Day 2: Building a Culture to Engage and Develop Future Leaders


Thursday, December 5, 2019

6:15 am - 8:00 am Morning Fun Run/Jog/Walk

Early riser? Join your fellow attendees for a morning jog around the beautifully landscaped trails at the Hilton Torrey Pines!

8:00 am - 8:45 am Breakfast and Registration

8:45 am - 8:50 am Welcome Remarks

Lisa Ringlen, Executive Director at HR Life Sciences 2019

Lisa Ringlen

Executive Director
HR Life Sciences 2019

Elizabeth Hewitt Gibson, Vice President, Marketing, Programs & Talent at California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)

Elizabeth Hewitt Gibson

Vice President, Marketing, Programs & Talent
California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)

9:00 am - 9:30 am Keynote | Empowering a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce for a More Competitive Organization

We all know that the more diverse our workforce, the wider range of viewpoints, faster decision making and ability to identify potential challenges and opportunities that result in higher business performance and innovation. However, D&I is more than a check-the-box activity in recruiting or a declarations in a mission statement. T.K. Herrin will share his lessons learned on how you can help create a truly inclusive workforce to propel your organization into the future:
• Metrics: measuring the efficacy of your D&I programs
• Financials: aligning resources to your D&I strategies
• Education/Knowledge: acknowledging unconscious bias and overcoming it in daily practice
• Embedding D&I in policies, practices and programs: ensuring your employment brand is inclusive 

Telaireus “T.K.” Herrin, Vice President, Inclusion and Diversity Programs at Medtronic

Telaireus “T.K.” Herrin

Vice President, Inclusion and Diversity Programs
Medtronic

While leadership grapples with an aging and growing workforce, federal regulations and massive M&A shifts, making sure your workforce is well informed and prepared requires capable leadership.

• Communicating changes and management’s objectives to your employees
• Ensuring company culture and organizational goals are aligned
• Establishing community of support and trust in achieving outcomes
• Building change agility as a core leadership capability

Beth Mueller, Sr. Vice President, Human Resources at AnaptysBio

Beth Mueller

Sr. Vice President, Human Resources
AnaptysBio

Jonelle Coletta Parker, Vice President of HR, Major Markets at Bristol-Myers Squibb

Jonelle Coletta Parker

Vice President of HR, Major Markets
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Lisa Paul, Vice President and Chief People Officer at Natus Medical Incorporated

Lisa Paul

Vice President and Chief People Officer
Natus Medical Incorporated

10:00 am - 10:10 am Extended Panel Q&A: Change Management: Leading in an Ever-changing Work Landscape

Ask the experts sitting on the preceding panel all of your questions on how to lead change at your organization.

10:10 am - 10:30 am Keynote: Strategic and Systemic Change Management Starts With the Questions You Ask: A Varian Case Study

Organizations must constantly evolve to survive. Terilyn Juarez Monroe, Chief People Officer and SVP of People, Places & Communications will share how Varian has developed a strategic change management framework that engages team leaders and managers to initiate, implement and manage change.

• Aligning the company’s business strategy with its people, workplace, and communications strategies
• Getting the right business outcomes while creating the best possible end-to-end experience for your people
• Knowing which questions to ask to drive communication at every level of the organization

Terilyn Juarez Monroe, Chief People Officer and SVP, People & Places at Varian Medical Systems

Terilyn Juarez Monroe

Chief People Officer and SVP, People & Places
Varian Medical Systems

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

11:10 am - 11:30 am Keynote Presentation: Strategic Talent Management in a Dynamic, Rapidly Changing Environment

Struan Robertson, Vice President Global Human Resources at Bio-Techne will discuss how to prepare for tomorrow’s people, organizational, and HR challenges in a complex, fast-moving, and rapidly changing environment, including:

• Proactive talent acquisition/management strategies that support organizational needs and rapid business growth
• Managing change in the workforce (retiring Boomers, advancing Gen Xers, engaging Millennials)
• Executing HR/business strategies to develop productive, talented teams by fostering a highly collaborative, engaged and diverse team culture

Struan Robertson, Vice President Global Human Resources at Bio-Techne

Struan Robertson

Vice President Global Human Resources
Bio-Techne

The pace of change today is fast. Not just the technology but regulations, the changing demographics of the workforce and changes in customer expectations. What does it take to lead in this environment? 

