Faculty – 14th Pharmaceutical Meeting Professionals Summit

Dave Austin
Director of Business Development and Customer Success, WEBB EVENT PRODUCTION

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Dave introduces Webb as a company who’s sole purpose is to make your event awe-inspiring for attendees! In his role as Director of Customer Success, his goal is to help companies get the most out of their event. Dave brings high energy and enthusiasm to whatever he does, and loves giving new ideas to clients. To Dave, there is nothing better than when the product he presents becomes a reality and the client is thrilled with it. Dave previously worked for 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry and knows exactly what it takes to make sure each event is memorable. Dave graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from BYU. He and his wife Karen have 7 kids.

Kappi Bowen
Senior Manager, Meetings and Trade Shows, ABBOTT DIABETES CARE

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Meetings, trade shows, events, marketing, sales, and public relations have all been a way of life for Kappi for over 35 years. Just out of college Kappi began her career in hotel sales with Hyatt Hotels, moving into management as Director of Sales and Marketing opening a small boutique hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. During her tenure in hotel sales she participated in opening three hotels and managed marketing through a major renovation. From there she transitioned into destination marketing as Director of Marketing during Jack London Square’s resurgence in the 90’s, managing the advertising, public relations, community relations and promotional events and activity. Later she drew from her marketing and event experience to open Grace Under Pressure Productions Ltd. in 1997, specializing in destination marketing and event production.

In her current role Kappi is responsible for all meetings, incentives, trade shows and events for Abbott Diabetes Care in Alameda, CA. She continues to be heavily involved in the community serving on many committees and boards. Ms. Bowen graduated with her B.A. in Marketing and Design from San Francisco State University in 1978 and maintains a steady curriculum of study and further education. She resides in Alameda, California with her two teenagers and three dogs.

Valli Ferrara Chapjian
Manager, Conventions and Meeting Operations, GLAXOSMITHKLINE

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Valli Chapjian is a Manager Conventions & Meeting Operations for GSK based in Philadelphia. She is a strategic business partner to Sales and Marketing ensuring operational effectiveness for convention activity, internal sales and launch meetings, and incentive programs for Primary Care, Vaccines, Immunology and HIV business units.

With over 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Valli began her career at GSK in 2004 as a Creative Services Manager leading an internal team to execute meetings and events including creative, production and event planning through an outsourced model. She held several other diverse positions within GSK in Promotion Management, Enterprise Field Operations and Convention Management. In her current role, Valli is the US lead for national convention governance with responsibility for strategic meeting management and plan design and execution of US Pharma recognition and rewards programs.

Valli is proud of her work to develop a congress and Healthcare (HCP) events strategy for commercial launch brands. She is a key member of the Global Group Hotel Program and the US Supplier Relationship Management Program.

Valli has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Melissa Clayton
Senior Manager, Event Planning and Administration, HELSINN

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Melissa Clayton is a Senior Meeting Planner with over 12 years’ experience working in the pharmaceuticals industry. She started her meeting planning career at Sapphire Therapeutics Inc. in 2004 as a coordinator for their corporate and medical meetings. Through the years she gained increasing responsibility in meeting planning then moved on to corporate event and tradeshow management, joining Helsinn Therapeutics (U.S), Inc. in 2007. Melissa heads a team of event managers and tradeshow coordinators overseeing all Corporate & Sales Meetings, Tradeshows, Product Launches, Incentive Trips, International Meetings, Investigator Meetings & Advisory Boards.

Heidi Cocca
Global Meeting Manager, MERCK

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Heidi Cocca has been at Merck for more than 10 years, working on various aspects of the clinical trial process, including training investigative sites. In 2008, she joined the newly formed meeting management department with a goal to develop, implement and sustain a new meeting model that produces compliant, cost-effective and high-quality investigator meetings. Prior to joining Merck, Heidi worked in software development, and now brings that zeal for technology to her current meetings, through digital and hybrid meetings, and stays on top of the latest trends such as meeting applications and gamification.

Heidi received her undergraduate degree from Lynchburg College and now lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys.

Alyssa Dver

John Gidman

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John began his career as a Biology Teacher before joining the Pharmaceutical Industry and working in Sales & Marketing roles.

