Erica Figueroa’s Impact Story

What does impact mean to you?
Women In Bio’s impact is felt industry-wide as one of our goals is “women helping women.” It’s a strong community of leaders working at all levels to support various aspects of life sciences. We build each other up to break down all barriers and achieve the highest goals – together!

Can you tell us what your current role is?
I am volunteering at WIB as the National Vice-Chair of Membership, along with working at my full-time position as a Sr. Director of Business Development with a full-service boutique oncology CRO called OncoBay Clinical. I’m extremely passionate about both positions I currently hold, as it’s important for me to help others and be patient-centric.

Thinking about impact, can you describe 2–3 projects or initiatives you were involved in that mark a major achievement for you in your role?
Women In Bio has helped me not only in my professional career but also on a personal level. I started my volunteer work with the national communications team. I was involved in creating social media graphics, assisting 14 chapters nationally, as well as being a part of a podcast team. This was something that checked my creativity box in my mind. I’m now volunteering as a national membership leader and consider myself to be an actual WIB “cheerleader,” as I love to share my why with others helping them to their career goals by making strong connections with others as we are on a mission together working to create not only an amazing nonprofit organization but to be a part of something bigger than we all could have imagined possible.

How has your membership in WIB helped you in your professional growth?
My membership has allowed me to broaden my network across the US, even though I live in Southern California. That is normally something very difficult if you are confined to a specific region. WIB has made it easy for me to connect via virtual events, local events, speed networking (highly recommended), and ultimately connecting with like-minded women who are open to helping you and sharing information that will ultimately help you advance your career forward. There has not been one time where I felt alone. It’s always felt like a sisterhood, a community that always has its arms open for you to be with them.

How do you plan to further your impact in the future?
I continue to volunteer with Women In Bio for many years to come, with the goal of working in various positions within the organization. I love WIB and appreciate all that it’s done for me, in my career and on a personal level.

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