February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month, and to support MassBio’s efforts towards increasing the visibility, presence and leadership of Black women in the Massachusetts’s biopharma industry, we’ve partnered with Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE) to present Black HERstory Month.

This video series highlights the achievements of Black women across the fields of healthcare, biotechnology, and the life sciences. Every weekday in the month of February, we’ll bring you the story of a trailblazer from the 1800s to now and the impact she’s had on history.

February 28 – Conclusion

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Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE) was founded in 2015 with the purpose to support underrepresented women in bridging the leadership gap through networking, mentorship and career development. The group consists of Black women from middle management through senior leadership with degrees in the sciences, math and engineering, and provides opportunities to network, share career experiences, and access training and professional development programs.

Project Lead

Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna
BWISE Chief of Staff

Past Videos

February 1: Introduction to Black HERstory Month
February 2 – Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler
February 3 – Amanda Gray Hilyer
February 4 – Dr. Beebe Steven Lynk
February 7 – Dr. Jane Cooke Wright
February 8 – Alice Augusta Ball
February 9 – Bessie Blount Griffin
February 10 – Dr. Jeanne Spurlock
February 11 – Dr. Marie Maynard Daly
February 14 – Dr. Naomi Lawrence-Reid
February 15 – Dr. Corinne Foley
February 16 – Tia Lyles-Williams
February 17 – Vivian Utti
February 18 – Trivia Frazier
February 21 – Fatima Cody Stanford
February 22 – Kelcee Everette
February 23 – Dorosella Green
February 24 – Catherine Whittington
February 25 – Sharon Walker