Judy was in the Huffington Post! Read her blog post "Why Bragging is Good for Women"! 


Judy Giordan to receive prestigious Henry F. Whalen, Jr. Award

Press Release – Monday, August 4, 2014

The American Chemical Society Division of Business Development and Management (BMGT) is pleased to announce that Dr. Judith C. Giordan will receive the 2014 Henry F. Whalen, Jr. Award for Excellence in Business Development and Management in the Chemical Enterprise.

Judy currently serves on boards of advisors and as founder/senior management in start-up ventures such as Qteros llc; Managing Director of ecosVC, Inc., a training and venture development firm; and, co-founder of the Chemical Angels Network. Her former positions include VP R&D and business leader at Henkel Corporation; Global VP of R&D for Pepsi-Cola and Corporate VP/CTO at International Flavors and Fragrances.

Recipient of the Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal in 2010 and elected an ACS Fellow in 2013, Judy’s past service roles have included membership on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute and the American Chemical Society; various positions at the National Science Foundation including member of the Math and Physical Sciences Advisory Board, Chair of the Waterman Award Committee and Program Officer for the cross-foundational IGERT program. Judy has also been named several times to Who’s Who and has been cited in numerous publications and magazines for her groundbreaking roles for women in corporate leadership over her 30 year career. A sought after author and speaker, Judy is being recognized with the Henry F. Whalen, Jr. Award for her international business development and leadership, entrepreneurship, angel investing and educator roles and as a respected R&D leader underpinned by her development of scientists and engineers, and mentoring of women for leadership positions.

Judy will accept the award and share her insights on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm, as part of a reception sponsored by BMGT and the Chemical Angel Network scheduled from 3pm - 6pm at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. Judy’s remarks will link her R&D and business experiences as the VP/CTO of several Fortune 500 companies with the value and importance of both commercial development skills for today’s scientists and engineers and diversity, inclusion and mentoring of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM and chemistry.

About the American Chemical Society (ACS)

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 162,000 members, ACS, a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1876, is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

About the ACS Division of Business Development and Management (BMGT)

BMGT is comprised of members from the chemical enterprise around the world. Our mission and vision are to champion business development and management throughout the chemical enterprise, and to be globally recognized as the preferred resource for creating, growing and managing chemical business.

For more information about the Henry F. Whalen, Jr. Award please contact Sharon Wilkerson, skw@polychemistry.com

For more information about Judith C. Giordan please contact info@ecosvc.com

When Start-ups Hit Patent Roadblocks

"What’s important to know about a patent is that it simply gives you an opportunity to defend yourself in a court of law. Get it out of your mind if you think it will keep you out of court."

Judy Giordan and Mark Vreeke (cofounder of the Chemical Angel Network), contribute thoughts on patents to Chemical and Engineering News in Mark S. Reisch's article When Start-ups Hit Patent Roadblocks. Reisch discusses patent disputes between chemical company Evonik Industries and start-up firm Materia. 

A Time of Brilliance - HBCU Innovation Summit

Judy was honored to be a speaker at the 2013 HBCU Innovation Summit in Stanford, CA, on October 31, 2013.  Her keynote  presentation entitled "A Time of Brilliance: Solving Global Challenges using both the Lens of Research and the Lens of the Market" discusses the importance of developing innovators along with innovations, and how embracing diversity is critical for success.  There is a personal change process when a researcher elects to take on the additional role of an innovator, and this is simply a new lens, the lens of the market that is added on to the researchers already highly developed lens of research.  Developing a vocabulary and gaining knowledge about the market are the first steps in the process, and this is all highly achievable with the right training.

Download the slides here.

Maximizing Utility and Adoption of Biobased Chemicals

Judy Giordan joined the "Bio-based vs. Petroleum: Competing on Price, Performance and Quality" panel at the 4th Annual World Bio Markets USA conference in San Francisco, CA, on October 30.  Her presentation "Everything but the Squeal: Maximizing Utility and Adoption of Biobased Chemicals" discusses how we need to move beyond simply talking about invention and start thinking about value chains, supply and demand, and scaling the science.  There's a language to innovation and we need to learn it to be successful and really solve the global challenges facing us.

