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|Virginia Life Science Workforce Summit|
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
Thursday, June 21
Registration, check in, light breakfast and networking
Welcome and Setting Goals for the Day
Jim Powers, Chairman & CEO, HemoShear Therapeutics, and Chairman Virginia Bio Foundation
A thriving life science workforce ecosystem: the vision
Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Development Advisor,at Office of Governor Ralph Northam, Commonwealth of Virginia
Jeff Gallagher, CEO, Virginia Bio
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.
Denise Toney, Director, Division of Consolidated Laboratories, Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond, Moderator
Erin Johnson, Director of Operations, Biologics, Merck, Elkton
Teri Sellars, Senior Director, Human Resources ATCC, Manassas
Craig Vick, Chief Human Resources Officer and VP of Organizational Development, LifeNet Health, Virginia Beach
Teri Sellars, Senior Director, Human Resources ATCC, Manassas
Carol Moore, Human Resources Manager, ivWatch, Williamsburg
Hatch Reppard, Director of Business Development, PeopleSolutions, Richmond, Moderator
Praduman Jain, CEO, Vibrent Health, Fairfax
Alan Simpson, SVP Global Clinical Operations, PRA Health Sciences, Charlottesville
Morgan Todd-Ledford, Vice President Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, McKesson Medical Surgical
Sika Dunyoh, Director of Education Programs, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), Washington, D.C.
Briefing: Top Level findings from the National and Virginia Life Science Workforce Trends Reports: Insights for Industry - metrics, trends and data gaps for policymakers, academia, economic development and industry.
Jeff Gallagher,CEO, Virginia Bio
Christopher Girdwood, Business Development Manager, Prince William County, Department of Economic Development, Prince William
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.
Marisa Cole, Biomedical Engineer, ivWatch, Williamsburg
Steve Hoang, Head of Computational Biology, Hemoshear Therapeutics, Charlottesville
Evan Newbold, Science Research Assistant, Cavion, Charlottesville
Mindy Myers, Medical Laboratory Technologist- Molecular Infectious Disease, Quest Diagnostics, Chantilly
Audrey Ogendi, Clinical Operations Associate, AMPEL BioSolutions, Charlottesville
Lunch and Networking
Virginia Life Science Higher Education on Parade
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.
Brad Fravel, Director of Business Development, LINK - The Center for Advancing Industry Partnerships @ Virginia Tech, Blacksburg/Roanoke, Moderator
Ia Gomez, Dean of Science, Engineering, Math, and Health, Lord Fairfax Community College
David Lapinski, Director of Employer Relations, University of Virginia Career Center, Charlottesville
Louise Temple, James Madison University Undergraduate Professor Biotechnology Program, Harrisonburg
Kathleen Powell, Associate Vice President for Career Development, Cohen Career Center, William & Mary, Williamsburg
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.
Kathryn Sinclair, Foundation Program Coordinator, Virginia Bioscience Foundation
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.
Ross Dunlap, CEO, Ceres Nanosciences, Manassas, Moderator
Elvira Cashel, Vice President Human Resources, kaleo
Laura Lemza, Assistant Director, of Career & Industry Advising, VCU College of Engineering, Richmond
Amy White, Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke
Amy Adams, Associate Director, Institute for BioHealth Innovation at George Mason University, Manassas
Taylor Derby, Research Associate, HemoShear Therapeutics, Charlottesville
Open Moderated Forum: Strengths, Gaps, Opportunities and Next Steps
Jim Powers, Chairman & CEO, HemoShear Therapeutics, Chairman Virginia Bio Foundation
Denise Toney, Director, Division of Consolidated Laboratories, Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond
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.
Higher education institutions, from community college to university, will connect directly with Virginia life science employers and gain exposure to the variety of life science jobs now available, and the skills required for those jobs. They will discuss with industry the needs and best practices to forge strategic alignment of curriculum/ training programs and industry.
Highlight your programs with a poster during the “Higher Education on Parade” lunch. Sign up to bring a ready-to-go poster exemplifying your programs and graduates in STEM curriculum.
Economic development professionals and policymakers will better understand the needs of employers in the industry, and sources and supply of talent in their region and across the state.
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
Hilton Richmond Downtown
Omni Richmond Hotel
Museum District Bed & Breakfast
Interested in being a part of this event? Contact Cassandra Isley for sponsorship details.
What Our Attendees Say
The content was great and there were some great people in attendance – really amazing opportunities for connections.
Lisa Simms Booth
Biden Cancer Initiative
One of the things I noticed collectively a refreshing sense of discussion amongst all attendees!! It was as if we were given a free pass to come talk with other like minds! I really enjoyed the program and experience!
You planned and orchestrated a top notch event! It was a truly inspirational day. Thank you for all you do to support the universities and companies in VA. We are all grateful!
George Mason University