Session Speakers

Session and Workshop Schedule at a Glance

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Monday, 7 October 2019

12:00 – 1:00 pm - Arrival, registration and networking

1:00 – 1:15 pm - Welcome remarks from HBA Europe

Kathrin Schoenborn-Sobolewski, VP, head of integrated planning, analytics & partnering, Merck and chair, HBA Europe

1:15 – 1:45 pm - Insights from 2019 Woman of the Year

Sharon Callahan, CEO, TBWA\WorldHealth and chief client officer at Omnicom Health

1:45 – 2:15 pm -  Keynote: Acting for gender equality

Sandra Sivestri, SVP, head of global medical affairs, China & emerging markets and gender balance global lead, Sanofi

2:15 – 3:15 pm - Workshop: Networking with fun and results

Danielle Moens, co-founder, Centre for Balanced Leadership and Jerry Pico, senior director, L&D, Daiichi Sankyo

3:15 – 3:45 pm - Keynote

Claudie Haigneré, French astronaut, physician and politician

3:45 – 4:15 pm - Coffee break and networking

4:15 – 5:15 pm - Workshop Sessions:

Playing with Purpose: Using the Power of Play to Build Actions for Gender Equality

Anne-Marie Rodriguez de Killeen, leadership and development coach, Ruby Red Coaching and Jerry Pico, senior director, L&D, Daiichi Sankyo

Social Media Impact and You: Tips and Exercises to Improve Personal Branding

Mary Elizabeth Wieder, global director of marketing, CROS NT

5:15 – 5:45 pm - Mainstage

Panel: Translating Talk into Action: How organizations nurture and stimulate greater diversity

Randall Bradford, EVP human resources, Merck KGaA, Beatriz Faro, regional president, Pfizer, Stefanie Nickel, global head diversity and inclusion, Sandoz, Maja Plaki, global medical affairs head, Roche and Sabine Hutchison (moderator), CEO, Seuss Consulting

5:45 – 6:15 pm - Keynote: From Veil to Boardroom: One woman’s leadership journey

Shideh Sedgh Bina, founding partner, Insigniam 

6:15 – 8:00 pm - Networking Cocktail Reception


Tuesday, 8 October 2019

8:00 – 9:00 am - Arrival and networking

9:00 – 9:30 am - Keynote: Time to Accelerate for Gender Parity

Emmanuelle Quilès, president, Janssen France

9:30 – 10:30 am - Workshop: Creating a culture of feedback

Deborah Riegel, principal, The Boda Group

10:30 – 11:00 am - Networking Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30 am - Panel: Activated Groups for Good: Platforms that are Actively Driving the Gender Diversity Topic Forward and how to get Involved

Chiara Condi, president and founder, Led by HER, Rubin Sfadj, secretary general. Henrike von Platen, founder and CEO, Fair Pay Lab, Laurie Cooke, CEO HBA, Julian Adrian (moderator), president, Syneos Health Communications Europe, Syneos Group

11:30 – 12:00 pm  - Keynote: Realization leads to Responsibilities

Runa Khan, founder and executive director, Friendship

12:00 – 1:30 pm - Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 pm - Workshop Sessions:
Who Runs the World: Shared Dialogue About the Journey Towards Inclusive Leadership and the Barriers/accelerators

Elke Jeurissen, founder, Fierce Ladies

Enrolling Anyone into Anything: Generate Voluntary Action of Others in Just About Any Circumstance

Katerin Le Folcalvez, consulting partner, Insigniam

2:30- 3:00 pm - Networking Coffee Break

3:00 – 3:30 pm - Panel: Technology as an Enabler – Explore how Companies/ innovations are Using Tools and Data to Take Action on Diversity

Lorraine Hariton, CEO, Catalyst, Elizabeth Pollitzer, founder, Global Gender Summit, Stefanie Veraghtert, founder, The Big C, Hilary Thomas, chief medical adviser, KPMG and Jerry Pico, (moderator), senior director, L&D, Daiichi Sankyo

3:30 – 4:00 pm - Data. Solutions. Action

Kathrin Schoenborn-Sobolewski, VP, head of integrated planning, analytics and partnering, Merck KGaA, and chair, HBA Europe, Laurie Cooke, CEO, HBA