Educational Workshops

THE DA4S IMPROV EXPERIENCE

CONFERENCE KICK-OFF FOR ALL ATTENDEES
Join us for an interactive, supportive and creative improvisation experience where we learn how great relationships are built between suppliers and corporations. With a unique combination of creative exercises and critical thinking, we’ll become stronger communicators, listeners, public speakers and team players in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Get ready to step out of your comfort zones and reframe mistakes as gifts through this one-of-a-kind experience!

The PIT Improv Team
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THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI)

Together, we immerse ourselves in the significant business case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) by hearing from the innovative leaders across various industries. We’ll discuss how organizations gain exponential benefits beyond the optics by supporting and promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We’ll dig into the benefit of diverse suppliers who foster innovation, creativity and empathy in ways that homogeneous environments rarely do.

Other panelists:

David Ricciardi

MODERATOR
David Ricciardi
Proximo
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Nefertiri Sickout

Nefertiri Sickout
City of Philadelphia
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Arrastene (EJ) Henry II
AstraZeneca
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Regina Heyward

Regina Heyward
MassMutual
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Raul Suarez-Rodriguez

Raul Suarez-Rodriguez
Merck
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THE VALUE OF ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE (ESG) PRACTICES FOR YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION
BREAKOUT SESSION A:

Hear from leaders within hospitality and healthcare who are driving environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices in their respective organizations. They will introduce the value of each component, why this space is increasingly top of mind and how the current economic, public health and social justice crises have only intensified this focus. We’ll learn about how they drive the execution of their strategies and create impactful partnerships (internal and external) that ultimately lead to a strong and inspired culture for their organization and vendors.
Devin Carsdale

Devin Carsdale
Bristol Myers Squibb
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Adam Moore

Adam Moore
CVS Health
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Matthew Lobach

Matthew Lobach Hersha Hotels & Resorts
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Arun Skaria

Arun Skaria
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
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TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY BUSINESS INCLUSION
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Ready to better understand the unique, diverse needs of transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming indviduals, and how they are reshaping the DE&I landscape? Join this timely session as we explore the rising voice of today’s youth, which rejects binary gender norms, and favors an inclusive world that allows individuals to reflect who they really are inside.
Cyrus Golestan

Cyrus Golestan
Phluid Project
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PAVING THE ROAD TO HEALTH EQUITY
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Everyone deserves quality healthcare – regardless of who you are, what you look like or where you live. But some may not have equal access to treatment because of factors beyond their control, like their race, sexual identity and age. This disparity is what Boston Scientific calls “the gap” it’s what they are working towards eliminating. Hear from Paige Bingham, Director of Close the Gap, on how they are paving the road to health equity.

Paige Bingham

Paige Bingham
Boston Scientific
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Patricia Docks

Patricia Doykos
Bristol Myers Squibb
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Dr. Chris Reddick

Dr. Chris Reddick
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN DRUG DISCOVERY
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You have heard of it and now you can learn the significance of Artificial Intelligence’s impact on Pharma and Biotech, both the challenges and advantages. The estimated $2.6 billion price tag of discovering a new drug is driving pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to use AI to augment their research & development capabilities. Using AI for the identification and validation of drug targets and the designing of new drugs represents a possible healthcare revolution!! This panel of drug discovery leaders will explore how AI is impacting drug discovery today and what we can expect over the short-term.
Kathleen Castore

Kathleen Castore
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Rohit Mahajan

Rohit Mahajan
BigR.io
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Eric Sigel

Eric Sigel
Citadel Discovery
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SUCCESS STORIES