Educate. Enlighten. Empower.

It is the responsibility of our leaders to invest and develop the next generation of talent, by developing leadership skills we not only elevate our organisations but ourselves as leaders.

From Manager to Leader, this year’s Women in Leadership Forum invites senior leaders within pharma to share a defining moment in their leadership journey so we all can learn strategies for success, feel connected to a wider community and start to sharpen our leadership skills.

2019 Program

Thursday, May 2nd- McCormick Place at Lakeside Center (2301 S Lakeshore Dr, Chicago IL 60616)

8:00- 8:30 – Breakfast & networking
8:30-8:35 - Welcome & Introduction from the Chair

Event host Alise Corte, Working on Purpose radio show host. 

8:35-9:25 - From Manager to Leader
Sit back and listen to pharma leaders as they share lessons learned in their journey From Manager to Leader. How can you use these defining moments for your own career development?

X Effective communication strategies  -How does the delivery of both verbal & non-verbal cues affect our ability to communicate & influence?

X Authentic leadership  -How has your life experience affected your leadership style? -Why you don’t have to act like a man to be taken seriously

X Building a future fit workforce -What structures are in place/need to be removed to ensure everyone can fulfil their full potential?

X Creating allies, acknowledging privilege & advocating others -How can women learn to navigate their careers like men?

X Preparing yourself to be in a male-dominated environment. -What does it mean to be one of the only women in the room?
Confirmed Speakers:

Hugh Welsh, General Counsel, Secretary & President DSM North America Speaking about unconscious bias.
Amy Peck, CEO/Founder, EndeavorVR

9:30-10:15 - Fire side chat & open mic with Alise 
Join speakers on the sofa with Alise to delve deeper into their stories & ask questions about your own career challenges.
10:15-11:00 Build your Personal Brand  
In this speed networking session, we challenge you to think about what you need this year to help build your personal brand. Be prepared to ask for three things you need & to share ten intentions to help others achieve theirs.
If you are interested in participating in the programme, please get in touch with Lisa Storey at [email protected].

Meet Our Speakers

Alise Cortez, Consultant at Insigniam

Alise Cortez is an Engagement and Development Catalyst based in Dallas. She designs and delivers professional development, leadership, and engagement workshops and speaks on various related topics. She is also a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach. 

Alise began this career in 1998 as a staffing professional at Analysts International, progressed to corporate recruiting consulting at VoiceStream/T-Mobile, and went on to HR System implementation and change management consulting projects at Hewitt Associates and PepsiCo. She also co-founded and served as VP of Sales & Marketing at Improved Experience, a consulting firm that offered online feedback solutions and research for the HR and Recruiting industry.

Today, she is focused on igniting meaningful development that increases employee satisfaction, engagement, and performance within organizations.

Amy Peck, Founder & CEO of EndeavorVR

Amy Peck is the founder & CEO of EndeavorVR, a leading global VR/AR strategy & consulting firm. Amy speaks regularly on Enterprise VR/AR and has long been an evangelist for this technology. She holds several advisory board roles, is Co-chair of the VRARA Enterprise Committee.

Amy's passion for virtual reality began at Leap Motion where she launched the Enterprise division working with clients across every major vertical including healthcare, entertainment, retail, hospitality, education and government.

It became clear that there was a need to help foster VR/AR development in the commercial arena and more importantly, shepherd these critical early wins. EndeavorVR was conceived for this very purpose.

President, General Counsel & Secretary of DSM North America

Mr. Welsh is the President, General Counsel & Secretary of DSM North America, a global leader in Life Sciences & Material Sciences. Traded on the Amsterdam stock exchange with 24,000 employees worldwide and $12 billion in annual sales, DSM develops, manufactures and sells nutritional and food ingredients, biomedical materials, specialty plastics and resins, fibers and renewable energy.

Hugh currently serves on several DSM global and regional management teams and has direct responsibilities in DSM’s nutrition and food specialties operations as well as responsibility for legal, government affairs, communications, corporate partnerships and DSM’s sustainability initiatives in the North America region. Before joining DSM, Hugh worked for the American Standard Companies, McCarter & English LLP and others. Hugh currently serves on the Board of Directors of, Partners in Food Solutions, the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, Patheon, Africa Improved Foods and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics and History from the University of Massachusetts in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate in law from SetonHall University School of Law in 1993.