Getting Ready for the LTEN Annual Conference
WELCOME LETTER – Christine Gaudet
We’re looking forward to welcoming a record-breaking number of people to the 48th LTEN Annual Conference, and we’re also hoping some of you might have a little déjà vu this year.
Five years ago, a large group of life sciences training professionals came together in Grapevine, Texas, as members of SPBT. When they left a few days later, they were instead members of LTEN, after the “society” became a “network.” Now, we’re returning to the Gaylord Texan hotel where that change happened, and we’ll no doubt see the birth of new changes, and growth, for members.
I hope you’re going to join us from June 3 to June 6 for this year’s annual conference.
In this special issue of LTEN Focus on Training magazine, we’re giving you a sneak peek at the 48th LTEN Annual Conference, introducing you to our keynote and featured speakers and sharing with you some advice on how to maximize your time at the conference. The goal is to make your experience productive, your engagement complete and your involvement memorable.
As with any training you rollout to your learners, success starts with a plan. Be sure to view the agenda at www.LTENconference.com, and decide which sessions you’ll want to attend, which workshops offer the most value for your needs and where you’ll find the best networking opportunities. You’ll also want to attend the 5th Annual LTEN Excellence Awards ceremony to learn from and support the innovative work your industry peers are producing. And you’ll most certainly want to spend time in the Learning Village exhibit hall and meet with the suppliers and partners who help power your training.
While the workshops are valuable and the lessons from industry leaders are plentiful, the conference is about meeting your specific needs. Be sure to plan your time with end goals in mind and take advantage of the available resources that support those goals. No matter where you are in your life sciences training journey – just starting out or a training veteran – there’s truly something to connect with your needs and to help grow your career.
Keep in mind the greatest value you find might not be in a keynote, or workshop, or Learning Lab. You might find your inspiration in a conversation over coffee, while playing a game at the networking party or during a product demonstration in the Learning Village. We can never predict where the seeds of innovation might be planted, which is perhaps the best argument for fully realizing the conference experience.
Finally, don’t forget to have fun at the conference as well. It’s a great time to unwind a bit with old friends and new connections, to recharge your professional batteries and to get energized for the year ahead. You’ll also have the chance to give back to those less fortunate, by taking part in this year’s community-building charity activity, where individuals and teams come together to help others.
Whether you’re coming back to Texas with us, or joining us for the first time, we know there’s opportunity waiting for you. We look forward to seeing you there, and helping you make that connection.
Christine Gaudet is events director for LTEN. Email Christine at cgaudet@L-TEN.org.
Thanks to all the 48th LTEN Annual Conference workshop reviewers for your help in putting together a memorable agenda:
Greg Adamson, Philips
Jason Barrows, Bioventus
Ashley Bentley, Baxter Healthcare
Bill Beyer, Life Science Training Institute (LSTI)
Seth Borsuk, Bausch Health
David R. Brin, Abbott
John Clifton, BioCentric
William Coble, Ultragenyx
John Constantine, Orchastrall
Bill Dewey, Indivior
Jill Donahue, Excellerate
Jill Fenton, Quantum Learning
Carlene Harper, B. Braun Medical
Thomas Hood, Bayer
Jozsef Horvath, Peregrine Performance Group
Trina Lima, Covance
Melissa Lowe, Philips
William Magagna, Siemens Healthineers
Kent Malmros, Veeva Systems
Mike McGrath, Celgene
Daron Moore, Greenway Health
Kim Murphy, Takeda
Connie Murray, B. Braun Medical
Nisha Patel, Teva Pharmaceutical
Alison Quinn, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Greg Sapnar, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Kristin Scott, TGaS Advisors