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Virginia Life Science Workforce Summit

About the Summit

Join us for the premier Virginia Life Science Workforce Summit. It is a statewide gathering of life science industry employers, higher education institutions, economic development authorities, HR professionals, and policymakers.

This day-long conference will cultivate partnerships bridging together industry and academia. Critical gaps will be identified while focus-driven towards creating a pipeline of exceptional talent for the ever-changing life science industry throughout the Commonwealth.

The Summit will prepare the next generation of Virginians with the vision, knowledge, and skills they need to launch meaningful and productive careers. We are laying the foundation for all to excel in the rewarding challenge of leading bioscience…one innovation at a time.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Richmond, VA

Thursday, June 21

Registration, check in, light breakfast and networking
Welcome and Setting Goals for the Day

Jeff Gallagher, CEO, Virginia Bio

Jim Powers, CEO, Hemoshear, Chairman Virginia Bio Foundation

Keynote - A thriving life science workforce ecosystem: the vision

Lori Lindburg, President and CEO, California Life Sciences Institute (invited)

Introduction: Megan Healey, Director of Workforce, Commonwealth of Virginia

Roundtable 1: Employers identify the education, training and skills they look for when hiring both new and experienced employees, the challenges they face now and strategies to overcome them, plus the trends and future needs they foresee.
Networking Break
Briefing: Top Level findings from the Virginia Life Science Workforce Study: metrics, trends and data gaps for policymakers, academia, economic development and industry.
Roundtable 2: “Direct From The Source” – Employees a couple years into their life science careers discuss what education/training/skills have proved most impactful, the gaps, and how to succeed.
Lunch and Networking

Virginia Life Science Higher Education on Parade

Keynote - Governor Ralph Northam (invited)
Roundtable 3: Higher Education Instructors, Career Officers and Administrators discuss current practices in finding and linking with industry for student opportunities and in aligning curriculum with employer needs to best prepare the next generation.
Briefing: Glimpse of the Pilot Program of Live Virtual Interviews of Virginia life science professionals for students statewide, and plans for Roll Out Fall 2018/Spring 2019.
Networking Break
Roundtable 4: Experiential Learning – Industry, Higher Education and Students explore different models for on the job, business and soft skills training to create value for students/interns and employers.
Briefing: Glimpse of the Pilot Program of Live Virtual Interviews of Virginia life science professionals for students statewide, and plans for Roll Out Fall 2018/Spring 2019.

Intended Outcomes

Virginia life science industry employers will be instantly linked to the 20+ higher education institutions in Virginia.

Life science industry employers will convey skills needed for an efficient and productive workforce, discuss employee strengths and weaknesses, address hiring demands and employment needs.

BioSTEM higher education institutions will connect directly with Virginia life science employers to learn the variety of life science jobs and the skills required. Discuss strategic alignment of curriculum and training programs to educate the next generation.

Economic development authorities and government agencies will acquire opportunities to strengthen the life science job growth and workforce development within the Commonwealth.

All attendees will build relationships with decision makers and leaders of life science industry, academia, and government to share best practices linking to new opportunities for excellence.

Who Should Attend

  • Life science company employers; leadership and human resource professionals.
  • Nonprofit and government employers requiring life science educated and trained employees.
  • Public and private institutions of higher education; life science academia, universities, community colleges, program administration, experimental learning, and career centers.
  • Economic development officials who want to better understand the needs of companies in the industry, the sources and supply of talent in their region and across the state.
  • Human resource and hiring managers, recruiting and staff development professionals.
  • Soft skills training professionals. Contract service providers.

Area Hotels

Graduate Richmond
(804) 644-9871
301 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23220

The Jefferson
101 W Franklin St. Richmond, VA 23220

Berkeley Hotel
1200 E Cary St. Richmond, VA 23219

Hilton Richmond Downtown
501 E Broad St. Richmond, VA 23219

Omni Richmond Hotel
100 S 12th St, Richmond, VA 23219

Richmond Marriott
500 E Broad St. Richmond VA 23219

Museum District Bed & Breakfast
2811 Grove Ave. Richmond VA 23221

Sponsorship Information

Interested in being a part of this event? Contact Cassandra Isley for sponsorship details.


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