2018 Speakers

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Rachel Batykefer

Senior Director, Compliance Policy, Training & Operations
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Donna Beccaria

VP, Enterprise Learning
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Marie A. Casarella

Director, GMP Training-Clinical Trials Division
CornerstoneOnDemand

Steve Dobberowsky

Principal, Thought Leadership & Advisory Services
AbbVie

Cheryle Gara

Assistant Director of Development Training
Novo Nordisk

Jason Glenn

Director, Field Training
Merck

Tivonnia J. Harvey

Executive Director, Global L&D
AstraZeneca

Spencer Holt, Ph.D.

Global Director, Leader & Enterprise Development
GSK

Michelle Krebs

Coaching Director-Talent, Leadership & OD Centre of Excellence
Sanofi Pasteur

Jennifer Magnani

Senior Director, Quality Academy
Pfizer, Inc.

Jon W. Mason II

Director, Talent & Organizational Performance Solutions
Temple University

Robert C. McNamee, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) Assistant Professor, Department of Strategic Management
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Shawn Milheim

Learning Practice Lead-R&D Learning
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.

Bejoy Philip

Director, Talent & Leadership Consulting
Merck

Izetta Phillips

Leadership Learning Consultant
AbbVie

Michael Russert

Associate Director of Development Training
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)

Dorothy Sandberg

Director of Talent Management
EMD Serono

David Schlumper

Global Learning & Development Manager
NeuroLeadership Institute

Kamila Sip, Ph.D.

Lead Professor and Senior Researcher
GSK

Stephanie Trotter

Executive Coach-Talent, Leadership & OD Centre of Excellence
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Michelle Weitzman-Garcia

Executive Director, Workforce Development
Celgene Corporation

Eileen Woods

Senior Director Commercial Learning
Speakers Biographies


Rachel Batykefer

Senior Director, Compliance Policy, Training & Operations
Teva Pharmaceuticals

Rachel, Senior Director of Compliance Policy Training and Operations, leads a team of Compliance professionals responsible for communicating and educating Teva's employees on the importance of doing business the right way and for governing internal operations such as selecting and implementing company-wide systems for compliance procedures, including the Healthcare Interactions Portal. Rachel and her team provide information, tools, and resources on the Code of Conduct, Principles, and policies, in addition to the Our Way of Life training series. Her team is also responsible for the development, maintenance, and distribution of policies and procedures that promote accountability and consistency around the world. As part of her role, Rachel collaborates closely with Global Learning and Development, Global Communications, Global Legal, and other key functions to execute these programs. Prior to joining Teva in September 2013, Rachel was a Senior Manager at Tyco International managing their global Compliance Education function to an audience of 140,000 employees in more than 60 countries, covering 30 languages.

Donna Beccaria

VP, Enterprise Learning
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Donna Beccaria is passionate about "contributing to the growth of others." She has been fortunate to have a career for 18+years which allows her to live her passion every day! Donna is currently, Vice President, Enterprise Learning at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, a high- growth bio-tech company, delivering on a new class of medicines with a core focus on RNAi therapeutics.

In her role, Donna is building out a global learning capability across R&D, Compliance, Manufacturing, IT, Medical Affairs and Commercial. Previously, as Executive Director at Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb, Donna built a new capability of centralized medical communications, content and training, to distribute and curate scientific content - the Global Medical Content team. The team was able to deliver content to global channels, within 24 hours of public disclosure. In Donna's first role in the pharmaceutical industry, she transformed the global R&D learning and collaboration team at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Learning programs included, talent development for key groups, disease & product learning (including external physicians), drug development learning, multiple IT systems’ learning and GCP compliance training. The team’s transformation KPIs included: increased the 50+ global team’s productivity by 50% and decreased agency spending by 63%. The increased productivity resulted in multiple new learning deliverables across R&D.

Before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Donna was principal in her own management consulting firm servicing fortune 500 companies. Her company specialized in executive coaching, talent & leadership development, team effectiveness and organizational operating models. She is recognized for building collaborative relationships at all levels, in order to lead and influence business strategies and outcomes.

