Pre-Conference TA Focus Day

Monday May 15, 2023

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Strategic Life Sciences Talent Acquisition Focus Day: Uncover Robust Talent Acquisition Strategies Reimagined for Current & Future Market Conditions While Crucially Advancing Diversity


Before the main conference begins, this interactive focus day will allow you to spend time engaging in a smaller group. This is your best opportunity to uncover how the leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies are gaining a competitive advantage on the industry’s top talent in an unpredictable climate. Through a combination of thought leader perspectives and facilitated discussions between Talent Acquisition leaders, you will leave with connections, insights, and innovative ideas you can immediately implement.

1:30 pm Registration

2:00 pm Focus Day Leader Welcome

2:10 pm Discover: Trailblazing Early Talent TA Strategies to Energise a Cross Generational & Diverse Employee Base


  • Making early talent a strategic priority and setting up company initiatives to identify roles for early talent and navigating internal culture shifts
  • Fostering university relations, onboarding, and development strategies to retain early talent
  • Learn how Thermo Fisher Scientific are striving to reach their 2025 goal of achieving 25% of their external hires as new graduates

2:30 pm Discover: Integrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion into Your TA Strategy to Become an Employer Of Choice, Regardless of Size

  • Mark Rocha Senior Director - Talent Acquisition, Karius


  • Ensuring to pay attention to diversity in all its forms to attract the diverse talent pipelines required for your organization’s growth and success
  • Partnering with organizations and redesigning employer branding to promote exposure to diverse applicants
  • The Head of TA at Karius reveals their strategy for ensuring diversity in both external and internal processes to promote a healthy company culture

2:50 pm Develop: What More Can We Learn from TA Leaders Diversifying Their Employee Base?

  • Adrienne Sullivan Senior Director, Talent Acquisition, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Mark Rocha Senior Director - Talent Acquisition, Karius


Question & Answer Session Facilitated by the Focus Day Chair

3:20 pm Action: What Are You Now Going to Do Differently to Ensure a More Diverse Talent Pipeline?


Interactive Discussion Session Facilitated by the Pre-Conference Day Chair

3:30 pm
Networking Break

4:00 pm
Speed Learning


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.

  • Building a Scalable Talent Acquisition Framework to Remain Aligned with Company Priorities Whilst Ensuring Adaptability to the Dynamic Market Conditions of the Biotech Industry
  • The Power of Storytelling: Components of a Good Story to Gain Competitive Advantage & Attract Top Talen

5:00 pm Focus Day Leader’s Closing Remarks & End of Pre-Conference Focus Day

5:15 pm Oasis Drinks Reception hosted by TSP


Invitation Only