He then settled into his first love, Training, with Quintiles and then as a Consultant. John has a passion for training & communication which is evident in his style-challenging, yet fun.

He will keep your audience engaged, entertained, informed & motivated. He has a particular knack for invigorating and energising meetings by improving a speaker’s ability to engage with the audience, and through his enthusiastic facilitation style.

John is co-owner of Small Planet Meetings, a Global Meeting Planning company.

Outside work, he is an avid supporter of Liverpool FC, enjoys traveling and films, and has been known to turn in a mean Salsa!

Angela Giovine
Meeting Operations Specialist, SHIRE

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Angela is a Meeting Operations Specialist for Shire Pharmaceuticals. With over twelve years of experience as an event planner, eight years specifically dedicated to the pharmaceutical meetings industry, Angela works to foster engaging learning experiences, and memorable interactions among her stakeholders. A true technophile at heart, she uses her enthusiasm for technology to educate and elevate others. At Shire she works to integrate technology into event operations across all of their franchises, and into daily operations for her commercial meetings and events teammates. She is a firm believer that well designed and easy to use strategic data systems can help improve overall work flow for all, and bring transparency to the pharmaceutical industry.

Prior to her work at Shire, Angela worked for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, The CM Group (a boutique Meeting Management Company specializing in pharmaceutical and biotech events), and for Vertex Pharmaceuticals – all in the Greater Boston area. Angela attended Simmons College where she studied PR and Marketing Communications. Angela also holds an Associate Degree in Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Mozelle Goodwin, CMP, HMCC
Meeting Planner, Global Clinical Meeting Planning, Corporate Operations, EISAI INC.

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A global strategic meeting professional, Mozelle’s experience spans more than 20 years in the medical education programming arena as well as programming in higher education, publishing and technology. Her career started at Sterling Drug where she was introduced to the world of meeting planning. She later acquired a position at a third-party medical education agency, where she held positions in operations and account management during her 13-year tenure before deciding to venture out as an Independent Planner. Having a passion for medical programming, Mozelle has been a part of the Global Clinical Meeting Planning Team at Eisai Inc. as a Pharmaceutical Meeting Planner since 2014.

A member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) since 1997, she earned her CMP in 1998 and served as President of the WestField Chapter from 2013-2014. Other certifications include Sports, Entertainment and Event Marketing (New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies) and Healthcare Meetings Compliance (MPI and St. Louis University). Mozelle holds a BSBA in general business from Bowling Green State University (Ohio).

Mozelle is a current member of the MPI-MD Advisory Council and the Martiz Travel HCP Advisory Council, both with a focus on communicating industry trends and creating forums for knowledge and idea exchange among healthcare meeting industry experts.

Ken Gordon
Head of North American Multimedia, SANOFI

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Kenneth is currently the Head of North America Multimedia, Sanofi and specializes in multimedia solutions to support all businesses across North America for Sanofi and abroad. He began his career at Sanofi more than 16 years ago as a Sales Professional and then transitioned to a position in the Field Communications department. After one year in the department Kenneth was promoted to the Head of the Field Communications group supporting the entire sales force communication needs. Kenneth then was appointed head of North America Multimedia which is the position he has held for almost 10 years.

Kenneth was instrumental in the development and launch of the first social media platform within Sanofi. This platform has quickly become the driver in social media within the company. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his innovative approach to communications and multimedia at Sanofi.

Kenneth led the development of the virtual meeting platform to support the needs of the company during travel restrictions. This platform has grown into a robust selection of webcasting solutions that is designed to meet the needs for many of the virtual meeting needs of the company. This platform continues to evolve and is used globally for many of the companies virtual meetings.

Previously, Kenneth owned and operated a chain of children’s shoe stores (Stride Rite) for 19 years. It was the largest privately held Stride Rite dealer in the country. During this time numerous awards were won for recognizable advances in innovation within the business, as well as for being one of the first to automate this type of business.

Kenneth graduated from Penn State University with a degree in communications. Kenneth and his wife have two daughters and currently reside outside of Philadelphia.

Abby Guy, CMP, MA
U.S. Lead, Meetings, Global Meetings Management, AMGEN

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Abby Guy joined Amgen as the US Lead, Global Meetings Management in 2018. She received her B.S. in Meeting & Event Management from UNLV and her Master’s Degree in Sustainable Tourism from ASU. Prior to joining Amgen, she worked for Maritz Travel for 9 years. During her time at Maritz Travel, Abby was dedicated to the Amgen account with her most recent position being the Director of Operations.

