Advancing Your Career as a Woman in the Pharmaceutical/Chemical Industry

Advancing Your Career as a Woman in the Pharmaceutical/Chemical Industry

Professional Growth: Diversity Series

“Advancing Your Career as a Woman in the Pharmaceutical/Chemical Industry” A short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker Dr. Anabella Villalobos, Neuroscience and Antibody Drug Conjugate Medicinal Chemistry, Pfizer.



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On average, women represent a larger portion of today’s workforce yet still collect only a portion of their male counterpart’s salary for the same job. But a change is coming. The pharmaceutical industry has recognized that hiring women of a diverse culture provides a two-fold advantage – a skilled workforce and an insight into the diverse medical needs of the ethnic groups of its employees. Join our speaker, Anabella Villalobos as she shares her experience being a woman in the pharmaceutical/chemical industry.
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What You Will Learn

  • Why is it important to tell your accomplishments
  • Ask for what you want
  • Seek high profile mentors
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Experts

Anabella was born and raised in Panama City, Panama.   She obtained her B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Panama and her Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry with Professor Lester A. Mitscher at the University of Kansas.  She was a Fulbright-Hayes Fellow at the University of Kansas.  After two years as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Samuel Danishefsky at Yale University, Anabella joined the Groton Laboratories at Pfizer as a Research Scientist in the Neuroscience Medicinal Chemistry group in 1989.  In June 2001, Anabella became the head of Neuroscience Medicinal Chemistry in Groton Discovery and in March 2007, she assumed responsibility for Antibacterials and Neuroscience Medicinal Chemistry.  Following the October 2008 reorganization into therapeutic area research units, Anabella became the head of Neuroscience Medicinal Chemistry and assumed the Interim CSO role for the Neuroscience Research Unit leading biology and clinical efforts from October 2008 – October 2009 and March 2010 – August 2010.  Anabella is currently the head of Neuroscience and Antibody Drug Conjugate Medicinal Chemistry. Among Anabella’s accomplishments are her contributions to the Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor program leading to the design and discovery of CP-118,954 (icopezil) which was advanced to Phase II clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease.  This candidate became part of the agreement that led to the successful co-promotion of Aricept by Pfizer and Eisai.  Anabella has significant drug discovery and development experience and has led multidisciplinary teams that have taken development candidates into Phase I and Phase II studies for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and sleep disorders.  She is the author of multiple publications and patents.  Anabella is married to Kevin C. Johnson and has two sons, Derek (20) and Casey (17).  Derek is a junior in college and Casey is a senior in high school.


Teri Quinn Gray, is Six Sigma Consultant and New Product Commercialization Manager with DuPont Crop Protection in Newark, DE. She’s a native of Jackson, Mississippi and honors graduate of Jackson State University with a BS degree in chemistry. She holds a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park and worked as NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at NIST in 1995-1997. She is President of the DE State Board of Education, appointed by Governor Jack Markell in June 2009. Teri currently serves on the ACS Women Chemists Committee and as chair of the ACS Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board.



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11 Responses to “Advancing Your Career as a Woman in the Pharmaceutical/Chemical Industry”

  1. Pop-Tart says:

    To be fair, can you also have some Webinars for men? Better yet, how about limiting the advertisement of your exclusionary events to the groups you favor.

  2. Rita Majerle says:

    What a great webinar! I would love to participate but I’m tied up in mtgs then-will this be repeated?

  3. admin says:

    Dear Rita — You may experience the webinar as many times as you like by viewing the recording and slides which will be posted within one week after today’s live presentation. Go to our website to watch. -ACS Webinars

  4. Cindy Deekitwong says:

    Dear Teri and Anabella,

    This is my first time participated ASC webinar, it is really inspiring and give me a great perspective in my career development. I look forward to becoming a member and attaending other events.

    Thank you and Kind Regards
    Cindy Deekitwong

  5. Judy Cohen says:

    Anabella and Teri

    A great webinar and fantastic insight. My group watched it as a whole (men and women) and found it enlightening. Thank you for sharing your personal experiences, it brought a lot of great discussion.

    Best regards,
    Judy Cohen

  6. Anabella Villalobos says:

    Cindy – I am glad you enjoyed the webinar and I sincerely hope it will help with your career development. Also great to hear you will join other ACS webinars in the future! Anabella

  7. Anabella Villalobos says:


    Many thanks for your comments and great to hear that the webinar generated a stimulating discussion among women and men in your group – This will be very valuable!


  8. Stacey Reeder says:

    Anabella and Teri -
    This was an awesome presentation. I have been looking for a mentor but was not really sure on how to start. Now I have some tools to actually get one.
    I started to realize a couple of years ago that I really needed a mentor/sponser to really fully be successful and advance my career. This presentation reinforced that idea.
    Thanks again.
    Stacey Reeder

  9. Jessica says:

    Is there any way of reaching Anabella or Teri? We would love to have Anabella or Teri as a speaker.

  10. admin says:

    Sure Jessica, please see my email. — ACS Webinars

  11. Melissa Klein says:

    Hello I am unsure where to start…but I was doing some research on Fragile X and came across an old article naming you (Anabella) as a pioneer in this area… and your quest to find help for those affected with this disability! I am very interested in finding out any updates you may have. I have a 16 year old son with Fragile X and am wishing to help him in ANY way possible!

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