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Women in Bioscience Workshop May 2016

May 25, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

in partnership with


hosted by BioOhio Leadership Member


Building on the energy of BioOhio’s Women in Bioscience Conference in 2015, several workshops held will be held this year around Ohio.

Topics will focus on practical concepts to advance women in the bioscience industry, in both scientific and non-scientific roles. In addition to excellent networking opportunities, these events will feature speakers discussing career paths, mentoring, networking, communication & negotiation strategies, as well as conflict management techniques.

The May 25th workshop will be presented in partnership with Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Ohio Chapter and hosted by BioOhio Leadership Member Ethicon.


1:00pm – 1:20:  Registration & Networking

1:20 – 1:30:  Welcome

  • John F. Lewis Jr., President & CEO, BioOhio
  • HBA Women in Science
  • Ethicon

1:30 – 3:00:  Personal Branding: Focusing on your Leadership Strengths

Over a decade ago, Gallup unveiled the results of a landmark 30-year research project that ignited a global conversation on the topic of “leadership strengths” which led to continued research and data on the topic of leadership.

This session will explore the results of their research outlined in the book Strengths Based Leadership by bestselling authors Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, and will help you identify how to be an effective leader knowing your strengths and investing in others’ strengths. It will give you a new road map for leading yourself and others toward a better future by increasing employee engagement, which increases work satisfaction, productivity, and profit! It will equip you with a better understanding of what it means to focus on your leadership strengths, develop confidence knowing your strengths, and incorporate it into your personal brand and networking.

Interested individuals may decide to purchase the book and take the Strengthsfinder 2.0 assessment with the unique access code at the back of each book before or after the session to discover your top five leadership strengths.

3 – 3:15:  Networking Break

3:15 – 4:  Panel Discussion: Personal Branding and Leadership Strengths

4 – 4:15:  Q&A and Event Wrap-up

4:15 – 5:30:  Networking Reception

Click here to register for the event


BioOhio Member (companies w/ 10 employees or less) – $75

BioOhio Member (companies w/ 11+ employees) – $100

BioOhio Student Member – $50

HBA Member – $75

Non-member – $200



Cindy Biggs, CPCC, ACC, is an accomplished Leadership Development Expert and Executive Coach, Trainer, and Mentor who has experience in Strengths Based Leadership trainings/assessment. Cindy Biggs is President of C. Biggs and Associates which specializes in leadership development, mentoring, professional and personal coaching, strategic planning, and human resources solutions.  She serves as a trainer/coach for The Ohio State University Department of Business Training and Education – ATI, an Executive coach for Lever Transfer of Learning in Australia, and co-founder of SHE SHOWS UP! Retreats and founder of SEE BIGG! Retreats for women leaders.  Cindy manages the mentoring program for the Women’s Network of NE Ohio, and does volunteer group coaching for survivors  for OneEighty,  the local domestic violence shelter. She serves as moderator for the local League of Women Voter’s Candidates Night, is a mentor through the Worthy Questions program at the College of Wooster, and works with Central America Medical Outreach to train women leaders and establish a leadership training institute in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras.


Tamara Widenhouse is Director, Preclinical Center of Excellence, Medical Device R&D at Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Widenhouse joined Ethicon and Johnson and Johnson from a veterinary start-up in 2007 as a Principal Scientist in the Preclinical Affairs Research group. Tamara was promoted to Manager of the Preclinical Research team supporting the Ethicon Energy Business. Tamara was later promoted to Director of the Preclinical Center of Excellence supporting the Ethicon Energy Platform, the Ethicon Endomechanical Platform and most recently the Ethicon Robotics Platform.  She is accountable for leadership and direction of the Center of Excellence by partnering in new product development, evidence generation and innovation for J&J. Dr. Widenhouse is also in private equine practice as Head Racing Veterinarian at Miami Valley Gaming and Racing. During her tenure at J&J, Dr. Widenhouse has led major initiatives in support of the 3R’s (Reduce, Refine, Replace), driven the development and implementation of an Anastomotic Leak Scientific Advisory Board, and holds more than 15 patents for medical devices. She is also the Cincinnati Chair of the ‘Women in Science’ affinity group for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Ohio Chapter. Dr. Widenhouse studied at the University of Florida where she earned her BS in Agriculture (Animal Science), Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with High Honors, and her PhD from the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

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Robyn Harris-Thornton, Lead IT Analyst at Ethicon, has expertise including project management, business relationship development, and management of project teams through the delivery of IT application and website development, hands on website development, online communications, product campaign and event planning, collateral development, and print and online advertising. Her additional skills include creative art direction, usability testing, writing, web programming, and graphic design. Robyn is currently employed by Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson company, which manufactures medical devices for minimally invasive, open and endoscopic surgical procedures, focusing on procedure-enabling devices for conditions in general and bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal health, gynecology and surgical oncology. Robyn is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.


Nancy Riesz, President of Success Catalyst, is an internationally recognized performance improvement expert who helps organizations increase their bottom line by valuing their most important asset – their people. Her mission is to create working environments where people love to work. During her 20+ years in the healthcare industry, both clinical and corporate, Nancy developed a reputation for forming effective and efficient leadership teams, creating innovative ideas that solve problems, exponentially growing customer base and loyalty, implementing systems, improving processes and increasing sales. Author of People Count! Never Underestimate the Value of Your Employees, Nancy describes how to deliver top-line performance and improve bottom line results. Nancy earned an MBA from Xavier University’s Executive MBA program, a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and a BS in Medical Technology from the University of Cincinnati. Nancy is Global Mentoring Chair for Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and developed the mentoring program for the HBA Ohio chapter. Nancy received the President’s Award from the HBA Ohio Chapter in 2013 and the Leadership Excellence and Dedication Award in 2014.


Jan Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer with Airway Therapeutics, has over 22 years of drug development experience, including technical management positions in big pharma, leading development of small molecule, peptide, and protein therapeutics. She retired from P&G in 2009 and joined CincyTech as Director of Life Sciences with responsibility for creating life science startups in Southwest Ohio. She has been involved with Airway since 2011, becoming CSO in 2013. With over 50 publications and expertise in Molecular Pharmacology and Developmental Biology, she holds a Visiting Scholar position at the University of Cincinnati, where she co-created a graduate level Drug Discovery course. She holds an Adjunct Professor position at The Ohio State University where she lectures in Pharmacogenomics.


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