In her current role, Abby leads Amgen’s strategic meeting management program for the US. She works remotely from Las Vegas.

Lance Hill
Chief Executive Officer, WITHIN3

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As Chief Executive Officer of Within3, Lance Hill brings his own brand of energy, leadership and vision to the company.

With the belief that deeper engagement among healthcare professionals results in improved healthcare and better patient outcomes, Lance strategizes with global healthcare decision makers on how to integrate digital collaboration solutions into their businesses as an effective new channel of communication.

Prior to joining Within3, Lance served as the Vice President and General Manager of the worldwide Service Oriented Architecture business unit for the webMethods Corporation, an international leader in enterprise software. With annual revenues exceeding $200 million, webMethods was acquired in 2007 by German giant, Software AG, for $546 million.

Recruited directly from the University of Toledo by tech giant IBM, Lance led the design and implementation of global telecommunication networks for Fortune 500 businesses and major healthcare organizations, as well as consulted and lectured on worldwide technology strategies. He also developed training, methodology and best practices for Global Services consultants. Lance subsequently joined a top 10 U.S. financial services firm where he served as the Vice President of Enterprise Engineering and founded its Fusion Technology Group, dedicated to accelerating corporate adoption of new technologies and business processes.

A veteran in the technology industry, Lance dedicates himself to work he strongly believes in — improving healthcare by providing an easy-to-use, always accessible, digital collaboration solution for healthcare professionals and industry leaders to connect, communicate and collaborate.

Darren R. Jones
Senior Principal, Global Compliance Consulting Leader, IQVIA

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Darren Jones is responsible for leading compliance consulting projects across several healthcare interaction risk areas. He provides clients with compliance risk advisory services and leads Polaris’ global Auditing & Monitoring service offerings.

With significant expertise in audit and risk consulting, Darren leads engagements to reengineer regulated business practices and performs compliance audits. He has extensive global audit experience, having executed compliance audits in South America and Europe. He assists clients in defining key performance indicators and compliance risk indicators.

Darren speaks frequently and is interviewed on industry topics such as identifying and assessing financial controls, aggregate spending, fraud and abuse risks and sales and marketing compliance.

Darren holds a B.S.B.A. from University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Jennifer Langowski
Senior Meeting Planner, DAIICHI SANKYO

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Jennifer Langowski is a Senior Meeting Planner with 20 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical industry. She has been at Daiichi Sankyo for over 13 years working on various meetings with internal and external business clients, such as sales, advisory board and investigator meetings with a focus on Oncology. In her current role Jennifer not only responsible for executing Healthcare Professional (HCP) meetings and events, she is also responsible for managing HCP interactions as well as the HCP compliance for her department.

Jennifer holds certificates as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), and Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC).

Ryan Mazon
Senior Vice President, Business Development, EDUCATIONAL MEASURES

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Ryan Mazon is a senior vice president at Educational Measures, a meeting technology and analytics company. He has more than a decade of event technology experience in a variety of industries with a primary focus in life science education and healthcare. His experience spans everything from speaker training to investigator meetings, from technology to meeting design. Ryan has worked with clients all over the world helping them use technology to maximize engagement, improve meeting impact and create remarkable experiences. Ryan served in the military as a Sergeant in the Army and was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq where he received awards and accommodations for service. Ryan holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Grantham University, with a focus in Homeland Security.

Rick Rinderle, CME, CMP, HMCC, M.Sc
Associate Director, Meeting and Event Management, NOVARTIS BUSINESS SERVICES

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Rick Rinderle is an Associate Director in the Meeting and Event Managementdivision at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He has more than 18 years of experience in meetings, events, and conventions. In his present role, he is the customer liaison to the Neuroscience and Sandoz business units, providing input and guidance in the strategic meetings management in executing internal and Healthcare Professional (HCP) meetings and events.

Rick holds certificates as a Certified Manager of Exhibits (CME), Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) and a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership and change management.

Mary Rivers
U.S. Commercial Meetings and Event Lead, SHIRE

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Mary Rivers is the U.S. Commercial Meetings and Event Lead at Shire. As one of the pharmaceutical industry’s leading strategic meeting professionals, Mary has been implementing cross-functional solutions for her organization and her partners for over 20 years.

