Today’s and Tomorrow’s Leaders


Every year, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) honors one significant STAR (Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition), a woman who is an exemplary role model, and a number of Rising Stars who are moving the industry forward. We’re proud to feature a number of these recipients here.



“Every interaction becomes an opportunity to volunteer.” Click on the image to see Carol’s acceptance speech.

This year the STAR honoree was Carol Wells, senior director of commercial training and development at Genentech, who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to HBA’s strategic goals of advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide.

Carol was an early member of the HBA San Francisco Bay Area chapter and served as president of the chapter in 2011 and 2013 and currently is director of programs. The HBA SF bay area chapter currently offers 50-60 programs per year on diverse topics including industry trends, skill building and networking events for women at different stages of their careers.

Carol’s extensive HBA network has proved helpful in hiring talented women at Genentech and has also been a support system for her both professionally and personally. As evidence of her leadership impact, Carol was awarded the 2014 Genentech Women’s Professionals Group (GWP) Developer of the Year award and is a member of the executive committee of the Life Sciences Trainers and Educators Network (formerly the Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers), and served as president in 2012 and 2013. In addition, she was named one of PharmaVOICE’s Top 100 Most Inspiring Individuals in 2009. Carol has brought best practices from the HBA to Genentech and vice versa, providing Genentech employees in South San Francisco, as well as field personnel across the country, opportunities to continue to develop and network.


Rising Stars are people in mid-career, but poised to be the headliners of tomorrow. From the pharma, bio and device sectors, they have shown their dedication to advancing outcomes, contributing significantly to their companies, showing leadership capabilities, and being team players. They’ve been identified by their peers and companies as people who are making a difference. Here are just some of the honorees.

Rekha Abichandani, MD, global development team leader


Shire Pharmaceuticals

As a nephrologist with more than 15 years of clinical experience in rare diseases and oncology, Rekha is responsible for the leadership and matrix management of all aspects of multiple development programs. She has made a significant impact to Gaucher’s disease and Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) by advancing the development of treatment. Rekha has demonstrated a dedication to patients and healthcare through her leadership and mentoring. She is, without doubt, a Rising Star in the healthcare industry.

Cynthia Accuosti-jones, field director, managed markets



As field director, managed markets, Cynthia leads the overall team for the hepatitis C and oncology franchises. She has led our organization in the launches of Olysio, Stelara self-administration indication and the Stelara PSA indication with flawless execution. Cynthia’s strategic thinking, big-picture orientation and attention to detail are hallmarks of her leadership. She consistently demonstrates strong account performance, people development and marketplace leadership. Cynthia is an active leader in our Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI).

Ana Ayres, general manager, orthopaedics and global surgery Portugal


j&j Medical Iberia

Ana is widely recognized throughout Johnson & Johnson, Medical Devices Europe, as a Rising Star with a strong track record of delivering business and people commitments in complex environments. Recently, she was promoted to lead the both the global orthopaedics and global surgery businesses as general manager for Portugal. Ana quickly established a new level of collaboration, inclusion and customer focus within the organization. Ana is an ASCEND graduate and WLI lead for Spain/Portugal.

Teri Ann Bajek, vice president digital services


Health & Wellness Partners LLC

HWP attributes our digital media success to Teri Ann. She is a true visionary who has grown the digital capability of HWP through the creation relationships, . a strategic leader, who figures out who connects to whom, when and why and to what result. Teri Ann creates a chain reaction, which is critical to digital medical communication. She has strong leadership skills and leads a team of talented people.

Sara Briggs, director, human resources


Stryker Corporation

Sara embodies Stryker’s core values of integrity, accountability, people and performance. Her demonstrated ability to build productive teams and drive results, paired with her keen intuition, help keep the various teams she leads and works on motivated and inspired. Sara is an adored and respected leader because she is fair and sensible, while also not one bit afraid to make tough decisions that help push our business forward.

Ambre Brown Morley, director, product communications, diabetes


Novo Nordisk

Ambre is credited with creating PR campaigns that have been honored with many industry awards. One example is the successful campaign featuring T1D racecar driver Charlie Kimball, which is credited with the industry’s first pharmaceutical-branded Twitter page (@racewithinsulin). Additionally, Ambre exemplifies our organization’s triple bottom line by serving as a mentor to students at Trenton High School and as a member of both the Public Relations Society and the HBA.

