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WIB-Capital Region eMAPS Executive Mentoring

Leading the eMAPS charge for the Capital Region are Pearl D'CruzDeanne Randolph, and Erin Lawless Miller. eMAPS programs offer professional development for rising Directors, for VPs and C-Level executives. eMAPS cohorts meet for a year creating a culture of support, sharing, and confidentiality for executives in their cohort. Alumni gatherings for past cohorts support on-going relationships. eMAPS chapter offerings vary in model as well as availability.

The sign up period has ended for our current eMAPS Cohort. Please reach out to if you are interested in future opportunities to participate.


The executives in eMAPS are all life science, biotech, diagnostic, and pharma focused. Many women’s executive programs are STEM or more diverse than STEM and offer enormous value in that diversity. eMAPS executives find, however, that a cohort laser focused on our industry can be enormously beneficial as the issues related to regulatory rules, operational issues, fundraising, and even board management have trends and nuances not necessarily at play in tech or other industries. eMAPS offers:

  • A meaningful executive community within the chapter that meets on a recurring basis as a cohort over the course of a year
  • Professional development providing mentorship, a supportive cohort, and peer-based learning towards advancement of career goals
  • Strong relationships and a connected community of executives in the region who convene and engage on a regular basis for personal development
  • Discussions facilitated by learning materials from life science and biotech executives from across the country

eMAPS Topics

Sample meeting topics have included:

  • Being Intentional And Strategic With Relationships
  • Transition to Executive Leadership
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Behavioral Assessment (DiSC, MTBI, etc.) to understand preferences to build capability to lead
  • Finance & Accounting 101
  • Negotiation Tools
  • Performance Management & Managing Others
  • Change Management
  • Board and Investor Relationships
  • Navigating Funding & Business Development
  • Audit Committee Management
  • Compliance
  • Cybersecurity
  • D&O Insurance
  • Fundraising & Financing through IPO
  • Legal Liability

Program Models

eMAPS Monthly Professional Development

Application based program led by two to three C-level/VP women life science professionals/mentors. This program focuses on personal goals and journeys and intentional work towards moving into a VP or C-level role. This program is geared towards advancing personal careers to the next step. Designed to create a circle of trusted relationships and leverage shared experiences to utilize in real world situations. The program utilizes pre-work in monthly mentorship meetings and provides the opportunity to engage with others at a senior level who also aspire to make this move.

  • Time Commitment: 10 to 12 meetings; two hours/each with pre-work, self-assessment included at start annually
  • Topics are determined based on interest of applicant cohort needs at beginning and halfway through program
  • Applicants: Director level, applicants are interviewed by mentors, select 10 to 12 participants max
  • Mentors: two VP or C-Level executives plus an Executive Coach with additional expert guests as needed

eMAPS - Executive Roundtable or Circles

Intimate and private safe space to discuss challenges and learn anecdotally from each other. Topic emphasis driven by executive peer participant(s) who facilitate the discussion using tailored content selected from the learning repository or newly created and Q&A and break out activities planned in conjunction with guest mentors.

  • Time Commitment: 5–6 meetings; two hours/each with pre-work
  • Topics are set at the start of the program based on diversity of applicant pool
  • Applicants: approx 15 participants in a cohort, representation across all business and clinical operational executive life science and biotech roles
  • Company Size: Chapter eMAPS leaders determine focus based on needs keeping cohorts to similar size to ensure challenges and/or experience are aligned
  • Guest Mentors: Guest executive mentor/guides identified for each meeting to work with facilitators and share guidance


Contact Us:


Women In Bio is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of all women in the life sciences.

WIB membership and events are inclusive of all who support our mission.

(877) 717-5273


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