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MAPS 2024 Americas Annual Meeting Leadership Pre-Session

March 24 @ 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Puerto Rico

Description: What will it take to be a great leader now and in the future? This MAPS 2024 Americas Annual Meeting pre-conference training accelerates your leadership trajectory through insightful positive engagement and the exploration of competencies such as inclusive leadership and change management. Sessions include practical, real-life scenarios along with opportunities to develop invaluable connections with like-minded colleagues from across the industry. Learn from the experience of senior leaders while leveraging the tools, techniques, and resources to help lead your team, department, or organization.

*Already Registered for the Meeting? Follow these steps to add the Leadership Pre-Session to your registration:

  • Visit the Attendee Service Center
  • Log in using your email and password
  • Click “Registration Edit”
  • Click on “Edit” next to your name
  • Add Leadership or Field Medical Pre-Conference Program to your registration. Yes, even speakers during the main meeting will need to ADD registration for Sunday pre-sessions if they wish to attend.

Schedule at a Glance:

Time (in AST)Session Type
8:00am – 5:00pmRegistration
7:45am – 8:20amBreakfast
8:30am – 9:00amWelcome, Introductions, Outcomes, and Agenda
9:00am – 10:00amBreak
10:30 – 12:00pmThe Six Signature Traits (Part 2) – How to Apply Them and Strategies to Successfully Lead Diverse Groups
12:00pm – 1:30pmLunch and Ambassador Meeting (Invite Only)
1:30pm – 3:00pmApplications of Strategies:
Leading self, Leading Peers, Leading Others, Leading up the Report Line
Charismatic Leadership and Application Leading in Times of Significant change
3:00pm – 3:30pmBreak
3:30pm – 4:30pmExecutive Leadership Panel with Q&A
4:30pm – 5:00pmReflections, Commitments and Next Steps Team Activity
5:00pm – 5:15pmClosing Remarks and Evaluation

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the 6 signature traits of inclusive leadership and how to apply them
  • Discuss strategies to successfully lead diverse groups within organizations – leading self, leading others, leading peers, and leading up the report line
  • Identify critical skills to lead in times of significant change, leveraging crisis management tools Discuss lessons learned by key industry leaders

Continuing Education:

6.25 hours of continuing education credits for physicians, pharmacists, and nurses will be offered for this one-day program.

Intended Audience:

Mid-level Medical Affairs professionals employed globally at a diagnostic/device (MedTech) or biopharmaceutical company who aspire to be, or are, leaders/managers. The registrants will be expected to attend the entire 6.25 hours of training. This program is for Industry* Professionals only and is an additional cost to the main program. All registrations for this program will be pending until they are reviewed and approved by MAPS staff.


Shontelle Dodson

Executive Vice President Head Medical Affairs

Astellas Pharma

Danie Du Plessis

Executive Vice President Medical Affairs

Kyowa Kirin

Donna Holder

Executive Director, Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Dee Khuntia

Dee Khuntia

Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Varian, a Siemens Healthineers Company

Mandeep Kaur

Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs and Outcomes Research, Rare Disease


Bagrat Lalayan

Executive Director, Global Medical Strategy Lead


Bjorn Oddens

Senior Vice President, Global Medical & Scientific Affairs


Kyowa Kirin

Faculty Leadership Facilitation:

Jannifer Johnson

Support Facilitator


Gustavo Kesselring

Senior Advisor for Professional Development


Suzanna Lawrence

Suzanna Lawrence

Executive Chairman


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