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ALMA 40th Anniversary Conference

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Monday, October 21
 

7:45am

Workshop & Conference Registration
All workshop registrants can meet Jill for registration at the ALMA table just outside the workshop rooms before your workshops begin. 

Monday October 21, 2019 7:45am - 8:00am
Grand Foyer

7:59am

(#M1) Fundamentals of Lab Management - Managing People (FULL DAY)
 The workshop will be an overview of the key people management activities that all lab managers must accomplish.  The workshop will be ideal for those new to a people management role, or for those with experience who would like to polish some of their people management skills.  The workshop will highlight these areas of people management:
• Effective objectives using the SMART approach
• Effective performance reviews and having the right review conversation
• Development of performance improvement plans to correct performance issues
• Development of individual development plans to guide the path of high performers and those approaching a promotion
• Development of a business case to add staff
• How to recruit new staff
• Interviewing and selection of new staff
• Implementation of on-boarding for new staff
• Knowledge retention and succession-planning
• Having difficult conversations with staff


Workshop Presenters
avatar for Scott Hanton

Scott Hanton

General Manager, Intertek
Scott Hanton is the General Manager for Intertek Allentown. Prior to his current role, he was the Laboratory Operations Manager and Chief Scientist in Allentown. He joined the Intertek network in 2010 as part of the outsourcing deal with Air Products & Chemicals. In a 20 year career... Read More →


Monday October 21, 2019 7:59am - 4:30pm
Avenue 1

8:00am

(#M2) BUILDING A COLLABORATIVE WORK TEAM WITH TECHNICAL PEOPLE (HALF DAY AM)
Building a collaborative work team can be challenging when your highly technical staff prefers to work alone, prefers minimal interaction, and avoids conflict. Teamwork requires open communication, healthy debate, a safe working environment, and commitment from each staff member in order to meet the goals of the department. In this half-day workshop participants will learn:
  • How to build an effective team (based on Patrick Lencioni's book, The Five Dysfunctions of Teams
    • Build Trust
    • Foster Healthy Debate and Conflict
    • Ensure Commitment Expect Accountability
    • Focus on Results
  • Your preferred conflict style as well as the 5 Conflict Styles of others
  •  Effective communication techniques
  • How to assess your team and develop an action plan

Workshop Presenters
avatar for JeanAnn Nelson Trombley

JeanAnn Nelson Trombley

HR Executive Consultant & Educator
Ms. Trombley has been a business professional for 25+ years working in large and mid-sizedglobal companies. She has had responsibilities and led teams in more than 30 countries. Herexperience crosses several industries including Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Biologics,Technology... Read More →


Monday October 21, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
Avenue 2

12:45pm

Afternoon Workshop and Conference Registration
Monday October 21, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Grand Foyer

1:00pm

(#M3) SUCCESSION PLANNING: IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK (HALF DAY PM)
Laboratories need a comprehensive Succession Plan to ensure business operations continue seamlessly after key employees leave or retire. We’ve all heard that baby boomers are going to retire in droves and that we better get ready. We’ve also heard that the “younger generation” may quit at a blink of an eye for upward mobility. Yet succession planning is often one of those low priority tasks that gets put on the back burner or never gets accomplished.
Why? Because the task of developing a formal succession planning program often seems too big to tackle and many managers simply don’t know where to begin. Or Human Resources is looked upon to develop the succession plan, often in a vacuum. Regardless of who takes the lead, identifying and documenting critical positions and processes, cross-training, mentoring and creating a future leader program are good places to start.
This interactive and practical presentation will define and outline the key components of a succession plan and identify easy steps that can be taken right away, regardless of your position. Participants will receive a Succession Plan Worksheet to help prioritize which succession planning components are most important, determine who needs to be involved and what specific action steps can be taken towards developing your own succession plan.

Workshop Presenters
avatar for JeanAnn Nelson Trombley

JeanAnn Nelson Trombley

HR Executive Consultant & Educator
Ms. Trombley has been a business professional for 25+ years working in large and mid-sizedglobal companies. She has had responsibilities and led teams in more than 30 countries. Herexperience crosses several industries including Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Biologics,Technology... Read More →


Monday October 21, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Avenue 2
 
Tuesday, October 22
 

7:45am

Workshop and Conference Registration
All workshop registrants can meet Jill for registration at the ALMA table just outside the workshop rooms before your workshops begin. 

