Learning to Lean-In in Today's Business Environment

“I know a little something about a woman in a man’s profession,” was presumably first spoken by Queen Elizabeth during her reign from 1558-1603. Now, however, a growing number of women are making their marks in industry, paving the way for generations to come so people won’t think “man” when they hear the word engineer, architect, or someone in a technical field. 2020 will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States, and while we have come far, there is still progress to be made. In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg authored her book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” sharing her personal stories and advice on how women can achieve their goals, sparking a worldwide call for women to “Lean In” with friends and co-workers to create a more equal world. Come meet a panel of local, leading ISPE DVC women to hear how they have influenced the industry and paved their own paths.

Featured women on the panel include:

  • Kristen Duffy, Merck
  • Laura Flessner, GSK
  • Rachel Haddock, GSK
  • Meryl Towarnicki, Genesis Architects
  • Jing Yang, Bristol-Myers Squibb

For those unaware of ISPE’s Women In Pharma Initiative, their mission statement is: Drive our organization’s progress towards gender parity, assist with the growth and education of our membership and sponsor programs to assist women in various role in the pharmaceutical industry. Target sponsorship and mentoring programs connecting leaders with rising talent; with networks and forums to support our members to achieve overall potential.


Eleanor Small

Eleanor F. Small
Principal Scientist, Oral Care PPD/LCM at Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.


Kristen Duffy

Kristen Duffy
Chief of Staff, Global Biologics & Sterile Operations at Merck

Laura Flessner

Laura Flessner
Director New Venture Insights Lead at GSK

Rachel Haddock

Rachel Haddock
Vice President Technical, Biopharms and Steriles at GSK

Meryl Towarnicki

Meryl Towarnicki
President of Genesis Architects

Jing Yang

Jing Yang
People and Business Resource Group Lead, Pan Asian Network, at Bristol-Myers Squibb

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