Women Building Success in Biosciences
A signature MichBio event
This inaugural half-day event – featuring accomplished women from a variety of bioscience backgrounds – will foster conversations and create connections. Our speakers will share personal and work-related successes that will inspire all levels of professionals to refine their own career paths. The goal is to engender meaningful interactions, spark friendships, business relationships, and career opportunities. Who should attend? Participants at all points in their career – from students to senior-level – with a background or interest in the biosciences industry.
Panel Discussion: Positioning Yourself in Today’s Marketplace
Consultant, Amy Cell Talent, LLC
Former Senior Vice President, Talent Enhancement, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Rachele Downs (moderator)
Vice President, Entrepreneurial Strategies
VP Human Resources
MedSurg and Neurotechnology Group
Stephanie Morley, DVM
Business Development Associate Director
Fast Forward Medical Innovation
University of Michigan
Panel Discussion: My Life as a Woman Entrepreneur
Founder and Managing Director
Jean Kantrowitz, MPH
Anna Langerveld, PhD (moderator)
President and CEO
Laura McCormick, PhD
Co-Founder and VP Technology
Brio Device, LLC
Julia Owens, PhD
Founder and CEO
Panel Discussion: Lessons in Leadership
Sarah Eckersley, PhD
Global R&D Director
Dow Pharma & Food Solutions
Christine Haakenson, PhD (moderator)
Chief Operating Officer
Kimberly Jones, PhD
Director of Product Development, ProQuest Dialog
Global Head Operations Strategy
Margot LaPointe, PhD
Vice President for Research
Henry Ford Hospital
Luann Pendy, PhD (U-M ’82)
Senior Vice President, Global Quality
Luann Pendy, PhD
Luann Pendy, PhD is the senior vice president of global quality. In this role, Pendy oversees all global quality operations for the company. Pendy is a member of Medtronic’s executive management team and serves as the executive sponsor for the Medtronic Women’s Network Minnesota Hub. She joined Medtronic in 2008 as the vice president of corporate quality.
Prior to Medtronic, Pendy served as corporate vice president of global quality and regulatory affairs at Hospira, Inc. In that role, she led worldwide quality and regulatory affairs for the design and manufacturing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Previously, Pendy spent 17 years at Abbott Laboratories, where she held several leadership roles in technical product development and quality for the diagnostics, devices and pharmaceutical business divisions.
Pendy received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Immunology from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois.
Pendy will also participate in MichBio's CEO Leaders' Club breakfast on June 10.
| MichBio members
All students, staff, and faculty affiliated with these academic institutions (with a valid email address) are current MichBio members:
- Kettering University
- Lawrence Technological University
- Michigan State University
- Michigan Technological University
- University of Michigan
- Van Andel Institute
- Wayne State University
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Online registration will close at midnight on June 8; onsite registration will be available on June 9.
Sponsorship opportunities for this inaugural event are available. Download a sponsorship prospectus here.