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Networking Reception: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Forum: Wedneday, November 6, 2019
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, MD

The annual LTEN Learning Executive Forum is where life sciences learning leaders come together to learn and grow their community of senior training professionals.

Gain insights into how other training executives at the nation's top pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device organizations are leading their teams through uncertainty and change? What does the future hold for your training organization?

Connect with your colleagues at this fall's exclusive L&D executive forum to hear peer-tested strategies and explore new, immediately actionable tactics you can bring back to your teams. 

This Year's Keynote

Kelly Palmer

Cutting-Edge Thought Leader on the Future of Learning,
Chief Learning Officer, Degreed; and Co-Author, "The Expertise Economy"

Guests will receive a copy of Kelly Palmer's book, "The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete, and Succeed."

Books Graciously Donated by:

Our Sponsors:

Event Sponsors


Reception Sponsor

Wi-Fi Sponsor

2019 Event Agenda

The agenda was carefully crafted by the LTEN board of directors, a group of life sciences training executives, to provide a platform for senior-level L&D leaders to discuss common challenges, the latest in training and gain actionable takeaways.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019




6:00 PM

Networking Reception

Connect with training leaders in an intimate setting. Drinks and appetizers will be served.

The reception is open to Learning Executive Forum attendees, invited special guests and LTEN Board of Directors.


Wedneday, November 6, 2019





8:00 AM
  Welcome from the LTEN Board of Directors & Introductions

David Fortanbary, LTEN Board President
Head of U.S. Learning & Development
UCB and President, LTEN Board of Directors

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront


Keynote: Kelly Palmer

As technology has transformed the economy over the past decade, the types of skills required of employees have changed drastically and continue to do so. Where do business leaders turn when they realize their employees don’t have the skills required to help their company succeed into the future? Kelly Palmer, an esteemed thought leader on learning, business and career development, challenges leaders to let go of outdated models for upskilling and re-skilling the workforce. By developing strategies that address the reality of automation, digitization and acceleration in this new world of work, Palmer helps organizations tap into the expertise of their current workforce and make learning a true competitive advantage.

Kelly Palmer, Cutting-Edge Thought Leader on the Future of Learning, Career Development and Competitiveness in the New Economy; Chief Learning Officer, Degreed; Co-Author, “The Expertise Economy”


Networking Break




Discussion/Activity - to be confirmed


Discussion/Activity - to be confirmed



Networking Lunch



Discussion/Activity - to be confirmed




Discussion/Activity - to be confirmed


3:30 PM

Wrap-Up and Adjourn

David Fortanbary, LTEN Board President
Head of U.S. Learning & Development
UCB and President, LTEN Board of Directors

Who Should Attend

The Learning Executive Forum is an invitation-only event developed for senior-level learning leaders in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and diagnostics space.

Who Attends?

In addition to the LTEN Board of Directors, you'll also meet other learning leaders. Here are just a small handful of 2018 participants:

  • Head of Learning & Development, AbbVie Canada
  • Executive Director, L&D Allergan
  • Sr. Director, Sales Training,AmerisourceBergen
  • Vice President of Commercial Development, B. Braun Medical
  • Director Mobile Learning & Curriculum Development, B. Braun Medical
  • Sr. Director Sales Learning & Development, Bausch Health
  • Director Sales Enablement, Beckton Dickenson
  • Global Director, Sales Education, Bioventus
  • Leader, Global Therapeutic Operations (commercial) Training, Bioverativ
  • Director Business & Leadership Development, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Sr. Director Global Medical Affairs L&D, Celgene
  • Director, Commercial Training and Development, Clovis Oncology
  • Sr. Director, Commercial Capabilities & Training, Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • Director of Commercial Training and Development, Covance Inc.
  • Head of Global Sales Force Effectiveness, EMD Serono
  • Sr. Director Training, Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • Director, Instructional Design & Technologies, Genentech
  • Lead, Training Operations, Genentech
  • Commercial Medical and Government Training and Development, Genentech
  • Senior Director, Commercial Learning & Development, Gilead Sciences
  • Director Sales Training, Indivior
  • Director- Sales Training (OTT), Integra LifeSciences
  • VP, Global Learning & Development, IPSEN
  • Head, Commercial Training & Development, Kyowa Kirin
  • Director of Training, Merz North America, Inc.
  • VP, Head of Global Sales Training, Mylan
  • VP of Sales and Training, Neos Therapeutics
  • Leadership Development - SMDP Lead, Novartis Oncology
  • Director, Sales Training Ops & Enablement, Olympus Corporation of the Americas
  • Senior Director, Training & Development, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc
  • PhD Candidate, Penn State University
  • Director, NA Sales Training & Enablement Operations, Philips
  • Sr. Director of Sales Training, North America, Philips
  • Senior Director, Learning & Development, PTC Therapeutics
  • Director, Training, RedHill Biopharma
  • Director, Commercial Training Immunology, Regeneron Health Solutions
  • Head, Commercial Education, Roche Diagnostics
  • Head, Medical Training, Sanofi Genzyme
  • Director-Commercial Training-Dermatology, Respiratory, Sanofi Genzyme
  • Director, Commercial Training, Sarepta
  • US L & D Lead-Hematology, Patient Services, Leadership Development, Shire Pharmaceuticals
  • Head of US L&D, Shire US
  • Vice President Virtual Education Solutions, Siemens Healthineers
  • Director of Sales Training, Synergy Pharmaceuticals
  • Associate Director of Sales Training, Takeda Oncology
  • Associate Director, UCB
  • Head of US Performance Training; President LTEN, UCB
  • Head of Corporate Learning  and Development, United Therapeutics Corporation
  • VP Corporate Leadership Dev and Training, Verastem Oncology
  • Immediate Past President at LTEN and former training leader at Bayer HealthCare
About LTEN

The Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN formerly SPBT) is a worldwide 501(c)(3) nonprofit association dedicated to supporting the professional goals of trainers in the life sciences, inclusive of medical device and diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and biotech companies.

Only LTEN specializes in meeting the needs of life sciences learning professionals. LTEN shares the knowledge of industry leaders, provides insight into new technologies , offers innovative solutions and communities of practice that grow careers and organizational capabilities.

Our mission is to be the essential resource for life sciences trainer education and networking; enabling members to harness their collective knowledge, apply leading-edge technology and deliver world class learning.

Event Registration

**Current senior-level L&D executives ONLY (directors and above for a pharmaceutical, biotech or medical device or diagnostics organization). Those wishing to an invitation to this event must submit their request via the form on this page. ALL registrations are subject to approval.**

  • Welcome Reception on Tuesday Night
  • Breakfast & Lunch on Wednesday
  • Refreshment Breaks on Wednesday

For invited guests: LTEN will cover all costs associated with your registration (a value of $1,995) which includes a welcome reception, breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks. Note: Hotel accommodations and travel are not included with your registration. Discounted room rate expires on October 15 and they will sell out.

* IMPORTANT: Forum Cancellation Policy

No registration fee required of the invited guests to the LTEN Learning Executive Forum. Due to the significant investment made by LTEN and event sponsors to host this event, LTEN requires that the only pre-condition of your attendance is to provide a valid credit card in order to hold the reservation. This card will not be charged unless, the VIP guest cancels within 14 days of the event.  

Should you, as the invited guest, cancel after the 14-day pre-event cutoff, your card will be charged a non-refundable $200 cancellation fee if your company is not able to provide a qualified substitute who is available to attend the event as your replacement.

Event Venue & Hours

Networking Reception: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Forum: Wedneday, November 6, 2019

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 USA
+1 410-385-3000

Please make your reservations at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront before October 15th to lock in the LTEN Rate of $185:

Airport Information

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

Airport Phone: +1 410-859-7111

Hotel direction: 12 miles NE

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Estimated taxi fare: 45 USD (one way)
  • Bus service, fee: 8 USD (one way)

Visit BWI airport website

Driving directions

Take Route 170 to Interstate 295 North/Baltimore-Washington Parkway. The parkway will become Russell Street in downtown Baltimore. Follow Russell Street to Pratt Street and turn right. Continue on Pratt Street through ten traffic lights to President Street and turn right again. Follow President Street through three traffic lights moving into the right hand lane after the second light (Eastern Avenue). At the third light, drive straight ahead towards the Katyn Memorial and enter the traffic circle. Take the first right exit (about 50 feet into the circle) onto Aliceanna Street. The hotel entrance will be 100 yards on the right.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Airport Phone: +1 703-417-8000

Hotel direction: 52 miles NE

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Estimated taxi fare: 150 USD (one way)
Visit IAD airport website

Driving directions

Take the Dulles Toll Road East to Interstate 495 North amd continue to Interstate 95 North. Follow Interstate 95 North to Interstate 395 and exit at Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore. Turn right and proceed to President Street. Turn right then right again onto Aliceanna Street The hotel will be on the right.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Airport Phone: +1 703-572-2700

Hotel direction: 61 miles NE

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Estimated taxi fare: 120 USD (one way)
Visit DCA airport website

Driving directions

Take the George Washington Parkway North to Interstate 495 and continue to Interstate 95 North. Follow Interstate 95 North to Interstate 395 and exit at Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore. Turn right and proceed to President Street. Turn right then right again onto Aliceanna Street The hotel will be on the right.


On-site parking, fee: 8.50 USD hourly, 26 USD daily

Valet parking, fee: 45 USD daily

Parking garage does not accommodate oversized vehicles-height clearance 6 feet 8 inches.

Other Transportation

Car Rental: Hertz
815 East Pratt Street HLE,
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: +1 410-625-0790

Bus Station: Greyhound Bus Lines 3 miles E from hotel

Subway Station: Baltimore Metro Subway 17.8 miles N from hotel

Train Station: Penn Station 1 mile N from hotel


 Questions regarding agenda or registration policy, contact Christine Gaudet.

 Interested in participating as a sponsor? Contact Gregg Haunroth.

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