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Michigan Bio-Talent Summit Agenda
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June 16, 2020  l  8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The BioTalent Summit will feature a combination of panel discussion, individual speakers, and interactive work groups. Below is a tentative agenda.


8:00 - 9:00 AMRegistration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 AM



Michigan's Bio-Industry 2019 Workforce Report: Facts, Figures, and Trends


Stephen Rapundalo, PhD

President and CEO,


9:15 AM

The Talent Challenge for Michigan's Bio-Industry

9:45 - 10:45 AM

Recruiting and Retaining Bio-Industry Talent: Employer Realities

Recruiting and retaining a great workforce is the #1 issue cited by leaders across the biosciences industry. The challenge is that it’s a continuous proposition made incredibly difficult given today’s fiercely competitive marketplace for top talent. Hear Michigan bioscience leaders discuss how they are addressing the challenge of creating a sustainable talent pipeline, contending with the need for diversity and inclusion, as well as, specific skillsets, and learn what supportive measures, resources, and initiatives they would like to see implemented in Michigan.

  • Kelly Conway, Vice President, Human Resources for Global Quality and Operations Group, Stryker Corporation

Moderator: Amy Cell

Founder and President,

Amy Cell Talent, LLC

10:45 - 11:00 AM 

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Hunting for Bioscience Positions in Michigan: Job Seekers Perspectives

Even in hotbed states with a density of bioscience companies, the job market can be tough on new graduates and others hunting for positions, especially those requiring technical backgrounds. Job seekers, both recent graduates and those transplanted from other regions will provide their view on the Michigan biosciences job market landscape, and the challenges in seeking positions whether for recent graduates or as a seasoned professional.

  • Fatima Majid, MS BME Candidate, Lawrence Technological University
  • Khanh Ngo Courtney, PhD, Project Director, Biological Chemistry, Avomeen Analytical Sciences

Moderator: Ryan Raver, PhD

Managing Director, Life Sciences

CareerTrax, Inc

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Plenary Panel


Best Practices in Biosciences Workforce Development: Winning Strategies from Other States

Michigan’s bio-industry is one of the largest nationally, but it ranks poorly by important indicators of success, none more so than in talent investment and workforce development. Knowing the strategies of your competitors is key to improvement. Hear best practices from other regions that Michigan’s leaders can do that will have the most meaningful impact for short- and long-term growth talent growth.

  • Kristin Boscan, Director, Georgia Bio Institute
  • Liisa Bozinovic, President and CEO, Oregon Biosciences Industry Association
  • Karla Talanian, Director of Talent and Workforce Development, MassBioEd Foundation

Moderator: Patrick Emerson

Account Executive,

Kelly Scientific

1:30 PM

Innovative Bioscience Talent Education and Initiatives: Michigan Recipes for Success

Across the country, innovative talent education and training has become a rallying cry for companies seeking a skilled workforce and for educational institutions wanting to place STEM graduates. This session will spotlight a diverse range of programs implemented in Michigan to address a market need for specialized skillsets and expertise.

  • Jean Rowan, MD, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Clinical Research Administration, Eastern Michigan University
  • Anirudh Chowdhary, MS, Director, Professional Science Master's Program, Grand Valley State University

Moderator: Sibrina Collins, PhD

Executive Director, The Marburger STEM Center

Lawrence Technological University

2:45 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM

Talent and Workforce Development Group Discussions and Report Out

Small groups of bio-industry and higher education professionals and other attendees will engage interactively on a range of topics.  Key ideas for action, talent initiative priorities and follow-up deliberation will be reported out to the full Summit.


Facilitator: Scott Trossen, MBA, SPHR-SCP

Founder and Consultant,

Michigan HR Group

4:30 PM



Hon. Haley Stevens

U.S. Representative (MI-!!)

Co-Chair, Congressional Women in STEM Caucus


The Future for Michigan's Bio-Industry: Charting a Path with Talent


Stephen Rapundalo, PhD

President and CEO,


5:00 PMAdjourn to Networking Reception

Creating Value
by delivering business-critical resources & bottom line savings
Building Networks
by connecting Michigan's bio-industry one member at a time
Growing Talent
by creating opportunities that develop people & build organizations
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