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Caption: From left: Lori Lindburg, Geoff Clapp, Stacey Hostetler, Claudia Mitchell, Marta Gaia Zanchi, Lisa Serwin and Faz Bashi

Marta Gaia Zanchi, Director of Stanford’s Biodesign for Digital Health, contacted over 200 CSweetener mentors to develop Nina Capital, a social venture fund designed to seed health tech startups in Europe. “With each of them, I said, ‘This is my idea – where are my blind spots?’ I then asked them ‘Who are three people I should speak to?’” stated Gaia Zanchi on a recent panel hosted by CLSI and CSweetener. The panel on Advancing Your Career Through Mentoring, part of CLSI’s Women Leading Life Sciences Initaitive, featured both mentees and mentors of the CSweetener portal, as well as Lisa Serwin, who co-founded CSweetener with Lisa Suennen of GE Ventures. The panel was moderated by Healthcare Entrepreneur and CSweetener mentor Geoff Clapp. 

Claudia Mitchell, Co-Founder and COO of Universal Cells until February 2018, when the company was acquired by Astellas Pharma, spoke of contacting several CSweetener mentors about various aspects of her business before forming a particular bond with one mentor with whom she continues to meet regularly. CSweetener mentors Faz Bashi, Lead Venture Investor with Portolia’s Fem Tech Fund and Life Science Angels, and Stacey Hostetler, co-leader of Egon Zehnder’s Medical Technology Practice, spoke of the importance mentors “to help control the conversation about you when you’re not in the room” and urged attendees to “build your network before you need it.”

CSweetener connects female leaders on the path to – and already in – the healthcare C-Suite with male and female industry leaders and innovators who have the knowledge and experience to propel them forward. Hosting a database of over 250 mentors, the organization is expanding nationally to help woman in healthcare across the country connect with the expertise and advising that can help them navigate their careers.  For more information, contact Anne Bentley, CSweetener Executive Director.