Fast-Growth Focus Day

Pre-Conference Focus Day - Separately Bookable Session

Before the main conference begins, this interactive focus day will allow you to spend time engaging in a smaller group with the leading HR challenges you’re facing.

Monday May 9, 2022

12pm - 4:30pm

Driving Hyper-Growth & Delivering on Your Peoples’ Purpose Within the Fast-Paced Operating Environment of Your Scaling Life Sciences Organization

As a rapidly growing life sciences organization this is your best opportunity to uncover the progressive HR thinking required for you to deliver on company culture, authenticity and purpose whilst navigating periods of aggressive growth and transform your impact. 

12:00 pm

Registration & Lunch

12:30 pm Focus Day Leader Welcome

12:40 pm Discover: Reimagining How Scaling Life Sciences Organizations Can Implement Best Practices & New Technology to Build an Effective & Future- Proof HR Department With a Limited Budget


  • How do we balance our scientists’ passion for science and establish the right balance between the R&D and commercial organization within the fast-pace operating environments of scaling biotechs?
  • What lessons can we learn from experienced HR Leaders with in-depth knowledge of the best practices & challenges present in the industry in order to build scale-able systems
  • How Spinal Element has incrementally built an entire HR function from the ground up resulting in an organization ranked as one of San Diego’s Top Workplaces for the third year in a row

1:00 pm Discover: The Innovative & Radical HR Thinking Required to Successfully Scale your Organization from startup to a Large Company While Driving and maintaining Your Peoples’ Purpose


  • What critical lessons can we learn from the most innovative diagnostic organizations about how to scale and manage multiple sites in an agile and successful manner
  • How to effectively build a solid foundation as an employer and truly build out and embed all systems throughout the entire organization while scaling at an extremely rapid pace
  • Leveraging lessons learned from Cue Health’s unique story on how the organization was able to grow tenfold in just one year, successfully scaling and maintaining culture, retention and morale

1:20 pm Develop: What More Can We Learn from Experienced HR Leaders on How to Successfully Scale Your Life Science Organizations Whilst Driving Your Peoples’ Purpose?


  • Question & Answer Session Facilitated by the Focus Day Leader

1:40 pm Action: What Are You Now Going to Do Differently to Attract & Inspire the Talent You Need to Remain Competitive?


Output-Focused Discussion Session

2:00 pm

Networking Break

2:30 pm Panel Discussion: Leveraging Lessons Learned from Experienced HR Change Makers on Driving Innovation & Scale as a Small Start-up with High Capital

  • Stephanie Heintz Head of Human Resources, Neogene Therapeutics
  • Luan Wilfong Chief Human Resources Officer, Revolution Medicines
  • Dee Olomajeye Senior Director & Head of People Operations, Senti Biosciences


  • How do we balance our scientist’s passion with science with the fast-pace operating environments of scaling biotechs?
  • Breaking away from conventional talent acquisition to attract top life sciences talent improve our recruitment processes and achieve the results we need
  • How can we use our culture as a differentiator when we don’t have the pockets larger firms do for benefits?
  • How do we balance managing executives and employees needs in scaling life sciences start-ups?

3:10 pm

Comfort Break

3:30 pm Speed Learning


  • How to effectively build a solid foundation that drives innovation & scale as a small start-up with limited resources
  • Reimagining how life sciences organizations can be more agile & cost effective when scaling within the context of a hybrid working world
  • How to Strengthen Your DE&I Initiative & Foster an Inclusive Environment Within Rapidly Scaling Life Sciences Organizations

4:30 pm

Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Pre-Conference Focus Day

Plus why not add the C-Hack to your event experience? C-Hack will feature eye-opening panel discussions, roundtable sessions and exclusive opportunities for networking with CHROs and Heads of Human Resources bursting to share their experiences.  Find out more.