Conference Schedule

In the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, women have made remarkable strides toward leadership and C-suite positions. Nevertheless, women continue to fall short of men in the highest positions, such as CEO, board chair, and head of investment firms. This is significant because, in the end, individuals in the highest positions decide the most critical matters, such as investment, workplace regulations, and corporate culture.

  • Consider the expanding achievements of women as well as the places where inequality is still glaring
  • Analyze the extent to which C-suite women can influence their firms and whether this influence is resisted
  • Learn from cases where women were promoted to the top positions

  • Recognize the differences in how Caucasian, African-American, Asian, and Latina women are perceived and how this may impact their advancement into leadership roles
  • Identify and address bias by delivering and developing skill training that fosters a culture of growth
  • Learn how to recognize and deal with microaggressions
  • Explore how corporations can promote diversity and gender equality
  • Address how women with diverse backgrounds can influence and bring changes to enrich the environment rather than begging for acceptance

Many women with science backgrounds are attracted to pharma and biotech, but are underrepresented in power positions. Due to a lack of role models and significant personal priorities, women tend to stay in the same position and/or company for much longer than men, particularly at individual contributor levels. It's easy to get lost in the weeds of a demanding role, and many women feel under-appreciated and under-invested in. By zooming out and understanding their financial position, career strengths and blind spots, women can help shape roles that engage them. Additionally, this makes them well suited to provide guidance and inspiration for their female reports who are walking in their footsteps.

This session will include:

  • Sharing a personal journey of progress through the corporate world of healthcare as an individual contributor to becoming a top-rated manager
  • Showcasing the importance of crafting a vision and progression toward financial independence on a career trajectory
  • Escaping the inertia of keeping your head down, doing great work and expecting rewards commensurate with what you deserve
  • Leveraging your strengths as a woman to become an effective manager by galvanizing your team to do their best work

Despite the efforts made by gender equality and diversity advocates to raise awareness and push for change, the statistics show much work still needs to be done before corporate boards fully reflect the demographics of the nation. Women hold only 28% of corporate board seats and that number drops to 6% for women of color. The status quo will not change unless we put in the effort.

  • Share experiences of the journey it took to get on a board
  • Explore what CEOs look for in potential board members
  • Discover how to market yourself effectively to be considered
  • Discuss preparations and expectations of being on a board

Men still significantly outnumber women in the C-suite. However, this panel of women have “broken the glass ceiling” and are leveraging their skills as senior executives. Learn from women executives who have already made it to the C-suite and are in a unique position to support others who are still climbing the corporate ladder to advance in their careers.

  • Share personal stories of the journey to c-suite
  • Discuss challenges women face climbing the ladder and how to overcome them
  • Highlight the importance of mentors, sponsors, and coaches who can help uncover strengths and identify what needs improvement
  • Learn strategies to lead authentically despite stereotypes

  • Reflect on the emerging challenges facing young women
  • Review best methods for encouraging and empowering young women and girls to become leaders themselves
  • Challenge the gender pay gap, paid maternity leave, and gender equality itself to pave the way and continue to inspire future change

The way we physically present ourselves is just as important as our verbal communication. Some may suggest that we communicate more through our bodies than words. For example, we may communicate much more than we realize through our posture, eye motions, hand gestures, and our breathing patterns. In addition to paying attention to what you say verbally, it’s critical to think about the messages you’re sending to others through your body language.

  • Discover the power of body language in the workplace
  • Learn the differences between positive and negative body language
  • Anticipate and work around different responses to body language and facial expression based on gender expectations

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Research shows that companies with female top executives perform better. Yet, women face a variety of unique challenges that require practical strategies to navigate in today's business world. While you’ve been promoted in the past, it seems that no matter what you do, you’re stuck and challenged to reach the next level.

Colleen Hauk, Founder and CEO of The Corporate Refinery, combines her 25-year leadership experience with her communications expertise to elevate executives and transform them into senior leaders. Join Colleen as she gives you the strategies to stay well-positioned for your next promotion!

