Engaging talented leaders is an issue facing the biotech industry in almost any life sciences cluster you care to look. At the executive level competition for CEOs, R&D, Finance, Medical and BD executives is fierce, but equally so at the board level, the search for talent is far-reaching. This search for talent is acutely felt in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Kendall Square has become a battle ground for high caliber leaders, spilling out to companies throughout the wider Boston and Massachusetts vicinity.
So the timing is rife for debate about straightforward and innovative approaches for identifying leadership talent who can make valuable contributions to executive teams and boards. One such way is to employee the incredible potential offered by women in the sector. With just 7% of biotech CEOs women, just 20% executives and only 1 in 10 on the board, women remain under represented among biotech leadership.
Armed with realms of data from our two recent research studies; Diversifying the Outlook – The X&Y of Biotechnology Leadership and Investing in Biotechnology Management, Liftstream partnered with Biogen to host a forum in the heart of Kendall Square aimed at translating the data into action. Women Executive: Stepping Up to the C-suite and Board, was a leadership conference which drew 15 high profile speakers to a program of three panels and a delegation of nearly 230 bioscience executives from across Massachusetts and beyond. It was a very stimulating series of discussions that generated some tremendous insights that we hope to see enacted by the attending audience. Likewise, those attending who were more motivated by their personal career aspirations will surely be both encouraged and guided by the discussions which occurred.
We will be producing further follow up content about the event and new announcements about similar events in the US and Europe throughout 2016. If you would like to participate as a panel speaker, moderator, sponsor, program advisor or simply register interest in attending, please just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out this video on Biogen’s – Raising the Bar: Advancing Women on Boards program.