Dottie Caplan, associate vice president, launch readiness and life cycle management, corporate affairs


Sanofi US

Dottie is an inclusive leader who consistently demonstrates a passion for developing others and pushes herself to stretch for more. She has a thirst for knowledge and an inquisitiveness that feed her ability to provide sharp insights and exceptionally high-quality work, and she is a role model for others. We are proud to recognize Dottie as our 2015 Rising Star.

Erin Cowhig, senior director, human resources


Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Erin is an intelligent, professional and dedicated human resources leader. Since joining the company as a human resources business partner in 2012, she has worked with urgency to grow, develop and promote top talent in the organization, while acting as a strategic advisor to some of the company’s senior leaders. She embodies the core values of Vertex, and her results-oriented attitude has led her to facilitate multiple projects and initiatives that have streamlined efficiencies and helped the company grow.

Michelle Cuccia, vice president, global generics growth markets, specialty and BGx marketing and branding


Teva Pharmaceuticals

Michelle demonstrates a full commitment to delivering market results to strategies aligning Teva’s specialty and branded generics commercially across Latin America. Michelle has shown leadership in creating a high-performance team, which has added to the success of mature organizations and created the context for high-growth countries. She was the driver behind the Latin American region’s commercial plans, and now for all global growth markets. Michelle is a champion for inclusion, serving as executive sponsor of Latino Heritage Employee Network.

Donna Deverick, vice president, account director


Discovery USA

Donna always wants to see the very best happen for her clients and staff. She works diligently to ensure that those that she works for and with know they are valued by every interaction they have with her. She is respected as a leader by both clients and employees. Throughout her career, she has pushed herself and others to deliver on a great customer experience in healthcare communications. It is an honor to have Donna as our Rising Star.

julie Russell Dilts, senior counsel

Roche Diagnostics Corporation


Julie has been engaged with our Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) from its inception, leading the establishment of our first women’s mentoring program. As a passionate advocate for career development and advancement of women, she has demonstrated strong leadership and delivered impressive numbers. During Julie’s tenure as the WLI Campus Lead, 25% of members reported career advancement, mentorship participation doubled, more than half of field-based employees and 1,400 customers were engaged with WLI content.

Stephanie Dreyer, senior brand manager, marketing, Bayer Consumer Care


Bayer HealthCare LLC

Steph delivers strong business results against increasingly challenging assignments. Her success is defined as much by her leadership skills as business results. Words like authentic, driven, caring, savvy and smart describe Steph’s contributions. Her natural and authentic leadership approach extends beyond organized activities and comes through in the way she trains and mentors people on her team. Steph’s willingness to be accessible has also helped to create a sustainable culture for the organization.

Michele Ehler, head of talent development North America


UCB Inc.

Michele is focused, proactive and passionate–qualities that make her an effective leader on our talent development team. She has been integral in aligning our talent development programming to our business imperatives and has been a driver for program adoption across the organization. Michele has developed collaborations with our regional affiliates, global headquarters and external partners to expand the program. Her drive, commitment and accomplishments are why Michele is UCB’s 2015 HBA Rising Star.

Lynn forrest, vice president Campbell Alliance, an inVentiv


Health Company

Lynn is a driven, strategic advisor, who takes on her clients’ most challenging and complex assignments by leveraging her impressive breadth of expertise in new product strategy, commercial excellence and market access. She has developed new solutions to the industry’s most pressing challenges, and her clients are fiercely loyal, recognizing her ability to lead through adversity, challenge established norms, embrace complexity and practically innovate. Finally, Lynn is a wonderful coach and mentor for her team.

Ashley Gaines, head of sales and marketing, infectious disease



As head of sales and marketing for the infectious disease franchise, Ashley demonstrates leadership by setting a clear strategic direction for her team members and ensuring they have the messaging, tools and resources necessary to succeed at the highest performance levels. She is a passionate, dedicated and an innovative problem-solver who works seamlessly with her peers across the business. Ashley is a role model and embodies the AZ values of putting patients first and playing to win.

Anita Gandhi, PhD, senior principal scientist, translational medicine


Celgene Corporation

In her nearly 13 years with Celgene, Anita has established herself as an internationally recognized expert in mechanism of action of the IMiDs and the next generation of Cereblon Modulators (CELMoDS). Anita is an effective and inspiring manager and mentor and advocates for others’ in their career development. As a top talent within her department, as well as in the broader organization, Anita is known and respected as one of the most valuable scientific leaders.

