Day 1: Establishing a Winning Talent Strategy in a Constantly Changing Landscape


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

8:00 am - 8:50 am Breakfast and Registration

8:50 am - 9:05 am Welcome Remarks

Lisa Ringlen, Executive Director at HR Life Sciences 2019

Lisa Ringlen

Executive Director
HR Life Sciences 2019

9:05 am - 9:15 am Chairperson’s Opening Address

Renu Menezes, Former Head of Human Resources at Dart Neuroscience

Renu Menezes

Former Head of Human Resources
Dart Neuroscience

9:15 am - 9:35 am Keynote: Digital Transformation, Fostering Disruption – NOT Destruction!

Rapid changes in technology have transformed the work we do, how we do it and with that, the HR landscape. As HR leaders, keeping up with the pace of change and evolving demands of the business can be overwhelming. In this session, we’ll take a closer look at:

• The culture and mindsets key to a successful digital transformation and the culture clash that results as these come into conflict with the cultures of life science organizations
• Considerations as you develop your buy and build strategies. Can Life Science companies really compete with tech giants like Amazon and Google when it comes to developing, engaging and retaining digital talent?
• The impact of digitalization on the Employee Experience and HR IT systems–Meeting the expectations of Digital Natives and Digital Talent

Kimberly Cates, Head of HR, Enterprise Innovation - North America at Johnson & Johnson

Kimberly Cates

Head of HR, Enterprise Innovation - North America
Johnson & Johnson

This executive-level panel will discuss their current priorities, challenges they are facing and what they see impacting HR in the future. Panelists will address:

• How to build great teams and develop future HR leaders 
• Which technologies are worth the investment and which are no more than buzz words
• What they would have done differently in their career and what they’ve learned from those experiences
• What are the emerging challenges and opportunities they see in the next five years

Ayana Champagne, VP & Chief HR Officer at Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Ayana Champagne

VP & Chief HR Officer
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Paul A. Montague, Vice President, Human Resources at RTI Surgical

Paul A. Montague

Vice President, Human Resources
RTI Surgical

J. Ralph Mills, Vice President Human Resources, BioProduction Division at Thermo Fisher Scientific

J. Ralph Mills

Vice President Human Resources, BioProduction Division
Thermo Fisher Scientific

10:10 am - 10:20 am Extended Panel Q&A: HR’s Role in Promoting Growth and Innovation across the Organization

Ask the experts sitting on the preceding panel all of your questions on how to promote growth and innovation at your organization.

10:20 am - 10:50 am Guest Speaker: Building Better People: Creating Extraordinary Places to Work

The 4th Industrial Revolution is here and unlike the previous three, this one will have the biggest impact on how we work. We need a framework to build a more agile organization. Routine tasks/administrative tasks are becoming automated and even working from 9-to-5 is obsolete and is no longer a sustainable business model. Change begins by creating better humans -- looking at the human element and the whole human being (i.e. How an organization partners with its employees). Scott will present a framework to move forward which includes 3 pillars: Strategy, Leadership, and Culture. 
He’ll articulate what needs to happen for true transformation to take hold: 

• Dismantling of organizational structures (e.g., instead of traditional departments and job titles, think in terms of fluid teams, networks and a flattened hierarchy)
• Departure from command-and-control style of management (today’s work environment is too vibrant and can’t move quickly enough for a staid concept that started with the railroad industry)
• Major shortage of skills is demanding a Reskilling Revolution

Scott Cawood, President & CEO at WorldatWork, the HR/Total Rewards Organization

Scott Cawood

President & CEO
WorldatWork, the HR/Total Rewards Organization

10:50 am - 11:30 am Morning Refreshment Break in the HR Hub

11:30 am - 11:50 am Case Study | Managing During M&A: HR’s Role in Building and Maintaining Organizational Culture and Cohesiveness

With so much M&A activity in the Life Sciences industry, it can feel like the only constant is change! Luckily, Rona Anhalt has been through it and is here to share her lessons learned! Having been with Celgene through an acquisition and being acquired, her perspective will help you prepare for:

• Aligning HR organizational strategies
• Maintaining corporate culture during integration: Does it have to be all of one company’s culture or can corporate cultures be blended?
• The impact M&A has on employee engagement and best practices for employee retention throughout the process

Rona Anhalt, Corporate Vice President, Human Resources at Celgene

Rona Anhalt

Corporate Vice President, Human Resources
Celgene

11:50 am - 12:30 pm Keynote Panel: Rethinking Antiquated Functions and Processes to Strengthen the Pipeline for Future Talent

The future of your organization starts with great talent acquisition. As talent pools shrink, what can you do to look outside conventional pools and stand out from the competition?

