WCC (Women Chemists Committee) Road Show:

Exploring Networking and Mentoring to Advance Your Career


Thurs. May 17 AM



The symposium is intended to provide an introduction to networking and mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students, and chemists early in their careers, although all MARM attendees are welcome.  Many reasons why mentoring and networking are important will be discussed as well as how to network and find and learn from a mentor.  The diverse presenters and panelists will share their personal stories of how they have benefited from mentoring and networking.  The symposium will include a panel discussion and audience interaction.


  9:00 - 9:30 am -   Networking:  How Chemists Make New Bonds - Anne DeMasi, Rohm and Haas Company

  9:30 - 10:00 am - Advancing Your Career Through Mentoring - Marian Knechel, Ursinus College

10:00 - 11:45 am - Panelist Experiences and Open Discussion

12:00 - 1:20 am -   Luncheon & Keynote Address (ticketed event - $25 - check box when registering for MARM)



1 - Anne DeMasi, Rohm and Haas Company  - Chemist, Regulatory Specialist, ACS Officer and working mother of two teenage girls.

2 - Marian Knechel, Ursinus College - Lecturer in chemistry at Ursinus, with industrial experience with DuPont, and has done it all in terms the balancing act.

3 - Laura Mitchell, PhD - Glaxo SmithKline - a mid career chemist with a background that includes several years at Fox Chase, a teaching at St. Joseph’s University.

4 - Dr. Maria Macceccini - of West Chester PA - Maria is a partner in two angel groups, Robin Hood Ventures and Mid-Atlantic Angel Group. She started her career as a scientist, but is now an entrepreneur, actively promoting biotechnology early stage companies with strategic and financial assistance.


Luncheon Keynote Speaker:


Dr. Maureen Caulfield  Senior Vice President of Global Safety Surveillance, Epidemiology and Labeling for Wyeth “Baby Doctor to Pharmaceutical Executive: Obstacles and Opportunities”


Abstract: Change is not a matter of “if” but a certainty of “when”.  Many of us are unprepared to make changes at the workplace.  I certainly was unprepared to give up practicing medicine 5 years after completing my fellowship! Since then I learned a thing or two, especially about being adept at adapting to change. Are you adept at adapting to change? 


Biography:  Maureen Caulfield is the Senior Vice President of Global Safety Surveillance, Epidemiology and Labeling for Wyeth. She is responsible for ensuring that Wyeth maximizes the benefits and minimizes the risks of its products through effective management and communication of safety information to patients, healthcare professionals and global regulatory authorities. Wyeth is a global leader in pharmaceuticals, consumer health care products, and animal health care products.


Since joining Wyeth in 1994, Dr. Caulfield has held several positions across the Research organization: Associate Director, Director and Senior Director in Clinical Research and Development; Senior Director and Assistant Vice-President in Global Safety Surveillance  and Epidemiology; and Vice-President of the Global Labeling Division. She has been part of the development teams across several therapeutic areas including vaccines (RSV, influenza and rotavirus vaccines), infectious disease (Zosyn, Tygacil) and transplantation (Rapamune). 


Dr. Caulfield received her B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Notre Dame, and her M.D. from The Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.  She completed a residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric program followed by a Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.  Prior to joining the industry, Dr. Caulfield was a staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic with joint appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Gastroenterology and a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease.