Pictures From Recent GWIS Chicago Chapter Events


November 2017- Career Workshop: Prepare Yourself For Careers Beyond Academia

After the presentation. Merle Ward dive into deeper discussion with the Q & R session which was very engaging. Some discussion points: how to increase your competitive edge in acquiring your dream job beyond academia using four different tactics. You had to be there to hear these four pointers.

Merle goes over each individuals resume to give them some pointers as to how to improve their resume to get from the “bigger pile” to the “smaller pile”.



September 2017: Healthcare Career in Genetic Counseling: The Crossroads of Genetics, Medicine, and Patient Advocacy

Genetic Counselor guest speaker: Lindsay Rhodes (GeneDx and Genetic Task Force of Illinois) and Shelly Weiss (Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago). They describe the diversification of their career path.   Board Certification with the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) MS, CGC


Lindsay has been involved in many publications in scientific journals which other Genetic Counselors have done throughout their careers


Shelly Weiss shares her industrial and global experiences.  She has been involved in management, sales, internal research, insurance relations and many other roles.


Lindsay Rhodes takes us through the process of how they solve complex cases that Genetic Counselors encounter in their field. Many people are unaware of what a Genetics Counselors does. The genetic field has evolved over the years beyond just counseling family about the risk of inherited conditions to their offsprings.



Pictures from past GWIS Chicago events

GWIS Chicago Chapter Annual Fundraiser 2017

























February 2017 Policy Panel 

GWIS Policy Panel

GWIS Policy Panel


Policy panelists: Monica Metzler, Lauren Haynes, Sarah O'brien, and Meera Raja

Policy panelists: Monica Metzler, Lauren Haynes, Sarah O’Brien, and Meera Raja


November 2016 Industry Career Panel

Industry talk Nov 2016

Merle Ward, from Kelly Scientific Resources, explains her career as a successful business development manager


September 2016 Science Talks


Member talk Sep 2016

Our speakers for the nigh (left to right): Gabriella Szewczyk, Tanja Florin, and Victoria Helan


May 2015 General Meeting


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April 2015 Project Exploration


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January 2015 Careers in Healthcare and Government




November 2014 Academic Career Panel

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