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The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), a division of Georgia Bio (GaBio), is devoted to promoting networking between emerging and established professionals within the Georgia Life Sciences Community. ELN’s programs are designed to facilitate the growth and development of Georgia based biotechnology academic institutions, industries and service providers. A goal of ELN is to retain and cultivate locally educated talent, as well as to welcome and integrate new members to the Georgia Biotechnology Community. In pursuit of these goals, ELN provides opportunities for developing industry contacts, mentoring, and career enhancement through a variety of programs.

The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) offers young professionals and graduate students who are interested in life sciences the opportunity to:

  • Connect with each other, as well as with established professionals
  • Engage in learning opportunities that provide exposure to both leading scientists and business experts
  • Emerge into the leaders of tomorrow

As part of Georgia Bio, ELN provides exciting and informative programs and networking opportunities that bring together a wide range of students and professionals.

Programs include:

  • Educational seminars
  • Industry events and tours
  • Social networking events
  • Small group dinners with experts
  • The ELN First Contact Program

ELN was created to serve all life sciences professionals – current and future – who seek to develop professional networks and contacts in Georgia. Many of these people are new to Georgia, or new to the field, and ELN facilitates connecting people with similar interests and goals.

Sign Up Today!

Become a member of ELN today and begin building lasting relationships with your peers and Georgia’s life sciences professionals.

Remember: Joining ELN is easy, and it doesn’t cost a thing. Just send an email to with your first and last name, affiliation and email address. We’ll add you to our contact list and notify you of future ELN events and activities.

ELN Programs

Careers in Life Sciences

The Georgia Bio Emerging Leaders Network and the Atlanta BEST Program have organized a series of networking and panel events focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees. This program will bring together experts across a wide range of disciplines and functional areas within the life science industry. Panelists will detail their roles and provide a rich context for the audience to gain a clear understanding of the skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in their particular functions.

Small Group Dinner Series

The ELN Small Group Dinner Series is bi-monthly series where we invite a Life Science Industry professional to dinner.  As our invited guest they explain his/her career path, trends in the industry, and best practices for career searches.  The dinner series is a great chance to network with industry professionals in a small setting.

Industry Tours

The ELN Industry tours offer a chance for ELN members to learn about Georiga biotechnology companies.  The ELN Industry Tours program provides an opportunity for members to gain a greater understanding of Georgia based life science and biotech companies.  Participating in a tour is a great way to explore various career opportunities, both on the research side and the business side of the life sciences industry.  Tours are typically 1-2 hours and consist of a company presentation and facility visit. Tours are offered approximately every other month.

First Contact

The First Contact Program assists students and young professionals in their networking by providing the first point of contact with experienced industry professionals in order to obtain their insight and knowledge into that facet of the diverse life sciences industry.  By providing students and young professionals with introductions to experienced, knowledgeable professionals, they will gain necessary insight through exposure to one or more areas of the life sciences industry.  Industry professionals will be provided with the opportunity to impart their advice and experiences to aid in the development of a student or young professional.  First Contact participants are not expected to develop a mentor/mentee relationship, nor will the match be monitored as in a mentoring program.  The program is intended only to provide an introduction between the participants. First Contact is integrated with the Careers in Life Sciences Program. Speakers for those events are who young people are matched with. You must be pre-registered for the event featuring the speaker you are interested in meeting to get invited to a First Contact session.

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ELN Leadership 2018

JoAnna Pendergrass, JPen Communications


Industry Tours Co-Managers
Sha'kayla Nunez, Morehouse School of Medicine
Vishakh Walia, Georgia State University
Michelle Dookwah, University of Georgia (Athens Region)

First Contact Co-Managers
Julia Pendexter, Mercer University
Aneseh Adeshirlarijaney, Georgia State University

Small Group Dinner Series Co-Managers
Mary Schneider, Georgia State University
Beatrice Wan, C.R. Bard Medical Division

Career Development Programming Manager
Madeline Cook, Canadian Consulate General

Career Fair Co-Manager
Peter Borden, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jacques Nunez, Halyard


Newsletter Editor

Emory Campus Liaison
Darian Williams, Emory University

Georgia Tech Campus Liaison
Jada Selma, Georgia Tech

University of Georgia Campus Liaisons
Ben Boward, University of Georgia

Georgia State Campus Liaison
Brianna Galbreath, Georgia State University 

Kennesaw State Campus Liaison
Miranda Arnold, Kennesaw State University

Morehouse School of Medicine Campus Liaison
Dr. DeQuan Smith, Morehouse School of Medicine

Augusta University Liaison
Candace Poole, Augusta University

Mercer University Liaison
Julia Pendexter, Mercer University

Georgia Bio Liaison
Maria Thacker Goethe

ELN Advisors

Tim Denning Ph.D., Georgia State University

Brian Giles, Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP

Drew Kohlhorst, IHRC, Inc.

Stephen MacDonald, Georgia Bio

Kevin Murane, Ph.D., Mercer University

Grace Powers, Bard Medical

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