2017 Life Science Human Resource Symposium - Philadelphia, PA

2017 Life Science Human Resource Symposium
April 3 - 4, 2017
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA

Plan and Execute Vision-Driven Strategies for Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development and Employee Engagement in Times of Transition

Faculty – 2017 Life Science Human Resource Symposium


Karen Anderson
SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS

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Karen Anderson joined Alnylam in 2014 from Biogen Idec where she served as Vice President, Human Resources for R&D and Corporate Development. Prior to Biogen Idec, Karen was the Vice President of Human Resources, Commercial for Pfizer Inc., covering both developed markets and emerging markets. Earlier in her 10-year tenure with Pfizer, Karen supported worldwide R&D. Before joining Pfizer, she spent six years at Baxter, most recently as Global Human Resources Director. Her career as a human resources leader in the bio-pharma industry began in 1995, when she joined Bayer as Director of Compensation from her role as an Associate Consultant with the Hay Group. Karen received a Master in Organizational Psychology and Development from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors in both psychology and labor relations from York University in Toronto, Canada.


Anna Bisart
Human Resources Director, ACTELION PHARMACEUTICALS SPAIN

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Anna Bisart (Barcelona, 1976) is the People and Organizational Director for Actelion Pharmaceuticals Spain. With more than 15 years of experience in people and talent management, Anna has developed all her professional career within multinational companies like Hewlett Packard, Amgen or General Electric, always in the people and organizational departments. Anna has also been President for the Human Resources Forum from Foment del Treball in Catalunya, and she is an experienced executive coach with a certification in Team Coaching. She is used to working in cross-functional business responsibilities and has been key in the development of the Strategic Plan for Actelion Spain.


Rigoberto Rincones Gómez
Associate Provost, UNC WILMINGTON

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Dr. Rigoberto J. Rincones Gómez has worked nationally and internationally with many creative and innovative teams using 4DX, LEAN and design thinking principles and practices to help them maximize the effectiveness of their strategic planning, execution processes and data-informed decision-making. He has worked at public and private institutions and in urban, suburban and rural settings. He has co-authored several books, has designed and facilitated more than 100 workshops in 10+ countries, has published his work in prestigious refereed journal articles, and has been a keynote speaker in several states. As a trusted colleague, advisor and facilitator with outstanding multicultural, analytical, communication, project management, organizational and collaboration skills, he has helped institutions conceptualize and execute performance-based strategies and policies and has provided technical assistance on key national performance-based initiatives and recognitions, including ASPEN Prize, Baldrige, Florida Sterling and AQIP. He is a proponent of collaboration in all aspects of his work as he has found this to be one of the cornerstones for leading lasting change and making a difference.


Kristin Gustafson
former SVP, Global Human Resources and Facilities, INTERCEPT PHARMACEUTICALS

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Kristin Gustafson has served as our Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Facilities since December 2013. Ms. Gustafson brings more than 17 years of pharma and biotechnology industry experience to the company. Since 2010 until joining Intercept, Gustafson started a company, Chemo101, focused on newly diagnosed cancer patients, working as the CEO and partnering with the biotechnology industry. Previously, Gustafson worked at MGI Pharma, Pharmacyclics and Allos Therapeutics as the head of the HR team in moving a clinically focused pharmaceutical company toward commercialization and started her career as a business analyst at Hewlett Packard. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Kristen Guzzardo
Senior Consultant, ROC GROUP

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Kristen Guzzardo is a Senior Consultant at ROC Group, where she believes inspired thinking is a differentiator in change communication. She focuses on developing communication strategies that support the overall employee experience and organizational development — including engagement strategy, global HR branding and programs, health and wellness benefits, and diversity and inclusion. Her clients and experience span a range of industries, including biotech, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and retail.

Kristen earned an M.S. in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a B.A. from the University of Iowa. She is also certified in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership, which applies neuroscience theory to leadership and organizational change.


Wema Hoover
Head of Diversity and Inclusion, SANOFI

Amri Johnson
Global Head, Diversity and Inclusion, NIBR, NOVARTIS

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Mr. Amri Johnson, MPH, is a writer, speaker and organizational change and innovation scholar working with profit/nonprofit companies to construct business solutions through understanding and making the most out of the wealth that difference provides, co-creating to optimize individuals and teams’ engagement and investment in their work. Currently, as Head of Diversity and Inclusion with Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), Johnson works with teams and their leadership to drive innovation through a focus on the sociology of drug discovery, helping to grow organizational talent capacity, and create an environment that thrives by inclusion. A graduate of Morehouse College, he also holds a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) from Rollins School of Public Health (Emory University). His current doctoral work is at Leiden University (The Netherlands) focusing on collaborative decision-making in organizations.


