18+ Breakout Sessions | HBA

18+ Breakout Sessions

Seize this moment to activate strategies for growth and advancement in an evolving workplace. Gain skills to advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and position yourself to achieve measurable results.  

More breakouts to be announced!



Calculating Career Risks and Rewards and Creating Coalitions

Emily Basca
, President, PEMC INC, ENGAGE Labs, LLC, Webinar Producer & Facilitator

Kari (Lauria) Delahunty
, President, Pharma/Life Sciences at Shearwater Health

Christian Nguyen
, VP, Global Patient Outcomes and Real World Evidence, Eli Lilly and Company

Soo Son
, Head, Global R&D Operations Business Transformation Office, GSK

Expert Advice to Rise to the C-Suite: A Conversation with Alyse Forcellina and Susan M. O'Connor

Alyse Forcellina
, Head of Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice for the Americas

Susan M. O'Connor,

Harnessing Women's Leadership

Lesley Antoun, President, Lesley Antoun Consulting

Rethinking Healthcare Leadership in the 21st Century: Navigating Needs Across the Generational Divide

Jen McDowell, JD, Founder, (Re)Connect Consulting, LLC

Brooke Griffin, PharmD, BCACP, Professor and Vice Chair, Pharmacy Practice, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy

Step Forward to Step Out

Anita Burrell, Principal, Anita Burrell Consulting, LLC

WIH Give Back: Amplify Your Impact

Ashley Coggins
, Therapeutic and Specialty Analyst, Therapeutic & Specialty Centers of Excellence

Loddie Foose, PhD
, Senior Director, Distributor & Emerging Markets, Seqirus, a CSL Company


Advancing Women’s Health Equity: Taking Diversity & Inclusion to the Next Level

Stephanie Sassman, Executive Director, Portfolio Leader, Women's Health, Roche

Nicole Richie, Global Head, Health Equity and Population Science, Roche


Allyship in Action

Carolina Caro
, Leadership Coach, DEI Consultant, Facilitator, Speaker, Carolina Caro LLC


Building a New Table, Together: TiER1’s IDEA Journey to Deepen An Inclusive Culture

Victoria Rodgers, DEI Strategy Director, TiER1 Performance

Rachel Brecht, Director, Organizational Development, TiER1 Performance

Careers in Healthcare Investment: A Female Perspective


Holley-Ann Edyvane, Senior Consultant, Biotech, R&D and Clinical


Sapna Srivastava

Loren Busby

Mariette van der Velden-Roesink

Trading Places: Reverse Mentoring as a Strategy for Inclusive Leadership

Imogen Marouillat
, Project Associate Director, Core Team Lead Saizen eHealth Connected Health & Devices, Global Healthcare Operations, Merck, KGaA, Dermstadt Germany

Kathrin Schoenborn-Sobolewski
, VP, Head of Integrated Planning, Analytics & Partnering, Merck, KGaA, Dermstadt Germany, and HBA Europe Regional Chair

Lamont Terrell
, Inclusion and Diversity Lead, Pharma R&D, GlaxoSmithKline

Samantha W. Warren
, DEI Director, GlaxoSmithKline



Achieving Your Career Best

Tracy Mitchell Blois, PhD
, Director, Strategic Planning & Operations, Global Marketing, Access, and Capabilities (GMAC), Amgen

Judy Gawlik Brown
, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Amgen

Malaïka Pastel
, Global Asset Lead Medical Director for Oncology Solid Tumors Early Products, Amgen

Michelle Younghouse
, Executive Director, Global Strategic Sourcing, Amgen

Grit, Grace, and Gravitas: The Three Keys to Transforming Leadership, Presence, and Impact

Jane Firth, MSOD, Founder and CEO, Firth Leadership Partners, LLC

Andrea Zintz, President, Strategic Leadership Resources LLC

Own Your Journey: Equipping Women with the Skills to Forge Ahead

Stacy Wood, Founder and Certified Coach, Through the Woods Consulting

Playing Power Games: Surviving and Thriving in Organizations

Alanna Munoz, Principal, Metaplan

Melanie Blake, Consultant, Metaplan

Thriving Women Leaders Share Perspectives on Career Growth - Sponsored Session by Otsuka

Moderator: Maurice Profit
, Senior Business Director – CNS – Southeast Region, Otsuka


Carole Augustine, Vice President, Portfolio Strategy & Asset Management, Otsuka

Terry-Ann Cooper
, Senior Compliance Counsel, Privacy Officer, Otsuka

Jennifer McGee
, Senior Vice President, Global Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Otsuka

Why We Chose to “Lean In”

Jennifer Gottlieb
, President, Real Chemistry

Stephanie Lyle-Brown
, Group Director, Business Affairs, Real Chemistry

Allison Miller
, Team Enablement Manager, Underwriting and Analytics Express Scripts, Cigna

Charlene Prounis
, HBA Board Chair Emerita

Emma Roberts
, Director of Lean In Circles and Company Engagement, Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation (SGFF)


Choose a learning experience that will be relevant and meaningful to you regardless of where you are in your career journey. The conference's three learning levels will offer a guide to ensure the sessions you select meet your needs and expectations.


  1. Foundational – Appropriate for leaders with limited experience or competency in the subject who are seeking an introductory understanding of the content area.
  2. Applied – Appropriate for leaders with some experience or competency in the subject who are seeking to build on, apply, or enhance existing knowledge using content in practical applications to master concepts.
  3. Strategic – Appropriate for leaders with substantial experience and competency in the subject who are seeking the most up-to-date information to heighten expertise.

Expand your learning beyond the conference!

Attendees have three-month access to session recordings to re-watch those that inspired you and catch up on the ones you missed!

  •  Activate strategies that enhance your presence, visibility, and performance in an evolving workplace.
  •  Expand preconceived understandings of mentoring and allyship to advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Position yourself to achieve measurable results by creating an action plan that applies insights from best and promising practices.