Agenda – 13th Public Relations & Communications Summit

  • Day One
  • Day Two

Day One

 TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

8:30AM – 8:45AM

Opening Remarks
Julissa Viana, Senior Director, Corporate Communications and Global Social Media, CELGENE CORPORATION

8:45AM – 9:30AM

KEYNOTE Keeping Pace in a Changing Healthcare Landscape
Mark J. Alles, Chief Executive Officer, CELGENE CORPORATION

9:30AM – 10:00AM

CASE STUDY Communicate Value and Innovation in a Way that Resonates
Anthony Farina, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer, CSL BEHRING

10:30AM – 11:15AM

PANEL Lessons Learned from the Vaccines Front: How to Effectively Address Fake News
Stefani Klaskow, Head of Industry, Healthcare, GOOGLE
Kasia Hein-Peters, Vaxelis Head of Marketing, SANOFI PASTEUR
Madeleine Shin, Vice President, Media, DNA COMMUNICATIONS

11:15AM – 12:00PM

CASE STUDY Going Boldly: Balancing the Public Narrative on Biopharmaceutical Innovation
Christian Clymer, Vice President of Public Affairs, PhRMA

12:00PM – 1:00PM


1:00PM – 1:45PM

Communications in Chaotic Times: Providing a Clear Path for Successful Media Engagement
Wendy Lund, Chief Executive Officer, GCI HEALTH

1:45PM – 2:30PM

KEYNOTE From “Most Admired” to “Pharma Bros”: How Biopharmaceutical Companies Have Allowed the Debate on Drug Pricing to Steal Their Reputation – and What Communications Professionals Can Do to Help Get It Back
Ron Cohen, M.D., Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President, ACORDA THERAPEUTICS
Interviewed by: Tierney Saccavino, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, ACORDA THERAPEUTICS

3:00PM – 3:30PM

Communicate Healthcare 2020 in Today’s New Influencer Ecosystem
Valerie Delva, Senior Vice President, Health Strategy North America, KETCHUM

3:30PM – 4:15PM

PANEL Discuss Strategies to Build or Rebuild Trust Internally and Externally
Sarah Alspach, Vice President of U.S. Communications, GLAXOSMITHKLINE
Mary Halliwell, Senior Director, Content and Channel Management, North America Communications, SANOFI U.S.
Evan Miller, Director, Global Corporate Communications, SMITHS MEDICAL

4:15PM – 4:45PM

Optimize Stakeholder Engagement Programs with Online Discussion Platforms
Lance Hill, Chief Executive Officer, WITHIN3

4:45PM – 5:30PM

KEYNOTE Learn, Unlearn and Relearn: Harness Your Creativity to Stay Relevant in Today’s Evolving Environment

5:30PM – 6:30PM

Evening Reception

Day Two




9:00AM – 9:45AM

Effectively Use Social Media to Tell Your Brand Story

Chad Parizman, Head of Social Media and Digital Communications, PFIZER INC.

9:45AM – 10:30AM

CASE STUDY Meaningful Storytelling: Work with Patients to Drive Awareness and Engagement

Ambre Morley, Senior Director, Product Communications and Patient Relations, NOVO NORDISK


9:00AM – 9:45AM

CASE STUDY Differentiate the Roles of Marketing and Corporate Communications

Sara Pellegrino, Senior Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, AMICUS THERAPEUTICS
Mark Baldry, Vice President of Global Marketing, AMICUS THERAPEUTICS

9:45AM – 10:30AM

Discuss Steps to Approach Data Transparency to Enhance Pharma Credibility

Deb Mayo, PharmD, MHA, Vice President of Global Scientific Communications, TEVA


9:00AM – 9:45AM

Explore the Unspoken Skill of Communications: Fundraising

Lisa Wolfe, Global Client Service Leader, GREEN ROOM COMMUNICATIONS

Cathy Cantone, Senior Director, Public Relations, Immunology and Inflammation, CELGENE CORPORATION

9:45AM – 10:30AM

CASE STUDY Evolve Your Company’s Storytelling Voice to Better Reflect Your Company and Its Values

Rebekah Pajak, Project Manager StoryLab Content Development, ABBVIE
Suzanne Barston, Manager, Content Producer, Storylab, ABBVIE




11:00AM – 11:30AM

Leverage Marketing Best Practices Within Social Media

Joshua Palau, Senior Director Global Partnerships, JOHNSON & JOHNSON

11:30AM – 12:00PM

CASE STUDY Address Patient Needs Through Social Media

Gloria Vanderham, Global Head, Social and Digital Media, NOVARTIS ONCOLOGY


11:00AM – 11:30AM

Reimagine Your Global Corporate Digital Presence

Robert Allen, Lead, Digital Operations, BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB

11:30AM – 12:00PM

Evolve Your Internal Communications: Driving Growth and Creating Culture Change

Agatha Newman, Associate Director, Medical and Development Communications, ASTELLAS
Jennifer Saputo, Associate Director, Employee Communications, ASTELLAS


11:00AM – 11:30AM

CASE STUDY Utilize Videos to Create More Engaging Content

Lauren McCurdy, Lead Medical Producer, MultiVu, a Division of PR Newswire

11:30AM – 12:00PM

CASE STUDY Develop a Corporate Reputation when Launching Your First Product

Jamie Ring, Head of Patient Advocacy, SPARK THERAPEUTICS, INC.


12:00PM – 1:00PM


1:00PM – 1:10PM

Plenary Sessions Opening Remarks
Wendy Lund, Chief Executive Officer, GCI HEALTH

1:10PM – 2:00PM

Don’t Be #BASIC when You Can #SLAY
Lucy Abreu, Director of Corporate Communications, OTSUKA AMERICA PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.

2:30PM – 3:15PM

Understand the Communicator’s Role in the Cost, Pricing and Value Dilemma
João Nuno Belo, Senior Director, Global Therapeutic Area Public Affairs, ABBVIE

3:15PM – 4:00PM

Inspire Innovative Communications in Healthcare Organizations that Believe the Earth Is Flat
Buddy Scalera, Senior Director of Content Strategy, THE MEDICINES COMPANY