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LTEN Learning Executive Forum
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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. 

Invitations for the 2019 event have not yet been sent. If you would like to be considered for a VIP pass, please use the form below. 

This event is made possible by the support of generous sponsors!


2018 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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018




5:00 - 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.


Thursday, November 29, 2018





7:15 –8:15 AM
Breakfast   Harrison Room
8:15 –8:45 AM Welcome from the LTEN Board of Directors & Introductions

David Fortanbary, Head of US Performance Training at UCB and President, LTEN Board of Directors

Greg Adamson, Senior Director of Sales Training at Philips and LTEN Board Member

Taylor Room

8:45 – 9:45 AM

Keynote: Learning in the Flow of Work

The corporate learning marketplace is changing rapidly. In this research-based presentation, Josh Bersin, industry analyst, will present the latest update on the world of micro-learning, learning on-demand, and the exploding growth of learning experience platforms. He will explain how the new world of "learning in the flow of work" is beginning to revolutionize the entire world of L&D.

Josh Bersin, World-Renowned Industry Analyst and Founder of Bersin by Deloitte

Taylor Room

9:45 – 10:00 AM

Networking Break



10:05 AM – 11:30 AM

Choose Your Own Challenge: Interactive Round Table Discussions

In this session, we will facilitate discussion on each environmental influencer and ask
the participants which one interests them the most. Each table would require a
minimum of 3 participants, and a maximum of 5 before a second table on the same
topic is offered.


  • Decreasing budgets and increasing demands
  • Demonstrating and communicating the value of learning within your organization
  • Evolving training to meet the needs of a VUCA world


  • Preparing for the new account manager of the future
  • Managing a transition from local to global learning responsibilities
  • You are only as great as your team! Recruiting, developing and coaching your people

11:30 – 12:15 PM

LTEN Seminal Study: Current State and Future Trends
of Technology in Life Sciences Education
In this interactive session, participants will review and discuss data gathered during the LTEN / Penn State research on training approaches, tools, costeffectiveness,
and possible futures. We will employ real-time digital polling to gather participant input on these topics as well as the forces driving and inhibiting critical changes.

Bill Magagna, Vice President of (HC SV CS APP VES), Siemens Healthcare

Nicole Wang, Independent Graduate Student Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University

Taylor Room

12:15 – 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

  Harrison Room

1:35 – 2:35 PM

Immersive Experiences:  Leading Training in The Multi- Media World

Immersive Experience 1: Wilson Room

Immersive Experience 2: Sheehan Room

Lisa Lukawski, Associate Director of Performance Training, UCB

Taylor Room

2:35 – 3:25 PM

LTEN Board Unplugged Panel and Audience Discussion:
Leading Transformation in 2019

Interactive panel discussion. Audience questions are welcome!

Carol Wells
Senior Director, Commercial Medical Government Training & Development, Genentech

David Fortanbary
Head of US Performance Training, UCB and President, LTEN Board of Directors

David Nguyen
Senior Director, Commercial Learning& Development, Gilead Sciences

Megan Sullivan
Head of US Commercial Operations, Shire

Taylor Room

3:25 PM

Wrap-Up and Adjourn

David Fortanbary, Head of US Performance Training at UCB and President, LTEN Board of Directors

Taylor Room
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 Wednesday Night
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Refreshment Breaks

* 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

Details for the 2019 event have not yet been released.


Request an Invitation to the Forum

Important:  The Leadership Executive Forum is an invite-only event, not open to the public.  The event is for current senior-level life sciences L&D executives (i.e. directors and above for a pharmaceutical, biotech or medical device or diagnostics organization). ALL request for invitations and registrations are subject to approval.** 

 Questions regarding agenda or registration policy, contact Christine Gaudet.

 Interested in participating as a sponsor? Contact Gregg Haunroth.

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