Alexa Garrett, associate director, Sandoz US Distribution and Logistics



Alexa exemplifies expertise in the fields of distribution and logistics. She consistently extends beyond her areas of responsibility to support the goals of the San-doz business. Alexa has successfully tackled challenging projects, including the expansion of a 400,000 square-foot distribution center, the optimization of a countrywide distribution network and the implementation of a complex FDA requirement for lot level traceability. She is a champion for change and motivates her team with incredible enthusiasm.

Teresa Graham, lifecycle leader, global product strategy



Teresa exemplifies Genentech’s values and leadership commitments to her team, her peers and our entire organization. She has held leadership positions in functions including marketing, sales, managed care and global product strategy. She recently led an initiative focused on improving managerial effectiveness. Teresa demonstrates dedication to women in healthcare through mentorship to colleagues across the industry and holds leadership positions within the HBA San Francisco Bay Area chapter, as well as Genentech Women Professionals.

Sarah Grimwood, research fellow


Pfizer Inc

Sarah has made major contributions to Pfizer’s neuroscience drug pipeline. She is recognized both internally and externally as an expert in neuroscience and neuropharmacology. She is a passionate and effective leader of multi-disciplinary teams. Within Pfizer, Sarah is renowned for her work in the areas of receptor occupancy, translational pharmacology and biomarkers. Sarah’s external impact has been built through more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, many scientific presentations and service on international panels and consortia.

Courtney Hartstein, US flu brand manager



Courtney is a leader and strong contributor to GSK’s bottom line and to our society. She sets herself apart by balancing business priorities while simultaneously giving back. She mentors numerous individuals across GSK. Courtney founded the Philadelphia chapter of Science in Schools to motivate, engage and inspire school-age children to embrace STEM education. She is the social media chair for the HBA Greater Philadelphia chapter. Courtney drives outstanding business results; however, her spirit makes her a Rising Star.

Kathleen Hennigan-Shannon, vice president, account group supervisor


McCann Torre Lazur

Kathleen’s work ethic revolves around dedication, passion and leadership. She can juggle portfolio workshops, OPDP submissions and impossible timelines without letting anything drop. Her hands-on mentoring, strategic foresight (she always has a plan B, C and D) and in-depth category knowledge set up her team and clients to be stars of their own. Kathleen’s boundless commitment and infectious laughter inspire us to reach new heights while having fun along the way.

Alissa Hicks, director, field medical affairs


Shionogi Inc.

Alissa was initially hired as a medical science liaison (MSL) covering our south region. Her noteworthy passion, performance and commitment resulted in her being promoted to the team leader role. Since becoming the team leader, she has mentored her new team members, taken on the challenge of implementing the MSL on-demand services and assisted her colleagues in organizing and designing the latest medical affairs initiative of Medical Symposia. Alissa is our 2015 HBA Rising Star.

Susan Hynes, head of global quality pharmaceutical manufacturing


Bristol-Myers Squibb

Susan’s impact, vision, people leadership and outcomes-approach were extraordinary as our only female general manager when she was responsible for two Ireland plants. Today, Susan is head of global quality manufacturing for all the internal pharmaceutical sites in the BMS network. She continues to shift culture and cooperation with her honest and transparent dialogue and active mentoring, which is yielding unparalleled employee engagement levels and exceptional operational results. We are very proud that Susan is our 2015 Rising Star.

Katie Isaacs, senior vice president, group account director


The CementBloc

Purpose, inspiration and collaboration best describe Katie as a key leader at The CementBloc. Katie consistently demonstrates her commitment to her team, the agency and her businesses by driving success behind the brands she works with and fostering a winning team. Under Katie’s leadership, her team members strive to do their best and deliver exceptional work for our clients.

