Women in Leadership Forum | CPhI Worldwide

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08:00 – 08:30 | Breakfast & Networking
Start the day at CPhI Worldwide by networking with like-minded women in Pharma

08:30 – 08:40 | Welcome from the Chair
Denise Johnston - VP Global Sales, NEMERA

08:40 – 09:05 | Keynote speaker
Angela Strzelecki
- Pharma Business Director, DuPont

09:05 – 10:30 | Panel discussion and Q&A:
Theme: Sourcing and retaining female talent in Pharma

  • How M&A impacts recruitment, career progression and talent retention: Significant M&A activity has resulted in fewer top level positions and presents fresh challenges in the workplace - What does this mean for women in Pharma?
  • Creating and sustaining a pipeline of female talent in Pharma: With the rapid change of digital technology and changing consumer needs within the larger healthcare industry, the need to leverage experience from other industries, coupled with new ideas and the ability to create synergies, mean that a new skill-set is sought after.
  • Diversity in senior leadership – how to enable career growth and ensure more women climb the ranks within their existing organisations? How to avoid helping only one type of woman to progress?
  • Sourcing and nurturing female talent at the entry level and beyond: re-examining job descriptions and on boarding, how are mothers and caregivers supported throughout their leave and re-integrated into the work place upon their return?

Zarmina Penner, Business Coach
Rina Chokshi - Global Marketing Leader, DuPont
Archana Bhaskar - Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Frances Zipp - CEO & Founder, Lachman Consultants
Marga Viñes - Business Development Manager, Grifols International
Sara Henderson - Global Sourcing Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim

10:30 – 10:40 Introduction to World Café
World Café moderator:
Helena Demuynck, Authentic Leadership Coach

10:40 – 11:00 | World Café
Dynamic networking and group discussions.

11:00 – 11:15 | Feedback / top take-aways
World Café moderator to collect and summarize the key take-away points.

11:15 – 11:30 | Coffee & Networking
Close of event.

Meet the speakers


Zarmina Penner | Business Coach

Zarmina is a Business Coach and Organisational Alignment expert with over 20 years of experience. She is a medical doctor with an additional background in medical informatics, business administration and health sciences.

Based near Frankfurt in Germany, she has worked with over 500 teams in 9 different industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and hospitals in helping them align with their vision, strategy and goals during M&As, organisational restructuring and change. She works internationally, both in English and in German. Zarmina believe strongly in equality and neutrality and in the importance of nurturing and managing your own talent wisely.


Denise Johnston | VP Global Sales, NEMERA

I am Vice President of Global Sales at Nemera, leader in both the development and manufacture of drug delivery devices for the healthcare industry.
Having joined the company (then known as Rexam Healthcare) in 2002 as Key Account Manager, I held several managerial sales positions before being promoted to VP Global Sales. Now leading strong sales growth with a global sales team, Nemera serves blue-chip healthcare companies with both contract manufactured devices as well as our internally developed IP devices. I champion customer satisfaction as a key to success and introduced the NPS (Net Promoter Score) survey technique to gather "top of mind" customer perceptions directly in order to constantly improve the customer experience. I also instigated structural commercial changes and re-organisation following a value-added sales process analysis that our team conducted together to enhance the business development activities required to be successful in selling our IP product platforms including Novelia (PFMD eye dropper), SnS (safety device for pre-filled syringes) and Nasal and Dermal Pumps.
I graduated from Dublin City University in 1993 with a degree in International Marketing and Languages. I moved into the packaging industry shortly after, and have worked in Northern Ireland, France, England and China in various marketing and sales positions with Field Boxmore Packaging (Chesapeake) before joining Nemera. These postings enabled me to work successfully with different international cultures in a collaborative manner whilst allowing me to further cultivate my innate flexibility and love for business development.


Archana Bhaskar | CHRO, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Archana Bhaskar is the Chief Human Resource Officer at Dr. Reddy’s and a member of the Management Council.

Archana joined Dr. Reddy’s in June 2017 and has over 25 years of people management experience across diverse industries, geographies and companies. Prior to joining Dr. Reddy’s, Archana was with Royal Dutch Shell, Singapore, where she headed Human Resources for the Global Commercial businesses. Earlier, she has worked with Unilever, where she held positions of European and global responsibility, as well as large Indian corporations with whom she consulted in professionalising HR policies and practices.

Archana is an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, where she majored in Psychology & Mathematics, and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, from where she completed her Master’s Degree in Business Administration.


Angela Strzelecki | Director - Global Pharmaceutical Excipients Business, DowDuPont

Angela Strzelecki is currently working as the Global Business Director of the Pharmaceutical Excipients business of DowDuPont.
Angela joined DuPont in 1992 as a development chemist in DuPont Titanium Technologies, DTT.  After five years in technology roles, Angela moved into global operations planning for the DTT business in 1997.  She also held roles in technology management, and sales & marketing leadership while in DTT.
In 2004, Angela was named Strategic Planning and New Business Development Manager for the Coatings & Color Technologies Platform.  While in the Coatings business, she held several roles including global business director, global technology director, and marketing director.
In 2011, Angela was named Director for Corporate Plans.  In this role, Angela worked on a number of acquisition and divestiture activities, as well as driving portfolio growth strategies.
In 2013, Angela was named North America Business Director for DuPont Building Innovations. For the past several years, Angela was Corporate Planning Director working on the Dow-DuPont merger and FMC Health & Nutrition acquisition, prior to her current role.
Angela received a bachelor of science in chemistry from King’s College.  She also received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University. 