Mary has a proven track record of leading successful, mission-critical projects for a wide range of business units and programs, including Commercial Operations, Product Launches and Incentives. Mary has executed programs for various corporations, spent 6 years supporting a variety of clients on the third party management side, and for the past 12 years has dedicated herself to the pharmaceutical industry.

Mary prides herself on creating not only long-term partnerships but friendships with colleagues and industry partners. To every project, Mary brings her commitment to supporting the strategies that drive the meetings and events she and her team deliver, as well as her passion for helping her associates learn and grow.

Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, HMCC
Senior Director, Healthcare Compliance, MARITZ TRAVEL

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Pat is the author of “Breaking the Code to Healthcare Compliance”, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Edition, a health policy resource book for meeting professionals, physicians and manufacturers that addresses the impact of the National Physician Payment Transparency Program: Open Payments (formally the Physician Payments Sunshine Act) and global cross-border compliance. The book is the resource for the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate program being offered globally through MPI, St. Louis University and the Convention Industry Council CMP-HC certification program. She is also the Executive Editor of the newly released “MPI CMP Healthcare Training Manual and “The Guide to Successful Destination Management”. Pat is a contributing editor to 5 editions of the CIC Manual.

The Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) program was designed by Pat and currently has 1,000 recipients representing 16 countries.

Pat was recently named by Meetings Today as on the 2016 Meetings Trendsetters. She was recently recognized, for the third time, by Successful Meetings magazine as One of the 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry. Her honors include being named the first recipient of the International Destination Management Professional of the Year by ADME International, named as One of the Magnificent 7 in the Global Hospitality Industry and was most recently named as One of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business by the St. Louis Business Journal. Pat was also selected as Meeting Professional of the Year by the MPI-St. Louis Chapter and Event Professional of the Year by ISES-Missouri Chapter.

She is proud of her impact and roots within the Hospitality Industry. She is past president of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), St. Louis Chapter, Founder and Past President of the International Special Event Society (ISES-Missouri Chapter) and Past President of the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADME).

She has served as an adjunct Professor at 4 universities and currently Co-chairs the Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board at St. Louis University’s School of Professional Studies and serves as faculty for the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate.

SMM Expert and Coach

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Debi Scholar is a coach and mentor in Strategic Meetings Management and Virtual/Hybrid meetings and volunteers her time to help corporations, associations, and suppliers.She was a Meetings Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, American Express, and owned her own consultancy, Scholar Consulting Group. In 2013, she accepted the role of Global Leader and Director in Meetings & Events at a major pharmaceutical company working in the Global Strategic Sourcing group.

Debi has authored four books on meetings and events was named one of the Top Five Perennial Leaders in 2017, Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry in 2015 and 2016, all byMeetings and Conventions Magazine, one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry in 2013 by Successful Meetings Magazine, was the co-chair of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Groups & Meetings Committee, a GBTA Foundation Board Member, named a “Mover and Shaker” of the industry by Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine, was named a Top 20 Changemaker by Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine, and a “Best Meeting Practitioner”byBusiness Travel News.

Debi has achieved 9 designations, including Global Leadership Professional from Wharton, Certificate in Meetings Management, Certified Meeting Professional, Global Travel Professional, and Digital Event Strategist.

Andy Taffin

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Andrew Taffin, CEO of Tallen Technology Rentals, co-founded the company in 2002. His goal was to improve the client experience while delivering the most groundbreaking technologies on the market. He receives multiple invitations each year to speak about the industry at public conferences, and he is also one of the founding members and former president of the International Technology Rental Association (ITRA). Andrew’s passion and experience enabled Tallen to emerge as one of the premier audio visual providers in the world.

James Vachon, CMM
Former Associate Director, Global Events, Meetings and Conventions, TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL

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On graduating from Penn State University, James Vachon joined hotel chain Marriott. He then worked for event agencies Universal CIT and Philadelphia-based Maritz McGettigan for 12 years until, almost six years ago, he was approached by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Millennium Pharmaceuticals, part of the Takeda Oncology Company, regarding the newly created role of associate director for events. At Millennium, now Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Vachon focuses exclusively on the company’s global congress and convention activity.