Michelle Lafond, director, bioreactor scale-up and development


Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Michelle leads the biologics scale up department at Regeneron. Michelle, a chemical engineer, joined the team 16 years ago bringing with her the skillset necessary to help Regeneron build its leading antibody production capabilities. Michelle’s patient-driven focus and unparalleled work ethic make her an asset to Regeneron. She is an accomplished expert in her field, as well as a respected colleague. This distinction is well-deserved and we look forward to her future.

jill Lesiak, vice president creative director


Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

With more than a decade of experience in healthcare communications, Jill is an accomplished professional with spirit and drive. Writing is her passion. She simply has a knack with words—words that cut to the core of brand personality; telegraph compelling messages; execute targeted, on-strategy communications; and—time and again—drive market expansion. Jill’s colleagues and clients have come to appreciate her keenly strategic mind that never relinquishes a deep appreciation for the human condition.

VA Lopes, management supervisor


Giant Creative Strategy

VA typifies the qualities of a Rising Star. Her ability to make an impact is felt within the agency where she works, and also across the clients she works with. VA is a respected leader with the right mix of scientific, strategic and marketing prowess and her passion and spirit for the work she touches is palpable. Her contributions throughout her career and specifically with Giant Creative Strategy have led to continuing growth and success.

Lori Mercurio, director, strategic projects


Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Lori is an effective leader of strategic initiatives who exemplifies the cultural hallmarks of Mallinckrodt: engaged, competitive, collaborative, high-performing and trustworthy. She skillfully leads multidisciplinary teams and manages change to deliver transformative outcomes with broad business impact. Lori’s professionalism, commitment to tackling new challenges and ability to push through with perseverance and grace make her a true Rising Star.

Melissa Mims, director, medical affairs



In a 19-year career contributing to clinical science, market research and business development for Merck, Melissa has developed the ability to effectively manage cross-functional, cross-country teams in executing highly complex projects with mission-critical objectives. Melissa has also been a strong leader in Merck’s Women’s Employee Business Resource Group, providing counsel, insights and energized passion for the advancement of women within Merck.

Kyoko Miyahara, senior director


Pfizer Inc

Kyoko heads marketing for Pfizer’s global innovative pharma business in Japan. In five years, she has enhanced marketing effectiveness while also improving health. Kyoko has helped establish nerve pain as a legitimate health condition, partnered to advance smoking cessation, established a new class of medicines to prevent stroke in certain patients and helped give women’s health a voice. Building on her McKinsey and GE Consumer Finance experience, Miyahara-san is recognized as a leading businesswoman.

Lisa Nibauer, senior director


Becton Dickinson & Co

Lisa is responsible for the $700MM global blood collection business at BD. Since joining BD, Lisa has pioneered a customer-centric approach to position her products worldwide to better meet customer needs, and has designed a new innovation process that starts with quantifying those needs. She has created a strategy to reinvigorate her business and drive growth beyond what has been achieved in the past six years and teaches new approaches to BD marketers worldwide

jen O’Dwyer, senior vice president, client service director


CDM New York

CDM New York is thrilled to recognize Jen as our 2015 HBA Rising Star. Jen is an exceptional client service director who builds strong partnerships with her clients, agency partners and CDM teams by role modeling our core values of substance, style, conviction and grace. Jen is also an extraordinary talent magnet who inspires people to achieve more than they thought possible.

jennifer Ogden, director, global accounts


West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.

Jennifer is responsible for developing and leading the execution of account strategies with West’s global biotech customers. She is a role model within the West sales organization and embodies the spirit of the HBA Rising Star. Admired by her peers across the organization, Jenn leads by listening and working to understand the opportunities and issues in front of her, communicating the benefit of taking action and mobilizing her colleagues to ensure positive business results.

Nawal Ouzren, vice president hemophilia franchise


Baxter Healthcare

Nawal is an authentic and courageous leader who has quickly advanced into the global hemophilia franchise lead role. Nawal’s passion is to improve patient’s lives. She is an inspirational leader who actively coaches and mentors other women, and was the BioScience senior sponsor for inclusion and diversity initiatives. She led and built high-performing teams through her collaboration and candor. Nawal’s combination of compassion and strategic agility makes her a Rising Star at Baxter.

Kaya Pai-Panandiker, senior director, marketing



Kaya’s outstanding commitment to getting needed medicines to patients living with devastating brain diseases makes her a true Rising Star. Kaya worked with her Lundbeck team to launch a new treatment for depression in 2014. As only the second psychiatric product Lundbeck has brought to market in the US, her leadership and keen marketing sense laid a solid foundation for success. Kaya’s driving force is the prospect of helping many more suffering from mental illness.

