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BioNJ’s Inspiring Women in STEM Conference to be Held Dec. 4th

BioNJ presents its Inspiring Women in STEM Conference, scheduled for Friday, December 4 at Sanofi in Bridgewater. The event will bring together professionals of all levels from the STEM community for a professional development program. Through presentations, informative panel discussions, audience participation exercises, networking activities and a wide array of exhibiting organizations, attendees will connect with peers, be inspired by women leaders and leave with practical advice on effective ways to navigate their career.

Sessions Include:

Strategic Networking: Make It Work for You

Presented by: Lynn Anderson, Esq., Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath; Vicki Carey, Vice President, U.S. Commercial Lead & Head of Global Marketing, Praluent, Sanofi; Peggy McHale, Principal, Consultants 2 Go and Judith Sheft, Associate Vice President, Technology & Enterprise Development, New Jersey Innovation Institute, NJIT.

This panel discussion will address how you can get the visibility to take your career to the next level. Topics will include: How to turn your contacts into business opportunities, distinguish yourself and use strategic networking to jumpstart your career.

Productive Conflict™ Resolution: Why It is Critical to Your Success & How to Use It

Presented by: Dr. Robyn Odegaard, CEO, Champion Performance Development

Engaging in conflict-related conversations for women is challenging as most women avoid dealing with conflict, ignore it or hope it goes away. This approach can temporarily remove the immediate conflict you face; however, the conflicting issue will likely present itself again later in life. In this session, Doc Robyn will teach you how to avoid this and instead engage in Productive Conflict™ resolution in order to gain influence, freedom, success, and most importantly, happiness. You’ll leave with new skills and a copy of Doc Robyn’s recent book, The Ultimate Guide to Handling Every Disagreement Every Time.

A Conversation with STEM Leaders

Presented by: Dr. Hilary Malone, Head, Global Regulatory Affairs, Sanofi; Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ; Dr. Donna Tempel, President & CEO, Drais Pharmaceuticals and Avis Yates Rivers, President & CEO, Technology Concepts Group, Intl.’

In this relaxed conversation, three extraordinary STEM luminaries will share their professional journeys and personal examples of leading with inspiration, determination and grace.

Emotional Intelligence: Tough-Minded Leadership with Tender-Hearted Skills

Presented by: Michele Brown, President & Founder, IntuAction Coaching, LLC

Our ability to deal effectively with our emotions in the workplace and in life, is critical to our success as managers and service providers. This session will introduce the Five Competencies of Emotional Intelligence: Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, Self-Motivation, Empathy and Effective Relationships; and will provide techniques to help you manage your emotions with confidence and positive results.

Work and Life in an Innovation Economy

Presented by: Dr. Terri Boyer, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations and Executive Director, Center for Women and Work; Dr. Dawn Bell, Vice President, Global Program Head, Novartis; Karen Sheehy, Vice President, Head North America Compliance, Sanofi and Margaret Sparks, Associate Vice President, North America Compliance, Sanofi/

This session will discuss work life models, current trends that impact the topic, and research on how professional women in particular experience the issue. We will hear from a panel of senior level women about their experiences integrating work and life over their careers, and provide insight and lessons learned for satisfying work and life while driving the innovation economy.

Click here to register. For more information, visit www.BioNJ.org  or call (609) 890-3185. If you are interested in sponsoring the Inspiring Women in STEM Conference, please contact Vicki Gaddy at VGaddy@BioNJ.org.

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