Steve van der Molen

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Steve van der Molen is responsible for all meeting and events operations for the Atlantic City region, particularly the opening of the Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center in September 2015.

Van der Molen began his hospitality career at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After various experiences in catering and convention services both domestically and internationally, including five years as the Director of Catering & Convention Services for Starwood Hotels, van der Molen joined Caesars Entertainment in 2002 as the Assistant Director of Convention Operations at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

In 2012, he became the Director of On Property Sales for all of Caesars Entertainment’s Las Vegas properties, a role he held until his most current position in Atlantic City. Van der Molen holds a Bachelors in Hotel Business administration from The Hague International University in The Netherlands as well as certificates from Duke University in Communications, Certified Food and Beverage Executive from American Hotel Lodging Association, Certified Meeting Professional and a Green Belt Six Sigma Certificate from Arizona State University.

He served as Board member of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association and is recipient of the Caesars Entertainment Chairman’s Award.

Christine Walsh, CMP, HMCC
Senior Events Specialist, Meetings Management, SANOFI GENZYME

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Christine (Chrissy) Walsh has been with Sanofi Genzyme for over four years planned and coordinated internal and external business related functions, sales meetings, advisory board meetings, off sites, and large scale events, with a focus on the Rare Diseases business. In her current role she has become the primary contact for all advisory board business owners andoversees process improvements in advisory board execution. Prior to working in pharmaceuticals, she spent time as a planner in the IT industry as well as agency planning. Chrissy currently lives outside of Boston, and received her BA in Psychologyfrom Providence College and MBA from Fairfield University.

Scott Webb
Vice President, Owner, WEBB EVENT PRODUCTION

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Scott is known for his ability to take “impossible” creative ideas and craft them into a produceable product. He has a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and worked for 10 years in Architecture before coming back to the family business. He grew up in the audio visual industry giving him advanced technical expertise, but his experience in Design encourages Webb to think outside the box. For the last 15 years, he has pushed Webb to produce to the highest of standards. And, he is not above working behind the scenes with the rest of his team. He is on site, bolting trusses, building scenery, and working to ensure that the final product is exactly what the client had in mind.

Bonnie Weiss
Director, Global Pharmaceutical Sales, HYATT HOTELS

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As the Director, Global Pharmaceutical Sales, Americas, Bonnie Weiss is responsible for Hyatt’s sales and marketing efforts with key global Pharmaceutical accounts, and is based in Chicago.

Bonnie has been with Hyatt Hotels for 30+ years. Previous positions include Director of Sales of Hyatt’s New York National Sales Office, Associate Director of Sales and Travel Industry Sales Manager. In 1996 she was named Hyatt National Sales Manager of the Year, and in 1999 she won the prestigious Donald N. Pritzker Award. She has worked with the Pharmaceutical Industry for 24 years, and created and developed Hyatt’s Healthcare Business Exchange, which operated for 15 years. Bonnie is also on MPI’s Healthcare Advisory Board.

Bonnie received a Bachelor of Science-Communications degree from Southern Illinois University, and is a member of MPI.

Dawn M. Will, MBA, HMCC
Director, Meetings and Conventions, Commercial Operations, REGENERON

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Dawn Will has been in the healthcare & pharmaceutical industry for more than 30 years. She began her healthcare career in the United States Air Force as a Health Services Management enlisted force member serving over 14 years. Dawn graduated from National University in 1999 with a Masters of Business Administration degree with Healthcare Administration emphasis. Dawn spent over 14 years with Pfizer in various roles including professional specialty representative, HQ medical information and HQ global congresses and conventions.

Dawn then joined Freeman XP supporting Sanofi Pharmaceuticals in 2012 as the Director, Convention Operations. In 2015, she joined Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as part of the Commercial Operations department as Director, Meetings and Conventions.

A member of Meetings Professional International (MPI) since 2016, she earned the Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certification. Dawn is on the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Conventions and Exhibitors Association since 2017 and is a current member of the MPI-MD Advisory Council and the Maritz Travel HCP Advisory Council, both with a focus on communicating industry trends, networking and creating forums for knowledge and idea exchange among healthcare meeting industry experts.

Dawn lives in Westchester County New York, in her free time; Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running and participating in local 5K races, and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan!