Career Conversations

HBA’s 2021 Career Conversations
Activate, Advocate and Achieve

The HBA’s 2021 Career Conversations will convene industry leaders and experts to discuss the importance and impact of activating your vision and voice, advocating for equity in the workplace and achieving professional and industry goals.

Each session will provide timely, relevant content from a subject matter expert, real-world experiences and perspectives from industry leaders and an engaging virtual Q&A with participants. Stay tuned for more details and registration links.

25 March – 12:00-1:15 PM ET 
Career Conversation 30 - Good Guys: How Men Can be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace                      

To forge a gender equitable world will require support from everyone in the workplace. Gender-in-the-workplace experts David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson say, “While organizations are looking to address the issues women face, too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus on how women themselves should respond, reinforcing the perception that these are ‘women’s issues’ and that men – often the most influential stakeholders in an organization – don’t need to be involved.”

Panelists: David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson are the authors of the just-released book Good Guys: How Men Can be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace. Robin Toft, CEO and founder, Toft Group, and author of We Can, The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement, and Pam Gleason, VP, community, We Can Rise, Inc.

24 June – 12:00-1:15 PM ET
Career Conversation 31 - Activate Your Voice

You have a vision of where you want to be and how you want your career to progress. We’ll focus on how you can activate your authentic voice to propel yourself and your career. We’ll hear from Sepideh Varon, vice president, Health Economics & Outcomes Research at AbbVie, she says, “Communication is the heart and soul of how we get our work done.  As a researcher, many times our research is very complicated, but part of leadership and strong research is to be able to communicate the information simply to non-researchers.” She’ll discuss how understanding others preferences and perspectives will enhance the work companies and the output they deliver.  As she says, “Everyone has different preferences in terms of “ways of working” or “communication” – therefore seek to inquire rather than assume.”  

Bridgette Arthur-Mensah, vice president engineering operations at Medidata Solutions, has learned and continues to practice how to communicate effectively as a leader, she says, “As one assumes more responsibilities, the ability to influence, rally the troops and manage difficult conversations often depend on the delivery of a message. The delivery of the why, the what and the how. I have learned to practice slowing my speech; pacing my thoughts with my speech.”

Primal Kaur, Md. MBA is currently vice president, Global Development, Amgen and Therapeutic Area head of Inflammation portfolio. She will focus on how to create your executive presence and use your voice to be your own champion. 

We’ll talk about using your voice to tell your own story, otherwise someone else will and you might not like how it is told. Your story is your brand. You’ll be encouraged to speak about what you do day to day, quarterly and annually to impact the business and be ready to show how your brand adds value. 

As business has become significantly globalized, it is important to understand cultural differences and how actions may or may not be perceived as intended as you create and expand your network. You’ll walk away from the call with tools, frameworks that will allow you to better adapt & enhance your way of working for the benefit of your team, your colleagues and the company for which you work.

Panelists:
Bridgette Arthur-Mensah, vice president engineering operations at Medidata Solutions, New York City Metropolitan Area 
Primal Kaur, Md. MBA is currently vice president, global development, Amgen and Therapeutic Area head of Inflammation portfolio
Sepideh Varon, vice president, Health Economics & Outcomes Research at AbbVie 

Moderator: Emily Basca, president, PEMC INC, HBA webinar consultant

9 September – 12:00-1:15 PM ET
Career Conversation 32 - Advocates in Action

We’ll talk about relevance and bias in the workplace with a focus on active advocacy for equity. The HBA knows that through mentoring women grow in their careers and mentors play an important role. Women also need sponsors, people who advocate for them and open doors. With sponsors advocating for women, more women will get to be “in the room where it happens.” In this webinar, we’ll focus on how to “earn” a sponsor and how to be a sponsor who actively advocates for women.

2 December – 12:00-1:15 PM ET
Career Conversation 33 - Achieve Success

The HBA will look at just how far we’ve come and celebrate the accomplishments of women. We’ll hear from high-achievers what the key ingredients were that led to their success and how you can apply the recipe for yourself. Carly Baron, vice president and general manager at Amgen, remembers the day she saw a junior employee with a more ambitious career goal than hers, and how changing her goal reframed how her company thought of her. She says, “Don’t sell yourself short. The higher up you aim, the more pathways to success you create.”

Aiming higher is a theme you’ll hear from Tia Bush, senior vice president of Quality at Amgen, “I see women who don’t ‘open their aperture enough’ and don’t present themselves as ready for next-level roles.” 

Many women in HBA started their careers in research and we’re excited to have Jackie Kunzler, corporate quality officer, Baxter and Board Director at NAMSA and Baxter International Foundation to tell us how she went from the bench to a highly successful career in International Marketing. 

Stacey Yount, vice president, R&D Integration at Medidata Solutions will share personal experiences of the unexpected turns careers can take and how the nonlinear path to success has been a rewarding one. Stacey says, “Even distressing career changes such as downsizing can be used to find new opportunities.” She’ll let you know her tips for preparing for the unexpected now and actions you can take in the midst of an unplanned career change. 

Panelists:
Jackie Kunzler, corporate quality officer, Baxter and Board Director at NAMSA and Baxter International Foundation 
Tia Bush, senior vice president quality, Amgen
Carly Baron, vice president and general manager, Amgen
Stacey Yount, vice president, R&D Integration at Medidata Solutions

Moderator: Telesia Davis, M.Ed, PhD, senior director, education, HBA

Register to receive all four 2021 Career Conversations webinars here.


 

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