LTEN Inducts 4 Industry Leaders into Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame – by Tim Sosbe
Four life sciences training leaders were inducted into the LTEN Hall of Fame on June 4, 2019, as part of the 48th LTEN Annual Conference in Grapevine, TX. The four leaders – Marjorie Brody, Frank Cirillo, Linda Morales and David Purdy – were all on hand for the ceremony.
The LTEN Hall of Fame is designed to recognize longtime LTEN members and veterans who’ve excelled at those goals. Candidates for the Hall of Fame must have at least 20 years’ service to life sciences training, as well as a demonstrated impact to LTEN and the broader life sciences community.
Each of the four inductees have made their marks on life sciences training and have been instrumental in building and growing LTEN over the years.
Frank Cirillo was one of the early leaders of NSPST (National Society of Pharmaceutical Sales Trainers), which over the years evolved into SPBT and now LTEN. His daughters all work in life sciences, including his daughter Alison Quinn, a member of the LTEN Advisory Council, chair of the LTEN Field Training Committee and a trainer for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
“I was honored to be selected as a member of the LTEN Hall of Fame,” Cirillo said. “I’m pleased that I could have played a small part in its past and I am amazed at how it’s grown in importance and size. Walking through the exhibit hall at the Texas meeting was overwhelming. The programs and other tools available to trainers today are fantastic. My sincere thanks to the LTEN Board and its leaders for the recognition.”
Inductees Marjorie Brody and Linda Morales also expressed gratitude to the industry they’ve helped build.
“I’m proud to be involved in an industry where individuals can do well and also do good for others,” said Brody, founder of BRODY Professional Development. “It’s exciting to see how the industry is evolving yet still understands the importance of communication and leadership skills.”
“Learning is a lifelong journey, not a destination, and I always look for new ways to ignite the lightbulb in the learner,” said Morales, a former training director for Parke-Davis and the founder of Healthcare Innovations (HCI). “LTEN helps me stay fresh and inspired as I learn new ways to help my end users succeed.”
David Purdy, who served on the LTEN Advisory Council and ran Psychological Consultants, Inc. (PCI) until his retirement in 2018, has been an LTEN member since 1991 and said he was floored by his induction.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” Purdy said. “Of course, I was honored – and very grateful to the Board of Directors and the LTEN staff – but I was also excited that it meant I could attend one more annual conference! I had a wonderful career working as a leadership development consultant to companies in the life sciences industry, and my involvement in LTEN was one of the major highlights. Participating in the 2019 annual conference was a perfect culmination to my career.”