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Ever wondered how AWIS Central MA was born!

A special chance to meet our founding members, advisory members, past board members, collaborators and more!


Join us for this affinity networking free online session on June 17th, 6-7.30 pm

Zoom link upon registration

Career Panel: Navigating Your Professional Growth

Do you ever wonder, “How do I get the next promotion or get to a higher management level?” Are you considering making a career change? Do you ever feel overwhelmed and like you're not sure what to do next? You're not alone!


  • Kathryn McCabe, Ph.D., Dir. Business Development, Eli Lilly and Company

  • Kathrine Chen, Ph.D., Executive Dir, STEM Education Center, WPI

  • Susanne Scesney, Global Preclinical Safety, AbbVie

  • Tamarra James-Todd, Ph.D., MPH, Asst. Prof. Harvard School of Public Health

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APRIL 2018

Wednesday April 4, Gateway Park 1002, 60 Prescott St Worcester


Victoria E. Pedanou, Ph.D.

Technical Specialist at Lathrop Gage

Victoria Pedanou is a technical specialist on the firm's Intellectual Property Transactional team with a concentration in biotechnology and life sciences. Dr. Pedanou's expertise and background in biomedical science and biochemistry spans several sub-disciplines, including utilizing techniques in genome wide screening, deep sequencing, RNA interference, molecular biology, cell structure and animal models. Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Pedanou worked as a licensing intern for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. While there she evaluated the technology covered by current patents held by the University's medical school; composed targeted marketing disclosures for innovative life science technologies; and evaluated potential commercial interest in academic discoveries, as well as researched prior art to determine the patentability of technologies. She also served as a patent law intern for a large law firm in Boston, where she worked with patent attorneys to assist in drafting new patent applications. 

Thursday April 12, UMass Medical School, Room S2-351


Sri Narasimhan, Ph.D.

Senior Editor, Cell Press

Sri Devi Narasimhan joined Cell in 2012 after completing her doctoral training in the molecular genetics of aging at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, where she investigated the link between longevity and energy metabolism. As Scientific Editor she handles all types of manuscripts across Cell's broad scope.

Tuesday April 17, Gateway Park 1002, 60 Prescott St Worcester


Anjali Arora, MCA

Chief Product Officer, Rocket Software

Anjali Arora joined Rocket in 2017 as the company’s Chief Product Officer, responsible for driving Rocket’s product strategy and R&D roadmap. Prior to Rocket, she spent 3 years at Oracle as Global Vice President of Software Engineering. While at Oracle, Anjali managed R&D for the company’s Health Sciences Global Business Unit (HSGBU), with responsibility for a portfolio of 40+ products and 600+ people in locations around the world. She led a transformation of the organization by bringing new talent focused on end user experience, simplified interactive design, native cloud and micro-services based architecture, modern open source technology uptake, agile and quality and performance at all levels. Prior to Oracle, Anjali was Vice President of R&D at Allscripts, a top-5 healthcare IT company, where she led R&D for all Administrative and Financial Solutions (AFS). Earlier in her career, she spent over 12 years at CA in roles ranging from software engineer to Vice President of Software Engineering, as well as working at companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation and EMC.


Anjali was recognized by the Boston Business Journal in their 2009 40 under 40 list, and was also a 2015 India New England Woman of the Year Finalist. She served for multiple years as the Cultural Chair on the executive board of the India Society of Worcester (ISW), and organizes various cultural, social, educational and charitable events for the society throughout the year. Anjali holds a Bachelor of Arts and Mathematics degree from St. Stephen’s College in India, and a Masters in Computer Applications from the University of Delhi.

MARCH 2018

This seminar will focus on how to highlight experiences and skills on a resume and cover letter and the importance of tailoring these documents for specific roles. Lauren Celano will provide:

  • Examples of skills and experiences that should be emphasized for different types of roles (bench and non-bench research, business development, marketing, consulting, product/project management, and clinical).

  • Advice and examples on resume formatting.

  • Demonstrate how to write a tailored cover letter for a specific job description and what information a hiring manager looks for in this document.

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