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Meet Your Incoming LTEN Board President

For the last 33 years, I have had the privilege and honor to work in this industry in many different functions and responsibilities and with some amazing people. But, there has never been a more exciting time and rewarding opportunity that has been entrusted to me than being named president of the LTEN Board of Directors, leading an organization of learning professionals dedicated to advancing global life sciences learning. Over my career in life sciences learning and education, I have seen how LTEN has fostered the careers of our members, cultivated environments for networking and been a source of innovative learning solutions for the complex and evolving life sciences industry.

I share your passion for learning and understand the responsibility that I have in serving and bringing value to you – our members of LTEN. You have my commitment to be an accountable steward of this great organization and a champion for each of you throughout your careers.

At LTEN we are in an unprecedented phase of growth, but I believe you have only seen the tip of the iceberg. As an organization, our membership has reached an all-time high. Never in the long history of LTEN (and previously SPBT and NSPST) have we had as many members as we do today, and we are continuing to grow. For those that attended last years’ annual conference in Nashville, you were also a part of this organization’s history by participating in the most well-attended conference ever! But, the possibilities to grow your career, network and engage with other life sciences professionals is so much greater.

My message to you all is to get involved. Engage with other like-minded, smart and passionate people. Have you logged in to your LTEN portal lately? If not, I urge you to do so. You will be blown away at the resources and opportunities to connect with others. Register for the annual conference and take advantage of the early bird discount. Next year’s conference promises to be even more spectacular. Write an article and share your knowledge and insights with others in LTEN Focus on Training magazine. But, whatever you decide … get involved … get engaged.

We want to hear from you and gather your feedback on how we can provide even greater value. I encourage you to reach out to me directly and any member of the Board of Directors, Advisory Council or LTEN staff to let us know how we can do better.

Thank you for being part of such an amazing network.


David Fortanbary is the incoming president of LTEN for 2018-2019, and is head of U.S. performance training for UCB Pharmaceuticals. Email David at

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