The PMinLS

Workshop and Networking Event

October 5, 2017

Thank you for attending the PMinLS Workshop and Networking Event.

It was a great event and we received a lot of great feedback.

Here are the Oct 5th, 2017 Workshop & Networking resources we promised!  The presentation PDFs are further down the page.

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The Feedback

What a great event you put on!! That was totally worth my time and I’m so thankful for the opportunity. There was so much value packed in for the attendees. You rock!

Tajuana Ross, The LinkedIn Professor


Absolutely fantastic job on the PMinLS conference last week!

Diane Powers


Thank you for a great event today! The speakers led engaging presentations and discussions, the networking and vendors were good and hotel provided nicely done meals and snacks. I know how much work this all takes and I appreciate it!

Debbie Williams


Would like to see this type of event again. Great workshop!! I gained some new skills & ideas that I can take back to my teams…Loved it being local! Great format and content…Will do this again if offered. Great job Dee!


Various Comments from the surveys

The Sessions


8:30 am
Stakeholders as Allies: Engaging for Success

Tarja Huuskonen, CEO of Action for Results led this workshop.


8:30 am
Making Risk Management Work

Dan Stark, Training and Dev. Specialist with IPM, led this  workshop


1:30 pm
Leading Global Teams

Jennifer Guy, PhD, PMP led this workshop.

1:30 pm
Integrating Your Project Plan

Dee G Suberla, President of PMinLS & Matthew Curin, PharmD, RPh, PMP, led this workshop.

Our Amazing Platinum and Gold+ Level Sponsors

We simply could not have done it without you!!!

The Speakers

Tarja Huuskonen

CEO of Action for Results, Inc

For over 25 years, Tarja has guided life science executive teams on how to build/rethink their business models for value-driven product delivery, and develop the right governance and execution capabilities for robust design and commercialization of medical products. Program and project management are key capabilities in that equation and firmly integrated into the essence of product development.

A sought-after speaker in biotech forums, Tarja is known for her bold, pragmatic, and inspiring perspective that leverages her vast experience from engagements with hundreds of biotech companies and teams. Her teaching bridges engineering and science with business and organizational elements, with a keen focus on behaviors that produce the right results.

Tarja is an SAH survivor, which has only increased her passion about transforming patient-centricity goals to actionable methods, tools and practices for project teams – and finding better ways by which the patients are able to get their voices heard.

Jennifer Guy, PhD, PMP

Independent Consultant

Jennifer Guy worked in pharmaceutical R&D for more than 25 years at companies including Abbott Laboratories, TAP Pharmaceuticals and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. She has been a manager, trainer and mentor in R&D organizations and has been the project manager for integration activity following company acquisitions. Her leadership roles in Program Management, Project Management and Clinical Operations have given her the opportunity to work with many multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams. She has worked with and led virtual teams where contributors located on three or more continents have successfully developed premier pharmaceuticals. Jennifer Guy retired from Takeda in 2016 and continues to be engaged in developing high functioning teams and promoting the value of project management.

Dr. Guy holds a PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Illinois. Her postdoctoral work in nervous system development was at the University of Chicago. She holds Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

Dan Stark, PMP

Training & Development Specialist,
Integrated Project Management Company, Inc.

Dan Stark has been with IPM since 2010, imparting valuable tools, techniques, and soft skills to internal resources and clients. He may look familiar to some of you as Dan has provided quite a few risk management, and other PM training sessions to IPM’s Life Science clients. Although Dan’s original training experience came in the food service industry, immediately prior to joining IPM he worked in marketing communications, first as a copy writer and editor and later as an associate creative director. Dan had previously migrated to advertising after fleeing the rapidly disintegrating newspaper business, where he had been a staff writer for the Naperville Sun and the Oakland Tribune. Born in Bristol, Illinois – population 500 people and 1 stoplight – Dan grew up in the greater Chicago area as a rabid sports fan, much to the chagrin of his parents. He is a proud graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!) and has achieved several certifications since joining IPM. Dan and his wife Rachel now live in Oak Park, Illinois, with their fun loving children Lucy and Jack.
Education:BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Dee G Suberla, PMP

President of PMinLS

Dee is the founder and President Project Management in Life Sciences (PMinLS) in Northern Illinois. After an inspiring lunch with friends from Takeda, the decision was made to create PMinLS. With their help and help from what became the PMinLS Advisory Board, this October PMinLS will celebrate its 3 anniversary of supporting our life science project management community.

Dee’s 30 years of experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry includes leading large global drug, device and combination product programs in addition to managing a staff of project managers. She implemented and led PMOs at the business level and supported corporate efforts to implement a PMO and an R&D stage gate process.  Dee is a resource for speaking, facilitation, troubleshooting and project recovery.

She is the author of “Poof! You’re a Project Manager; and Other Delusions of Grandeur,” has a BA from Columbia College and an MBA from Webster University. She became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2000, and a certified HeartMath® Trainer in 2016 focusing on helping business people manage stress while on the go.

Matthew Curin, PharmD, RPh, PMP

Director of Project & Process Excellence at Astellas Pharma

Matthew Curin earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan. As the Director of Project & Process Excellence at Astellas Pharma, he is accountable for providing high-quality, consistent processes for the planning, management, and execution of the authorized portfolio of development non-drug projects. The 8 years he spent in clinical manufacturing established a solid clinical foundation to complement his project management experience.

Over the last 10 years, Matthew has provided project management support for clinical development, medical affairs, and commercial. Prior to his 6 years with Astellas Pharma and worked at Pharmacia and Eli Lilly.