Donna's additional leadership experience includes Executive Board Member, HR Executive working directly for CEO, CFO, and CTO; in addition to her current pharmaceutical role she has multiple years of experience in financial services and technology industries. Donna has a Master of Science in Human Resource Strategy and Bachelor's degree in Psychology, both from Rutgers University. Donna makes her home in both Boston, MA and Montgomery NJ, with her husband, two children (kids are in college now) and two dogs.

Marie A. Casarella

Director, GMP Training-Clinical Trials Division
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Marie Casarella has more than 20 years of experience in Leadership Development and Operations Training. Marie has a passion for creating learning and development cultures and has trained globally in Asia Pacific, S. Africa, Europe and South America. She has led numerous teams and has been in the Pharma industry for more than 10 years. In her current role, Director, GMP Training, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Pharma Services Group, Clinical Trials Division, Marie leads the division's Global GMP Training function. This is a newly created role that is focused on driving a global operations training strategy, enhancing employees knowledge of GMPs, global regulations and driving a quality culture to enable the business to deliver safe products to customers worldwide. Previously, Marie was the Director of Learning & Development for the Bio Pharma Services Division where she developed leaders. Prior to Thermo Fisher Scientific, Marie worked for B. Braun Medical and built the B. Braun University. Marie was also the Principle owner of Casarella Consulting with a focus on driving peak performance and coaching. Marie earned a Masters Degree from Clemson University in Industrial Education and Adult Learning Theory, and a BBS from Denver University. Marie has held numerous adjunct faculty positions and board positions including the Vice President of Marketing for the Eastern PA Chapter of the Associate for Talent Development.

Steve Dobberowsky

Principal, Thought Leadership & Advisory Services
CornerstoneOnDemand

Steve is a former Federal Government Executive with 12 years of competitive service. Steve has spent 7 years in HR and HR IT leadership roles ensuring effective talent management processes at a bureau level, at the Department level and at a Shared Service Center where he delivered solutions for multiple agencies. He has guided numerous agencies and organizations through successful implementations and utilization of unified talent management suites. His areas of expertise within Cornerstone include Learning Management, Performance Management, Succession Planning and Connect. He is a proven, business-savvy leader with a track record of providing high quality, innovative services and solutions. Utilizing his initial professional experiences as a high school teacher, he is a seasoned leader who leverages resources, information, knowledge, skills and technology to develop people, foster relationships and build partnerships.

Cheryle Gara

Assistant Director of Development Training
AbbVie

Cheryle Gara is an Assistant Director of Development Training at AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, with more than sixteen years of industry experience and a Master of Arts in Training and Development. Cheryle has held many positions related to the training field and is known for being a strategic leader with an energetic disposition who delivers consistent results through the management of instructional designers. Cheryle's team drives creative training strategies that continuously promote an ecosystem of learning; resulting in a more agile, collaborative, compliant, and performance-based learning environment. In Cheryle's spare time, she enjoys capturing memories through the lens of her DSLR camera.

Jason Glenn

Director, Field Training
Novo Nordisk

I am currently in the role of Director, Learning & Development, Field for the South Area supporting the Area Commercial Lead, VP. In this role, I will be responsible for leading the South Area field training team, as well as, the delivery of training content for the Field Leadership teams. I will also be responsible for leading the design, development and execution of the Health Systems and Endocrinology training curriculums to support the new operating model. I have over 25 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Since joining NNI in September 2014, I have been responsible for building capabilities in people leaders. As the Director of Management and Leadership Development for the organization, I led the design and development of the New Manager Training, the Leadership Engagement Series and the Director Summit meetings. Most recently he led the Management & Leadership Development team responsible for the creation and execution of People Manager leadership training curriculum for all NNI, including the first ever Cultivating Great Leaders' Summit for all levels of leaders of others up to the Executive Team.

Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, I spent 12 years working for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals(previously Sepracor), where I progressed from a Therapeutic Specialist to Regional Business Manager and finally to Associate Director of Leadership Development and Sales Execution. Prior to Sunovion, I held various roles with Parke-Davis before they were acquired by Pfizer.

Tivonnia J. Harvey

Executive Director, Global L&D
Merck

With more than 20 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry, TJ Harvey brings extensive breadth and depth of experience in Corporate Compliance, Strategic Planning, Commercial Operations, Learning & Development, and Sales Leadership managing a diverse mix of products and business models across multiple markets. Currently, TJ leads the Global Learning and Development Strategy for Merck's Global Human Health organization where she is heralded as a model of Inclusive Leadership.

Spencer Holt, Ph.D.

Global Director, Leader & Enterprise Development
AstraZeneca

Spencer Holt has a passion for being authentic and ensuring his professional experiences keep him growing. Currently, Spencer is the Global Director for Leader & Enterprise Development at AstraZeneca, he has also played in the Global Commercial Academy, different sales leadership roles, and a sales representative. Prior to joining AstraZeneca he has held leadership position in banking, oil and gas, opened up restaurants, and has a passion for understanding organizational change, culture, human behaviour, and what makes effective leaders. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance at the University of Lethbridge in Canada, went on to earn a master's in educational leadership and PhD in leadership development at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Spencer is married and has four children, loves to spend time with his family, cycling, and reading.

Michelle Krebs

Coaching Director-Talent, Leadership & OD Centre of Excellence
GSK

Michelle began her career at GSK in 2000 as a sales representative. This role taught her to be resilient in the face of difficult situations, because she knew there was a patient on the other side of the exam room door counting on her to be the best she could be for them. From there Michelle moved into senior roles throughout the organization including, Primary Care First Line Leader, Integrated Planning Director within SP&O and Immunology Field VP. All these roles have taught her the value of coaching to accelerate performance in order to help others be their "best self." Leading through change and leading through others has solidified Michelle's passion for helping people. Her 18 years with GSK, has allowed her to grow and develop in many different leadership roles, and has led her to be the leadership and high performance coach she is today.
Michelle's coaching qualifications include:

  • ICF certified professional coach
  • Certification in Energy Leadership Index Assessment (ELI)
  • Designed and delivered women leadership programs inside of GSK
Outside of work, Michelle enjoys spending quality time with her family. She and her husband have 3 very active kids and stay busy with travel field hockey and soccer! They love to spend time outdoors in the mountains, at the beach, or just in their backyard!

Jennifer Magnani

Senior Director, Quality Academy
Sanofi Pasteur

Jennifer Magnani has 25 years Pharmaceutical industry experience. In her current role at Sanofi Pasteur she is Head of their Quality Academy, a newly created role that is developing and deploying education programs that are focused on improving and furthering employee knowledge of GMPs, vaccine operations and the business to enable the delivery of quality products to the world. Previously to Jennifer's role in Sanofi Pasteur she worked for Roche/Genentech where she was responsible for the integration of Roche and Genentech's Global Pharmaceutical Quality System: including governance, procedure and business process development and communication. She also was accountable for development and deployment of Roche's specialized quality training programs, global Quality portfolios and strategic global Quality projects. Jennifer also managed a group of project managers who were responsible for drug development from Phase I to post-market and she personally was responsible for the market launch of a biologic drug. Jennifer holds a BS in Business Management, a Quality Certified Professional Certificate and a Certificate in Hotel and Restaurant Management from City College of San Francisco

Jon W. Mason II

Director, Talent & Organizational Performance Solutions
Pfizer, Inc.