Tuesday October 22, 2019 7:45am - 8:00am
Grand Foyer

7:59am

(#T1) Fundamentals of Lab Management - Managing the Organization and Work Processes (FULL DAY)
This workshop presented by John Sadowski for managers at all levels of experience will be an interactive session starting with the basic aspects of transitioning from scientist to manager followed by an overview of the key activities and challenges of managing a successful laboratory-based organization.
Segments will include:
•Role of the manager and making the transition from scientist to manager and leader
•Developing a mission and vision for the laboratory
•Ways to organize your group
•Developing a budget and understanding the key components in a budget proposal and laboratory costs
•Developing and selling your capital plan
•Understanding and delighting your customers
•Laboratory metrics
•Ensuring quality in the output of the laboratory
•Having an effective and engaged safety program
•Managing workflow
•Managing your time
•Managing change and continuous improvement


Workshop Presenters
avatar for John Sadowski

John Sadowski

Executive Director, Association of Laboratory Managers
B.S. Chemistry University of MarylandPh.D. Organic Chemistry MITRetired Technology Director at Air Products and ChemicalsExperience managing R&D, Customer Technical Service, Process Technology, Analytical, IT, Government Contracting and Engineering organizations.Currently managing... Read More →


Tuesday October 22, 2019 7:59am - 4:30pm
Avenue 3

8:00am

(#T2) Navigating the Financial Jungle to Communicate Value and Get Investment (HALF DAY AM)
In this workshop, participants will explore how to position themselves and their organizations to effectively communicate value to upper management and use the leverage gained to garner additional investment. 
In the workshop, participants will learn the following:
  • How to align your organizational mission with your corporation’s mission using business plan snapshots
  • The language of upper management including understanding and applying financial statements and key financial concepts
  • How to measure the value your organization brings to the corporation including what works, what does not and why
  • Techniques to communicate to upper management including techniques to change mindsets
  • How to generate a successful, credible business case to gain investment in your organization including scenario analysis, lease vs. buy, and ROI
  • The critical importance of language, organizational alignment and mindset and how you can positively impact them
Useful templates to position for value, communicate value and generate a business case for investment will be provided.
While this workshop is ideal for technical leaders as well as new managers, it will benefit anyone in a technical, functional or leadership role that seeks to better communicate the value of their organization to upper management and/or develop a case for additional investment in the organization.

Workshop Presenters
avatar for Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy

CEO & Management Coach, Sustainable Transformations
S. Mark Kennedy, Ph.D. has held various technical leadership positions at DuPont for over 32 years in the areas of environmental sciences, global registration and regulatory affairs, toxicology, and analytical sciences working across agriculture, chemicals, materials, biologicals... Read More →


Tuesday October 22, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
Avenue 2

12:45pm

Afternoon Workshop and Conference Registration
Tuesday October 22, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Grand Foyer

1:00pm

(#T3) Engaging Employees to Improve Organizational Culture and Create Competitive Advantage (HALF DAY PM)
In this workshop, participants will explore how to drive productivity, creativity, speed, agility and retention of employees by creating a culture of engaging the whole employee.  The whole employee includes not only an employee’s specific job skill set, but also their experiences inside and outside the workplace, their total knowledge and skills, emotions, life experiences, personality, priorities, and beliefs.  While it is well known that the engagement of the whole employee generates competitive advantage and superior results, successful whole employee engagement across corporations has been elusive at best.  We’ll explore a scenario that has worked successfully and extract the principles and practices you can use to develop a culture of whole employee engagement in your organization.
In the workshop, participants will learn the following:
  • The 3 fundamental needs of fully engaged employees and how to meet those needs
  • The importance of culture to a corporation and to your employees
  • The manager’s role in promoting full engagement at an individual level including trust and relationship building, engaging emotions, self-awareness, openness, candor, effective communication, coaching, radical empathy and engaging passion
  • The manager’s role in driving full engagement at a group level including modeling behaviors, establishing a presence, creating safety and openness, encouraging dialog, evolving mindsets, and creating group culture
  • Common dynamics that can derail the creation of a culture of whole employee engagement and how to redirect them
This workshop is ideal for team leaders, supervisors, managers and anyone in leadership that seeks to have a lasting positive impact on the culture of their organization.

