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Career Conversations 2022

Leadership is poised to look remarkably different as a result of our shared experiences around the world during the last year. A global pandemic and critical attention on issues of equality have caused a consequential shift in how leaders lead, organizations operate, and the industry innovates.

The 2022 Career Conversations series will focus on bold actions leaders can take to rise to the challenges that companies will face in this new era. These bold actions require self-awareness and the courage to step out of comfort zones to explore opportunities for enhancing and acquiring new skills. Executive leaders, who themselves are known for their bold leadership, will share their experiences and offer insights into the kinds of actions and mindsets that propelled their careers.

Sign up for the full 2022 Career Conversations webinar series and receive all four webinars for the price of three!

15 September – Developing a Mindset for Innovation

One of the best ways to show your value at your company is to contribute to its competitive edge, which is especially important as executive leaders try to grasp what the future holds after continuous seasons of disruption.  According to Linda Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, and Kent Lineback, faculty at Harvard University and authors of “The Capabilities Your Organization Needs to Sustain Innovation”, the capabilities of innovation are creative abrasion (the ability to generate ideas through discourse and debate), creative resolution (the ability to make integrative decisions that provide disparate or even opposing ideas), and creative agility (the ability to test and experiment through quick pursuit, reflection, and adjustment).

These capabilities are not always easy to master, but our panelists have a reputation for creating environments conducive to sustainable innovation. They will share how they cultivated these environments, bold steps aspiring executives can take to reframe how they view discourse and debate, and how the willingness to incorporate these techniques can position you for contributing to your company’s bottom line.  


  • (Moderator) Ramita Tandon, Chief Clinical Trials Officer, Walgreens Health
  • Harietta Eleftherochorinou, VP, Innovation Ventures and Strategic Partnerships, IQVIA
  • Susan Garfield, Chief Public Health Officer and Global Client Service Partner, EY (Ernst & Young) - US
  • Bela Labovitch, Vice President, Engineering, athenahealth

More speakers to come.


8 December – Developing a Strategy for Advancement

The 2022 Career Conversations series will conclude with reflection and a call to action. Once you set boundaries to make room for advancement, expand your capabilities through creative means, and develop a mindset for innovation, how will you propel these bold actions into advancement?  How will you get noticed?  Who will speak for you?  How will you summon the courage to take risks?  

Each of our panelists for this concluding conversation answered these questions on the journey to their current positions and will share the strategies they utilized to position themselves for advancement. They will also speak to the ups and downs they endured along the way. Their experiences will stir you to consider how you will gain visibility and recognition for your work, build relationships that lead to sponsorship, and make bold moves.


  • (Moderator) Shavonne Reed, Founder and CEO, OPUA Agency
  • Daina Borteck, Kyowa Kirin USA Inc. 
  • Tina Deignan, GM, Novartis Oncology Portfolio, Malignant Hematology, Novartis
  • Jennifer McCafferty, Merck & Co., Inc.

More speakers to come.


Save the Date for the 2023 Career Conversations!

  • Career Conversation 38 - 16 March
  • Career Conversation 39 - 15 June
  • Career Conversation 40 - 21 September
  • Career Conversation 41 - 7 December

To suggest future program topics, or to recommend yourself or a colleague as a speaker or panelist on one of the above topics, email Telesia Davis.

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