Robert C. McNamee, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) Assistant Professor, Department of Strategic Management
Temple University

In his dual roles as Academic Director and Assistant Professor, Robert is responsible for managing and developing Entrepreneurship and Innovation focused educational programs for the Fox School of Business, promoting these programs both inside and outside the university, advising Entrepreneurship students, and teaching courses in the IEI's programs. Finally, his role as the IEI's academic director also involves facilitating high-impact research collaborations between Temple University faculty and outside corporate and government partners. Robert's research focus is in the areas of knowledge exchange, creativity, innovation, and organizational learning. He views the world through an OB, psychological, or sociological lens (although his work ranges across micro as well as macro topics). Previous to returning to academia, Robert worked for nearly 10 years as a systems integrator, technical sales manager, and strategic marketing director in the knowledge management industry. His professional experience at reseller-integrators, software developers, and service bureaus balanced technical consulting and systems analysis with sales, marketing, and management.

Shawn Milheim

Learning Practice Lead-R&D Learning
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Shawn Milheim is a leader in change, learning and development and is passionate about driving engagement and innovation at all levels. With deep healthcare and drug development expertise, he has led numerous, successful, global learning and change initiatives across the R&D enterprise, including technical, process, system, leadership and culture at Janssen R&D, Pfizer and now Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Shawn joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2017 and currently oversees the learning strategy for the R&D division. Shawn earned his doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton and the Graduate School of Education) in 2014. His dissertation is entitled "Cultural and Leadership Influences on Pharmaceutical R&D Team Innovation." Shawn is also an adjunct faculty member, Thomas Jefferson University, Management of Pharmaceutical Drug Development Projects.

Bejoy Philip

Director, Talent & Leadership Consulting
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.

Izetta Phillips

Leadership Learning Consultant
Merck

Izetta Phillips is a highly competent professional with over twenty-five years of experience in sales, sales training, performance management, teambuilding, change management, coaching, and leadership acumen. The scope of her experience extends over the pharmaceutical and health care industries, and non-profit leadership. Currently she is a Leadership Learning Consultant in Merck's Global Learning & Development Center of Excellence where she has developed an innovative approach to the development of the truly inclusive leader.

Michael Russert

Associate Director of Development Training
AbbVie

Mike Russert is an Associate Director in Development Training at AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company. His team focuses on developing and executing compliance and function-related innovative learning programs, Onboarding, and Job Rotation Programs. Mike's 20 years of experience at AbbVie includes leading teams in multiple functions across R&D and Operations. Mike received dual Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin‐ Stevens Point. In Mike's spare time, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors.

Dorothy Sandberg

Director of Talent Management
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)

Dorothy is currently a Director of Talent Management at Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD). She leads BD's global Performance Management Process, from goal setting through year-end performance management, including the technology enablement via Workday. She also supports the development and implementation of some of BD's leadership development programs, including the early career leadership development program, a global 2 year experience, comprised of four one week residential sessions. As a member of BD's Talent Management Center of Excellence, Dorothy's responsibilities include the integration of Bard into BD’s Talent Management processes, high potential identification and development and consulting with various client groups to provide tailored support in the areas of talent management and team effectiveness.

Dorothy joined BD in September 2013 within the Treasury Organization, overseeing a portion of BD's Capital Markets activities. Since then, she has held various positions of growing responsibility within Business Planning and Analysis, supporting financial strategy development and communications with the Board of Directors and shareholders. In her last finance role, she was responsible for overseeing the Capital Planning function for all of BD before transitioning into Talent Management as a Senior Manager in 2017.

Dorothy began her professional career in banking, working for UBS, before attending business school and transitioning to a career in Corporate Finance, first at General Motors and then at BD.

Dorothy earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management and also has a BA from Yale University

David Schlumper

Global Learning & Development Manager
EMD Serono

David Schlumper completed his Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and later obtained his Master's degree in Science from Simmons College in Boston MA. David has published and lectured on outcomes measurement, adult learning, medical education and satisfaction instruments within the healthcare field for over twenty years. Currently, David is the Global Learning & Development Manager for EMD Serono located in Billerica, MA where he supports the training for R & D personnel for EMD Serono, the U.S. biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Prior to his current work, David was the Associate Director for Vendor Training and Management for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical, the Director of Educational Development at Quintiles Medical Education, and an Associate Director of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging. David was also an Adjunct Professor for four years at Anna Maria College where he taught 'Marketing Management for Health Care Professionals' to graduate-level students. For ten years he worked for Olsten Health Services (formerly Kimberly Quality Care), a national home healthcare provider operating in North America. While there, he helped direct the market research operations for satisfaction measurement and disease management outcomes reporting.

