Phacilitate Leaders World

W.O.M.E.N in Advanced Therapies Mixer

W.O.M.E.N in Advanced Therapies Mixer

women in advanced therapies

Women Offering Mentoring, Education, and Networking in Advanced Therapies

The CGT industry has a skills gap across all levels right up to the senior management and C-level positions. Companies struggle to recruit, retain, develop and promote employees for our rapidly growing and maturing industry.

Balance at all career levels is necessary if companies want to access untapped market space and retain their top talent and competitive advantage.

The goal of W.O.M.E.N in advanced therapies is to build the foundations for a community to help recruit, retain, develop and promote women, creating leaders of tomorrow and encouraging new women to join the sector.

The starting point – Phacilitate Leaders World, 25th January. The focus of this session is very much on quality of content and contacts, rather than quantity. As the directive matures we will be able to expand our reach.

  • We will host a networking lunch at Phacilitate Leaders World on January 25th, this will act as both an education and networking opportunity. A panel of women in C-level positions in the industry will discuss actions others can take to support themselves in reaching board level.

Breaking down barriers: the journey to C-Suite

- Do the gaps in our talent pipeline start well before C-level?
- How we change at our different career stages and the leadership skills worth cultivating
- Internal barriers (Am I comfortable with power?) Vs external barriers (Am I facing bias in the workplace?) and how to overcome both.
- The importance of cultivating male mentors and supporters

Susan Nichols, CEO, Falcon Therapeutics

Megan Moneypenny, CEO, Regenerative Outcomes
Paula Grisanti, CEO, National Stem Cell Foundation
Jana Stoudemire, Chief Commercialization Officer, Space Tango
Jennifer Rossi, President & CEO, Flaskworks

  • In addition to the mixer, there will be 1-2 structured networking tasks that will ensure each attendee leaves with at least 2 good connections.
  • Each of the panellists has agreed to take on provide mentorship to 1 individual for the next 6 months. In practical terms they will be responsible for;
    - 1 hour per month of 1:1 contact (skype, call, in-person depending on preference) for a total of 6 months
    - 1 W.O.M.E.N mentorship working group calls every 2 months – this is a call with Laura and the other mentors to ensure that the program is running successfully and to provide recommendations for improvements in real time.  
  • During the panel – each panellist will provide a brief overview of what they can offer to potential mentees and will voice 2-3 things they think make a good mentor/mentee experience. Attendees will then have the opportunity to complete a short form detailing what they would like from the mentorship program, which will be submitted at the end of the session.  4 will be chosen and matched with mentors – with the first mentorship session starting in March, and the final session taking place in October. Submitting this form or agreeing to join the panel signifies an agreement to the rules of engagement below.


Places are limited, to secure yours please contact:

Laura Rae, Event Manager, Phacilitate

+44 (0) 20 7384 7899

  • Real thinking forward combining experts in the field from manufacturing, regulatory and value vision” – “great network with strong experience and sharing risks & opportunities
    Anne-Virginie Eggimann
    bluebird bio
  • Great program, great people, great venue.
    Klaus Kühlcke
  • Dynamic, interesting and highly interactive event that promotes exchange and networking in highly specialized field of gene therapy.
    Nathalie Clement
    Powell Gene Therapy Center, University of Florida
  • Phacilitate provides a unique forum, bringing together research, process development, and commercial leaders on the cutting edge of cell, gene, and immunotherapy. A great conference for anyone wanting a comprehensive view of the field.
    Dr James Trager
  • It was all business. I’ve never been to an event where over 80% of the conversations I had were constructive to my business objectives.
    Kurt Gielen
    Chemelot Campus B.V.
  • Great way to expand network with global experts in cell and gene therapy who are facing similar challenges.
    Steven Goodman