Women In Science Scholars Program

Annual Meeting - Monday, October 7, 2013



On October 7, 2013 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Marilyn Foote-Hudson welcomed over 40 scholarship recipients, along with GSK volunteer mentors and faculty and staff representatives from across the state to the annual meeting for the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Women In Science Scholars Program. Marilyn expressed her belief that the future was bright for the young scholars. She encouraged them to take advantage of all the program and the mentors have to offer.


The keynote "Responsibilities and Opportunities for a Woman in Science" presented by Janice Whitaker, (Retired) Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing & Supply Quality, GlaxoSmithKline highlighted vaccines, the impact of immunizations, and a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Her insight and passion for a healthy society was apparent in her remarks. Ms. Whitaker urged the audience to see the opportunities that exist in science and that their help was needed to change future behaviors into positive outcomes.

Tina Tseng, PhD, MSPH, Chair, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences shared her journey from Vietnam to Buies Creek, NC. She is now leading the newly created Masters of Science in Public Health program at the university. She stated "There are so many bigger issues in the world!" She urged the students to embrace their pursuit of science.



A journey of child birth was highlighted by Jessica Diggs, senior at University North Carolina at Chapel Hill as she talked about her work as a doula. She provided information on the different roles of care providers and the role of a doula. The audience enjoyed the session “Empowering Women from Belly to Birth”. She highlighted the value of having both a GSK mentor and a mentor at UNC.


Mary Bedard intrigued everyone in the audience with her message entitled "Leaving the Undergrad Bubble: What they don’t teach you (but should!)".

Mary highlighted her journey from a scholar in the program to employment at GlaxoSmithKline as a Senior Scientist. Her comments drove home the value of embracing opportunities (including applying to temporary agencies) and really making your resume work for you.


The annual conference theme clearly was networking!