Soomin Park, senior director, global statistical sciences


Eli Lilly and Company

Soomin leads the statistics and advanced analytics group, which supports all phases of development, including commercialization support across the globe for diabetes. Her career has spanned from supporting early phase development for multiple therapeutic areas to leading statistical analysis and operations. Soomin was named the Lilly Research Laboratories Asian Diversity Champion and Advisor, serves the Indiana chapter for Korean American Scientists and Engineers Association as vice president and is actively sought out as a mentor.

Anu Patel, vice president, group account supervisor



Anu inspires all of us at LLNS with her ease, grace and dedication to excellence in everything that she does. She also has a superpower because she can somehow anticipate what her clients need before they even know that they need it—we say she can “see around corners.” And most importantly, Anu raises her hand and takes responsibility for things that others cannot imagine being responsible for; she is a true leader.

Arleen Paulino, executive director clinical operations


Amgen Inc.

Arleen is an innovative change agent for progressive manufacturing technologies at Amgen. She brings science and engineering expertise to her portfolio of work and has driven significant improvements in productivity as a result. She not only adds value to Amgen and the patients we serve, but also contributes to the community by participating in various committees for science. Arleen is an inspiring leader and role model of continuous improvement and safety.

Maggie Pax, director, integration planning


Thermo fisher Scientific

Maggie leads integration planning at Thermo Fisher, helping to successfully integrate acquired companies. She has broad industry experience, ranging from general management to marketing and business development. Maggie has been an ardent supporter of diversity and inclusion for our women’s employee resource group, leading our partnership with the HBA and planning co-sponsored career development events to support employee growth and development. She is a true role model and leader at Thermo Fisher.

Karen Peterson, Abbott divisional vice president and controller, Abbott Diagnostics



Karen is the divisional vice president, controller, for Abbott’s diagnostics division—a $4.5 billion division. Karen exemplifies what is best in a leader–she is strategic, innovative, builds and develops talent and delivers results. With Abbott since 1992, Karen has held leadership roles in many of Abbott’s businesses, where she has built extensive experience in financial management, business analytics, planning and controllership functions. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a certified public accountant.

Cintia Piccina, executive director immunology


Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Cintia is a unique leader with a truly extraordinary passion for patients, customers and associates. This passion inspires associates, peers and leaders to think differently and make the impossible possible. Her authenticity and passion from the heart also generate a highly collaborative and exceptionally engaged team, which drove extraordinary business results of 140% of goal. Her passion and integrity are also apparent to customers as she develops key partnerships to drive extraordinary care for patients.

Kristen Pilkiewicz, vice president, associate creative director, copy


H4B Catapult

Kristen has upward of 12 years experience in the pharmaceutical advertising and healthcare communications area, as a copywriter and content developer. She has excelled in a plethora of therapeutic areas, including oncology, vaccines, women’s health, cardiovascular, endocrinology, neurology, hormone replacement therapy, predictive/preventative medicine and medical devices. She participated in the inaugural Catapult College graduate program and is a charter member of the Catapult Culture Committee. She is the quintessential Rising Star.

janet Piscitelli, MD, medical director, east region


Quest Diagnostics

Janet is a physician leader who integrates knowledge and compassion into the daily laboratory operations of Quest Diagnostics’ largest region, touching more than 100,000 patient lives every night. With a collaborative leadership style, she is a critical member of the regional leadership team. Dedicated to improving the broader industry, Dr. Piscitelli is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), actively serving on several of its national resource committees.

Michelle Rapp, associate partner, account management


Razorfish Health

Michelle is a mixture of energy and experience focused on providing the best solutions to meet her clients’ needs. She brings her deep science background and former client marketing experience as a client service leader for the AZ team. She is an early adopter of innovation and is skilled at creating collaboration with her internal team and across client stakeholders; bringing sales, brand and technology management teams together seamlessly.

Dalia Rayes, senior director, ASPIRE business unit


Actelion Pharmaceuticals

Dalia is a proven leader at Actelion. She has taken many different roles and stretch assignments, with a strong record of success. Most recently, Dalia created a top-notch specialty business team that has become an essential part of our organization. She is an enthusiastic and passionate leader who ensures we are serving our patients, while also delivering on our strategic objectives. Actelion is proud to recognize Dalia as our 2015 HBA Rising Star.

