“Unconscious Bias – Unveiling Racism” – Women in Science – A Panel Discussion Virtual Series – Sponsored by the SECT Women's Network – Free
March 11, 2021… The Southeastern CT Women’s Network is sponsoring a virtual panel discussion on the topic of “Women in Science” as part of the Unconscious Bias – Unveiling Racism” series - a free Zoom event on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Shelley des Etages, Director, Clinical Biomarker Scientist in the Precision Medicine group at Pfizer Inc.
Members of the Panel include: Adanne Nduaka, MS, Program manager with over 21 years of extensive program management and systems engineering experience in the defense industry; Dr. Nikel Rogers-Wood, PhD, Clinical Director for Rice Psychology Group, a group private practice in Tampa Bay, FL; and Dr. Levenia Baker, Pharm.D., M.Sci.
Dr. Shelley des Etages-Wong is a Director, Clinical Biomarker Scientist in the Precision Medicine group at Pfizer Inc. Prior to her current role, she was an Associate Partner at Panarea Partners, a healthcare advisory/investment bank focused on growth of the biopharmaceutical industry in emerging markets. She served as a faculty member in the Biology Department at Pace University in 2011 and 2012 and has held adjunct faculty positions at Quinnipiac University, Mitchell College, and Connecticut College. She has over ten years of experience leading scientific teams in identifying and validating targets and biomarkers across multiple therapeutic areas. She is a recipient of the Pfizer People Leader and Achievement Awards. She is a Founding Board member of the southeastern Connecticut based nonprofit Writer’s Block InK, contributor to the published book My Story, My Secrets: Letters to my Younger Self and has served as a non-profit representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information. Dr. des Etages-Wong completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Pace University, a certificate in Drug Development from Temple University, and holds a doctorate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Rutgers University.
Ms. Adanne Nduaka earned her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, Washington DC and holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University, NY. She also holds a management development certificate from Binghamton University, NY. Adanne has over 21 years of extensive program management and systems engineering experience in the defense industry. Currently she works as a Program Manager. Adanne is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. She also volunteers her time for a nonprofit, The Africa Education Initiative, with a mission to advance science in Africa. In this capacity, she is part of the Helping Hands committee and co-chairs the Internship committee. In her spare time Adanne enjoys reading and travelling with her family. Adanne and her husband have 2 children.Dr. Nikel Rogers-Wood holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas where her research interest focused on eating disorders, including the development of disordered eating among African American women. She has 17 years of experience working in a variety of settings across the country – from corporate consulting, to private practice, to consulting in skilled nursing facilities, to academia, and counseling centers. Currently, she is the Clinical Director for a Rice Psychology Group, a group private practice in the Tampa Bay area. In addition to providing therapy and psychological evaluations for the practice, she also heads clinical risk management, policy and procedure development, social media outreach, and business continuity planning. Prior to this role, Dr. Rogers-Wood served as the Coordinator for Post-Doctoral Training at the University of South Florida Counseling Center, a position that saw her double the size of the post-doctoral program and bring it into alignment with new national standards for postdoctoral training. In Spring of 2020 she launched the podcast, “At The Same Time” that she co-hosts with Dr. Elsa Rogers.
Dr. Levenia Baker, PharmD, MS currently serves as a Research Pharmacist on the Value Based Team at G-Health Enterprises in Buffalo, NY. She is responsible for working with managed care organizations on medication adherence measures and other gaps in care quality metrics. Most recently, she has been tapped to be the Covid-19 vaccine lead for G-Health Enterprises where she is responsible for making sure the company follows state and federal guidelines with administering, storing and handling the Covid-19 vaccines. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. Prior to receiving her PharmD, Levenia worked for almost 10 years as a scientist in academia and professionally. She received her MS degree in Molecular, Cellular and Systemic Physiology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and worked for almost 4 years as a scientist at Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company in Groton, CT. Levenia is passionate about patient advocacy and being a voice for underserved/underrepresented communities; particularly as it relates to science, research and patient care.
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