The Vanguard Forum for Life Sciences Leaders - Boston, Oct 21-22, 2020

AC Hotel Boston Downtown


  • Pragmatic, real-world leadership topics relevant to current and future C-suite life sciences leaders in earlier-stage companies

  • Session leaders will be deeply experienced life sciences and healthcare leaders and leadership experts

  • Participants learn from the sessions -- and each other

  • Intimate format and vigorous, engaging dialogue around critical leadership challenges. No PowerPoint presentations or podium speeches

  • "Noon to Noon" format allows for travel or business meetings before and after the Forum, plus networking at lunch and the evening reception

Real-world topics. Top session leaders. Peers who can relate.

The Vanguard Network is by invitation only. The number of participants will be limited to 30 attendees.

Forum sessions

Participants will engage in a series of intimate, interactive sessions, ranging from fireside chats to workshops and panel discussions, addressing the specific challenges of life sciences leaders. Sessions will include:

  • Mastering the role of the new CEO and C-suite leader

  • The founder’s journey

  • Scaling the business with your leadership team and/or co-founders

  • How do you create a high-performance team?

  • How to hire, how to fire, and how to develop 

  • Working with investors 

  • Succeeding with regulatory and beltway relations: the role of the C-Suite

Included faculty members are:

  • Murray Aitken, Executive Director, IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science

  • Marcus Dahllof, Program Director, MIT Startup Program

  • Amber Edwards, President, North America, Sinclair Pharma

  • Jason Hanson, President and CEO, enGene Inc.

  • Matt Meyer, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  • Vivek Ramaswamy, CEO of Roivant Sciences

  • Dickie Steele, Partner, McKinsey & Company

The Vanguard Network and Connect

The Vanguard Forum for Life Sciences Leaders is part of the Vanguard Network’s array of by-invitation events focused on developing high-level leadership skills—and personal and professional networks—among top leaders.

Forum attendance includes a 1-year membership in the Vanguard Network.

Members get access to Vanguard Connect, our proprietary online networking and thought-leadership platform, where they network with one another, find original and curated articles and videos about leading at the top, join conference calls led by prominent leaders and leadership experts, and receive invitations to Vanguard working dinners and other face-to-face sessions.

The Vanguard Network, led by Ken Banta, is dedicated to supporting senior executives as they build high-performance leadership. More information about the Network can be found on our website.


If you have questions or need more information contact Irene Silber, Vanguard Associate Principal at


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