Announcements

Welcome American Medical Women's Association!

We are delighted that the AMWA is partnering with CSweetener to offer mentors and mentoring to its senior healthcare members.  The AMW is comprised of physicians, residents, health care professionals, and supporters.  The AMWA is the oldest multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women’s health.  We can't wait to get this relationship started.

Welcome Evolve Women

Evolve Women provides a platform of educational and developmental programs for women through all stages of a career lifecycle. The organization began with a specific focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and provides programming to encourage and promote more women towards working in and to support women working within the STEM areas in the workforce. Evolve Women will also includes entrepreneurship and health/healthcare issues for women in the workforce.

Welcome Springboard Alumnae!

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Springboard Enterprises. CSweetener is offering two free mentoring sessions (two credits) to alumnae of Springboard's Healthcare Accelerator Programs for use on CSweetener’s mentoring site. If you enjoy your experience, you are welcome to join CSweetener for a $250 tax-deductible donation (12 credits for one year). CSweetner is a not-for-profit organization.

To receive your two free credits, please sign up on CSweeteners website site (http://www.csweetener.org/find-a-mentor) and use the code "Springboard". Once CSweetener receives your email, you will be issued an invitation into the platform with two credits for two months.

We look forward to mentoring you!

 

CSweetener in Xcomony!

Amid Gender Gap Talk, Mentor Network Emerges For Women In Health, Bio

Alex Lash | Xconomy

It’s been more than a year since an infamous party with hired models in cocktail dresses captured the biotech community’s attention at the 2016 J.P. Morgan conference.

There has been plenty of talk since about closing biotech’s notable gender gap. At this year’s J.P Morgan conference, for example, a group of 100 life science executives and others pledged to follow a list of gender diversity “best practices.”

There has also been some action. Launched last fall, a nonprofit mentoring program for women in healthcare and biotech has already signed up about 100 women, according to its founder.

The group, called CSweetener, is meant as a boost for women who are nearing the executive level. It is the brainchild of life sciences investor Lisa Suennen, who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and publishes a popular industry blog and podcast. Suennen and cofounder Lisa Serwin have cobbled together $125,000 in donations, grants, and sponsorships to commission a software platform that could be what Suennen calls a “Match.com for mentors.” Because of her high profile, she says she receives frequent requests from women executives for help and advice. “If I said yes to everyone, I wouldn’t have time to work,” she says. “So I thought, ‘What if I can outsource this problem?'”

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Welcome to Fenwick & West, LLP

Lisa and I are thrilled to announce Fenwick & West as a new CSweetener sponsor.  For more than four decades, Fenwick & West has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, their clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation. Having worked alongside such progressive and cutting edge companies for so long, their culture has come to reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of our client base. Unlike traditional law firms, they move at their clients’ speed and have earned the reputation as a go-to law firm for growing companies that need insightful, strategic counsel to help tackle the challenging issues that arise when the law cannot keep up with their pace of innovation.

We are proud to add Michael Esquivel and Dawn Belt as our first two Fenwick attorney mentors and are delighted to be able to offer first rate legal mentorship through them.

Watch Michael discuss Two Guiding Legal Principles for Startups here: https://www.fenwick.com/Videos/Pages/Two-Guiding-Legal-Principles-for-Startups.aspx.

CSweetener Press Release

CSWEETENER.ORG EXECUTIVE WOMEN’S MENTORING NETWORK LAUNCHES WITH THE AIM TO EVOLVE THE HEALTHCARE C-SUITE SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7, 2017 / / -- CSweetener.org launched its mentoring network this week, with the goal of pairing women leaders in or nearing the c-suite with top industry female and male mentors, in an effort to make women more successful as c-suite leaders.  While the healthcare industry recognizes the importance of diversity and female contribution, it lags behind other industries in terms of promoting diversity and female leadership among its ranks.

“The numbers are telling: Only 34 percent of executives at the top 100 hospitals are female, and only 6 percent of CEOs funded at venture-backed healthcare companies are women.  Fewer than 10 percent of healthcare venture partners are women,” points out Lisa Suennen, co-founder of CSweetener and Managing Director of GE Healthcare Corporate Ventures.  “It is well known that an effective, experienced mentor can make a difference in the sustainable success of executives. CSweetener is committed to finding and connecting great mentors with tomorrow’s female leaders, to advance diversity across the board in healthcare in operations, finance, clinical and scientific roles.”

