CPhI Women in Leadership Forum

CPhI Women in Leadership Forum

The CPhI Women in Leadership Forum brings together female executives from across the global pharma network to share experiences, trade knowledge and build a community of like-minded individuals.

Add value to your time at CPhI North America by hearing strategies for leadership and advice on overcoming workplace challenges from inspirational industry speakers. This event will open up a new base of contacts and allow you to network in a relaxed environment.

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"Really focused on women’s role in the pharmaceutical field. A step forward into how to work in a business mainly led by men.” 2016 Delegate

"Unique opportunity to speak frankly with other women on personal and professional matters in a relaxed setting. Super opportunity to network in a different way and to form relationships.” 2016 Delegate

2017 Agenda:


8:00 - 8:30 – Welcome coffee, breakfast buffet and networking
Start your day at CPhI North America by networking with like-minded women in the Pharma and Specialty Chemical Markets

8:30 - 8:35  Welcome from the Chair

8:30 - 9:30 – Panel discussion and Q&A: 
Strategies for self-promotion - perspectives from women in leadership

As much as organizations have an obligation to ensure diversity and inclusion in the workplace, women also have a responsibility to identify opportunities, self-promote and position themselves for senior leadership roles where they are typically underrepresented.

Paradigms are shifting in the workplace, dynamics are changing – it’s not about a lack of opportunities anymore, it’s about being able to seize them.


Moderator: Alise Cortez, Consultant, Insigniam 


Sarah Hauer, Vice President, Business Development, Catalent

Dorene Lynch, Commercial Accounts and Global Marketing Lead, Pfizer CentreOne

Amy Ethier, Scientist – Topical Formulations & Dermatology, BASF

JulieAnn Weber, Consultant, Insigniam & formerly Johnson & Johnson



9:30  10:00 Women in Leadership:  Expect More

Dynamic exchange forum from CPhI North America and the management consultants at Borderless

  • Capitalize on diversity and inclusion as a key business driver
  • Seek leadership on your own terms
  • Engage your organization to create an environment that supports your ability to contribute and succeed
  • Manage your organizational and personal vitality

Rosalie Harrison, Consultant, Borderless

10:00 – Close of event

Meet the Panelists

Amy Ethier


Amy Ethier is currently a scientist with BASF Pharma Solutions, focused on the enhancement of the performance and utilization of excipients for use in topical pharmaceutical products. Her on-going effort in the laboratory is centered on the development of innovative methods to evaluate and improve dermal drug delivery, demonstrate the use of mild ingredients to mitigate irritation and allergy in formulated products and identify key formulation parameters that influence the performance properties of semi-solid topicals. Amy supports the global platform by liasing with academic labs, and expanding market presence through customer interactions and customer projects.

Amy received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and she completed her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her research was focused on the design of smart solvents for sustainable processes. Amy joined BASF through the Professional Development Program in 2013, in which she held various roles in R&D and lean manufacturing. 

Sarah Hauer


Sarah is currently Global Vice President, Pharmaceutical Softgel and a member of the Sales and Marketing Leadership Team at Catalent.  She joined the company in September 2006 and during her tenure with the company she has held several leadership roles in the organization and has led the Consumer, Prescription and Cosmetics Softgel business development teams and has been involved in Business Development all of Catalent’s offerings throughout her tenure.

Prior to Catalent, Sarah has held several business development positions in the pharmaceutical industry, working with the Eli Lilly, Pharmaceutics International Inc. (PII) and ChemPacific Corporation.

Sarah holds a BS degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Washington College (Chestertown, MD) and an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland. 

Dorene Lynch


Dorene Lynch has more than 30 years’ experience in life sciences companies. Presently, Ms. Lynch leads a team for Pfizer CentreOne that is responsible for managing sterile injectables contract manufacturing account relationships and she also leads the global marketing team. Formerly Dorene served as Director of New Business Development for Hospira's One 2 One contract manufacturing organization. Prior to joining Hospira, she managed her own consulting firm, through which she served as Business Development Executive for Integrated Project Management Company and also served as Managing Director for Northwestern Capital Partners boutique investment bank and acted as CFO for two start-up companies with novel protein therapeutics.

Prior to forming Lynch & Associates, she held executive roles with several other life science firms including MIICRO, Inc., a neuroimaging technology startup, (Executive Vice President, Finance and Corporate Business Development and CFO), Celsis, Inc. (Vice-President and General Manager, North and Latin America), Nobel Biocare (Vice-President of Marketing) and spent 10 years progressing through management at Baxter Healthcare Corporation. She graduated from Northern Illinois University magna cum laude and with University Honors with a degree in Finance and received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University.

Julie Ann Weber


Julie Weber has over twenty-five years of experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry and a broad range of global experience, including in product development and commercialization, strategy, marketing, competitive intelligence, and sales.

Julie’s career includes two decades as a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, and she possesses expertise in medical device and pharmaceutical product development and commericialization. Julie was an Insigniam client for over ten years of her time at J&J; during this time, she led a global cross-functional breakthrough project team to develop and launch a novel medical device in record time. Within eighteen months of launch, the product became the number one selling global contact lens brand.

As a consultant at Insigniam, Julie worked with a manufacturer tasked with reducing the cost of a product to compete with a new market entrant. The client decreased the number of components in the product by 25% and produced a 40% reduction in the total cost of the product. Some of these cost saving measures were transferable to other product lines and yielded over 50x return on investment for the client.

She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and an MBA from the University of North Florida.

Meet the Moderator

Alise Cortez


With over twenty years of experience in human resources and consulting, Alise Cortez is sought by clients to develop potent leaders and accomplish specific and measurable business objectives.

Faced with holes in its information technology leadership, DIRECTV solicited Alise’s expertise to strengthen their leadership team’s core competencies. She identified the need to establish a strengths-based culture in the department, empowered leaders to create this culture, and developed tools to hone the self-motivating skills necessary to sustain the culture. Her work produced unprecedented results, including measurable performance boosts and decreases in the time and cost of IT services across the enterprise.

In addition to her consulting, for more than fifteen years Alise has conducted investigative research into how people find meaning in their work. This research has culminated in a weekly radio show she hosts on Voice America Empowerment Channel called “Working on Purpose.”

Having lived in Spain and Brazil and travelled through much of Western Europe and South America, Alise is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa, an MLS from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University.

Presentation After Panel Discussion

Rosalie Harrison


Rosalie brings more than 25 years of experience in the fields of labor and employment law, pharmacy and healthcare to her consulting work with Borderless. She has always been passionate about promoting and supporting women in leadership and has actively championed an inclusive process that is soundly business-related. Prior to joining Borderless, Rosalie was a partner in a large US-based law firm specializing in labor and employment law – including gender discrimination, harassment and equal pay – working with Fortune 500 clients in North America, Europe and Asia. Rosalie is also a Registered Pharmacist and has worked as a clinical pharmacist and researcher in the pharmaceutical, biotech and health industries. Rosalie was born and raised in the United States, and has lived and worked in the US, Germany and Belgium.

Borderless is a female-majority owned and operated, full-service, leadership and executive search consulting firm, with a mission to help clients and candidates develop business, team and personal leadership qualities via a single integrated approach. The firm focuses on Life Sciences, Chemicals & Converting, Food & Drink, and Oil & Gas industries and is a member of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants: http://borderless.net