Kamila Sip, Ph.D.

Lead Professor and Senior Researcher
NeuroLeadership Institute

Dr. Kamila Sip is a Senior Researcher and a Lead Professor at the NeuroLeadership Institute. As a neuroscientist with versatile expertise combining the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and behavioral economics, she has gained invaluable insight into the neural mechanisms that govern human behavior. Dr. Sip earned her B.A. in English Philology and Linguistics from Wroclaw University in Poland and M.A. in Pragmatics, Rhetoric, and Language Manipulation from the same institution. She then pursued a Ph.D. in Neuroscience of Deception at Aarhus University in Demark and Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging in the UK. In the course of her training, she developed a neurocognitive framework for investigating deception experimentally, bridging her training in human communication with psychology and neuroscience. During her tenure as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Sip focused on examining risk-based decision making in healthy humans and those suffering from psychiatric disorders. She explored the impact social feedback from peers has on processing risk and reward by looking at the neural changes that occur when one's expectations are modulated by external factors, e.g., social interaction with peers. Dr. Sip's work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Danish magazines (e.g., Magasinet Humaniora). She was also invited to write about research for the Scientific American. She is a primary author of multiple publications and a sole presenter at numerous international conferences. To obtain industry experience, she completed several business courses and was selected for a competitive internship in healthcare consulting management. The combination of her scientific expertise and leadership aptitude led Dr. Sip to hold a position of the Assistant Director of the Postdoctoral Program at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. She advocated for and led the organization of comprehensive training options to allow young academics to take on positions that require executive skills, communication, and leadership. In the process, Dr. Sip successfully executed and directed several programs, including an innovative and comprehensive conflict resolution course tailored explicitly for postdoctoral trainees.

Stephanie Trotter

Executive Coach-Talent, Leadership & OD Centre of Excellence
GSK

Stephanie Trotter's business career has grown through roles in business leadership, organizational development, and leadership development. Tapping into her diverse experiences, Stephanie has a very practical approach to her coaching because she knows the pressures of leading a large, complex organization in a competitive environment. Stephanie is recognized as an expert who is a strategic thinker, focused on the future, who knows what it takes to achieve results. Her agility allows her to flex to meet the various needs of her clients. Leaders who typically work with her are senior executives leading transformational change, women in leadership, and teams that want to challenge themselves to be a high-performance team. She frequently speaks on building a coaching culture and leading transformational change. She also contributed to GSK's coaching strategy, which won the International Coaching Federation PRISM award in 2016. At home, she enjoys spending time with her family, Jonathan, Emily, and her husband Troy-outside, at the beach, or bike riding.

Michelle Weitzman-Garcia

Executive Director, Workforce Development
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Michelle Weitzman-Garcia is currently the Executive Director of Workforce Development at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. In her role, she has responsibility for branding, culture, pre-hire assessments, talent management, leadership development, organizational development, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining Regeneron in 2014, Michelle was an independent consultant focusing on talent management, executive coaching, and individual assessment work. Previously, Michelle was the Managing Director of Lominger Consulting where she supported clients and other Korn/Ferry employees in both the US and South America. She has also worked for Sirota Consulting, an employee opinion survey consulting company and Aon Consulting in their HR consulting practice. Prior to working in consulting, Michelle held significant corporate roles. She worked at American Express, as the Director of Assessment and Selection and IBM where she served in both a line HR job and as an internal survey expert. Michelle received both her Master's and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron. She has a BA in Psychology from Boston College.

Eileen Woods

Senior Director Commercial Learning
Celgene Corporation