Workshop Presenters
avatar for Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy

CEO & Management Coach, Sustainable Transformations
S. Mark Kennedy, Ph.D. has held various technical leadership positions at DuPont for over 32 years in the areas of environmental sciences, global registration and regulatory affairs, toxicology, and analytical sciences working across agriculture, chemicals, materials, biologicals... Read More →


Tuesday October 22, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Avenue 2

3:30pm

ATTENDEE & EXIBITOR REGISTRATION
Tuesday October 22, 2019 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Grand Foyer

6:00pm

 
Wednesday, October 23
 

7:00am

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday October 23, 2019 7:00am - 7:45am
Loring

7:15am

Conference Registration
Wednesday October 23, 2019 7:15am - 9:00am
Grand Foyer

7:45am

Opening Remarks & Exhibitor Overviews
Speakers
avatar for John Sadowski

John Sadowski

Executive Director, Association of Laboratory Managers
B.S. Chemistry University of MarylandPh.D. Organic Chemistry MITRetired Technology Director at Air Products and ChemicalsExperience managing R&D, Customer Technical Service, Process Technology, Analytical, IT, Government Contracting and Engineering organizations.Currently managing... Read More →
avatar for Christie Bowden

Christie Bowden

Senior Group Leader, Arkema Inc.
Christie is a Senior Group Leader and Research Scientist at Arkema Inc. and manages analytical lab operations to deliver high quality analytical solutions to R&D and production.  In addition, she currently serves as the 2019 ALMA President and was the 2017 ALMA Program Chair.  She... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 7:45am - 9:00am
South Grand

9:00am

Claude Luchessi Keynote Presentation sponsored by Agilent - Lead Yourself, First: A 5-Step Game Plan to Help You Become A Leader That Others Want to Follow
"Lead Yourself, First” is engaging, high-energy workshop that will lead participants on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. First, we’ll work to understand what differentiates the world’s most high-impact, high-integrity leaders from all the rest. We’ll then turn those lessons learned into a clear, actionable, five-step “roadmap” that will help the leaders in the room more effectively lead themselves, lead others, and lead their organizations. Each participant will leave the session with clear understanding of where they are today on their leadership journey, where they want to go, and what they have to do to make it happen.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Sands

Ben Sands

Performance Coach, Sands Leadership
Ben is an executive coach and founder of Sands Leadership (sandsleadership.com) a research and consulting firm that helps high-potential leaders drive clarity, confidence and accountability across their organizations.  For nearly two decades Ben Sands has been studying the habits of the world’s best leaders – studying how they do what they do – in order... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
South Grand

10:15am

10:45am

Managing Perceptions to Ensure the Reality of You as a Leader
As we evolve during our careers, we need to manage perception of ourselves because the world around us is quick to use its individual perceptions to define us.  There is always the possibility of someone derailing our efforts through poor images that may be skewed or totally unfounded.  There is always more to what is thought but it is also important to look at ourselves so that we can benefit from understanding the perception of others.  We need to recognize that we reinforce perceptions unintentionally by our actions or often do not hear the subtle suggestions related to a perception by others in our everyday exchanges.  Enhancing self-awareness is a valuable exercise to start in providing the reality of you to others.  The awareness is not related to only negative traits but also positive ones which we may be what we want to define us and need to be enhanced.  As a leader, these perceptions are even more important in your everyday interactions with our staff.   I will discuss how aspects of being in touch with perception can impact the effectiveness your daily life as a lab leader.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Durand

Richard Durand

Director, Analytical and Material Science, Sun Chemical Corporation
Rich serves as Director /Analytical and Material Science for Sun Chemical Corporation at their North American R&D facility in Carlstadt, NJ. During his 31 years at Sun Chemical, he has held a variety of positions including Senior Scientist, Director/Newspaper Ink R&D, Director/Knowledge... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:45am - 11:30am
South Grand

11:30am

Strategic Planning: How to Get One, How to Sell One, and How to Execute One
Speakers
avatar for Susan Yarmey

Susan Yarmey

Technical Director, 3M
Dr. Susan Yarmey is the Technical Director, Corporate Research Analytical Laboratory, at 3M. She received her PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Connecticut and has worked at 3 other companies (Eastman Kodak Company, HB Fuller and Imation). Susan has held a variety of positions... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
South Grand

12:15pm

Networking Luncheon
Wednesday October 23, 2019 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Loring

1:30pm

It Takes a Village: Creating an Alternative Sourcing Strategy and Network in the Age of Limited Internal Analytical Resources
Does your organization have more analytical work than it can possibly do?  Is analytical perceived as the bottleneck for rapid progress on business projects?  Do you have so much work that your analytical organization can never seem to get to future planning and competency development?  You are not alone. This talk will address the creation, maintenance and growth of alternative sourcing strategies and networks utilizing contract research organizations, universities, government labs, and more.  The talk will cover the following specific topics:
  • Developing an Effective Alternative Sourcing Strategy
  • Selling the Plan to Your Customers
  • Types of Partners & Relationships and Determining Best Fit
  • Addressing Stumbling Blocks in Implementation
  • Critical Processes Needed
  • Continuous Growth and Development of Partnerships
This talk is based on experience with creating, implementing and managing alternative sourcing strategies for analytical and regulatory work in several organizations.  It is intended to stimulate creativity in thinking about how your own organization currently approaches its total workload, provide a useful framework for moving forward, and tap into the wisdom of the conference participants.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy

CEO & Management Coach, Sustainable Transformations
S. Mark Kennedy, Ph.D. has held various technical leadership positions at DuPont for over 32 years in the areas of environmental sciences, global registration and regulatory affairs, toxicology, and analytical sciences working across agriculture, chemicals, materials, biologicals... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
South Grand

2:15pm

Research Laboratory Disaster Planning
Tropical Storm Allison hit the Houston metropolitan area on June 5th, 2001, proving that storms do not need to be hurricanes to cause massive damage to research facilities. Tropical Storm Allison dropped 32 trillion gallons of water, causing deadly flooding. Thirty-three thousand people needed emergency shelter after Allison and there was $5 billion in damage. Approximately $1.5 billion in damage caused by Allison was to the Houston Medical Center (1). The University of Texas Medical School experienced severe flooding. The basement of the Medical School building was completely filled with water, as well as half way up the first floor. This resulted in the massive loss of research animals, who were housed in the basement. In addition, elevators were no longer functional, resulting in an inability to get liquid nitrogen supply tanks to laboratories located on upper floors. The flooding also destroyed back-up generators, also housed in the basement, leaving liquid nitrogen auto-fill units, -20 and -80 freezers without any power. This led to massive loss of valuable, irreplaceable, research samples, reagents and cell lines. I was a laboratory manager for a large research lab located in the Medical School building when Allison hit Houston. Many lessons were learned during this event, as well as subsequent years of experience working in medical research laboratories in both Houston and Miami. This presentation will address lessons learned as well as how to prepare your lab for disasters.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Wieder

Tracy Wieder

Senior Manager of Facilities and Lab Support, University of Miami
Tracy has led an impressive career as a researcher and administrator in her thirty years working in the field of biomedical research. Tracy has served as the Senior Manager of Laboratory Support at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2008. In 2017, she received the Sylvester... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
South Grand

3:00pm

3:30pm

Roundtable Discussions - Building Trust and Respect
Speakers
avatar for Stuart Magoon

Stuart Magoon

Environmental Services Asst. Division Manager, City of Tacoma/Environmental Services


Wednesday October 23, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Avenue 1&2

3:30pm

Roundtable Discussions - Navigating Manager and Employee Relationships
Speakers
avatar for Richard Durand

Richard Durand

Director, Analytical and Material Science, Sun Chemical Corporation
Rich serves as Director /Analytical and Material Science for Sun Chemical Corporation at their North American R&D facility in Carlstadt, NJ. During his 31 years at Sun Chemical, he has held a variety of positions including Senior Scientist, Director/Newspaper Ink R&D, Director/Knowledge... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Avenue 3&4

3:30pm

Roundtable Discussions - Sticky Management Issues
Speakers
avatar for Christie Bowden

Christie Bowden

Senior Group Leader, Arkema Inc.
Christie is a Senior Group Leader and Research Scientist at Arkema Inc. and manages analytical lab operations to deliver high quality analytical solutions to R&D and production.  In addition, she currently serves as the 2019 ALMA President and was the 2017 ALMA Program Chair.  She... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm
South Grand

6:00pm

 
Thursday, October 24
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday October 24, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
North Grand Millennium Hotel

8:15am

Recruiting Qualified Scientific Candidates
Recruiting and retaining scientific talent has become increasingly difficult in the current job market. With lowering unemployment rates, candidates have more opportunities to choose from and companies need to change their recruiting and hiring methods to meet the demands for top talent. Attracting talent starts with a job posting that shows the company’s mission and value to a candidate. Recruiting and selecting candidates for technical roles requires specialized interviews with appropriate team members. To retain career-oriented candidates, companies must offer competitive benefits outside of the expected package – including professional growth opportunities, specified training, and a supportive management team.
In this presentation, we will go through creating a job posting that attracts the appropriate candidates to reduce time reviewing unqualified resumes. We will break down how to determine who is involved in the technical interview process while focusing on removing unnecessary steps that can lead to losing candidates. Finally, we’ll review types of benefits provided to employees for retaining top talent. This will create a plan for lab managers on how to review their entire hiring process to find, hire, and retain qualified scientific candidates.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Howman

