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

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.  

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."

Being HEARD - Powered by YOU: Bragging... and Building Your Personal Brand

Judy gave her talk "Being HEARD - Powered by YOU: Bragging... and Building Your Personal Brand" at the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) breakfast at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in New Orleans on April 8, 2013.

Judy highlighted the true need for empowering women to help solve the global issues we face today.  Women also need to embrace the fact that they need to change in order to take their seat at the table - we have met the enemy and she is us!  Women need to stand up and declare their excellent skills and valuable contributions - don't be afraid to brag and build your personal brand!

Download the slides here!

Ingersoll Rand Employees Worldwide Tune in to Hear Judy Giordan’s Career Advice to Women

Judy was the a guest speaker for Ingersoll Rand Women's Network... An excerpt from the press release:

"With straight-talk, solid statistics and a light touch, Dr. Judy Giordan - author, speaker and champion of women and their careers discussed strengths and weaknesses of women as a group and areas where she thought companies could step up. Her presentation “Personal and Business Growth and Development – Powered by Innovation” was delivered to 450 Ingersoll Rand listeners in a company-wide webinar on March 14.

Dr. Giordan’s talk was part of the Ingersoll Rand Women’s Network Employee Resource Group’s events in recognition of Women’s History Month in March. In the global spirit, Women’s Network Chairperson Tracy Kemp, vice president Information Technology for Residential Solutions, kicked off the meeting, which was held in the company’s Davidson, N.C., headquarters, from Carmel, Ind., while listeners tuned in from company meeting rooms and their homes all around the world."

Read more here!

You can download Judy's slides here, and click the image above to listen to her talk!

Innovation Intensive and Lens of the Market workshops for the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

Judy and Joseph Steig, NCIIA's Treasurer and Manager of Venture Development, facilitated two workshops for the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) at the University of Oregon in early November.  Lens of the Market (LoM) is an introductory 1-day workshop for STEM graduate students wishing to learn the language of the market in addition to the language of science.  Innovation Intensive is a deeper dive into what it really means to take an idea from the lab to the market, with students considering their own research as they work for 2 intensive days with Judy and Joseph onsite, and then over the course of 6 months develop value propositions and do market research based on their own science.

Intrapreneurs – How to Build Successful Ventures within Large Companies

Judy moderated an ACS Chemical Entrepreneurship Series Webinar on October 4, 2012 entitled "Intrapreneurs – How to Build Successful Ventures within Large Companies".  Dr. Shashi Jasty of Sigma Aldrich, and Dr. Alicyn Rhoades of Penn State University, were the webinar panelists.  Watch the recorded webinar for more on:

  • What are the essential keys for success as an intrapreneur in today's fast paced global companies
  • The importance of knowing both your company and yourself – interpersonal skills and styles count!
  • Gaining insights on how intrapreneurship is being defined or re-defined in today's companies