•Best practices for developing and managing diversity and inclusion within a multigenerational workforce
•Developing the leaders of tomorrow to have a strong business acumen but also to be agile problem solvers 
•Internal and external communication: Building that competency within the organization
•How HR has transformed to meet the growing needs of the customer


Georgeann Couchara, Vice President, Human Resources at Danaher Life Sciences

Georgeann Couchara

Vice President, Human Resources
Danaher Life Sciences

Deb Gran, Chief HR and People Leader at DiaSorin

Deb Gran

Chief HR and People Leader
DiaSorin

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

Kimberly Cates

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

12:00 pm - 12:10 pm Extended Panel Q&A: The Future of Work: Managing Change in a Highly Competitive and Evolving Industry

Ask the experts sitting on the preceding panel all of your questions on the future of work.

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Case Study | The Evolution of Big Pharma to Be More Agile: How to Scale Small Experiments into Big Change

Exciting things are happening at Merck and Christina Seckar, Executive Director, Human Resources is here to share! About three years ago, Merck started setting up ‘discovery hubs’ in high-tech areas and using them to try out new things. This led to a series of HR experiments – everything from compensation to morale to talent and performance management. These experiments have helped the HR organization transform into a more agile organization. Hear from Christina:

•What the process of setting up these discovery hubs has been and where HR fits in
•What types of HR experiments have been executed and the outcomes and impact on the organization
•How you can mirror this process at your organization to inject more agility into your processes

Christina Seckar, Executive Director, Human Resources at Merck

Christina Seckar

Executive Director, Human Resources
Merck

12:30 pm - 12:40 pm Morning Help Huddle + Audience Participation

You’ve heard from this morning’s panelists and speakers; now it’s your turn! How are you driving transformation and culture change at your organization? What have been the challenges? What is one thing that has really worked for you?

12:40 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch

Track A: HR Operations and Workforce Planning

1:45 pm - 1:50 pm Track Chairperson Opening Remarks
Elizabeth Hewitt Gibson, Vice President, Marketing, Programs & Talent at California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)

Elizabeth Hewitt Gibson

Vice President, Marketing, Programs & Talent
California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)

Track B: Succession Planning, Training and Leadership Development

1:45 pm - 1:50 pm Track Chairperson Opening Remarks
Althea Salas, VP of Human Resources at San Diego Tourism Authority

Althea Salas

VP of Human Resources
San Diego Tourism Authority

HR Life Sciences Practitioner Only Industry Meet Ups

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm Large Pharma Industry Meet Up
Advanced registration necessary; see sign up sheet onsite. 

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm Case Study | “Concern for People” Model First: Building the Culture and Engagement to Retain your Workforce

A-Dec is one of the world’s largest dental equipment manufacturers and employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. Find out how they maintain one of the lowest turnover ratios in the industry by employing a “Concern for People” model in everything they do. Mariah Robbins, the VP, Global Human Resources will share how they:

•Create a culture modeled after 15 guiding principles
• Support supervisor behaviors that lead to healthy outcomes
•Keep people engaged, healthy and safe
•Drive a culture of accountability and professional development 


Mariah Robbins, VP, Global Human Resources at A-dec Inc.

Mariah Robbins

VP, Global Human Resources
A-dec Inc.

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm Case Study: The Challenges of Developing a Proactive Succession Plan

With aging populations, shrinking talent pools, and growing skilled talent gaps, identifying and developing new leaders is a top priority! Julie Weaver, Director HR Operations, will talk through the ups and downs of developing a Succession Plan at bioMérieux, including:

• Using data to identify and plan for critical gaps
• Identifying and developing high-potential leaders and measure readiness
• Communicating the plan at all levels to ensure buy-in 

Julie Weaver, Director HR Operations at bioMérieux

Julie Weaver

Director HR Operations
bioMérieux

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm Large Pharma Industry Meet Up

Advanced registration necessary; see sign up sheet onsite. 
HR is so often fighting fires and dealing with immediate issues. To ensure there is a strategic HR function, many organizations have an HR Business Partner (HRBP) model. What are the best practices for developing a strategic HR capability? Hear from a panel of HR leaders on their lessons learned and key takeaways including:

• Starting with the business strategy to drive HR activities
• Improving HR-business alignment to enable business growth 
• Ensuring HR understands the business and financial goals of the organization

Rona Anhalt, Corporate Vice President, Human Resources at Celgene

Rona Anhalt

Corporate Vice President, Human Resources
Celgene

Scott M. Allen, Vice President, Total Rewards, Human Resources at PPD

Scott M. Allen

Vice President, Total Rewards, Human Resources
PPD

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

Paul A. Montague

Vice President, Human Resources
RTI Surgical

Today’s employee values personal and professional development. What are you doing to innovate your learning and development programs to meet the needs of a changing workforce? 

