Pharma® group has been formalized with a Steering Committee and three Subcommittees: Marketing, Collaborations, and Education and Contributions. The remit of the Steering Committee includes:
ISPE Affiliates and Chapters have started to support the Women in Pharma® initiative by providing local programming and raising funds through the button program. A full toolkit is under development to guide Affiliates and Chapters in hosting their own Women in Pharma® events. Review the policies for Affiliates and Chapters who wish to participate in the Women in Pharma® fundraising initiative. These policies were established in order to ensure consistency in the program while providing support for Women in Pharma® at the International and local levels.