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2021 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

December 3, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Connect. Collaborate. Captivate.
Friday, December 3, 2021 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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Join us virtually for BioNJ’s Seventh Annual Inspiring Women in STEM Conference on Friday, December 3! This interactive virtual event is designed to bring together the life sciences community to share anecdotes, tools and resources to support women involved in all aspects of science, technology, engineering and math.

The perfect opportunity to learn from the experiences of successful women who have traveled remarkable journeys, you’re sure to leave with valuable and actionable ideas and guidance as we continue to navigate the “New Norm”.


Check Out the Agenda…
9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
9:05 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

FIRESIDE CHAT: Taking Flight – An Inspirational Journey

Mikie Sherrill Featuring:
Congresswomen Mikie Sherrill, Representative, New Jersey, 11th Congressional District
Debbie Hart

In Conversation with:
Debbie Hart
, President & CEO, BioNJ

An inspiration for all, mother of four, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, was a former Navy helicopter pilot and former federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office prior to going to Congress. We’ll hear about the triumphs and challenges along the way.

9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

PANEL: Burnout, Leadership and Hope: Looking at Women in the Workplace


Leslie Amendola, Vice President, US Marketing
Carrie Beth Capone Carrie Beth Capone, Global Head, Clinical Quality Assessment, Sanofi
Moushmi Culver Moushmi Culver, Vice President, Head of Manufacturing Strategy & Business Development, Merck

Led by:

Natacha Catalino Natacha Catalino, Senior Expert,
McKinsey & Company

Featuring a presentation of McKinsey & Company’s 2021 Women in the Workplace Report, followed by an interactive panel discussion of women leaders.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
PANEL: Living in a Hybrid World: Challenges & Determinants of Success and Well-Being for Women


Alisa Wilson Caitlin Hadtke Gagnon, Global Head Executive Search — Pharma, Johnson & Johnson
Alisa Wilson Cathy Traz (Trzaskawaka), Executive Director & Head, Global Advocacy, Bristol Myers Squibb
Alisa Wilson Alisa Wilson, Ph.D., Managing Director, West Life Sciences Strategy and Consulting Lead, Accenture

Moderated by:

Judith Sheft Judith Sheft, MBA, Executive Director, New Jersey Commission of Science, Innovation and Technology

Hear from our panelists on their experiences and insights on how to navigate the new hybrid reality, integrate family and work obligations, achieve balance and maintain your health and wellness.

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

FIRESIDE CHAT: A Roadmap for Building Your Best Life

Michelle S. Gollapalli Featuring:
Michelle S. Gollapalli, MBA, CFRE, CAP, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Development, ECRI
In Conversation wIth:
Loriana Hernandez-Aldama, Award-Winning Journalist, Author, Two-time Cancer Survivor, Speaker, Advocate and Educator

Michelle will share tips and recommendations for lifelong learning and paths to reinventing yourself as you go about living and building your best life and supporting the best lives of others.

11:45 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
11:55 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
INTERACTIVE: Building Your Personal Board of Advisors

Vicki Gaddy Led by:
Vicki Gaddy, SPHR, Head, HR Strategy & Talent Acquisition, Deerfield Management

During this interactive session, you’ll learn how to build your own personal advisory board consisting of a carefully identified and cultivated group of professional connections who can advise, counsel and champion you through your professional career.

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

INTERACTIVE: Best Practices in Employee Support and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Erika R. Smith, CEO
ReNetX Bio, Inc.
Carol Wentworth Carol Wentworth, Sr. Director Marketing, North America, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Pamela Zapata Pamela Zapata, Director, Global Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, PTC Therapeutics
Moderated by:
Shereen Chen-Gray Partner,
Chen-Gray Law Group
1:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
1:25 p.m.– 1:55 p.m.
FIRESIDE CHAT: Journey to the C-Suite
Carol Wentworth Featuring:
Toni Pergolin
, President & CEO
Bancroft & Author
Carol Wentworth Moderated by:
Lynne Anderson
, Partner,
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

Hear from Toni Pergolin, President and CEO at Bancroft and an inspired and inspirational leader. Toni is a highly regarded and accomplished strategist and business leader who will share her journey and her learnings as a woman at the top of her field. She has seen a great deal from her vantage point and is looking forward to sharing her story in conversation.

1:55 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Register today and join us at the Inspiring Women in STEM Conference. Please pass this email to additional colleagues and clients who can benefit from this informative program. Registration for BioNJ Members is $125 and $175 for Future Members.

The BioNJ Inspiring Women in STEM Conference virtual portal will be open before, during and for 30 days after the session on December 3, providing you with the perfect platform to continue to connect and engage with other attendees.

Click here or contact Kim Minton at KMinton@BioNJ.org to learn about sponsorship and Membership opportunities. Call (609) 890-3185 with any questions.  

Thank you to our sponsors
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December 3, 2021
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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