Covid Testing & Badge Check IN – no onsite registrations and all attendees must be checked in no later than 9:45am. Allow 30 mins for the check in process.

10:00am: Cluster Conversations

AM Refreshments and Conversation to reconnect with old colleagues and meet new friends. Join us as we meet and greet attendees representing the Healthcare sector of Massachusetts.

10:30am: Cluster Launch

Joyce Eggers, DA4S President welcomes participants and outlines how Diversity Alliance for Science GEO Clusters will serve to expand the DA4S footprint within the Life Science ecosystem.

10:40am: Cluster Host

Mass Bio Hub Introduction – Kendalle Burlin O’Connell,  President & COO


Massachusetts Welcome by Robert Nelson, SBA MA District Director

11:00am: Cluster Keynote

Keynote C-Suite Panel

Fred Lowery, Senior Vice President, Thermo Fisher and President Customer Channels

Marcelo Loureiro, Global Head of Procurement & Strategic Sourcing – Alkermes

Moderator: Joyce Eggers, TAKEDA

These days, companies are being judged not just by their financial performance, but also on their ESG performance.  People look at social values and what companies are doing drive a positive economic impact, to give back to communities in which they live and work – but how do you manage this with all other competing priorities of your business?

During this fireside chat, we will learn how Thermo Fisher and Alkermes has approached the Social portion of ESG – how they have embedded principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to drive a positive impact in communities, the challenges, and innovative ways they have found to help underserved communities.  

Noon Cluster Nourishment

Lunch and networking with colleagues.

1:00pm: Cluster Immersion

Group A:  CORPORATE Breakout
Supplier Diversity Basics

How to embed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within your supply base. Creating a sustainable and impactful program for your company through messaging, measuring impact, and engagement.

Dominic Ferrari (ALKERMES)
Sekou Dilday (TAKEDA)
Raul Suarez-Rodriguez (MERCK)

Group B: SUPPLIER Breakout
The Power of Moments

Elevate your business with moments that matter.

Now more than ever, suppliers find it challenging to effectively engage with their employees and customers.  To truly capture hearts and minds, we must go beyond the traditional means of communication.  Join this interactive workshop to learn how diverse suppliers are gaining a competitive edge by creating memorable moments and valued experiences for their stakeholders.  Walk away with tangible strategies and ideas that will drive your business and relationships forward.

Sapna Bhatla  & Shira Grunfeld –  2nd Spark
Marianne Lancaster –  Lancaster Packaging



3:00pm: Beyond the Match

Ample time for networking enables a different formalized approach to interaction between suppliers and buying organizations during the Cluster. Get a close-up and more specialized view of what it takes to become a Supplier of your most coveted customer with small group closed door meetings. Hear from personnel representing Indirect, Direct, and R&D procurement areas sharing steps, processes, and timelines leading to SOWs and contracts. Perfect your questions rather than your Pitch and get the inside scoop that will give you a competitive advantage.

Session One 3:00 – 3:25pm                Session Two 3:30 – 3:55pm    

Session Three 4:00 – 4:25pm             Session Four 4:30 – 4:55pm

Your Choice of:

Thermo Fisher

5:00pm: Cluster Networking

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and beverages during our Reception to meet more Buying Organizations and representatives from the Massachusetts Healthcare sector.


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