Meet 2 of our speakers for Nov 2nd event @WIBSeattle and @WomenInBio

Scroll down to meet two of the inspiring speakers at Women In Bio-Seattle "Lead Without Limits" event on Nov. 2nd! More info and registration --->

Aiko Bethea |
Aiko successfully transitioned her career on several occasions: from being an auditor at a global bank, litigation association at an international law firm, and municipal attorney and first Director of Compliance for one of the largest metropolitan areas. She then transitioned full time into philanthropy.

For over seven years, Aiko was with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she served as Deputy Director of Grants & Contracts Management. She led a cross-functional team responsible for compliance and due diligence review of investments. She developed and implemented lean workflow process, and facilitated change management throughout the organization. Aiko partnered to develop the first diversity and inclusion strategy at Gates, as well as launch several of its first employee resource groups.

Currently, Aiko is the inaugural Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute where she’s responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of integrating diversity and inclusion principles throughout the Center. Aiko applies a data-based approach coupled with core relationship values and leadership coaching. Her goal is to support Hutch in becoming a center of diversity and inclusion excellence, and elevating Hutch as a place where every employee can thrive and perform their best.


Nicole Grogan |
Nicole Grogan is the chief people officer at Intellectual Ventures (IV), where she is accountable for the human resources and corporate communications organizations. In addition, Ms. Grogan has been the executive sponsor for IV’s women’s community, mentoring circles and employee-led activities such as a speaker series and a variety of interest groups geared at building community.

Through her leadership, the human resources department actively participates in driving business results while engaging with employees to build a culture that is unique to IV. Prior to joining IV, Ms. Grogan spent nearly 10 years at Cisco Systems, most recently as head of human resources for Cisco’s global engineering organization of more than 25,000 employees. Her previous roles include leading human resources for Cisco in Europe and a variety of generalist and specialist assignments at Cisco, Honeywell, AlliedSignal and Prudential Financial.

Ms. Grogan received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in finance from Pepperdine University’s George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management. She also attended Pepperdine University’s master’s program in organization development. Ms. Grogan was selected as a 2017 – 2018 Fellow of the International Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Forum.

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