The first platform promoting female leadership in life sciences in Lithuania “Women in Biotech 2020” presents the first speaker out of four digital cycles of the event. On 29th of September at 4pm (Lithuanian time), live from the United States of America (USA) you will be able to hear a presentation from Amy Butler – the president of one of the biggest companies in life sciences “Thermo Fisher Scientific”. The speaker will share her experience and advice on how to pursue a career in a big corporation, what it’s like to be a female leader for more than two thousand employees and will follow with a discussion with the audience about the stereotypes that female leaders face in the USA and here, in Lithuania.
Amy Butler will devote her presentation to all Lithuanian women, regardless of their age, qualification or social status. According to her, life sciences is a field that requires a wide range of competences: “I think life science technologies are already changing the world – they are playing critical roles in all aspects of our lives. Thermo Fisher Scientific’s mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer, and life science technologies plays a role in every aspect of our mission.” Active involvement in biotechnology sector is crucial at the moment when the world is highly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main organizer of the platform is Lithuanian Biotechnology Association (LBTA). Their goal is to inspire women to seek leadership opportunities in life sciences sector. Even though there are more women working in the sector than men, very few women are taking up the leadership roles. ‘’I don’t necessarily think women need to be motivated to seek leadership – I meet motivated women every day. I think what women need is support and opportunities. There are some unique challenges that women may face as they progress through their careers and it is important that there is a network of people around them, both women and men, who are there to support them and to give them opportunities to grow.” – says Amy Butler. Life sciences don’t have barriers, a lot of talented people around the world are needed to make a positive impact and Lithuania has a very big potential for that.
“Thermo Fisher Scientific” branch in Vilnius alone has more than 730 qualified specialists, a lot of them are professors and doctors. Products that are produced by the company are used in industry, universities, medicine and diagnostics and it is also exported to many countries around the world.
The event is non-commercial and free of charge, but the registration is mandatory. You can register on www.winb.lt