12.00pm-12.45pm EST

Opening Panel Discussion: Opening Panel Discussion: What Different Visions of the Future Do We Need to be Prepared for to Ensure We Are Future-Proofing TA For The Needs Of Tomorrow’s Life Sciences Industry?

  • Josh Needle Senior Vice President, Client Services - Life Sciences, Cielo
  • Peter Greco Senior Director Total Talent, Sanofi
  • Melissa Barch Katz Director Talent Acquisition Technology & Programs, AbbVie
  • Sangeeth Jayanthan Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Takeda Oncology
  • Grace Niwa Vice President Global Talent Acquisition & Employee Experience, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

1.00pm-2.30pm EST

Discover: Rethinking TA & the Role of the TA Leader in a Hyper-Growth Life Sciences Business

  • Grace Niwa Vice President Global Talent Acquisition & Employee Experience, Vertex Pharmaceuticals


• Where does TA stand today? What will it look like tomorrow? What capabilities do we need to bring in to support the evolution to a more data-driven, marketing-based, strategic TA leader?
• Leveraging people data to deliver insights around DEI, internal talent mobility, and understanding the talent landscape of the future
• Underpinning this with great TA technology – what tools do you need?

Discover: Reshaping the Life Sciences TA Function to Create a More Nimble & Responsive Talent Organization

  • Ian Ide Vice President Talent Acquisition, Foundation Medicine


• Applying the latest executive search principles to segment and shift the roles within the TA function to increase operational agility
• Providing a faster ramp-up for new hires and allowing for non-scientific recruiters to support recruiting for specialized, scientific roles
• How this new thinking can be utilized as a permanent structure or on a project basis to meet surges in recruiting needs

Discover: Challenging Traditional Thinking Around How We Address Recruitment In Biotech


• The advantages of looking outside of the traditional biotech background to achieve the results we need
• New TA lessons learned from High Tech, Med Device and Outsourced recruitment you can apply today
• Harnessing your unique power of purpose to give you a competitive talent advantage in a competitive market

Develop: Lessons Learned From Rethinking TA To Be Fit For A Future Flexible Life Sciences Industry

  • Grace Niwa Vice President Global Talent Acquisition & Employee Experience, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Ian Ide Vice President Talent Acquisition, Foundation Medicine
  • Patty Garabedian Head of Talent Acquisition, Ultivue


• Question & answer session

Recharge Break & Structured Networking

3.00pm-4.30pm EST

Discover: Digital Transformation In Talent Acquisition: How AbbVie Is Deploying AI In Talent Acquisition To Build A Total Talent Marketplace


• How deploying AI in TA is helping achieve more measurable outcomes from end to end
• Exploring the successes, failures, and lessons learned in delivering successful TA transformation
• Critical success factors to ensure your digital transformation delivers ROI through bias testing, metrics for success, change management, cross-stakeholder advocacy, and upskilling

Discover: An Ongoing Transformation Story: How Sanofi Is Transforming TA Into An Even More Strategic Business Function


• Understanding the new TA model Sanofi has developed and how that change was managed
• Inside the partnerships that needed to be developed to enable the TA transformation journey
• Choosing the right partner to work with, selling the business case and demonstrating ROI

Discover: Leveraging Data Analytics to Enhance Your Talent Acquisition Strategy

  • Tim Oyer Vice President, RPO Solutions, Advanced RPO


• How are the most admired life science recruiters currently using data to differentiate their TA activities?
• What’s working, what’s not and what’s needed to deliver a world-class talent acquisition strategy in today’s life sciences industry?
• How is the changing future of work impacting the approaches life sciences leaders are taking to next generation talent acquisition?

Develop: Lessons Learned From TA Transformation


• Question & answer session