Jason Mednick
Senior Consultant, ROC GROUP

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Jason Mednick is a communications and change management consultant with more than a decade’s experience developing and executing internal and external strategic communications, including global HR initiatives such as incentive and rewards programs, Workday HRIS, engagement strategies, health and wellness benefits, and mergers and acquisitions. His clients and professional experience span a broad range of industries, including life sciences, biotech, healthcare, electronic manufacturing and higher education.

Jason holds a B.A. from Cornell University, and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California in business administration and journalism. He is also is a certified change management practitioner.


Jen Murray
Lead Talent Acquisition Business Partner, Technical Operations, Center of Excellence, SHIRE

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Jennifer Murray is currently Lead Talent Acquisition Business Partner for the Technical Operations organization at Shire, leading recruiting strategy and delivery for the Center of Excellence functions within the department. Prior to this position, she was Lead TA Business Partner for the US Commercial organization where she led two field sales force expansions and a new field sales force build in preparation for a new product launch. Her responsibilities have included oversight of both the Shire Commercial and Tech Ops Talent Acquisition teams as well as external RPO partners.

She has more than 19 years of recruiting experience, 12 of which have been in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. Prior to her time with Shire, she held positions with Johnson & Johnson, Endo Pharmaceuticals, and Siemens Medical Solutions.

Jennifer holds a B.S. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University.


Katherine K. Parker
VP, Human Resources, ENDOCYTE

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Katherine Parker joined Endocyte in 2013 and serves as the Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining Endocyte, Ms. Parker served in various entrepreneurial and executive roles such as Vice President of Human Resources and Administrative Services for Hyundai Motor America, the North American headquarters for Hyundai Automotive Group. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from California State University. Ms. Parker also serves on the Board of Directors at West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation and Wabash Center.


Laura-Katin Seitz
Former VP, Global Head of HR for Biologics, SANOFI

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Laura-Katin Seitz is an HR executive with experience in global responsibilities across different continents and industries. Over the last years, Laura’s focus has been on life sciences, where she served clients along the entire value chain. She spent 10 years with Roche/Genentech and was — as part of her roles as VP, Global Head of Pharma Development and subsequently as VP, Global Head of HR Technical Operations — responsible for the integration of these organizations after the merger.

Her atypical educational background includes a master’s in Asian studies and law, followed by an MBA. Before moving into HR, Laura has pursued a career in international relations, business development and marketing, living and working in Asia for a number of years. Her passion lies in business-oriented HR that “partners in the front line.” Her specialities are change management, strategy design and implementation, value-based leadership, and cross-cultural collaboration.


Howard Simon
VP Operations and Corporate Counsel, NURIX

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Howard Simon, J.D., MBA, is Vice President, Operations and Corporate Counsel at Nurix. Prior to joining Nurix, Mr. Simon was Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at DNA2.0, Inc., an industry leader in gene synthesis and protein engineering, where he managed general operations, human resources and legal matters. Previously, Mr. Simon also served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at InterMune, Inc. (now Roche), where he was part of the team that developed the world’s first on-label therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Mr. Simon holds a J.D. from Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley), an MBA from Babson College, an M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. Mr. Simon is a recognized expert in biosecurity and formerly served as an officer and director of the not-for-profit International Gene Synthesis Consortium, an organization devoted to advancing global biosecurity in the synthetic biology industry.


Eddy Tufford
Executive Director, Human Resources, PTC THERAPEUTICS

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Eddy Tufford is the Executive Director, Human Resources at PTC Therapeutics where he leads PTC’s global compensation function and is a business partner for the global commercial organization. Previously, Eddy has held a number of senior roles in human resources in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries with deep expertise in compensation, talent management, change management and employee relations while serving as a strategic business partner to commercial organizations. Eddy received an M.S. in industrial and labor relations and a B.S. in business administration with emphasis in human resources from West Virginia University.


Carletta Waddler
Vice President, TALENT CURVE

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Carletta Waddler is the Vice President of Talent Curve Solutions, LLC. Talent Curve is a woman-owned small business that provides career counseling, employee engagement and personnel training for companies, organizations and the federal government. Verizon and the United States Coast Guard are two prominent clients.

Ms. Waddler attended Howard University and graduated with a degree in communications. She moved to the Hampton Roads area to begin her broadcasting career in 1982. She started her career in sales, eventually progressing to sales management and general management. She worked in TV and radio.

Carletta has the unique perspective of owning a business and serving as executive management for small and large corporations.

She is currently responsible for business development at Talent Curve.

Ms. Waddler serves on several boards and has won countless awards, including the coveted Echoes of Excellence media award.


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