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 Managing Director- 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

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


• Question & answer session

Discover: The Truth About Diverse TA Progress and Innovative Practices for Accelerating Performance


  • The performance of diverse TA in today’s market and innovative, data-driven strategies for transforming your recruiting approach one project at a time
  • Diverse TA best practices and takeaways from enterprise life science companies that can be scaled for any-sized organization
  • Insights from Dr. Randal Pinkett based on his DEI advisory services to health science organizations in the public and private sector and frameworks for the development of diverse STEM talent academies and co-operatives

Speed 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

Rethinking Recruitment: Lessons Learned From Outsourcing Talent Acquisition in Life Sciences

  • Tim Oyer Vice President, RPO Solutions, Advanced RPO
  • Julie Ross President , Advanced Clinical


  • Identifying what doesn’t work – as well as what does – throughout the end-to-end talent acquisition journey at times of high-growth
  • Reframing RPO as a partnership vs. a function of your business, and how that impacts perception across the company
  • Taking change management to the next level to secure buy-in, eliminate roadblocks, and minimize disruption


Develop: Lessons Learned From TA Transformation


• Question & answer session