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A Busy Few Months for ISPE’s Women in Pharma®

Edyna Miguez
2023 ISPE Europe Annual Conference Session: The Advantages of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

ISPE’s Women in Pharma®  group advocates for accelerated equality in the pharmaceutical industry and beyond. Through virtual and in-person programming, Women in Pharma provides ISPE members the resources necessary to challenge the status quo and make an impact on both a personal and professional level.

This summer has been, and will continue to be, quite busy with Women in Pharma®  programming focused on the workforce of the future, and professional growth. Here’s what you can look forward to, and what you might have missed.

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2023 ISPE Europe Annual Conference Session: The Advantages of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Women in Pharma®  hosted a general session at the 2023 ISPE Europe Annual Conference, The Science Behind Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Moderated by ISPE Member and Senior Biotech and Pharma Consultant, Lineke Pelleboer, the panel welcomed Diane Hustead, Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs at Merck, Monica Dias, Head of Supply and Availability of Medicines and Medical Devices for the EMA, and Darius Smith, Director of DE&I at Genmab.

The session kicked off with a riveting presentation by Darius Smith, who broke down the importance of DEI as an industry standard following the inequalities exposed through the Covid-19 pandemic, and the importance of adopting it as an industry standard. Smith discussed how DEI could help cultivate innovation, creativity, and mutual respect for a variety of cultures and backgrounds. The session then turned to the panelists to follow up on these points and discuss the importance of a more inclusive pharmaceutical industry, and how a more inclusive workforce can benefit patient care overall.

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Webinar: Unpromotable Work: Why Are We Still Doing This?

Following an important discussion at the 2023 ISPE Europe Annual Conference, Women in Pharma®  kept the momentum going with a complimentary webinar: Unpromotable Work: Why Are We Still Doing This?

This webinar lasered into the many tasks many say yes to in hopes of gaining recognition, but instead are left feeling overwhelmed. The hour-long conversation is intended for anyone who feels overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated.

The panelists – Gayle Flynn, Engagement Delivery Partner at Cognizant, Janet L. Williams, Clinical Supply Chain Lead at Thermo Fisher, and Nina Siragua, Chief of Staff to Laura Matz, CSTO at Merck - clearly defined these important, yet time-consuming tasks, when to say yes to be a team player, and when to say no in a productive manner. Members can watch the complimentary webinar.

Senior Director, Quality Control
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

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Webinar: Workforce of the Future: Adjust Your Company Culture for Future Retention and Success

Additionally, Women in Pharma®  dove into the workforce of the future and the importance of adjusting company culture to meet the ethical and ESG focused-demands of the incoming and younger workforce.

In this complimentary webinar, Workforce of the Future: Adjust Your Company Culture for Future Retention and Success, the panelists - Pietro Santoro, Executive Consultant with a focus on Human resources, People and Organization, Erin Zielinski, Senior Director of Client Services – Medical Groups at Kyruus, and Thomas Carganico, Vice President of Strategic Development, Marketing and Communication at PQE Group – discussed the importance of people-focused strategies, how to motivate a team in a remote environment and how to create a company culture that is truly inclusive, promoting equal opportunity for equal effort.


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2023 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo

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2023 ISPE Biotechnology Conference | Session: Tools for Success in a Multinational and Multigenerational Environment Sponsored by Women in Pharma®
Tuesday, 27 June 2023 | 0800-0900 CET

This session, powered and led by Women in Pharma® features a panel presentation focusing on personal experiences and best business practices when managing business negotiations and operations across borders and age groups. Through this session, you will hear leadership anecdotes of lessons learned and acquire tools to better manage cultural differences and seamlessly integrate generational perspectives.

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ISPE Boston Area Chapter Product Show | Session: Adventures in Leadership: A Women in Pharma® Discussion Panel
20 September 2023 | 1000-1130
South End, Red Level, Press Box

Join the Boston Women in Pharma® Committee, Co-Chair, Yolanda McLean, and the esteemed panelists as they talk about choosing their own leadership adventure. The Panelists will share how sometimes identifying your career and the path to achieving your goals isn’t a straight line.

A brief infamous Women in Pharma® networking session will precede the program starting at 1000 so get there early to meet some new folks and get a good seat!

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2023 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo | Workshop: Essentials for Leadership Development
Sunday, 15 October 2023 | 1300-1600

What does it take to be in leadership in the pharmaceutical industry? ISPE's Leadership 101 program answers that question and will position you for leadership.

The Essentials for Leadership Development workshop provides an interactive experience that gives attendees an overview of the ISPE Leadership 101 program. In this 3-hour workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to self-reflect and interact 1-on-1 and as a group.

This hands-on experience focuses on three essentials for leadership in the pharmaceutical industry.

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2023 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo | Event: The Allure of the Ally, Power and Led by Women in Pharma®
Monday, 16 October 2023 | 1930-2130

Let’s travel back in time for a swanky night with some of the most impressive broads and fellas in the industry. The Women in Pharma® and Emerging Leaders Monday Night Event - Allure of the Ally - is open to all conference attendees, but capacity is limited to keep the scent off our trail. Only those with a secret password will be allowed into the speakeasy, so reserve your spot today, old sport, to enjoy a night of music, drinks, and networking with the best in the biz.

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2023 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo | Event: ISPE’s Self-Defense Class, Power & Led by Women in Pharma®
Tuesday, 16 October 2023 | 0700-0800

Kick-off your Tuesday morning with an extra dose of power and confidence with a self-defense class, power and led by Women in Pharma®. Join us on Tuesday, 17 October, from 0700 - 0800 for a class consisting of traditional boxing methods and combinations to help you defend yourself with confidence. This instructor-led class will provide you with guidance and feedback on forms to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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