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Keys to Expanded and Diverse Talent in Life Sciences

Education, Inclusion, & Advancement

The 7th Annual Life Sciences Workforce Conference will focus on strategies for education, recruitment, inclusion, retention, and promotion of expanded and diverse talent for a growing industry post COVID-19. Attendees will be able to participate through traditional Q&A, networking, and facilitated Roundtable Discussions.

We strongly encourage attendees to join us in person for an interactive conference with Q&A and Roundtable Discussions. You may register to watch a live stream of some sessions if you aren’t able to join us in person.

The Conference will take place at the McCarthy Center. View a map of the visitor lots on campus here with directions to the McCarthy Center.


8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast and Registration
9:00 am – 9:20 am

Welcome and Introduction

  • Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, President, Framingham State University
  • Christopher Murphy, Vice President/General Manager, Viral Vector Services, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and MassBioEd Chair
  • Sunny Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer, MassBioEd
9:20 am – 9:40 am

MassBioEd’s 2022 Massachusetts Life Sciences Employment Outlook with Q&A: Labor Supply Dilemma  

  • John Brothers, Senior Director of Workforce Development Strategy, MassBioEd
9:40 am – 10:35 am

Understanding How Life Sciences Can Access the Current Labor Market with Q&A 

  • Secretary Rosalin Acosta, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Emily Greenhagen, Head of Deployment, Gingko Bioworks
  • Alicia Sasser Modestino, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs and Department of Economics; Research Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University
10:35 am – 10:50 am Networking 
10:50 am – 11:10 am

MassBioEd’s 2022 Massachusetts Life Sciences Employment Outlook with Q&A: Talent Solutions

  • John Brothers, Senior Director of Workforce Development Strategy, MassBioEd
11:10 am – 12:20 pm

What Life Sciences Can Learn From How Massachusetts Overcame Vaccine Hesitancy in Diverse Communities

  • Gretchen Cook Anderson, Executive Director, LabCentral Ignite
  • Thea James, M.D., Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Boston Medical Center
  • Petrina Martin, Vice President of Community Engagement and External Affairs, Boston Medical Center
  • Lily Vautour, Director, Brand Engagement, Boston Medical Center

Q&A and Roundtable Discussions

12:20 pm – 1:20 pm Lunch and Networking
1:20 pm – 1:50 pm

MassBio’s 2022 Massachusetts Life Sciences Workforce Analysis Report with Q&A

  • Joseph Boncore, Chief Executive Officer, MassBio
1:50 pm – 2:00 pm

Remarks from MassBioEd CEO

  • Sunny Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer, MassBioEd 
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Inclusion, Retention, and Advancement

  • Ross Marshall, Senior Director of DEI Advisory, MassBio
  • Diana Cruz Solash, Vice President, Talent, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Rizwana Seeham, Senior Manager, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and GMP Quality Assurance, Blueprint Medicines
  • Jeanne LeClair, Senior Director of Business Development and Workforce Partnerships, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center  

Recruitment: Education and Training to Industry

  • Laurie Halloran, President and Chief Executive Officer, Halloran Consulting Group
  • Renée Landers, J.D., Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Health and Biomedical Law Concentration and Master of Science in Law: Life Sciences program, Suffolk University
  • Irene Porro, Ph.D., Director at McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, Framingham State University
  • Philip J. Sisson, President, Middlesex Community College
  • Rita Smith, Regional Business HR – US/PR Pharma, AbbVie
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Dessert Reception

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring? View our 2022 Sponsorship Prospectus to learn about opportunities and contact