• Providing personalized learning experiences to your employees
• Making learning measurable and determining impact on the business
• Scaling your learning and development initiatives across the organization
• Emphasizing soft skills training and not just technical training

Mary E. Axelsen, VP, Human Resources at EnviroLogix

Mary E. Axelsen

VP, Human Resources
EnviroLogix

Sasha Diskin, Executive Director, Talent Management at Horizon Therapeutics

Sasha Diskin

Executive Director, Talent Management
Horizon Therapeutics

Katelyn Petti Hokenberg, Head of Organizational Development, Learning & Talent Management at Merz North America

Katelyn Petti Hokenberg

Head of Organizational Development, Learning & Talent Management
Merz North America

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm Specialty Pharma/Biotech Industry Meet Up

Advanced registration necessary; see sign up sheet onsite. 

2:40 pm - 2:50 pm Extended Panel Q&A: Building a Strategic HR Function across the Business

Ask the experts sitting on the preceding panel all of your questions on how best to build a strategic HR function at your organization.

2:40 pm - 2:50 pm Extended Panel Q&A: Improving the Effectiveness of Your Organization By Developing the Individuals and Teams within it

Ask the experts sitting on the preceding panel all of your questions on training and development best practices.

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Medical Device Industry Meet Up

Advanced registration necessary; see sign up sheet onsite. 

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm Case Study: HR Operations: Managing Total Rewards, HRIS and Compliance in a Dynamic Organization

Kelly Timpane, Precision Medicine Group’s Vice President Human Resources is responsible for global HR Administration including benefits, equity plan administration, HRIS, policy and compliance, HR administration and acquisition due diligence and integration. She’ll talk through her role in streamlining and enhancing HR processes and systems to improve HR operational efficiency enterprise-wide.

• Managing legal compliance, immigration issues and due diligence post acquisition and integration of benefits and compensation
• Rolling out global expansion of benefits outside of the US and creating a global offering – EAP, life insurance, pension, health insurance
• Integration of systems: From applicant tracking to benefits, integrating multiple systems

Kelly Timpane, Vice President Human Resources at Precision Medicine Group

Kelly Timpane

Vice President Human Resources
Precision Medicine Group

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm Case Study: Developing Leaders to Drive Engagement and Performance

Great leadership is the key to employee engagement and performance at any organization. Making sure your current leaders and leaders of tomorrow are supported, developed and given the necessary tools can be a big challenge. Vice President of Talent Management Jamy Salazar is passionate about leadership development at DJO and she’s here to share her lessons learned!

• Building programs and resources to develop leaders at all levels of the organization
• Providing opportunities for professional growth to keep employees stimulated and engaged
• Facilitating mentorship and coaching programs to foster a learning and development culture 

Jamy Salazar, Vice President, Human Resources at DJO Global

Jamy Salazar

Vice President, Human Resources
DJO Global

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Medical Device Industry Meet Up

Advanced registration necessary; see sign up sheet onsite. 

3:10 pm - 3:20 pm Afternoon Help Huddle + Audience Participation

Before heading to the afternoon refreshment break, let’s hear from you! What HR operations challenges have you faced? What one thing will you do differently after hearing from today’s speakers?

3:10 pm - 3:20 pm Afternoon Help Huddle + Audience Participation

Before heading to the afternoon refreshment break, let’s hear from you! What are your succession planning challenges? How can training and leadership development meet those challenges? 

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Medical Device Industry Meet Up

Advanced registration necessary; see sign up sheet onsite. 

3:20 pm - 4:10 pm Afternoon Refreshment Break in the HR Hub

4:10 pm - 5:10 pm Task Force Working Groups

These working groups will consist of 15-20 people and a specific challenge. Work with your fellow participants to identify 3-5 key strategies/takeaways that you can implement immediately to leverage new trends and best practices.

1. Ensuring Your Initiatives have Long-Term Leadership Buy-In
2. Positioning HR as a Thought-Leader: Strategizing Yourself as a Visible Business Partner
3. Providing Services Your Employees Will Use
4. Designing and Implementing a Total Reward Program
5. Building Your HR Organization from the Ground Up

Additional topics to be announced. Email lisa.ringlen@wbresearch.com with suggestions. 

5:10 pm - 5:10 pm End of HR Life Sciences 2019