Focus Days

A: Biotech CHRO Strategy Day

Built exclusively for CHROs & Heads of HR in High-Growth Biotechs

July 31 2019: 12pm – 8pm

(includes networking drinks)


Designed by CHROs for CHROs, this focus day will allow you to tackle four critical questions that the life sciences organization of the future needs to answer. Through a combination of thought leader perspectives and facilitated discussions between C-level HR leaders, you will leave with connections, insights and innovative ideas you can immediately implement:

The four questions to be addressed will be:

  • Rethinking the Role of the CHRO in a Rapidly Scaling Biotech: How can you transform the impact of HR on delivering increased innovation, better patient results and remarkable business outcomes?
  • Revolutionize Your Approach to the Life Sciences Talent of Tomorrow: How can you totally redesign the way you plan to find, attract and develop the talent your biotech will need for a future that is anything but clear
  • Rethink, Reimagine & Reinvent Your Culture as Your Biotech Continuously Evolves: How do you redesign and rebrand your culture as your biotech transforms and grows?
  • High Impact HR Following Mergers & Acquisitions: How can CHROs identify the opportunities and address the increasingly complex challenges that are associated with mergers and acquisitions in bio pharma?

Your CHRO Strategy Day Contributors:

Madeline Coffin, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Alkermes

Audrey Bergan, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, ImmunoGen

Nicole Schaeffer, Chief People Strategy Officer, Insmed

Mary Weger, former Chief Performance Officer, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals

Struan Roberston, Vice President & Head of HR, Bio-Techne

John Radford, Founder & Partner, Radford, an Aon Hewitt company

B: Talent Acquisition Strategy Day

Built for those with a stake in rethinking how we find new life sciences talent

July 31 2019: 12pm – 8pm

(includes networking drinks)

Transforming Talent Acquisition & Workforce Planning in Life Sciences

This focus day will bring you 4 case studies of excellence addressing the vital challenges of how we find, attract, and build the bio pharma workforce of tomorrow. Through a combination of thought leader perspectives and facilitated discussions between HR and strategic Talent Acquisition leaders, you will leave with connections, insights and innovative ideas you can immediately implement.

The four questions to be addressed will be:

  • Radically Reinventing Workforce Planning for Future Growth in an Industry of Uncertainty
  • Planning for Future Growth in an Industry of Uncertainty: How to rethink the way you tie business leaders’ visons, plans and hypothesis to your talent plans to extrapolate from where you are now, to what the talent needs of your business will be in the future
  • Totally Rethinking How We Drive Talent Acquisition in a Hyper-Competitive Candidate’s Market: Transform how you go to market in search of top talent by shifting how your organization looks at talent today, and for the life sciences business of the future
  • Redesigning Talent Strategies to Meet the Demands of a ‘Hot’ & Highly-Volatile Market: What it takes to constantly evolve your talent strategies to fit the wider market place and how can big pharma rethink its approach to scouting and courting candidates?
  • Transforming How We Look at Talent in a Rapidly Scaling Life Sciences Business: How to creatively capitalize on the talent you have to capture the talent you want and maintain the culture that made you great even as you rapidly scale

Facilitated By the Speaking Panel

C: Next-Gen HR Accelerator Day

Built for the junior HR practitioners you want to fast-track towards greater influence and added value

July 31 2019: 12pm – 8pm

(includes networking drinks)

Building Bench Strength in Life Sciences HR

Accelerate your HR team’s journey towards becoming influencers able to add value at the heart of your fast-paced life sciences firm. This day offers a unique opportunity for up and coming HR practitioners establishing themselves inside your HR organization to build breadth through micro learnings. It also offers you a chance to invest in your smart, but unseasoned HR practitioners to help you retain them and to strengthen depth, bench strength and succession planning inside your own team.

The four key themes we will address will include:

  • Successfully navigating the baggage that HR field carries with it to transform your personal impact: What differentiates the most successful HR people from the pack and how can you map your career against theirs to set you apart?
  • Developing commercial acumen as a fundamental building block of internal credibility: How to accelerate your understanding of the rhythm, cadence and context of the life sciences business in which you operate
  • Practical problem solving at pace to increase your personal impact on your organization: How to move from reactive to proactive and get more strategic in terms of problem solving to get ahead, and stay ahead, of the needs of your dynamic life sciences business
  • Using conversational leadership to influence without authority: Closing the gaps in your ability to influence without authority, and building relationships with trust to help you build a blueprint to transform your impact

Your Next-Gen HR Accelerator Day Contributors:

Ross Grossman, former Senior Vice President Human Resources, Regeneron

Zoltan Csimma, former Chief Human Resources Officer, Genzyme

Bob Buck, Vice President & Human Resource Business Partners, Vertex