Life sciences client joins IDC Architects in supporting first Oregon Bio Women networking event

July 10, 2013 - Architect Kelly Gillard represented CH2M HILL at the first ever Oregon Bio Women (OBW) Women CONNECT event in Portland, Oregon. Through networking and education programs, OBW's mission is to enhance the professional and personal success of women engaged in the life science community.

It was a positive start for this inaugural OBW event, which was sold out with a waiting list. Attendees included member companies, universities, and community advocates.

Kelly's guests were the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Analytical Chemist/Study Director of a new IDC Architects client, Validation Resources. We're designing a new pharmaceutical and medical device testing lab for this client in Bend, Oregon.

Co-sponsored by IDC Architects, the event was a networking opportunity for executive and young professional women in the local bioscience community, with brief presentations from women who have established a reputation of excellence in that community.

Asked to be one of the presenters, Kelly shared thoughts with the group about the programming and design process for advanced technology facilities such as bioscience labs. "We strive to get our clients involved about what a new space means for the dynamic of their workplace and how it can truly begin to reflect the values of the company and inspire better science," she related.

Kelly also commented on the value of networking events such as OBA's Women CONNECT. "It's our association with OBA that actually started our partnership with Validation Resources," she explained. "It is events like the one tonight that encourage these new relationships and partnerships to happen."

OBW will also host a session at the Oregon Bio 2013 annual conference September 16-18 in Portland, where IDC Architects will also be a co-sponsor.

For more information about Oregon Bio Women or getting involved with the Oregon Bio 2013 annual conference in September, contact Kelly Gillard or Jennifer McCarty.

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