Download the slides here.

Embracing the extended view - Judy speaks at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

Judy was an invited speaker in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Chemical Engineering department's seminar series on October 8, 2013. Her presentation was entitled "A new 21st-century Contact Sport: Solving Global Challenges using both the Lens of Research and the Lens of the Market," and she discussed the necessity for scientists to learn about the innovation process.  This involves embracing a personal change process to learn more and transform from a researcher to an innovator (and this includes more than entrepreneurs!). 

Click to download the slides.  

Judy featured in a World Bio Markets USA podcast

Judy spoke with Hannah Yates, Research Analyst at Green Power Conferences, about some of the key questions to think about and learn more about at the upcoming World Bio Markets USA meeting in San Francisco, October 29-30, 2013.  Judy will be a speaker in the "Bio-based vs. Petroleum: Competing on Price, Performance and Quality" symposium during the conference.

Check out Judy's podcast to hear her thoughts on 4 key questions: 

  1. What do you think has been the most important development of the past 12 months?
  2. Strategic partnerships are being announced nearly every week – what do you see as the key factors for integrating bio-based chemicals and materials into an existing company’s supply chain? 
  3. What are some key points new star-up ventures need to know when approaching a potential strategic partner?
  4. What do you think will be the biggest topic of conversation at WBM USA 2013?

STEM Women in Innovation and Investing - symposium at American Chemical Society Meeting 9/10

Judy will be moderating the "STEM Women in Innovation and Investing" symposium at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis on Tuesday, September 10 in the JW Marriott hotel, Grand Ballroom 7, from 2:00pm-4:30pm. Please join us for what will be a fascinating discussion with our panelists:

  • Kathryn Uhrich, Professor of Chemistry, Rutgers University, and Founder, Polymerix Corporation
  • Nicola Pohl, Professor of Chemistry and the Joan and Marvin Carmack Chair in Bioorganic Chemistry, Indiana University Bloomington, and Founder, LuCella Biosciences Inc.
  • Suzette Dutch, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Triathlon Medical Ventures
  • Linda O’Keefe, CFO Consultant, LOK Enterprises
  • Mary Foley Phillips, Associate Director, Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development, Oregon State University

This symposium will be recorded by ACS, so if you're not going to the ACS meeting then please tune back in a couple of weeks to watch the recording!

There are a lot of great innovation and entrepreneurship related events at the ACS meeting - check out the meeting road map developed by the ACS Chemical Entrepreneurship Council! 

The power of diversity: women's leadership in STEM fields

Judy was the featured speaker in the 2013 International Conference on Applied Mathematics, Modeling and Computational Science (AMMCS-2013) special session on Women in Mathematics on August 29, 2013. She kicked off the session with her presentation "The power of diversity: women's leadership in STEM fields. The role of innovators and innovation."

Judy focuses on why developing women innovators and enhancing diversity is key to bringing about the innovations that the world needs. She encourages women to embrace their potential and to succeed and to rely on one another to help everyone move ahead.

Download her slides here, and read the press release from Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo campus in Ontario, Canada, where the AMMCS-2013 conference was held. 

Why Bragging Is Good For Women

Judy's thoughts on why bragging is good for women, especially women in STEM, was published on the Huffington Post blog on July 29, 2013. In the article Judy share some of her tips as a woman in STEM on how to stand up and proudly declare your achievements:

  • Take charge of your confidence and your conversation.
  • Find ways to brag that fit your style and still share the facts.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Or try my personal favorite, the pride angle.

Start-Up Hurdles

Judy was quoted in the Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) article "Start-Up Hurdles" by Susan Ainsworth on April 15, 2013.

In the face of countless obstacles, "women have to be able to defend their case to all of their stakeholders, including those who will provide funding—and even their friends and family—who might doubt that they can accomplish their goals," Giordan says. "Starting a business is a contact sport."