“Other women now will notice, but then it was news to me, how we qualify ourselves.”
Lynn Johnson Langer
To avoid being perceived as aggressive, says Lynn Johnson Langer, women often qualify their thoughts. Phrases like “it’s just my opinion” are used by women often, yet men don’t feel the same need to be “nice.” She talks about her experiences being the only woman in the room and her strategies for navigating life as a woman in science.
Langer is the director of both the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and Regulatory Science programs in the Center for Biotechnology Education at Johns Hopkins University. She is on the faculty at Johns Hopkins and heads the following areas of study: the M.S. in regulatory science and the M.S. in biotechnology/M.B.A. programs; the M.S. in biotechnology enterprise and entrepreneurship and regulatory science concentration; and the Certificate in Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
Langer is on the board of directors of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). She also serves on the board of directors and is president emeritus of Women in Bio. She attended Tulane University and the University of Maryland for her undergraduate degree in microbiology. She later received her M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and received the Stegman Award for academic excellence in administrative science. She received her Ph.D. in leadership and change from Antioch University. While a student at Johns Hopkins she cofounded the Hopkins Professional Women’s Network. She has also founded BioPlan Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm.