Advancing Women’s Leadership in Pharma and Healthcare

Sept 23-25 Philadelphia

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Attendees will hear first-hand from accomplished female Pharma and Healthcare executives who have leapt over barriers and created their success. These leading women will share stories and lessons learned from their climb to the top. Through keynotes, panels, and unique mentoring breaks, this event shines a spotlight on influential women in Pharma and Healthcare, bringing industry role models and their journeys to the forefront.

Our event will engage attendees to develop methods for escalating women into leadership roles to continue to close the gender parity industry gap. Attendees will have a chance to facilitate career & business connections with other women in leadership roles. Featured speakers will share effective practices they've deployed to develop female talent and ideas for continued leadership development at all levels. During the conference, attendees will be exposed to and have plenty of networking opportunities with key thought leaders, mentors and industry influencers.


Monday, September 23rd, 2019 | Day 1

Opening Remarks

Gretchen Griffin, MS - Therapeutic Area Head – Oncology, Regulatory Strategic Writing, Regulatory Affairs

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Interactive Session: Creating Your Road Map To The C-Suite

Luanne E. Thorndyke, M.D. - Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
University of Massachusetts Medical School

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Navigating The Waters From Scientist To Administrator In An Ever-Changing Environment: A 25+ Year Journey In The Pharmaceutical Industry

Invited speaker
Merck & Co., Inc. 

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Fueling Your Passion: Aligning Your Values To Unlocking Your Next Big Opportunity

Laura Flessner - Director, New Venture Insights

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Lessons Learned From Experts In Virtual Engagement And Relationship Building

Amy Pinelli - Senior Director

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

The Long Game: Navigating Bumps In The Road While Forging Your Own Path To Success

Karen Colquitt-Hall - Ethics & Compliance Director

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Panel: Advice, Ideas And Shared Experiences From Experienced And Emerging Leaders In Healthcare And Pharma

Ask questions regarding Pay Equity, Negotiating, Mentoring, Leadership, Time Management, Stress Management, Managing Up/Down and More 


Invited speaker

Invited speaker
Merck & Co., Inc.

Kanchan Relwani, M.D. - Vice President, Head of Medical Affairs


Jennifer Lauria Clark, CPIP - Vice President Global Digital Analytics & Technologies

Raising Our Voices, Being Heard

Invited speaker
Pfizer, Inc.

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Breaking Through The Internal Barriers Towards Your Own Success

Pamela Gardner - Founder
BVS, Inc.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Preparing For Successful Interviewing, Networking And Promotion: Getting Your Next Big Opportunity

Joanna Goncalves - North American Director

Steve Nilson - Partner

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 | Day 2

Opening Remarks

Michelle Radney - National Sales Director, Key Account Management, Cardiovascular and Metabolism
Janssen Pharmaceuticals

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Interactive Session: Planning Your “And” Life: Mapping Out A Path For A Successful Career And Personal Life

Colleen Hauk - Best Selling Co-Author
Women Who Ignite

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 

Driving Culture Change Through Conversation

Invited speaker
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

11:45 PM - 12:30 PM

Creating And Leading High Performing Teams

Kim Huggins - Partner

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Keynote: Fostering Diversity In The Workplace: Breaking Down Barriers To Grow Women Leaders In STEM Careers

Anne E. Johnson - Director, Philadelphia District Office (PA, DE)
Director, Bio-Research Monitoring Division I (EAST)
Office of Bioresearch Monitoring Operations
Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Confident Body Language And Positive First Impressions

Shelley O’Donovan - Founder
Illuminate the Message

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Panel: How To Be A Good Inclusive Leader And Build Relationships 


Lynette Hopkinson - VP NA Strategy and Global Commercial Regulatory Affairs
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Elizabeth S. Dorn, PhD - Medical Director, Medical Affairs
Alkermes, Inc.

Jennifer Lauria Clark, CPIP - Vice President Global Digital Analytics & Technologies

Sarah Akerman, MD - Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs


Kim Huggins - Partner

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Changing The Game & Embracing Risk: Lessons In Leadership

Kimberly Banks McKay - Former Head US Legal of Novartis Business Services, SVP and General Counsel
Segal Group

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks


Wednesday, September 25th| Post-Conference Workshop

Leadership Strategies for Sustaining High Performance and Navigating Change

Join Colleen Hauk, best-selling co-author of the book, Women Who Ignite as she conducts this action-packed and interactive workshop session to explore strategies for unlocking barriers, develop skills for negotiation, establish leadership methodologies for navigating change and understand how to work with top executives and influencers to execute on the vision. Be prepared to be inspired and empowered to continue taking your career to the next level. See Colleen in action as she shares her lessons learned and leadership tips.

Opening Interactive Exercises

  • Define your objectives and what you hope to achieve
  • Review outcomes of the day
  • Uncover the meaning of leadership and stereotypes of male vs. female leaders

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Part 1: Developing Your Leadership | Today

  • Explore emotional intelligence and the impact on your decision making
  • Develop specific strategies for action to enhance your leadership development

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Part 1: Developing Your Leadership | Today (Continued)

  • Develop a personal action plan for your leadership development style
  • Learn strategies for navigating through perpetual changes

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Part 2: Leadership & Your Organization | Future

  • Exploring your network, mentoring versus sponsoring and how to leverage it all to advance
  • Identify skills needed for growth and the value of becoming a lifelong learner
  • Uncover the secrets of negotiation to elevate yourself with executive presence

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Part 2a: Leadership & Your Organization | The People

  • Establish processes to create stronger team cohesion
  • Leverage your team outcomes to transform the overall company culture
  • Reduce employee turnover with enhanced communication skills

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM 

Part 2b: Leadership & Your Organization | The Results

  • Uncover the art of leading with questions to foster creative thinking and shared responsibility
  • Create your vision by understanding your organization’s current and future needs
  • Deliver your vision with greater purpose, clarity and influence

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Reflection & Action Plans (Interactive & Independent)

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM


4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks



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