Upcoming Live + Online Events


Tuesday, April 9: Virtual Fireside Chat with Amy Cayne Schwartz C’00

Meet Amy Cayne Schwartz C’00, the Co-Founder, COO and CBO of Pearl Bio, a company which leverages the power of proprietary technology to unite the precision of biology with the diversity of chemistry to create new biologics. Amy is currently raising a Series A funding round and just announced that Merck has signed up to Pearl Bio’s synthetic biology platform and under the agreement, “Pearl is eligible to receive payments totaling up to $1B across upfront, option and milestone payments in addition to potential royalties on sales of approved products derived from the collaboration.”

Amy studied political science at Penn as an undergrad and also attended the London School of Economics (LSE). She earned a JD at Fordham University School of Law and before her career shift to life sciences, Amy was an attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Nixon Peabody.

Read our full interview here, and register now for our virtual event with Amy on Tuesday, April 9 at 9am PDT // 12noon EST. 

Tuesday, March 26th: A Fireside Chat with Julia Boorstin

Please join WAFFA on Tuesday, March 26th at 5:30pm for an in-person fireside chat with Julia Boorstin at Luminary during Women’s History Month. We will have a candid conversation about Julia’s recent book When Women Lead, which brings together the stories of over sixty female CEOs and leaders, and dozens of new studies.

The fireside chat will be followed by audience Q&A and networking with light bites. Every attendee will receive a hardcover copy of Julia’s book and have the opportunity to get their book signed. Join us for this meaningful discussion and register here!

Julia’s combination of narrative and research reveals how once-underestimated characteristics, from vulnerability and gratitude to divergent thinking, can be vital superpowers—and that anyone can work these approaches to their advantage. Featuring new interviews with Katrina Lake, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenn Hyman, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Lena Waithe, Shivani Siroya, Julia Collins, and more, When Women Lead is a radical blueprint for the future of business, and our world at large.

Julia Boorstin is CNBC’s Senior Media & Tech Correspondent and has been an on-air reporter for the network since 2006. She also plays a central role on CNBC’s bicoastal tech-focused program “TechCheck” delivering reporting, analysis, and CEO interviews with a focus on social media and the intersection of media and technology. In 2013, Boorstin created and launched the CNBC Disruptor 50, an annual list she oversees, highlighting private companies transforming the economy and challenging companies in established industries. She also helped launch the network’s ‘Closing the Gap’ initiative covering the people and companies closing gender and diversity gaps. A graduate of Princeton University, she has been a reporter for Fortune magazine, as well as a contributor to CNN and CNN Headline News. She also was an intern for Vice President Gore’s domestic policy office. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Be sure to check our past events to learn how the WAFFA community seeks to amplify, educate and inspire our female leaders. Many of these programs have been recorded and are available in our resource library.

If you’re interested in developing or hosting an event, please reach out to us at hellowaffa@gmail.com.