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Inaugural HR Conference Life Science Washington

Life Science Washington is excited to present our inaugural human resources conference. Designed by and for life science HR professionals like you, this half-day conference will present strategies to help you recruit and retain the diverse talent your company needs to grow and thrive in today’s fast paced competitive environment. With lots of time for socializing before and during the conference, this is a great opportunity to expand your professional network and learn how you and your employees can become more engaged in Washington’s life science HR community.

Atrium Building, Conference Center

188 East Blaine St

Seattle, Washington 98102


November 13, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 1 PM






9:00 AM



Welcome and opening remarks.

Leslie Alexandre, DrPH, President & CEO, Life Science Washington

9:05 AM



The life science industry is booming. The pace of scientific development, a strong financing environment, and a tight labor market have led to a dynamic and competitive time. With this changing landscape, the need to adapt your HR strategy to find, engage, develop and retain talent that can drive innovation has never been more critical. Mitch Gold, MD, Executive Chairman & CEO of Alpine Immune Sciences and Founder and Managing Partner of Alpine BioVentures will share the financing market environment nationally and locally, and how the HR professional can meet the rapid pace of technological changes.

Mitch Gold, MD, CEO, Alpine Immune Sciences

9:30 AM



A panel conversation about the state of the Life Science Industry and how it impacts an HR professional's role.

Mitch Gold, MD, CEO, Alpine Immune Sciences

Francis Lo, Chief People Officer, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Kelly Mumma, Senior Director, Human Resources, Alpine

Immune Sciences

Lori Stewart, Vice President of People, Adaptive


9:50 AM



The future of your organization starts with great talent. In this interactive panel discussion, Robin Andrulevich, Chief People Officer for Sana Biotechnology, will facilitate a discussion with industry experts about the pivotal role HR plays in driving recruiting strategy and the key elements required for the Pacific Northwest’s life science community to win the war for talent.

Moderator: Robin Andrulevich, Chief People Officer, Sana


Ray Amato, Head of Recruiting, Sana Biotechnology

Claire Cormier, Principal, Full Scale Solutions

Maya Skolnick, Head of Recruiting, NanoString



10:40 AM


11:00 AM



As leaders, we’re being asked to do something that’s never been done before. That is, we are being called to create an inclusive experience for a diverse multi-generational workforce that’s empowered, informed, and very, very vocal. Sure, creating a culture that provides this inclusive experience might sound impossible. But it’s not. The key is to know each generation’s unique blueprint, as well as the cultural currencies that drive them. For example, what prior generations viewed as a privilege, today’s talent believes is their right:

  • "I have the right to feel my voice is heard and honored"
  • "I have the right to a job that engages my heart, mind and, spirit"
  • "I have the right to have a work environment that supports how my brain works"
  • "I have the right to choose my pronouns."

When leaders are grounded in such currencies of meaning and inclusion, talent becomes more engaged, productive, and loyal. If a company helps its people with their demand for meaning, what does the company receive in return? It gets its people’s hearts, minds, and spirit. That is, its people will believe deeply in their work, and in the company as a whole. And, today, talent won’t accept anything less.

Anna Liotta, CSP, MA

CEO and Founder, The Generational Institute™, an award-winning keynote speaker and best-selling author of Unlocking Generational CODES©.

11:50 AM





There may not be any other industry that possesses greater uncertainty than the life sciences.

We have all heard the old adage, control what you can control. Yet this industry is full of so many things that look and feel to be out of our control. A continuously evolving regulatory landscape. Financial markets that we depend upon but can’t control. A talent landscape that continues to get more challenging each and every day. And don’t forget the science. We are working every day to do what has never been done before.

But this is also what makes the industry so exciting, fun and rewarding.

Gaylene Xanthopoulos, and her company, The Leadership Edge, have been the leading thought partner to the life sciences for the past thirty years. During that time, she has been beside her clients as they experienced incredible successes and some of the most challenging times; when the markets crashed in 2008-9, when the dog died in the clinical trial, when the CE mark just couldn’t get wrapped up and when the phase 3 clinical trial blew up. What she has learned, working from the Boardroom to the Bench in these companies is that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Gaylene will share the common themes and practical approaches that enabled her clients to reach new levels of success after facing the changes and challenges that come with tremendous breakthroughs and failures.

Gaylene Xanthopoulos, Founder & President, The Leadership Edge





Gaylene Xanthopoulos

Founder & President, The Leadership Edge

Gaylene Xanthopoulos, Founder and President of The Leadership Edge, has a passion for assisting people to reach their highest potential. Through their work with over 6500 Board Members, Executives and Scientific and Engineering Leaders, The Leadership Edge has dramatically improved the pace, performance and culture of the most dynamic and innovative pharmaceutical, biotech and med-tech companies in the country.

Gaylene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her personal accomplishments include being awarded Athena San Diego’s Pinnacle Award in the category “Individual in Services” for her role in the development and advancement of skilled and talented women within the San Diego life science and technology communities, “World Sales Leader of the Year” by Leadership Management, Inc. two years in a row, being named a winner of the San Diego Business Journal’s “Business Management Award” in their Women Who Mean Business competition; and in the following year, the San Diego Business Journal also named her company as one of the “Top 50 Companies in San Diego”. Gaylene is an in-demand speaker for national and international business conferences, as well as, a published author.