CSweetener has been highly anticipated by healthcare executives looking for an easier way to meet, engage and help one another succeed. “CSweetener has already been met with exceptionally positive feedback,” says Lisa Serwin, co-Founder and Executive Director.  “We have a remarkably high quality set of mentors who have strong executive experience and wish to give back with their time and advice.   Dozens of qualified mentees have enrolled and are beginning to match with mentors.  There is a hunger among experienced executives and entrepreneurs eager to engage in mentoring relationships to help advance the next generation of female leaders and we are gratified at the response.”

CSweetener’s software technology allows mentors and mentees to be matched according to interest areas, professional skills and personality attributes.  Mentees, all of whom are women in close proximity to the C-Suite or equivalent roles, can select from mentors with whom they are matched by the system.  Mentors are both women and men, as both genders are vitally important in advancing the role of women in senior leadership positions.  CSweetener is intended to remove the friction from the current, largely random, system of identifying mentors, particularly for entrepreneurs outside large organizations.  The match-finder and integrated video conferencing feature means limits on geography are removed.  Through CSweetener, tomorrow’s female leaders have access to highly experienced mentors, who are generally otherwise unavailable.

Furthermore, CSweetener offers mentees from larger corporations who prefer privacy not generally afforded within their own large company-sponsored mentoring programs.

Mentees pay a nominal annual fee to participate and there is no cost to mentors.  CSweetener had its initial launch in the San Francisco Bay Area and has plans to spread across the country as adoption grows.

Darryl Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Dignity Health, offered his personal support and that of the organization because “positive mentor-mentee relationships promote personal and professional growth. The CSweetner philosophy aligns closely with Dignity Health’s values of collaboration and excellence.”

About CSweetener.org

Lisa Suennen and Lisa Serwin, both healthcare industry veterans, founded CSweetener after observing that female entrepreneurs are eager for mentorship and support from those with experience and success in the healthcare market.  An outgrowth of Suennen’s Aspen Institute Health Innovation Fellowship project, CSweetener was founded in 2016 in order to advance the healthcare industry and help create a level playing field that will enable the best entrepreneurs, regardless of gender, to win. CSweetener has received the sponsorship and support of such leading healthcare companies as GE Ventures, Dignity Health, Welltok, 7Wire Ventures, Summation Ventures, Grand Rounds, Avia Health Innovation, MedTechWomen, Jiff, Abundant Venture Partners, Hopelab, Owned Outcomes, a grant from the California Healthcare Foundation and a variety of angel contributors. The company is headquartered in Mill Valley, California and is a 501c3.

For more information, visit www.csweetener.org or contact us.

Media Contact:

Lisa Suennen

lisasuennen@csweetener.org

Thank you to Summation Health Ventures

Summation Health Ventures has joined in sponsoring CSweetener! Summation Health Ventures is a strategic health care investment fund that aims to accelerate entrepreneurial solutions for the nation’s health care systems. Backed by the expertise of two renowned health system providers – MemorialCare Health System and Cedars-Sinai Health System – Summation is a gateway for innovators to refine and grow their products and to help providers fulfill their mission in a new way.

Hello Welltok!

A great big thank you! We are thrilled to announce that Welltok is supporting CSweetener. Welltok is a fanatical team of healthcare enthusiasts who are on a mission to transform the nation’s healthcare system from one of sickcare to optimized health. They created the CaféWell Health Optimization Platform to enable health plans and other population health managers to guide and incentivize consumers to optimize their health.

CSweetener in the News!

Amid Gender Gap Talk, Mentor Network Emerges For Women In Health, Bio

By: Alex Lash |

It’s been more than a year since an infamous party with hired models in cocktail dresses captured the biotech community’s attention at the 2016 J.P. Morgan conference.

There has been plenty of talk since about closing biotech’s notable gender gap. At this year’s J.P Morgan conference, for example, a group of 100 life science executives and others pledged to follow a list of gender diversity “best practices.”

There has also been some action. Launched last fall, a nonprofit mentoring program for women in healthcare and biotech has already signed up about 100 women, according to its founder.

The group, called CSweetener, is meant as a boost for women who are nearing the executive level. It is the brainchild of life sciences investor Lisa Suennen, who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and publishes a popular industry blog and podcast. Suennen and cofounder Lisa Serwin have cobbled together $125,000 in donations, grants, and sponsorships to commission a software platform that could be what Suennen calls a “Match.com for mentors.” Because of her high profile, she says she receives frequent requests from women executives for help and advice. “If I said yes to everyone, I wouldn’t have time to work,” she says. “So I thought, ‘What if I can outsource this problem?'

 

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