Dan Howman

Talent Sourcing Manager, Pace Analytical Services
Dan Howman is the Talent Sourcing Manager for the Scientific Professional Services (SPS) division of Pace Analytical where he manages the SPS recruiting team while also serving as the lead scientific recruiter.  He has spent his entire career in the scientific staffing industry with... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 8:15am - 9:00am
South Grand

9:00am

Onboarding New Personnel - Panel Discussion
Panel discussion with Q&A regarding on-boarding new personnel.  We will discuss on-boarding procedures that work, communicating expectations with new employees, receiving feedback from them about on-boarding, and share learnings.


Speakers
avatar for Tamara Perry

Tamara Perry

Business Development Manager, Labtopia Inc.
Tamara’s diverse background spans creativity and analytical talents combined with business acumen. She has built her career in a variety of top leadership roles both within the companies she has worked for, as well as within her community and the organizations she volunteers with... Read More →
avatar for Todd McEvoy

Todd McEvoy

Laboratory Operations Manager, Intertek
Todd graduated with a BS in Chemistry and with Honors from Shippensburg University in 1998 and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. His work at UT focused on developing integrated spectral, microscopic and electrochemical methods to study charge storage processes... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Wieder

Tracy Wieder

Senior Manager of Facilities and Lab Support, University of Miami
Tracy has led an impressive career as a researcher and administrator in her thirty years working in the field of biomedical research. Tracy has served as the Senior Manager of Laboratory Support at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2008. In 2017, she received the Sylvester... Read More →
avatar for Thad Gurley

Thad Gurley

Associate Research Laboratory Manager, Duke Human Vaccine Institute
Thad Gurley, M.S. is an Associate Research Laboratory Manager for Dr. Tony Moody’s laboratory and the Accessioning Unit and Repository at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute.  In addition, he is the Core Manager for the Accessioning Unit Core, a member of the Duke Human Vaccine... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
South Grand

9:45am

Networking Break
Thursday October 24, 2019 9:45am - 10:15am
South Grand

10:15am

Conversations That Drive Performance
Speakers
avatar for Scott Hanton

Scott Hanton

General Manager, Intertek
Scott Hanton is the General Manager for Intertek Allentown. Prior to his current role, he was the Laboratory Operations Manager and Chief Scientist in Allentown. He joined the Intertek network in 2010 as part of the outsourcing deal with Air Products & Chemicals. In a 20 year career... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
South Grand

11:00am

Employee Engagement and Customer Service: They Go Together Like Peas and Carrots
As leaders, we are accountable for many things but none so important as the engagement of our team and the service they provide to customers. Building upon the basic knowledge of human satisfaction, learn to identify what your customers and employees really want and walk away with proven strategies that can positively impact both. Whether you are a new leader or a seasoned leader looking for a fresh approach, this presentation will provide a new way of looking at customer service that can dramatically improve your employee engagement and enhance the financial bottom line of your organization. Come ready to learn and have fun!

Speakers
avatar for Patty Eschliman

Patty Eschliman

President, The Lab Leader Coach
I am a highly engaged leader always looking for opportunities of personal and professional growth. I love connecting with others to collaborate on best outcomes. I have worked in the Clinical Laboratory setting for 35 years, the last 25 in leadership. In my role as President of CLMA... Read More →



Thursday October 24, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
South Grand

11:45am

Conference Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks
Speakers
avatar for John Sadowski

John Sadowski

Executive Director, Association of Laboratory Managers
B.S. Chemistry University of MarylandPh.D. Organic Chemistry MITRetired Technology Director at Air Products and ChemicalsExperience managing R&D, Customer Technical Service, Process Technology, Analytical, IT, Government Contracting and Engineering organizations.Currently managing... Read More →
avatar for Christie Bowden

Christie Bowden

Senior Group Leader, Arkema Inc.
Christie is a Senior Group Leader and Research Scientist at Arkema Inc. and manages analytical lab operations to deliver high quality analytical solutions to R&D and production.  In addition, she currently serves as the 2019 ALMA President and was the 2017 ALMA Program Chair.  She... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 11:45am - 12:00pm
South Grand