As I looked around the room at the West Coast Chapter’s Women in the Biopharmaceutical Industry event on Aug. 23, I was enlivened by the energy. Women and men had come from all over Northern California to hear the career journeys of six women panelists involved in various facets of the biopharmaceutical industry. During the cocktail hour, the 150 participants shared stories with one another, met new people, exchanged business cards and, most importantly, enjoyed an evening of camaraderie after a long work week. Old friends reunited and new friendships developed. As I prepared the mic to moderate the session, I already had a great feeling about how the event was going to progress.