In this Issue: New SPBT President, MD&D Trainers Summit Recap, FOCUS Magazine, Strategic L&D, and more.

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SPBT Newsletter — November 2013

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+Feature Story: New SPBT Board President: John Sjovall
+Industry Event: MD&D Trainers Summit Recap
+FOCUS Magazine: Fall Edition is Now Available
+SPBT Member News: Share Your News with FOCUS Magazine
+Strategic L&D: The Ability to Execute
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Feature Story: New SPBT Board President John Sjovall to Lead in 2014/2015

With a new year quickly approaching, SPBT is getting set to welcome the new board president this January, as John Sjovall, the executive director of sales training and development for Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., will begin his two-year term. John takes over from Genentech’s Carol Wells, who led the board in 2012 and 2013.

John Sjovall, executive director, sales training & development, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

John’s succession is at an exciting time, with SPBT set to undergo a metamorphosis that more accurately reflects the scope of training and education in the life sciences industry. The society’s growth is just one of the changes that John finds exciting, and he’s taking an active role to help ensure SPBT is poised to solidify it’s role for the future.  "There is a ton of change, including in technology,” John said. "the next couple years will be about keeping focused and driving these exciting changes.”

An SPBT member since 2004, John knows he’s stepping into some large shoes, worn by previous leaders including Carol Wells, Michael Capaldi, Jennifer Zinn and John Constantine.  "I’ve had the benefit of seeing my predecessors, great leaders all, and what they’ve done,” John said. "I’ll be trying to build on that success.” Read More

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Industry Event: MD&D Trainers Summit Recap

SPBT’s 2nd Annual Medical Device & Diagnostic Trainers Summit was another successful event, bringing together a large mix of training, sales and education professionals for two days of learning and networking. Held in Indianapolis, early last month, Summit included keynote presentations, workshop sessions, networking events and an "unconference,” where attendees were able to join targeted discussions or create their own conversations.

Check out the Summit materials and resources, and enjoy some pictures that capture the spirit and energy of the annual event. You can also get a head start on news about the 2014 Summit! Complete Event Resources

FOCUS Magazine: Fall 2013 Issue Available

The Fall 2013 issue of SPBT’s FOCUS magazine is now available and has mailed to members. If you haven’t received, or had the time to read be sure to check out the digital edition. You’ll find articles on engaging today’s new learners, taking training from paper to digital delivery, mentoring, building better relationships with suppliers, gamification, boosting sales effectiveness, and more. Read More

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SPBT Member News: Share Your Stories

Speaking of FOCUS magazine, the Winter 2014 issue is just around the corner, and the deadline for Member News is almost here. Please share your organization’s news and people stories with other SPBT members, including blurbs on new hires, promotions and other exciting news. News items for Focus can be sent by Friday, Nov. 15, to editor Tim Sosbe at

Strategic L&D: The Ability to Execute

In the face of shifting regulatory landscapes and other challenges, life sciences learning leaders are working to create successful strategies. That’s fitting, since it’s the ability to execute that makes the difference between success and failure.

In this lead article from the November 2013 issue of Bonus FOCUS – the online companion to FOCUS magazine – we share with you a comprehensive look at how learning & development can strategically contribute to the organization’s ability to execute by following some key practices. Read More

Events Calendar
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Webinar — The ABCD's of Building Trust Free, Open to All
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Class — PrimeTime! For Trainers Core Class Top-rated for new trainers
Dec 12-13
Class — PrimeTime! For Trainers Masters Class Ideal for seasoned trainers
Dec 12
Class — Successful Vendor Management Workshop A Must-Attend
June 9-12
Conference — SPBT 43rd Annual Conference Get the Super-Early Bird Rates!

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