•Thinking about future demands and educating leadership on how to get there 
•Transforming your talent strategy to support digitalization and innovation
•Talent attraction: Brand recruitment marketing and weaving that back into the TA function 
•Integrating AI, Machine learning, RPA and TA solutions 

Deb Gran, Chief HR and People Leader at DiaSorin

Deb Gran

Chief HR and People Leader
DiaSorin

Jenny Gizzi, Vice President, HR at Mirati Therapeutics

Jenny Gizzi

Vice President, HR
Mirati Therapeutics

Ryan Carfley, Chief Executive Officer at Personify

Ryan Carfley

Chief Executive Officer
Personify

12:30 pm - 12:40 pm Extended Panel Q&A: Rethinking Antiquated Functions and Processes to Strengthen the Pipeline for Future Talent

Ask the experts sitting on the preceding panel all of your questions on how best to strengthen your talent pipeline. 

12:40 pm - 1:55 pm Lunch

12:40 pm - 1:55 pm Private Lunch

Track A: Growing Your Small- to Mid-Sized HR Organization

1:55 pm - 2:00 pm Track Chairperson Opening Remarks
Renu Menezes, Former Head of Human Resources at Dart Neuroscience

Renu Menezes

Former Head of Human Resources
Dart Neuroscience

Track B: Managing the Talent Needs of Your Large HR Organization

1:55 pm - 2:00 pm Track Chairperson Opening Remarks
Jacqueline Roeder, Principal at CDM HR Strategies

Jacqueline Roeder

Principal
CDM HR Strategies

Practitioner Only CHRO Boardroom

1:55 pm - 3:20 pm Closed-Door, Invitation-Only CHRO Boardroom
The CHRO/VP Boardroom track is a high-level deep-dive for VPs/heads of HR from across Life Sciences. Content will be determined by attendees. To request an invitation, email lisa.ringlen@wbresearch.com
Suzanne Zoumaras, EVP & Chief Human Capital Officer at Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Suzanne Zoumaras

EVP & Chief Human Capital Officer
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Building Employer Branding to Establish Your Growing Team Alongside Major Players

Smaller life science companies cannot always provide the same compensation, benefits, and other key drivers for candidates like larger companies can. What they can provide, however, is a personal touch in their talent strategy. This session will cover how small life sciences players can:

• Supplement any shortcomings with a lasting, ongoing relationship with their candidates
• Create and communicate a brand identity that candidates can connect with
• Teach employees how to effectively communicate their brand identities to candidates, prospects, and peers 

Brooke Clark, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at Recursion

Brooke Clark

Senior Director of Talent Acquisition
Recursion

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Case Study | Bringing Your Mentoring Program into this Century: Using Technology to Foster Connections

Mentoring programs help drive employee engagement, development and knowledge transfer. But if you are still manually finding mentors and matching them with mentees, the process can get in the way of maintaining an active mentorship program. Elizabeth Harding Colarossi, Associate Vice President of HR with Sanofi will share her lessons learned from bringing their mentorship program into this century, including:
·         Using technology to find, match and connect mentors and mentees
·         Working with leadership and employees to roll out a company-wide mentorship program
·         Streamlining the process while extending it to anyone in the company regardless of location or function 

Elizabeth Harding Colarossi, Associate Vice President, HR at Sanofi

Elizabeth Harding Colarossi

Associate Vice President, HR
Sanofi

1:55 pm - 3:20 pm Closed-Door, Invitation-Only CHRO Boardroom

The CHRO/VP Boardroom track is a high-level deep-dive for VPs/heads of HR from across Life Sciences. Content will be determined by attendees. To request an invitation, email lisa.ringlen@wbresearch.com
Suzanne Zoumaras, EVP & Chief Human Capital Officer at Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Suzanne Zoumaras

EVP & Chief Human Capital Officer
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

As talent pools continue to remain competitive and companies must differentiate themselves via their internal cultures, what are organizations doing to:

• Ensure they are attracting the right talent for their brand?
• Assess talent for competency and cultural fit?
• Effectively onboard new hires within company culture?

Caitlin Webster, Head of People & Culture Operations at AbCellera

Caitlin Webster

Head of People & Culture Operations
AbCellera

Monica Panetta, Head of HR, Americas at LifeScan

Monica Panetta

Head of HR, Americas
LifeScan

Anita Trotta, Director, Human Resources at Spinal Elements

Anita Trotta

Director, Human Resources
Spinal Elements

Joseph Ziomek, Principal at Mercer

Joseph Ziomek

Principal
Mercer

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm Extended Panel Q&A: Identifying the Right Talent for Your Brand and Culture

Ask the experts sitting on the preceding panel all of your questions on how to align brand and culture with your recruitment strategies.
People are the most powerful drivers of a company’s strategy yet most transformative efforts continue to rely on technology and process change to drive outcomes. Together, we will discuss aligning mindsets, skills, and behaviors needed to execute on a company strategy.
In this strategic session we will: 
–Explore the current state of work & research behind behavior change 
–Provide insight into Edwards methodology of aligning organizational objectives with talent strategies
–Engage in a discussion to leverage the participants collective intelligence on the talent strategies being used to drive transformation
Evan Kleiman, Director, Account Management at BetterUp

Evan Kleiman

Director, Account Management
BetterUp

Gina Codd, Vice President, Human Resources at Edwards Lifesciences

Gina Codd

Vice President, Human Resources
Edwards Lifesciences

Cherie Aplin, Sr. Manager of Global Leadership Development at Edwards Lifesciences

Cherie Aplin

Sr. Manager of Global Leadership Development
Edwards Lifesciences

1:55 pm - 3:20 pm CHRO Boardroom continued

The CHRO/VP Boardroom track is a high-level deep-dive for VPs/heads of HR from across Life Sciences. Content will be determined by attendees. To request an invitation, email lisa.ringlen@wbresearch.com

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Case Study: Building the Foundation for Successful Talent Management

Taking the reins of a Talent Management function in its early stages can be a daunting task, particularly when your company is growing fast. You need to establish plans that can scale seamlessly while safeguarding the company’s core values and unique cultural attributes. In this session, Sasha Diskin will present the Talent Management initiatives she has led at Horizon and the things you should know to ramp up your own Talent function.

• Determining where to invest your time to have the most impact for your organization
• Launching new competencies, learning and development strategy, performance management model and an employee engagement approach 
• Engaging stakeholders along the way through clear communication, leadership involvement, and ongoing change management efforts

Sasha Diskin, Executive Director, Talent Management at Horizon Therapeutics

Sasha Diskin

Executive Director, Talent Management
Horizon Therapeutics

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Case Study: Getting Back to Basics and Learning to Walk Before You Run!

Five years ago, PRA Health Sciences was approximately 5,000 employees. Today, they have expanded to 17,000 employees and continue to grow! Managing that growth with disparate HR organizations in different countries with different reporting structures has been a huge challenge. Tina Durocher-Murphy, SVP of Human Resources is here to talk about how they are getting back to basics, centralizing the entire HR organization and learning to walk so they can run!

• Managing in an extreme growth environment – how to maintain and improve employee engagement 
• Adopting new HR tools and processes that work for your size organization as well as your culture
• Truly partnering with the business to drive outcomes that matter

Tina Durocher-Murphy, SVP, Human Resources at PRA Health Sciences

Tina Durocher-Murphy

SVP, Human Resources
PRA Health Sciences

1:55 pm - 3:20 pm CHRO Boardroom continued

The CHRO/VP Boardroom track is a high-level deep-dive for VPs/heads of HR from across Life Sciences. Content will be determined by attendees. To request an invitation, email lisa.ringlen@wbresearch.com

3:20 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Help Huddle + Audience Participation

Before heading to the afternoon refreshment break, let’s hear from you! What has been your biggest challenge in growing your small- to mid-sized HR organization? 

3:20 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Help Huddle + Audience Participation

Before heading to the afternoon refreshment break, let’s hear from you! What has been your biggest challenge in growing your small- to mid-sized HR organization? 

3:20 pm - 3:30 pm CHRO Boardroom wrap up and conclusions

3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Afternoon Refreshment Break in the HR Hub

Join 10-15 of your peers and the roundtable host to share your challenges and brainstorm solutions. Each roundtable discussion will last 30 minutes and then the audience rotates to a new table to tackle another topic.

1. Unlocking the Potential of Global Background Screening Through Collaboration 
Roundtable hosts: 
Mary O’Loughlin, Managing Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences, HireRight
William Dobbins, Security Manager - Global Security Investigations, Amgen

2. Empowering Human Resources with Data-Driven People Analytics
Roundtable host: 
Wes Wu, Vice President, Professional Services, Visier, Inc.

3. Optimize Your Hiring: Hire Better and Maximize Business Impact
Roundtable hosts: 
John Hess, Executive Vice President, Operations, Advanced RPO

Additional Roundtable Topics and Hosts to Be Announced

Mary O’Loughlin, Managing Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences at HireRight

Mary O’Loughlin

Managing Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences
HireRight

William Dobbins, Security Manager - Global Security Investigations at Amgen

William Dobbins

Security Manager - Global Security Investigations
Amgen

Wes Wu, Vice President, Professional Services at Visier

Wes Wu

Vice President, Professional Services
Visier

John Hess, Executive Vice President, Operations at Advanced RPO

John Hess

Executive Vice President, Operations
Advanced RPO

5:20 pm - 6:30 pm HR Life Sciences Fiesta!

After your packed day of people strategy discussions, you deserve a little relaxation! Join your fellow attendees for some margaritas and Mexicali bites!

6:30 pm - 6:30 pm End of Day One