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Next Forum will be held in Fall 2020, Dates & Location TBA

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

Read the 2019 Event Executive Summary whitepaper.

2019 Keynote

Kelly Palmer

Cutting-Edge Thought Leader on the Future of Learning,
Former Learning Executive at Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems and LinkedIn

Chief Learning Officer, Degreed; and Co-Author, "The Expertise Economy"

2019 Sponsors:

Event Sponsors


Reception Martini Sponsor

Wi-Fi Sponsor

Forum Bag Sponsor

Rocket Book 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




5:30 - 7:30 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.

The reception will be hosted in the Harborside Ballroom Salon D room (updated 11/5/19).


Wedneday, November 6, 2019





7:00 -8:00 AM
Breakfast   The Raven, Lobby Level, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
8:15 - 8:45 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

Harborside Salon E, 4th Floor

8:45 - 9:45 AM

The Future of Learning: A Morning of Strategic Assessment with Kelly Palmer

Keynote and Q&A: The Expertise Economy: The Future of Work and Skills

In her latest book, Kelly Palmer, provides the latest scientific research on how people really learn and concrete examples from companies in both Silicon Valley and worldwide who are driving the conversation about how to create experts and align learning innovation with business strategy.

Critical skills and expertise are imperative for companies and their employees to succeed in the future, and the most forward-thinking companies are being proactive in adapting to the shift in the workforce.  This keynote session will examine the value of learning in the workplace and the influence of  key shifts such as digitization, automation, and acceleration... Kelly will reveal the trends that are causing disruption in the workplace and how they are changing and shaping the way we need to think about upskilling and reskilling the workforce. Digital transformation is a major component of most company strategies and focusing on employee learning and skills can be a major competitive advantage. Palmer describes how she and other business leaders have created forward-thinking learning and career transformation strategies that help drive a company’s success.

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”

Harborside Salon E, 4th Floor

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Networking Break


Harborside Salon E, 4th Floor

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Lecture to Action- Interactive Round Table Discussions led by Kelly Palmer

Examine Three Challenges Associated with Skill Strategy as a Part of Learning Strategy

In this session, Kelly will facilitate discussion on three strategic challenges facing the modern learning leader.  Participants will team up to create actionable takeaways that are implementable  back at the office. 

Kelly Palmer

Harborside Salon E, 4th Floor

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

  The Raven, 4th Floor

1:15 - 3:15 PM

Choose Your Own Challenge: Interactive Round Table Discussions

In this session, LTEN Board members will facilitate discussion on the environmental influencer and challenges submitted by LEF participants.

Pharma/Biotech Topics


Harborside Salon E, 4th Floor

1:15 - 3:15 PM

Choose Your Own Challenge: Interactive Round Table Discussions

In this session, LTEN Board members will facilitate discussion on the environmental influencer and challenges submitted by LEF participants.

Medical Device & Diagnostics Topics

  Laurel, 4th Floor AB

3:15 - 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

Harborside Salon E, 4th Floor
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

Registration for the 2020 event is not yet open. Invitations will go out in the fall 2020.

**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.

* 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

The 2020 event venue has not yet been announced.

 Questions regarding agenda or registration policy, contact Christine Gaudet.

 Interested in participating as a sponsor? Contact Gregg Haunroth.

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