Women in Leadership Forum | CPhI Worldwide

Empowering Women in Pharma

For the fourth year running, the Women in Leadership Forum will take place on the second day of CPhI Worldwide, on-site at the Messe Frankfurt.

This event provides an opportunity to meet your peers, hear from senior executives on promoting diversity in the workplace, and assess strategies for your own career development.

The focus of this year’s event will be creating more of a business discussion about women in leadership roles. It is widely accepted that creating diversity in the workplace goes far beyond having the correct headcount; data suggests that it also provides clear business benefits - including increased financial performance.

Women in Leadership Forum | CPhI Worldwide

While company leaders are creating programs to increase diversity in their organisations from board level to entry level, what does this really mean for women and how can they work with their peers and colleagues to make this happen?

AGENDA - 25 October 2017

8:00 - 8:45: Welcome Breakfast & Networking

8:45 - 9:00: Welcome from the Chair
Amina Faham, Global Leader, R&D Pharma Applications, Dow

9:10 - 10:15: Panel discussion & Audience Q&A:  
Increasing Women in the Pharma Leadership Ranks: Perspectives from Business Leaders

x What are Pharma organisations doing to address inadequate diversity in the workplace?
x Strategies for building an inclusive environment
x Case study examples from organisations who have been recognised for advancing diversity
x What can women do to facilitate their own route to leadership?
Moderator: Helena Demuynck, Founding Partner, Oxygen for Leadership
x Amina Faham, Global Leader, R&D Pharma Applications, Dow
x Jennifer O’Lear, Head, HR Engagement & Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer, Merck
x Denise Johnston, Vice President of Global Sales, Nemera

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10:15 - 10:45: Creating the Right Environment for Women to Succeed
Rosalie Harrison, Consultant, Borderless

10:45 - 11:15: Coffee & Networking

Why should Women in Leadership Forum be part of your CPhI Agenda?

A unique opportunity to network with your peers away from the show floor – the 2016 edition was attended by senior representatives from Pfizer, Lonza, Catalent, Mylan, Novartis, AbbVie, Teva, DSM, Sandoz and many more.

Hear from inspirational speakers on strategies for building and improving diversity in Pharma, and takeaway solutions for kick-starting change in your own organisation.

A chance to think about your own development, meet like-minded colleagues from across the global pharma network and share your own goals and experiences.

Women in Leadership Forum | CPhI Worldwide

At the 2016 European event:

  • 91% of those surveyed rated the quality of networking at the event as good or excellent (weighted on excellent).
  • 84% were very likely to recommend the event to a colleague
  • 92% were likely to attend the event again in future

Who should attend?

This event is open to any female executives working in Pharma. 2015 attendees came from diverse backgrounds and included: Sourcing Manager, Consultant, Sales & Marketing Director, Quality & Regulatory Manager, Head of Business Development, CEO, Principal, Supply Chain Manager, Technical Director and Procurement Manager.

In addition to the chance to build your own personal networks, this event offers the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of leading pharmaceutical organisations: Pfizer, Lonza, Catalent, Mylan, Novartis, AbbVie, Teva, DSM, Sandoz and many more.

See an overview of our 2015 event here:

See an overview of our 2016 event here: