2018 Speakers

NeuroLeadership Institute

Chris Bray, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher
AbbVie

Cheryle Gara

Assistant Director of Development Training
Biogen

Jennifer Gardella

Director, Global Learning & Biogen University
Kaleidoscope Learning

David Guralnick, Ph.D.

President of International E-Learning Association & President
Genentech Inc /Roche

Detlef Hold

Global Lead PD Knowledge Cycling
AstraZeneca

Spencer Holt, PhD

Global Director, Leader & Enterprise Development
Sanofi Pasteur

Jennifer Magnani

Senior Director, Quality Academy
AstraZeneca

Courtney Michener Miller

Learning Technology Global Business Lead
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Shawn Milheim

Learning Practice Lead-R&D Learning
AbbVie

Michael Russert

Associate Director of Development Training
Parexel International

Albert Siu

Corporate VP & General Manager of PAREXEL Academy
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Michelle Weitzman-Garcia

Executive Director, Workforce Development
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.

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.

Jennifer Gardella

Director, Global Learning & Biogen University
Biogen

David Guralnick

President of International E-Learning Association & President
Kaleidoscope Learning

David Guralnick has been a recognized leader in the field of computer-based and online learning for over twenty years, specializing in the design of "user experiences" in e-learning. His contributions to the field of e-learning include the creation of the first online learn-by- doing simulation training course for corporate use (in 1993), and the first e-learning authoring tool to allow trainers and subject matter experts to create rich e-learning products on their own (in 1995). He has since designed numerous online learning methodologies for both training and performance-support goals, and has been the recipient of awards from several national and international organizations, including Brandon-Hall.com, the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT), and the International Association for the development of an Information Society (IADIS). He is a regular keynote speaker at industry conferences, and holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where his work synthesized concepts in artificial intelligence, education, software usability, and cognitive psychology. David serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Teachers College; was the founding chair of the E-learning Group for ASTD-NY, the American Society for Training & Development (2002-2009); was chair of the International Conference on E-Learning (2006 and 2007) and the founding chair of International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace (2008- present); and is president of the International E-Learning Association (2007-present). Further information about David, including lists of his awards, publications, and talks, can be found at www.davidguralnick.com. David was a founder of Kaleidoscope Learning and has been with the company since its inception in 1998.

DETLEF HOLD

Global Lead PD Knowledge Cycling
Genentech Inc /Roche

Spencer Holt, PhD

Global Director, Leader & Enterprise Development
AstraZeneca

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

Courtney Michener Miller

Learning Technology Global Business Lead
AstraZeneca

Courtney Michener Miller is the Director of Enterprise Learning Strategy & Technology at AstraZeneca, a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business, with innovative medicines used by millions of patients worldwide. Her passions for people, development, learning, systems design, and entrepreneurial mind-set, led her to AZ, where boundaries of science are pushed each day to deliver life changing medicines. Previously, Courtney has held several roles at AZ, most recently that of Business Lead as the enterprise worked to migrate it's LMS to a cloud based solution. As Sr. Manager, Recognition and Development, she led the recognition program and development program for the US business. As Strategic Program Manager of Commercial Learning & Development, she worked to design a custom content management system, blend learning pedagogy with technology in the creation of an innovative Learning Gateway, and develop a custom online social learning course experience, called LearningEdge. Also, she was close to the science and laid her foundation and love for pharmaceutical's as project manager of sales training for Lynparza, a drug for the treatment of patients with germline BRCA-mutated advanced ovarian cancer. At her core, Courtney is an educator, with a career prior to AZ in higher education and K-12 teaching and administration. She is fueled by technology and systems design, and is continually drawn to the task of solving, streamlining and developing for business challenges. She received a BA degree from Penn State University in Communications, and MS Ed from the University of Pennsylvania in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Design. Her leading roles at home include being a wife to Mark, and Mom to three sons, Jack (9), Vincent (6), and Leo (1).

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.

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.

Albert Siu

Corporate VP & General Manager of PAREXEL Academy
Parexel International

Dr. Albert Siu is Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the PAREXEL Academy, a unit of Human Resources that manages the Learning and Leadership Development function for PAREXEL. This organization serves internal and external clients of PAREXEL. Before joining PAREXEL, he was Vice President for Learning and Development at Boston Scientific, a global life sciences R&D and manufacturing company.
Dr. Siu was the Chief Learning Officer for AT&T from 1996 to 2002. In that role, Dr. Siu managed AT&T's investments in learning and professional and leadership development. Before joining AT&T in 1994, Dr. Siu spent sixteen years with Hewlett-Packard, serving in a variety of business unit and corporate human resources leadership roles; including eight years in China and Hong Kong managing the human resources function for Hewlett-Packard's China operations.
Dr. Siu earned a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate from Purdue University, both in counseling psychology. He was a member of the board of directors at Thrivent Financial, having served the full 14 year terms, and was a director at Wittenberg University. He was a director (2009-2012) at the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and had served on ASTD's Public Policy Council and the Awards Strategy Committee. In 2013, Dr. Siu was awarded the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from Purdue University. In 2015, Dr. Siu was named as one of the Most Inspiring People in PharmaVoice. He is currently residing with his family in the Boston area.

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.