Join us for a live, in-person, interactive panel discussion!
About the Event:
To achieve top performance, today’s professionals need to be engaged. They also want to be heard and supported in advancing their careers. This is especially true as organizations everywhere continue to evolve and redefine themselves—and as employees rethink their relationships with the world of work.
The AMA Women’s Leadership Center (WLC) will host and report on recent research findings on engagement in the workplace and discuss why developing and engaging women is now even more critical for every organization.
During this interactive session featuring expert guest speakers, your input will be welcomed as we explore engagement challenges that include differences among genders in the workplace relevant to career growth, promotions, ability to be heard, taking on extra responsibilities, setting boundaries, and more.
You will discover:
- Differences in gender perceptions and the challenges/risk associated
- Strategies to retain and engage top talent through development and fair practices
- How to create more equitable environments
- 9:00 am Breakfast and Networking
- 9:30 am Welcome and Discussion
- 10:45 am Additional Networking
- 11:00 am Adjournment
If you’re a leader of people or leading a women’s development program, or an HR, L&D, training or diversity, equity and inclusion professional—this event is for you!
While this event is complimentary to attend, registration is required.
If you are driving to the event the parking garage is attached to the hotel. If you pull into the entrance of the hotel, you cannot miss it. AMA will cover the cost of parking.
Vice President and Head of Learning & Development
Melissa Milani is Vice President and Head of Learning & Development at Parexel International. Through her global team of learning experts, she strives to ensure that learning solutions they provide, align to achieving Parexel’s mission in driving effective clinical trial solutions to improve patient health. Her oversight includes all aspects of learning support including consulting, design and development, learning management system (LMS), training logistics, as well as an external-facing team that offers training for life sciences clients and trial sites (Parexel Academy).
Melissa has had a long tenure at Parexel, starting as a junior level training consultant and working her way up over the last 20 years. As such, she knows how critical it is for companies to provide development and career pathways that are designed to retain and grow engaged talent. Additionally, making the right learning opportunities available in the right way and at the right time is the foundational expectation that has been instilled in her and one she continues to expect from her team. Melissa is part of the Boston-based, Tomorrow’s Women Today Executive Leaders (formerly BWLC) and has also recently been a part of Chief, a networking group supporting and connecting women executives.
Manager, Training & Education
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Ken Estabrook is Manager, Training and Education, at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington. In this role, Ken is responsible for providing organization-wide leadership over the Laboratory's internal employee training and education programs.
In the fifteen years since Ken arrived at Lincoln, he has developed and implemented a renewed vision for organizational leadership/management development at all levels from emerging managers to senior leaders. In coordination with leaders and other stakeholders across Lincoln, Ken collaborates with internal presenters and an external vendor team to assess needs and design, develop, and deliver courses, workshops, assessments, coaching, and other activities to ensure that a stronger leadership pipeline is developed for the Laboratory.
Head Leadership & Management Development
Liz is currently the Head Leadership and Management Development at Biogen. In this role, Liz builds the overall strategy for leadership and management development for Biogen’s global talent. She has been working with Biogen since 2015 – first as a consultant leading an enterprise-wide change management project for the adoption of a new Learning Management System; then in medical training; and, prior to her current role, leading a center of excellence for learning operations and leadership development.
Prior to working with Biogen, Liz was an independent consultant and taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Simmons MBA program. Her first career was in international development and public health. She worked for Management Sciences for health, focused on building leadership and management capabilities of Ministries of Health and NGOs primarily in Africa for over 10 years.
Vice President, Global Talent
Lisa leads Boston Scientific’s global talent function and drives internal and external talent strategies to deepen their diverse, global leadership pipeline and talent bench. Lisa enables business growth through engagement strategies that drive high performance and strengthen the employee experience.
Lisa is an experienced HR leader who brings a strong track record of HR, commercial and operational acumen to this role. Lisa recently completed a development assignment in Endoscopy field sales, where she had leadership responsibility for a national selling channel and an important development pipeline for the commercial organization. Previously, Lisa was VP, HR, Global Endoscopy, where she successfully developed and led the delivery of people strategies supporting Endoscopy’s rapid growth and helped define the business’ strategic, portfolio and global commercialization plans.
Director, Women’s Leadership Center
American Management Association
Lauren McNally is the Director of the American Management Association’s Women’s Leadership Center (WLC), providing professional women leading content and development programs that position them for ongoing growth. Lauren is energized by supporting organizations that are working to develop women for future advancement through community and meaningful education. Lauren speaks on topics for women and diversity, equity and inclusion and prior to coming to AMA, Lauren led marketing efforts for the National Association of Professional Women and Professional Diversity Network.