LPA Spring Meeting

The 2018 LPA Spring Meeting was held May 1-2 at the beautiful Mokara Hotel & Spa on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. There were ample opportunities to network with fellow members during receptions and optional outings, as well as during the education program. Over the course of a day and a half, LPA Members garnered calls-to-action for both their company and personally.

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Final Schedule
Monday, April 30
6:00-8:00pm       Informal reception on the rooftop of the Mokara

Tuesday, May 1
7:30-9:00AM       Breakfast/registration
9:15-10:45          David Burkus, Friend of a Friend: Understanding the Hidden Networks that Can Transform Your Life
10:45-11:00        Morning Break
11:00-12:00        Rob Smith, Venable LLP, Government Affairs Update  
12:00-1:30          Networking Lunch
1:30-2:30            Dr. Jian Ling & Dr. Joe McDonough, Southwest Research Institute - Capabilities & Research in Pharmaceuticals and Bioengineering
2:30-2:45            Afternoon Break
2:45-4:00            Charlie Whelan, Frost & Sullivan, Medical Technology Innovation
6:00-9:00            Reception & Dinner
8:30-9:00pm       Optional Riverboat Tour of the downtown loop (ticket included in registration!)

Wednesday, May 2
7:30-8:30AM       Breakfast
8:30-9:30            Hamid Ghanadan, Catalytic Experiences, Persuading Scientists With Effective Digital Marketing
9:30-10:00          Break
10:00-11:15        Nikki Stone, When Turtles Fly: Finding Your Turtle Effect: Sticking your neck out to reach your goals
11:30                   Meeting concludes

Registration Fees
1st Member Attendee     $1,045
2nd Attendee                    $940
3rd or more Attendees      $835
Non-Member Attendee   $1,200
Spouse/Guest                   $250
(Spouse/Guest fees include all receptions and dinners)

Keynote Speakers
David Burkus

Friend of a Friend: Understanding The Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Work and Life

What if the advice we’ve all heard about networking and developing relationships was wrong?

In this new and startling look at the art and science of networking, Burkus challenges many of our commonly shared beliefs about networking. Drawing on more than five decades of social science research into how networks work, Burkus has found that what the best networkers do looks a lot less like collecting business cards and making random introductions and a lot more like fostering authentic connections and seeking out diverse new voices. And he reveals how anyone can do the same. Audience members will this leave this keynote with practical and proven strategies to grow their network and to make their current network work much harder for their success.

Key Takeaways:

  • Which areas of your network provide the best source of new ideas and insights
  • Where the potential blind spots and weak points in your network are
  • How to foster authentic, collaborative relationships
  • How to effectively grow and strengthen your network

About David
David is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and business school professor. In 2017, he was named as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkes50

His forthcoming book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He is also the author of Under New Management and The Myths of Creativity. David is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and his work has been featured in Fast Company, the Financial Times, Inc magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and CBS This Morning.

David’s innovative views on leadership have earned him invitations to speak to leaders from a variety of organizations. He’s delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker and governmental and military leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.8 million times.

When he’s not speaking or writing, David is in the classroom. He is associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University where he was recently named one of the nation’s “Top 40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire.”

Nikki Stone
Olympic Gold Medalist

When Turtles Fly: Finding Your Turtle Effect: Sticking your neck out to reach your goals

How do individuals find the drive for what they do?  How do they conquer their greatest obstacle?  How do they take the appropriate risks to make sure their business skyrockets?  Nikki relates how clients can answer these questions through her incredible Turtle Effect philosophy.  Nikki discovered that she could find the passion to pursue her lifelong dreams, she could find the strength to overcome a spinal injury that 10 doctors told her wasn’t possible, and she could take the risk of soaring 50 feet in the air off a 10 foot all snow jump to win an Olympic Gold medal despite being afraid of heights.  With inspiring tools, people find that Nikki’s inspiration will motivate them long after they have heard her speak.

About Nikki
Olympian, Author, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Mother and more...
Nikki Stone

An American Hero. At the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, Nikki Stone became America’s first-ever Olympic Champion in the sport of inverted aerial skiing. What made this performance so unbelievable, was the fact that less than two years earlier, a chronic injury prevented her from standing, much less walking or skiing down a slope at almost 40 miles per hour.  Nikki came dangerously close to being sidelined from aerial skiing indefinitely.