Key Takeaways

  • Break down the barriers of traditional promotion tactics to go after what you truly desire
  • Uncover the hidden culprit that’s secretly distracting you and stealing your time and energy from getting promoted
  • Create a compelling plan to communicate with your manager and launch into immediate action

In male-dominated fields like the life sciences, the gap in pay and representation for women of color only widens. Data from BioSpace’s 2022 Diversity in Life Sciences Report indicates that White/non-Hispanic employees make up 62% of the field’s workforce, while communities of color remain largely underrepresented. Despite these challenges, women of color continue to overcome obstacles and fight for their seat at the table proving that they can be just as, if not more successful than their peers even if it isn’t always easy.

  • Hear personal stories from WOC who overcame the odds and made it to leadership roles
  • Learn strategies to overcome self-doubt
  • Highlight the importance mentorship, sponsorship, and allyship

Men who we associate with, cooperate with, and support women are known as male allies. Women cannot close the gender gap without the support of men. What concrete actions can you take to persuade your male colleagues to support you and other women in the workplace? The male allies on this panel will discuss how they have been engaged in their allyship and offer advice on how to encourage others to follow suit.

  • Focus on the role of men as allies in the workplace
  • Highlight policies and practices, resources and training to foster inclusive organizations
  • Shift from intention to implementation

Women and minority groups are underrepresented in decision making in the healthcare industry. This panel will discuss specifically how being your authentic self every day can drive business results and inspire the next generation of leaders.

  • Show up as authentically open and real in a corporate environment in order to influence and motivate the next generation of leaders
  • Highlight the importance of including women’s perspectives in device design and all aspects of commercial decision making
  • Empower women (and all members of minority groups) to be agents of change

It's no secret that perfectionism is rampant among successful women. While having high standards, huge goals, and ambitions are all positive traits, perfectionism frequently turns these positive traits into stressors. If left unchecked, perfectionism can lead to severe stress, anxiety, and depression.

  • Understand the unrealistically high standards for yourself and others can sabotage you and what you are trying to achieve
  • Acknowledge that perfectionism isn’t sustainable and may only work short-term
  • Learn strategies to handle your perfectionist tendencies and how to find alignment with your values

One factor that may prevent women from acquiring the knowledge and experience essential for success at senior levels is a lack of feedback throughout their careers. Women suffer from getting less fair developmental feedback compared to men. It’s no wonder that women emerge later in their career, lacking some of the experiences that would have prepared them for more senior roles.

  • Look more closely at feedback bias and how it affects your capacity to advance
  • Provide accurate, unpolished feedback that is not based on behavior
  • Deploy tools on self-awareness to assist in the often-uncomfortable act of receiving feedback

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HR leaders say that “having strong leadership skills” is one of the highest priorities when it comes to choosing new managers. Yet a Harvard Review study shows that, on average, most companies train their managers 9 years after they’ve been promoted. No wonder 38% of new leaders outright fail in the first 18 months!

Through her own 25-year leadership journey and ongoing research, Colleen Hauk, Founder and CEO of The Corporate Refinery, has created a unique framework, the “5-Star LeaderTM”, that will help you become the confident, effective leader you were meant to be. You'll discover how to transform yourself while striking the balance between people and results; master the methodologies for communication and employee development; and unlock the power of your network to keep your career on a consistent, upward trajectory. Be prepared to be inspired and empowered to continue taking your leadership to the next level!

Self-reflection, interactive exercises and break down of the 5- Star LeaderTM

Acquire the competency to transition from an individual contributor into a leadership role

Evaluate the emotional intelligence domains required to attract and retain the right people

Discover the universal needs required in a professional environment to create a thriving culture

Develop confidence and enhance your communication to achieve greater outcomes

Learn the art of fostering independent decision making to gain buy-in and increase ownership

Establish the employee development process that engages and retains your top talent

Design your professional journey and leverage your network for purposeful growth and advancement

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