Mentoring and Networking for Women Working in Advanced Therapies

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The cell and gene therapy community has a skills gap across all levels right up to the board positions. Companies struggle to recruit, retain, develop and promote employees for our rapidly growing and maturing industry. Diversity and inclusion at all career levels is necessary if companies want to access untapped market space and retain their top talent and competitive advantage.

Women in Advanced Therapies is a specialist group for members of the Phacilitate network. It provides mentorship and networking for women working in advanced therapies. The goal is to build the foundations for a community to help recruit, retain, develop and promote women, creating leaders of tomorrow and encouraging new women to join the sector.

“Being a mentor is an opportunity to reflect on yourself as well as support others.  I’m pretty sure my mentee will agree that we both got a lot out of it – I certainly did!  So if you think you can spare an hour or so a month to take time out to grab a coffee and chat with an inspirational individual at a different stage of career to you, then just go for it, it’s so worth it! ”

Lindsey Clarke, Director of BUsiness Development, Ori Biotech

The WIAT mentorship programme is a fantastic initiative and I am delighted to be part of the network. I was paired with a mentor from a biotech company in the US who I would probably not have had chance to interact with outside of the programme. My mentor is a great sounding board who both supports me and challenges my thinking, and has helped shape how I approach my work

Katie Griffee, Head of Business Development, Anthony Nolan