Pre-Conference Focus Day 1

Pre-Conference Focus Day - Option 1: Building the Workforce of The Future

An Interactive Pre-Conference Focus Day on:

Bridging Skill Gaps and Aligning People and Organizational Development to Build the Workforce of the Future

Monday, May 13, 12-6.30 

In a highly competitive and regulated industry, retaining and developing key talent for the future is a huge challenge facing HR in life sciences organizations in 2024. Join this pre-conference workshop and uncover how to identify the key talent and skills required for business success and design successful succession planning pathways and retention strategies to secure future productivity in your life sciences organization while operating with limited budgets and resources.

12:00 pm Registration & Networking

Leveraging Employee Development as Tool for Retention in Life Sciences Organizations in 2024

12:30 pm Panel:Leveraging Employee Development as a Tool for Retention in Life Sciences Organizations in 2024

Synopsis

Discussion points/questions to be addressed:

  • Discussing how to engage employees in their career goals and pathways, reskilling employees and creating a continual learning culture
  • How to attract and develop new gen talent to secure the future of your life sciences organization
  • New approaches to ensuring employees understand the value proposition of their role from a career development perspective to entice them to stay

1:10 pm Action: What More Can We Learn About Leveraging Employee Development As A Tool For Retention In Life Sciences Organizations In 2024?

Synopsis

Output Focused Action Session Facilitated by the Chair

1:30 pm Networking Break

1:50 pm Discover: Retreat, Reflect, Reemerge: Developing a Curriculum for Management and Leadership Success for Your Life Sciences Organization

  • Jessica Wilan Head Of Human Resources, Calico Life Sciences LLC

Synopsis

  • How Calico Life Sciences identified the critical skills and desired management and leadership behaviors needed for long-term success
  • Evolving an existing strategy to develop these skills in current and future managers and leaders while getting buy-in from skeptical leaders and beginning your succession planning journey to secure the future success of your biotech
  • How Calico Life Sciences have built a staged curriculum for managers and leaders to establish consistency and increase the organization’s ability to deal with known or sudden gaps in the talent pipeline

How to Identify and Bridge Skill Gaps in Current and Future Life Sciences Employees

2:10 pm Discover: Identifying the Critical Skills Life Sciences Employees Must Possess Now and in the Next 12-24 Months that are Crucial to Your Organization’s Success and Building Pathways to Bridge These Gaps

  • Heidi Schisel Vice President, People & Culture, Genentechs Commercial, Medical, and Government Affairs, Genentech

Synopsis

  • How can you keep continuous learning top of mind and encourage people to own their development?
  • How can you enable people to have meaningful connections with leaders? 
  • How Genentech is creating a culture of continuous learning to ensure the bio-tech leader is building a future-ready workforce in service of patients.

2:30 pm Discover: Spotlighting Employee Development in Smaller Biotech to Develop Business Critical Skills with a Limited Budget

Synopsis

  • Engaging employees in the development of career ladders or ‘Career Leveling Guides’
  • The importance of engaging and developing early career talent
  • How Sonoma has been able to map out the existing skills in their organization and upskill and reskill employees to obtain business critical skills while operating with very limited budget and resource

2:50 pm Develop: What More Can We Learn About Identifying and Bridging Skill Gaps in Current and Future Life Sciences Employees?

  • Jessica Wilan Head Of Human Resources, Calico Life Sciences LLC
  • Heidi Schisel Vice President, People & Culture, Genentechs Commercial, Medical, and Government Affairs, Genentech
  • Melisa Medrano Director - Talent, Sonoma Biotherapeutics

Synopsis

Question & Answer Session Facilitated by the Focus Day Chair

3:10 pm Action: What Will You Now Do To Bridge Skill Gaps in Current And Future Life Sciences Employees?

Synopsis

Output Focused Action Session Facilitated by the Chair

3:30 pm Networking Break

Speed Learning

3:50 pm Speed Learning:

Synopsis

In this quick-fire session, each table will be hosted by an HR leader who will share the secrets of their most high-impact leap; you then get the opportunity to question the host before moving on to your next table

Table 1 Topic: How to Identify and Develop the Key Talent and Skills Required for Biopharma Business Success

Table 2 Topic: How Moving Away From The Career Ladder Approach and Developing a Career Portfolio Offers You Flexibility and Your Employees More Opportunity to Grow

Table 3 Topic: Leveraging Leadership Development to Revitalize your Organizations People Story with a Focus on Positive Intelligence

  • Betsy Johnson Head of Organizational Effectiveness, Anteris Technologies

4:30 pm Interactive Future-Focused Roundtable Discussion

Synopsis

  • What traditional thinking most needs to be challenged around how we do HR in Life Sciences?
  • What skills will be required in the future that don’t currently exist in our businesses and in our HR teams and how can we build them quickly?
  • What are the challenges we can’t yet see that we need to be prepared for to thrive in tomorrow’s Life Sciences industry?

This interactive roundtable led by the industry will seek to address questions like these, leaving participants energized, inspired and ready for action. 

Hosted by the LEAP HR Life Sciences Searchlight network

5:10 pm Pre-Conference Day Drinks Reception Hosted by

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5:40 pm End of Pre-Conference Focus Day