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National Harbor, Maryland
June 20-22, 2017

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Cornerstone's Carl Thoresen and David A. Jencen
at MAPS 2017 Annual Meeting

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Building a Medical Affairs Leadership Pipeline

Cornerstone is hosting a workshop on
Thursday, June 22nd, 9:30 - 12:15

The increased importance of Medical Affairs within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries necessitates an increase in the number of frontline leaders. Yet, few organizations offer a systematic internal process for identifying and developing potential Medical Affairs leaders. In this workshop, we will present a model for leadership development that gives high-potential individual
contributors in the Medical Affairs area the opportunity to develop leadership and management skills prior to promotion. Specifically, we will describe the development and implementation of an experiential developmental realistic job preview (RJP) for aspiring management candidates involving a strategic decision-making simulation and a one-on-one coaching interaction. Finally, we will present a case study detailing one organization’s ongoing initiative to leverage these results to prepare aspiring frontline leaders for job responsibilities very different than ones they currently have in a highly volatile and constantly evolving industry. 

Carl Thoresen, Ph.D.

Carl joined the Cornerstone team after working as Assistant Professor of industrial/organizational psychology at Tulane University. As an internationally recognized author and researcher on employee selection, job attitudes, employee assessment, and the role of personality in job performance, Carl brings a unique, research-oriented perspective to the design and implementation of Cornerstone’s programs. He has extensive training and experience in test development and validation. After graduating from Northwestern University, Carl earned an M.S. degree in organizational behavior from Cornell University. He later completed his Ph.D. in human resource management with a minor concentration in personality and social psychology at the University of Iowa.

David A. Jencen, Ph.D.

David brings more than 20 years of biopharmaceutical industry Medical Affairs experience with companies including Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Novo Nordisk. As a Medical Affairs consultant he has partnered with clients on projects ranging from global excellence in medical science liaison (MSL) performance, stakeholder engagement strategies, and presentation skills development. He has been invited to deliver Medical Affairs training programs in the US, Singapore, Taiwan, and China. He also coaches and mentors aspiring MSLs seeking to secure their first role, as well as Medical Affairs professionals in mid-career who are considering a change. He blogs and hosts a LinkedIn discussion group, both focused on the MSL. Over his industrial career he has directed several MSL teams and also served as Operations Director for MSL organizations. While at Boehringer Ingelheim he was chief architect of the original MSL training and development program, directing a team to develop scientific and professional training & development programming across 4 different therapeutic areas.

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