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BioNJ’s Inspiring Women In STEM Conference 2022

December 2 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Charting an Empowered
Course Through Swirling Tides
Friday, December 2, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sanofi U.S., Bridgewater, NJ*

Registration is now open for BioNJ’s Eight Annual Inspiring Women in STEM Conference on Friday, December 2, 2022. Back in person after two years, the action-packed schedule features forward-thinking presentations, informative panel discussions, audience participation exercises and quality networking.

This conference is more timely than ever as we find ourselves in a pivotal time for women in the workforce. From practical advice on “Turning Adversity into Advantage” to “Moving Your innovative Ideas Forward” – you’ll learn from the experiences of successful women who have traveled remarkable journeys. Attendees are sure to come away with valuable and actionable ideas and guidance.

and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice-Finance, Rutgers Business School

Check Out the Agenda:
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ
  • Raquel Mura, Head of R&D, Sanofi
9:10 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Keynote: Finding Your Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage

With Laura Huang, Ph.D., Professor, Harvard Business School & Author

Join us for an inspiring, empowering and interactive talk with Harvard Business Professor Laura Huang, who draws upon her tenure in investment banking to show how to overcome perceptions in order to gain an edge toward a more equitable workplace. Learn how women entrepreneurs and leaders are taught that hard work is the key to success only to experience something very different in their everyday work lives. Laura will show us how to overcome preconceived conceptions and stereotypes by being authentic and distinct. You won’t want to miss this presentation!

9:55 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Fireside Chat: Inspiring Women Who Found Their Edge

Hear how these incredible women reached leading roles within their organizations…transforming challenges into opportunities along the way.

  • Marisol Mendez Peron, MS, Senior Vice President, Global Communications & Corporate Affairs, Genmab
  • Christine Ann Miller, MBA, President & CEO, Melinta Therapeutics

Interviewer: Mandy Fahey, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Insmed Incorporated

10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break & Exhibitor Showcase
10:45 a.m.– 11:40 a.m. Investing in Women: Driving Innovation – Intrapreneurship & Entrepreneurship – Moving Your Idea Forward

Learn how to advance your innovation in a variety of settings, how to access resources in order to forge ahead and what investments and developments are being made in the industry in New Jersey.


  • Mee Eriksson, CEO, NeurotechR3, Inc.
  • Maribel Hernandez, VP Clinical Operations and Special Clinical, PTC Therapeutics
  • Ginger Liau, MBA, Partner, Bio Fund at Andreessen Horowitz, a16z
  • Ninette Van Lingen, MBA, Sr. Director, Strategic Key Accounts Pharma Services Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Moderator: Kara Moore, MLS, Sector Lead, Life Sciences, New Jersey Economic Development Authority

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Quick Update: Dobbs v. Jackson Impact on Hiring and Recruiting, Travel & Lodging Benefits and Lifestyle Accounts

Recent data will be shared on how this landmark decision impacts where people want to work as well as how it may be changing hiring and recruiting efforts, including what companies are doing to ensure access to reproductive benefits, travel and lodging benefits and lifestyle accounts.

Julie Campbell, Principal, Mercer Total Health Team

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch & Exhibitor Showcase
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Workshop: Empowering Ourselves and Others
Within small working groups, we’ll use “real life” scenarios to highlight ways to use our emotional intelligence to empower ourselves AND others. Walk away with actionable items that you can incorporate into your daily lives.Co-Facilitators: Lynne Anderson, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath and Juliet Hart, CEO & Founder, Hart & Chin
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Health Equity – Equitable Access to Medicines and Treatments

All individuals and communities should have equitable access to medicines and treatments. During this session, we’ll discuss initiatives in New Jersey to reduce health disparities through policy solutions and community centered solutions.

  • Barbara George Johnson, MPH, J.D., Vice President, External Affairs and Urban Policy, John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research

Interviewer: Judith Sheft, MBA, Executive Director, Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. From the Locker Room to the Board Room
With Lisa Kaplowitz, MBA, Co-founder and Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Women in Business and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice-Finance, Rutgers Business School
Lisa Kaplowitz will leave us energized and ready to take next steps to move our careers forward by sharing lessons, behaviors and skills learned through sports.
2:45 p.m.– 3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ

Register today and plan to join us at the Inspiring Women in STEM Conference on December 2, 2022. Please pass this email to additional colleagues and clients who can benefit from this informative program. Registration for BioNJ Member organizations is $330 and $430 for Future Members. Bring your entire Team!


Contact Cheri Hennessy at CHennessy@BioNJ.org to learn about Sponsorship opportunities. Call (609) 890-3185 with any questions.

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All attendees must complete a Sanofi Visitor Profile prior to the event. Once registered for the Conference, you will receive an email from a Sanofi email address with a link to complete a Visitor Profile. Once your profile is completed, you’ll receive a notification from “OnPASS” with several pieces of information, including a link to Sanofi’s COVID-19 Visitor Attestation Form (this must be completed to attend), visitor parking information, guidance on arriving at Sanofi on the day of the event and travel information. Space is limited. Register by deadline.


December 2
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Bridgewater, NJ 08807 United States
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