The 2020 speaker faculty was made up of Life Sciences’ most forward-thinking TA leaders, including:

James Cheng

Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion & Interim Head of Talent Acquisition

Zimmer Biomet

Jerod Funke

Vice President, Talent Acquisition

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Matt McSherry

Global Head of Talent Acquisition

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Carolyn Pastore

Director, Talent Acquisition & HRBP

Blueprint Medicines

Debra Simmers

Executive Director, Talent Acquisition Business Partners & Delivery

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Discover How Life Sciences Innovators Are Thinking Differently About How They Attract the Stand-Out Talent They Need to Succeed in a Rapidly Changing Operating Environment

LEAP TA: Life Sciences is an open platform for the boldest TA leaders in life sciences to engage in a genuinely disruptive dialogue around how the most radical talent strategies are helping redefine work in an uncertain world and successfully navigate the new normal operating environment.


This unique opportunity is designed for anyone with a stake in talent acquisition at the heart of biopharma businesses of all sizes. Those who take part will find out how to rewrite the rules of talent acquisition to balance speed with fit in finding brilliant people to gain a sustainable competitive advantage.

Only at LEAP TA: Life Sciences 2020 could you uncover the industry’s most forward-thinking talent acquisition leaps, including:

Build a more agile TA function: Learn how The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard is ensuring its recruitment engine can evolve and deliver even during hyper-growth
Leverage brand and culture during virtual recruiting: Hear how NovoCure is bringing culture to its candidates’ kitchen tables
Transform your approach to early career talent attraction: Discover how Vertex Pharmaceuticals is using early talent initiatives to boost talent and engagement
Create an inclusive, innovative and inspiring place to work: Understand the radical steps Zimmer Biomet is taking to attract, retain and sustain key talent and drive business results
Shift the life sciences virtual recruiting paradigm: Explore how Scholar Rock is developing innovative practices around how it attracts, selects and onboards talent



“LEAP HR pulled off an amazing virtual conference… – I’m so impressed. I came away with some great ideas and a greater sense of belonging to the worldwide HR Life Sciences community! Bravo, and thanks.” – Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Scholar Rock

“Thank you to LEAP HR for the great virtual conference. The impact of this will be felt by employees, families and patients around the world!” – Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Administration, PTC Therapeutics

“10 out of 10. This was my first LEAP HR: Life Sciences conference and it was wonderful.” – Human Resources Generalist, Precision BioSciences

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of a wonderful virtual conference! The content and sessions at LEAP HR: Life Sciences were informative and impactful! I would love to stay connected and take part in future digital meetings.” - Head of Global Learning & Development, Merz Aesthetics