2018 Speakers

NeuroLeadership Institute

Chris Bray, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher
CornerstoneOnDemand

Steve Dobberowsky

Principal, Thought Leadership & Advisory Services
AbbVie

Cheryle Gara

Assistant Director of Development Training
Genentech Inc /Roche

Detlef Hold

Global Lead PD Knowledge Cycling
AstraZeneca

Spencer Holt, Ph.D.

Global Director, Leader & Enterprise Development
Sanofi Pasteur

Jennifer Magnani

Senior Director, Quality Academy
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

Head of Talent Management & Leadership Consulting
AbbVie

Michael Russert

Associate Director of Development Training
EMD Serono

David Schlumper

Global Learning & Development Manager
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Michelle Weitzman-Garcia

Executive Director, Workforce Development
GSK

Stephanie Trotter

Executive Coach-Talent, Leadership & OD Centre of Excellence
Speakers Biographies


Chris Bray, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher
NeuroLeadership Institute

Dr. Christopher Bray is an Author, Speaker, Senior Consultant and Researcher with the NeuroLeadership Institute. His primary professional and research interests include Cognitive Adaption and Change in the areas of Leadership and Organizational Development, Employee Performance and Engagement Organizational, Employee & Customer Change/Adaption. Since 2002, Dr. Bray has worked with Fortune 500 organizations, as well as numerous tech startups. He also worked for Pfizer and Baxter for 16 years, and finished his corporate career as Global Senior Vice President of Organizational Development & Effectiveness. A highly sought after keynote speaker, Dr. Bray is known for his engaging, entertaining delivery and ability to take complex research and make it applicable to his audiences. He has proven valuable to Fortune 500 organizations time and again; in 2016 alone, Dr. Bray gave over 100 keynote presentations. Dr. Bray graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a PhD in Organizational & Adult Development. He will graduate with his 2nd PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology December of 2017. Dr. Bray's first book "Best Job Ever" was a USA Today Best Seller and his second book on the topic of Organizational, Employee and Customer Change/Adaption will be published Fall of 2018.

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.

DETLEF HOLD

Global Lead PD Knowledge Cycling
Genentech Inc /Roche

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.

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

Robert C. McNamee, Ph.D.

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

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

Head of Talent Management & Leadership Consulting
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.

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.

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.

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.