Oregon Bio Women CONNECT 2023

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OBW CONNECT 2023: Women + Negotiation – Are You Ready for Better Outcomes?

Oregon Bio Women CONNECT 2023 is happening Thursday, August 17 in the Lloyd District of Portland – at Genentech. It will be a time to network/share/grow!

Women across industries and skill levels agree negotiation and conflict resolution abilities are not innate nor are they a gift. They are a learned skill. Whether you’re enacting complex contracts, working to improve your supply chain, leading a diverse group, vying for financing or working capital, developing regulatory/compliance strategies, seeking a raise or a better job, managing the carpool for preschool, assigning home chores, or buying/selling a residence, these important opportunities to lean in abound and most always require negotiation.

Negotiation and conflict management skills require data capture and comprehension, assertiveness, confidence, and emotional intelligence. In this time together, we’ll:

·        Learn concepts of strategic negotiation and the importance of information in negotiations

·        Explore the role and use of objective criteria in negotiations

·        Strategize and overcome challenges

·        Chart a course for professional development using a mentoring model, navigate the obstacles and get empowered to achieve personal and professional growth.

Join as Laura Erker, Laura R. Erker, Ph.D, Director of Strategic Partnerships, OHSU moderates a program featuring two powerhouse pros in this field – Alison D. Roth, J.D., Associate at Miller Nash LLP Attorneys at Law and Sara Wisser, M.S., Senior Business Development Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Ali and Sara will lead us in an interactive and responsive discussion and tailored small-group learning that will inform and improve our own interpersonal and professional negotiation and resolutions approach.


Laura R. Erker, Ph.D: Dr. Erker earned her Ph.D. in biomedical science from the University of California, San Diego in 2004. She has nine years of clinical trial experience and fourteen years of basic research experience. Prior to this position, she served as executive director of the Casey Eye Institute’s Reading Center at OHSU, with primary responsibility for negotiating clinical trial-related budgets and related service contracts with industry sponsors. She holds an appointment of research assistant professor of ophthalmology, OHSU School of Medicine.


Alison D. Roth, J.D.: Ali assists businesses with drafting and negotiating a variety of complex commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital financings, intellectual property licenses, and commercial agreements. She especially enjoys advising companies in emerging industries throughout their life cycle. Prior to earning her Juris Doctor at Lewis & Clark Law School, she received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences from Boston College. Her scientific background enables her to provide perspective and insights into the legal challenges arising in the ever-changing landscape of technology and bioscience transactions.

Sara Wisser, M.S.: Sara Wisser is a scientist by education and a dedicated business partner by profession. She completed her B.S and M.S. at Texas State University with a focus on Biochemistry and completed her graduate studies and M.S at University of Oregon with a focus on Bio-Organic Chemistry. She founded the Women in Graduate Sciences organization at the UO.  She recently achieved the 2022 Top Global Genetic Analysis Licensing and Commercial Supply Business Development Manager Award, and the 2013 Top North American Genetic Analysis System Sales Representative Award. Sara is a leader of the North American field-based employee chapter of the Women Employee Resource Group at Thermo Fisher Scientific. For the past 22 years, she’s pursued her passion for providing support and resources for professional and life-skills development through women-led organizations.

The presentations will also comprise how-tos on charting personal and professional development strategies. The future can’t wait.


Aug. 17, 2023 | 5 – 8 p.m.| Tickets include onsite parking

Online Tickets – Oregon Bio Members*
* All employees of Oregon Bio Member companies are eligible
$45: Standard  rate

Online Tickets –  Non Members:
$65: Standard  rate

Tickets will be available at the door, subject to availability and an additional $20 fee. Oregon Bio does not offer refunds for events; however we can transfer tickets upon request.

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Oregon Bio Women’s mission is to cultivate diversity in present and future leadership in Oregon’s growing biotechnology and life science sector. The events are open to all (membership in Oregon Bio is not required) and have been successfully providing dynamic content, attracting national speakers and supporting diversity in our local community of those looking to advance their careers and personal development. We conduct annual OBW CONNECT events in partnership with companies, women’s special interest groups and leadership organizations.


August 17, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$35.00 – $65.00
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Oregon Bio Events


825 NE Multnomah St. #1300
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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