Her tenacity and refusal to step down from a challenge brought Nikki Stone back to the top of the freestyle skiing podium. This top spot was far from foreign to Nikki, as throughout her career she earned 35 World Cup medals, eleven World Cup titles, four national titles, two yearlong Aerial World Cup titles, and a World Championship title.  She also became the first pure aerialist ever—male or female—to become the yearlong Overall Freestyle World Cup Champion. Because of Nikki’s in-depth research and implementation of the tools to success, the U.S. Olympic Committee engaged her to help train the athletes on overcoming challenges, finding motivation, and dealing with these pressures at the Olympic Games.  And due to her constant referrals as a motivational speaker, the United States Olympic Committee also contracted Nikki to train the Olympians in speaking, presentation, and mentoring skills.

Hamid Ghanadan

Catalytic Experiences, Persuading Scientists With Effective Digital Marketing

The digital landscape has not only fundamentally changed the way we consume information, but is re-shaping the very essence of relationships, both in business and in our personal lives.  How is the science industry as a whole coping with this fundamental shift? The answer does not lie in technology, but in understanding humans and their behavior patterns.

In his talk, Hamid will provide an industry-specific benchmark for where the science industry stands in 'Digital Maturity' and discuss ways  companies are innovating to reach and build new relationships with their target audiences.  He will also provide a model for how scientists make decisions and how to influence their decisions by adhering to their natural behavioral tendencies. Hamid will bring these concepts together through a highly illustrative example of how a science company leveraged human behavior to generate significant shift in their market. 

Hamid will leave LPA members with actionable insights that they can apply to immediately improve their current sales and marketing activities, as well as their long-term digital strategies. 

About Hamid
As the founder of The Linus Group, Hamid works to break down the barriers between science and humans. He has spent his career studying the interplay between logic and emotion in how people comprehend technical information. With a mission to create experiences that shift understanding in science and healthcare, Hamid studies the psychology of audiences and has developed foundational models for how scientists and clinicians behave.

Additional speakers include:

Rob Smith
Senior Policy Advisor, Venable LLC

Robert L. Smith is a Senior Legislative Advisor and Co-Chair of Venable LLP’s Legislative Group. (Venable LLP is a full-service national law firm with over 600 attorneys in offices across the country and is ranked annually by The American Lawyer as one of the nation's top 100 law firms. They have a Legislative Practice Group headquartered in Washington, D.C.) It is also the LPA Government/Regulatory Affairs Firm.

Using bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill, Rob has led many successful legislative coalition efforts on behalf of his clients. He previously served as legislative director for Congressman Wes Watkins (R-OK), focusing on trade and tax issues, and as legislative aide to Congressman Joel Hefley (R-CO), where he worked on defense procurement and military construction issues.  Rob will discuss the new relationship between the LPA and Venable and provide a legislative and regulatory update on key issues.

Dr. Joe McDonough and Dr. Jian Ling
Pharmaceuticals and Bioengineering Department, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Joe McDonough, Director
Dr. Jian Ling, Institute Scientist

Drs. McDonough and Ling will provide an overall introduction of the Southwest Research Institute’s capabilities and research in Pharmaceuticals and Bioengineering. There will be an example of a novel laboratory product they are developing- a novel, single-use, scalable, cell-expansion 3D bioreactor, which is expected to provide a cost-effective tool for multiple emerging healthcare applications like stem cell based therapies, immune-gene therapy of cancer, and scale-up production of viral vectors and biologics.

The Southwest Research Institute is interested in potential collaborations with LPA members!

Charlie Whelan
Director of Consulting, Transformational Health, North America
Frost & Sullivan

Medical Technology Innovation
Charlie Whelan is the director of Frost & Sullivan's Transformational Health U.S. consulting practice. He has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategy experience for medical technology companies having worked with leading companies such as Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, Philips, Proctor  & Gamble and Sony. Whelan's expertise is focused on the medical devices and diagnostic imaging market and the future transformation of healthcare delivery. In his presentation, Whelan will describe the current state of the medical technology industry, the most important trends which will shape success for manufacturers in the future and examples of exciting innovations and business models to benchmark against.

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