Anne Marie Robertson, executive director, marketing


Helsinn Therapeutics (US), Inc.

Anne Marie quickly established herself as a leader within the commercial organization at Helsinn. She contributes to the success of Helsinn by providing leadership to all commercial/development products and all marketing initiatives. With her keen business acumen, innovative approach and collaborative communication abilities, she continues to contribute to Helsinn’s success. Anne Marie continues to build out her team; she is focused on mentoring others and working toward helping Helsinn develop its commercial organization.

Megan Robinson, senior vice president, creative director brand development


Sudler & Hennessey

An award-winning creative talent, Megan inspires and directs her team to consistently deliver outstanding work. An insightful strategist and charismatic new business leader, Megan helped develop our pitch process and training program. There is a pattern here; Megan uses her powers for good. She takes her own exceptional abilities and translates them into inspiration, training and encouragement for the entire Sudler team. Megan is a Rising Star who helps others shine, as well. Congratulations, Megan.

Sandy Rodriguez, senior director, corporate communications


Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.

Sandy joined Takeda in 2005, and held various roles of increasing responsibility until she assumed leadership of the TPUSA communications function in 2011. Sandy is responsible for shaping all internal and external communications related to significant company milestones. She is a creative problem solver with a keen ability to formulate high-level strategies while leading her team and engaging her peers with her vision, positive energy and an exceptional professionalism.

Emily Segalla, vice president, group copy supervisor


flashpoint Medica

Emily is recognized for being the staffer who everyone turns to for great strategic thinking and creative ideas. She has a real knack for honing in on key insights and developing communications that drive the brand forward. No matter how complex the challenge, Emily brings passion and dedication to find the most creative solution. She has helped lead the team to remarkable achievements, including an agency review that scored the highest ever at the client.

Wendy Short-Bartie, product director, Zykadia


Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Passionate, innovative and results-driven, Wendy has been a successful, committed and recognized leader at Novartis for 10 years. Demonstrating excellence in multiple roles, Wendy consistently seeks ways to drive business performance while keeping the patient at the forefront of all decisions. Simply put, Wendy is a balance of smart, drive and joie de vivre.

Amy Stafford, zone vice president


Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Amy is a Rising Star within Boehringer Ingelheim. She has quickly progressed through the company and was name West zone vice president of sales in November 2013. Amy serves as the sales organization lead for several teams, including the respiratory champion team, PM training and development, and the field force effectiveness pillar, which includes performance management and incentive compensation. She is a mentor to several female leaders within the company and exemplifies leadership excellence.

Kristin Stephens, vice president, clinical operations


Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co

Kristin’s contributions as a Takeda leader are evident in the successful execution of major clinical programs under her leadership. She consistently demonstrates her ability to work cross-functionally and collaboratively while exemplifying outstanding leadership behavior. Kristin’s strategic approach continues to shape the global organization she leads. She is well-respected by her team and her peers, and maintains a positive, can-do attitude about everything she does.

Patricia Vera, director, financial operations


Daiichi-Sankyo Inc.

Tricia plays an integral role on the finance team and is viewed as a leader and role model by her colleagues. Tricia consistently goes above and beyond, including serving as the vice president of the women’s forum, involvement in the mentor program, designing activities to promote engagement within and outside of her team, and endlessly working to pursue excellence and support her colleagues to drive business results. Tricia truly exemplifies all qualities of a Rising Star.

Laura Wallace, director, risk management and epidemiology


Purdue Pharma LP

Laura Wallace is confident, focused, organized, intelligent, well-liked and caring, an excellent communicator and quick thinker. She contributed substantially to our company’s new strategy. She publishes and presents on pain treatment in children and safe use of new medicines. She provides scientific and strategic insights on selecting new diseases for business development. Laura is an excellent mentor of women at formative stages of their career. Laura is a rising leader who radiates positivity.

jillian Welker, director of agency operations


PALIO, an inVentiv Health Company

Jillian is a highly energetic and motivated leader within our agency. Her ability to drive through volumes of work while respecting individual needs and garnering respect for herself is uncanny. Always calm under pressure, Jillian thrives on finding innovative, efficient solutions for all challenges. She is an excellent communicator and builds partnerships with clients and vendors. Jillian is vital to our ongoing success and has great potential for being a significant force in healthcare marketing. •


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