Sara Henderson | Global Sourcing Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim

Sara completed her Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Biology at the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada). During this time, she worked as a research assistant in various scientific laboratories, and for the government (Health Canada). By completing an abroad exchange to the University of the West Indies (Barbados), her professor for Biochemistry of Human Disease encouraged her to pursue a graduate degree in Biochemistry. After her acceptance to McMaster University (Canada), Sara completed her doctorate in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, specializing in Hematology. Working under the mentorship of a world-renowned hematologist, she gained exposure to industry, had the opportunity to teach university courses, and collaborate with universities all over the world. One of her highlights was leading a team of scientists at Harvard University to complete one of her publications. During her doctorate, Sara completed a Mini-Masters of Business Administration Certificate. Sara transitioned into industry as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in NCE Development with the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim at their primary research site (Biberach, Germany). This opportunity allowed her to transition to the headquarters of Boehringer Ingelheim (Ingelheim, Germany) where she currently works as a Global Sourcing Manager, purchasing chemicals for commercial and development projects.


Marga Viñes | Business Development Manager, Grifols International

Marga is currently working as Business Development Manager of Contract manufacturing business in Grifols.

Her educational background includes a degree in Pharmacy and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Management from the University of Barcelona. she has more than 16 years’ sales and marketing experience in the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare business, defining and implementing marketing strategies for international and domestic markets. In addition, after several years of experience in the field of strategic marketing she moved into business development area for injectable products in the contract manufacturing market on an international level, developing both roles in sales & marketing.

A great commitment and positive attitude has let positioning the contract manufacturing business in Grifols as a healthy growth rate business worldwide.

Work-life balance is the pillar to build her career.


Rina Chokshi | Global Marketing Leader, DuPont

Rina Chokshi Ph.D. is global leader for regional and field marketing for the Pharmaceutical Excipient business unit of DuPont Nutrition and Health. In this role, Rina is responsible for developing and implementing global and regional strategies for the combined heritage FMC and heritage Dow portfolios. She and her team actively manage the combined portfolios by identifying market trends, growth opportunities and brand positioning to create value through differentiated product and service offerings.
Rina Chokshi has over 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry with extensive knowledge in oral solid dosage form development from her roles with Wyeth (now Pfizer) and Hoffman-La-Roche. Her role primarily focused on the development of challenging drug products with solubility enhancement, immediate and modified release and employing Quality by Design approaches.
In 2010, Rina joined FMC Health and Nutrition as project leader for controlled release to manage the modified release coating portfolio. In 2012, she launched Aquacoat ARC a novel coating solution for alcohol dose dumping. She then transitioned to America’s technical service role in 2014 to support, educate and enable customer success across all pharmaceutical applications through solution based strategies including the Avicel, Ac-Di-Sol and Aquacoat product portfolio. In 2017, Rina was promoted to global manager for application development and she lead a team of R&D and technical service scientists for the development and launch of new products such as Avicel SMCC and Aquateric N100.


Helena Demuynck | Authentic Leadership Coach

Helena is a dedicated, visionary Leadership Coach with a proven record of facilitating Senior Leadership Teams and coaching Executives, driving ground-breaking advancements in leadership performance and transformation.

A creative problem-solver with a passion for excellence, she leverages her unique background in Leadership Development, Finance, Legal, Coaching and Facilitation to produce exceptional results based upon innovation, sustainability and process improvement. She has a track record of exceeding expectations and successfully developing efficient coaching trails, working independently and collaboratively with multidisciplinary coaches, trainers & facilitators.


Frances (Fran) M. Zipp | President & CEO of Lachman Consultant Services, Inc.

Fran Zipp is President & CEO of Lachman Consultant Services, Inc. As an expert in compliance enhancement, she develops program solutions to meet GXP compliance requirements and delivers strategic guidance and direction toward implementation of effective solutions to client needs. Ms. Zipp has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, biologic and biotechnology industries from R&D through post-market approval. She assists and counsels Senior-level management in areas of Corporate Governance, Corporate Integrity Agreement Compliance, Consent Decree Negotiations and Resolutions, Application Integrity Policy resolution, and Due Diligence evaluations (facilities; products; technologies).

"A wonderful opportunity to think outside the box, in an industry dominated by men"
- 2016 delegate

"I think women need to be out front, they still need encouragement to present themselves as leaders in the industry as more doors are opening." 
- Diana Trepanier, Global Director, Procurement and Strategic, Catalent

"Superb! An important chance to discuss the challenges faced by women"
- 2016 delegate

For speaking opportunities please contact:

  • Rita Hershkovich - Content Executive (Pharma Portfolio)
    Email: [email protected]