Women in Pharma®

The ISPE Women in Pharma® group is a member-exclusive initiative committed to bridging gender, cultural, organizational, and geographic boundaries to maximize the impact women have on the pharmaceutical industry, and their respective communities.

Women in Pharma

Women in Pharma® aspires to create a pharmaceutical industry that is equitable, inclusive, free of biases and stereotypes, where diversity of thought thrives. The inclusive community of Women in Pharma® leverages a network of mentors, role models, and resources across all levels to foster balanced professional success.

Transforming the Pharmaceutical Industry

Women in Pharma®

Despite the potential rewards, the pharmaceutical industry is behind the curve to address imbalances in the representation of women and diversity in the workforce.


This dearth of diversity “negatively impacts companies’ performance across the board. More diverse companies are better able to win top talent and improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision-making, leading to a virtuous cycle of increasing returns.” (McKinsey & Company)

Our Impact

As an ISPE member, you can join the Women in Pharma® community. Participate in discussions and share ideas with individuals around the world by joining the Women in Pharma's Member-Exclusive Online Community.

To celebrate International Women's Day, ISPE and ISPE Foundation are proud to spotlight the Women in Pharma® community who embody the Inspire Inclusion mantra and share what it means to them as professionals in the pharmaceutical industry. We hope they inspire you to celebrate all women's achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.

Our Dedication

ISPE Foundation

We are dedicated to creating greater equality, opportunity, and corporate success by increasing the number of people from under-represented groups in the pharmaceutical industry. To meet this challenge, the ISPE Foundation has established Women in Pharma® to provide professional education and foster mentorship and networking opportunities for women.


Women in Pharma® provides a forum through which women in the pharmaceutical industry can connect and collaborate on technical and career advancement. It also provides opportunities for women to speak on issues impacting the industry, including delivering technical presentations and contributing to panel discussions. We aim to enable career success and work-life balance with our community of Women in Pharma® mentors, as well as an array of resources and educational sessions available to women across all stages of their careers.

As we collaborate, we will break down barriers, tackle unconscious bias, and pave the way for a more inclusive future through the collective input of women from all cultures and backgrounds. The ISPE Foundation supporters are the unsung heroes, paving the way for all little girls and young women to discover their passion for science, engineering, and mathematics, while improving patients' lives.  Join us in shaping the future of our industry through Women in Pharma®.

Vivianne Arencibia, Treasurer, Vice President, Global Quality Systems and Compliance, Moderna
ISPE Foundation

Your Donation

By donating to or joining Women in Pharma®, you play a vital role in supporting women and other marginalized groups within the pharmaceutical industry. Your contribution helps women and marginalized groups:

Build confidence and emotional intelligence.
Deepen their understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Develop leadership skills to Shape the Future of Pharma™.

28 %
Women engineers in research and development
17 %
Women holding Board seats in the top 50 pharmaceutical companies
22 %
Women comprise tech roles in the US and other mature economies
$ 28 Trillion
could be added to annual GDP in 2025 if women are enabled to meet their full potential in the workplace.