SDBN June 24th Speed Networking Event: Focus On Mentoring


During the recent Women in Science and Technology event sponsored by AWIS, I was reminded of the importance of mentoring through sessions at the conference and in speaking with scientists. I realized the SDBN could make a difference by providing a mentoring program to help our members. We’ll work out the details based on your feedback, and initially we’ve identified the topics listed below and plan to match mentors and mentees based on your interests.

  • Career advice
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing/Sales
  • R&D
  • Interviewing
  • Gender issues
  • Finance/Salary
  • Personal branding
  • Scientific writing
  • Management
  • Family/work balance
  • Transitioning to industry

We’ll also add more mentoring topics as needed and collect data about the top choices. At the event we’ll indicate your interests on your nametag, which will help you to find a match during the speed networking (and if you haven’t been before, check out this explainer).


We’re lucky to have two great speakers to lead our discussion on the new mentoring program. Steve Scott has mentored many entrepreneurs and executives through his work at CONNECT and the Life Science Roundtable, and he will talk about the “Why?” of mentoring. Heather Buschman, a key member of the SDBN team, has been working with another SDBN organizer, Jill Roughan, to develop the “What and How” of the program, and she’s got a great presentation as well.

Steve Scott, CEO at Technology Acquisition Group, Chairman, Life Science Roundtable
Heather Buschman, Ph.D., Manager, Marketing Communications at NuVasive

Not sure you’re qualified to be a mentor? We all have areas of expertise, even younger scientists can mentor older ones on new trends such as social media. The benefits of advising and connecting with others are numerous. We plan to get your feedback at the event and provide some advice on mentoring, click here to register and get started!


We are looking for sponsors for this popular event, contact us to affordably reach more than 10,000 local life science professionals.

Event Details

Who: Life science researchers and professionals in the greater San Diego area
What: June 24th SDBN Speed Networking Event: Focus on Mentoring
When: Monday, June 24th, 2013, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:Green Flash Brewery Tasting Room, 6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard San Diego, 92121 (directions below)
Cost: $25/20 (Academic), dinner provided, beer and soda available for purchase.
For more information about the event:
Directions: From the west: From the 805 North or South exit Mira Mesa Blvd, head east for 2.0 miles, the Green Flash Tasting Room will be on the left/north side of the street at Flanders Drive. From the east: From the 15 North or South exit Mira Mesa Blvd, head west for 3.6 miles, the Green Flash Tasting Room will be on the right/north side of the street at Flanders Drive.
Parking: The Green Flash lot holds about 70 cars, so come early

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