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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


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Thursday, June 21

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

Jim Powers, CEO, Hemoshear Therapeutics, Chairman Virginia Bio Foundation

A thriving life science workforce ecosystem: the vision

Megan Healy, Director of Workforce, 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.
First Panel

Denise Toney, Director, Division of Consolidated Laboratories, Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond

Craig Vick, Chief Human Resources Officer and VP of Organizational Development, LifeNet Health, Virginia Beach

Teri Sellars, Senior Director, Human Resources ATCC, Manassas

Gary Warren, President and CEO, ivWatch, Williamsburg

Second Panel

Hatch Reppard, Director of Business Development, PeopleSolutions, Richmond

Praduman Jain, CEO, Vibrent Health, Fairfax

Alan Simpson, SVP Global Clinical Operations, PRA Health Sciences, Charlottesville

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.

Marisa Cole, ivWatch, Williamsburg

Steve Hoang, Hemoshear, Charlottesville

Evan Newbold, Cavion, Charlottesville

Mindy Myers, Medical Technologist, Quest Diagnostics, Chantilly

Audrey Ogendi, 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

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 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

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.

Ross Dunlap, CEO, Ceres Nanosciences, Manassas

Anita Taylor, Director of Career Services, VCU School of Engineering, Richmond

Amy White, Dean of STEM Center for Science and Health Professions, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke

Amy Adams, Associate Director, Institute for BioHealth Innovation at George Mason University, Manassas

Taylor Derby,Intern, Hemoshear Therapeutics, Charlottesville

Open Moderated Forum: Strengths, Gaps, Opportunities and Next Steps

Jim Powers, CEO, Hemoshear Therapeutics, Chairman Virginia Bio Foundation

Denise Toney, Director, Division of Consolidated Laboratories, Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond


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.

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.

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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

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Sponsorship Information

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

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