Robin Andrulevich

Chief People Officer, Sana Biotechnology

Robin Andrulevich is the Chief People Officer for Sana Biotechnology, Inc. and a member of Life Science Washington's Board of Directors. Ms. Andrulevich has over twenty-five years of experience in human resources, recruiting and operations at high-growth companies. Most recently, Ms. Andrulevich served as the SVP, People for Juno Therapeutics, Inc. Andrulevich also held several key senior leadership human resources and talent roles at Amazon, Google and worked in early- and mid-stage venture capital with firms Madrona Venture Group and Union Square Ventures. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, with a B.A. in Communications Science, Ms. Andrulevich also attended Barnard College and earned a master’s degree in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University.

Mitchell H. Gold, MD

Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Alpine Immune Sciences

Founder and Managing Partner of Alpine BioVentures

Dr. Mitchell H. Gold has a lifelong commitment to helping patients with cancer, stemming from the loss of his 26-year old mother to metastatic breast cancer when he was four years old. This loss served as the catalyst for Dr. Gold's career in medicine and desire to transform scientific breakthroughs into effective therapies for patients.

As CEO of Dendreon Corporation, Dr. Gold and his team developed a new class of therapies called active cellular immunotherapy, designed to engage a patient's own immune system against cancer. Dendreon ushered in an entirely new era in cancer treatment with the FDA approval of PROVENGE® (sipuleucel-T), in April 2010.

Dr. Gold was chairman and founder of Alpine Biosciences, a privately-held biotech company dedicated to developing the next generation of cancer and orphan disease treatments via a best-in-class nano-particle delivery system. Alpine Biosciences was sold to Cascadian Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CASC) in August 2014.

For his contributions to science and the treatment of cancer, Dr. Gold was named a runner up to Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos for “Smartest CEO" by Fortune Magazine and was honored with the 2011 Oliver R. Grace Award by the Cancer Research Institute. He was voted "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the Pacific Northwest in 2011 by Ernst and Young, as well as the top influencer in medicine in 2010 by Seattle Magazine.

Dr. Gold is on Twitter at @Alpine_Mitch.

Anna Liotta, MA, CSP

CEO and Founder, The Generational Institute™, an award-winning keynote speaker and best-selling author of Unlocking Generational CODES©.

Anna Liotta, MA, CSP, is an award-winning keynote speaker and best-selling author with a deep understanding from 20 years of research on how generational demographics and dynamics affect every aspect of business success.

Early in her career, Anna identified a common theme: a fundamental lack of understanding between different generations within an organization hinders trust, alignment, and bottom-line outcomes. This led to her life’s work of helping people develop practical strategies for optimal communications across generations.

Anna’s most impressive generational credential, however, is that Anna is the youngest girl of nineteen children. This means that every Thanksgiving, graduation, or wedding is a fascinating case study in multi-generational communication.

The founder of The Generational Institute™ and author of Unlocking Generational CODES, © Anna’s clients range from the PGA of America to the NBA, from to Coca Cola.

Anna holds a Master’s degree in Interpersonal Communication. She currently serves as the President of the National Speakers Association.

When she is not keynoting or volunteering you’ll find her at an off-leash dog park with her Labradoodle puppy named Golfing.


Francis Lo

Chief People Officer, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Francis Lo is currently the Chief People Officer at Adaptive Biotechnologies, where he and his team dedicate themselves to nurturing talent, cultivating strong leaders, and elevating the employee experience. Prior to this, Francis held leadership roles in HR, Sales, Operations, Corporate Strategy, Shopper Marketing, and Consumer Insights across domestic and international markets for companies like Frito Lay, PepsiCo, Starbucks, and Whole Foods Market. Francis holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. When not at work, his life revolves around his wife, their 2 daughters, and the bicycle that has carried him over countless miles.

Kelly Mumma, SPHR

Senior Director, Human Resources, Alpine Immune Sciences

Kelly Mumma is a dynamic HR leader who is passionate about the people who bring organizations to life. She has extensive experience creating high performance work environments by fostering collaborative cultures. Her 15+ years of experience in Human Resources include recruiting, talent engagement, total rewards, performance management, employee wellness, training and development. Kelly, currently the Sr. Director of HR at Alpine Immune Sciences, holds a BS from Central Washington University and SPHR certification. She thrives on family, friends, health and wellness.

Lori Stewart

Vice President of People, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Ms. Stewart leads the people and talent development functions at Adaptive, designing and implementing programs and practices that inspire innovation, organizational growth and responsiveness. With over 25 years of human resources expertise across biotechnology, technology and financial services industries, she brings a breadth and depth of expertise and is passionate about the impact human resources has on performance and culture. Prior to joining Adaptive, Ms. Stewart held key leadership roles at Zones, Inc., BlackRock, Gilead Sciences and Corus Pharma. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University and lends a global perspective to her leadership from her international experience.


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