Watermark Women in Health & Life Sciences Summit
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Watermark Women in Health & Life Sciences Summit

When: Friday, March 8, 2019
9:00 am - 5:30 pm PST
Where: Nevro
1800 Bridge Pkwy
Redwood City, California  94065
United States
Contact: Erin Tselenchuk

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PRICING: Prestige Members: Complimentary | Basic Members: $95 | Non-Members: $155

Join Watermark at Nevro for our inaugural summit, focused on the role that women play in the Health and Life Sciences industry, from leading innovation to building teams. Open to women and men, this one-day conference will help build communities, mentor women through their careers and development goals, all while inspiring and provoking the change that is happening in this space.

There is a shift the Health and Life Sciences industry, with today’s leaders found at all stages of their careers. Leading this change are women, who are transforming the Health and Life Sciences industry through their revolutionary ideas, powerful innovations, and determination to develop inclusive and diverse environments of leadership. Women Leaders in Health & Life Sciences Summit, brought to you by Watermark and Nevro, is the first of its kind focused on learning and networking opportunities for the advancement of women leaders. Join women and men of all levels from senior executives to emerging leaders, to share experiences with insightful and powerful keynotes, dynamically engaging panels, and interactive workshops focused on developing practical leadership skills, which will impact any individual’s executive presence and company’s advancement in the health and life science industry.

If you are interested in sponsoring this Summit, please contact Kim Steppe, kim@wearewatermark.org.

Onsite Professional Head Shots! Be sure to stop by during registration, lunch or breaks at our onsite portrait studio with Suz McFadden Photo. Update your professional head shot with a complimentary session. Images are shared after the conference and available for purchase online.


9:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Networking, Headshots

10:00 a.m. Welcome

Divya Ghatak - Vice President, People, Nevro

10:10 a.m. Keynote: Education, Advocacy & Inclusive Leadership

Rami Elghandour - President and CEO, Nevro

In this industry relevant keynote, Rami Elghandour, President and CEO of Nevro will talk about why Diversity makes us smarter, the impact of unconscious bias, and Nevro’s commitment to gender equity through Education, Advocacy and Inclusive Leadership. Drawing on experience, research and testing models, he will share with you what you can do today to implement immediate change though inspiration and influence.

11:00 a.m. Panel: Women in Life Sciences Spectrum - Innovating, Funding and Leading

Moderator: Divya Ghatak - Vice President, People, Nevro
 - Katherine Neuenfeldt - Vice President of Market Access, Nevro
 - Julie Pilitsis, MD, Ph.D. - Chair Dept. of Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics Professor of Neurosurgery, Albany Medical Center
 - Jordan L. Tate, M.D., MPH - Alliance Spine and Pain Centers
 - Trish Costello - CEO and Founder, Portfolia

There are a number of challenges and obstacles that women face in the Life Science field, including the shift and requirement to have an entrepreneurial mindset. This leading panel of women MDs, Ph.Ds, and experts will have a candid discussion of the evolution of technology and new resources, how to fund and bring those solutions to market, as well as scale a team through expertly honed leadership skills. By sharing their personal experiences, you will learn best practices and important lessons from leaders in the field.

12:00 p.m. Lunch 

12:15 p.m. Fireside Lunch Panel - Procedure: Women Remaking Medicine (Vol. 1)*

Moderator: Emily F. Peters, author and Founder of Uncommon Bold
 - Dr. Asha S. Collins - Head of US, Country Clinical Operations, Genentech:

 - Dr. Hemalee Patel - Board Certified Doctor of Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine Expert, Stanford University

1:15 p.m. Breakout Workshops (choose two 60 min sessions, repeats at 2:30 p.m. after 15 min break)

Session 1 - Negotiating: from the Board Table, to the Company Table, to the Family Table with Ching Valdezco

Session Overview: How comfortable are you with negotiating? Whether it’s about a promotion, a raise, or getting the resources you need for that high-stakes project, many women feel hesitant or anxious when getting ready to make a big request. In this workshop, you’ll learn a process and skills from the expert in this space, to help you with confidence, creative solutions, measurable results, and stronger long-term relationships.

Session 2 - Overcoming the "ow" in Power with Kate Byrne

Session Overview: What differentiates us is how we comfortably harness, use and maintain this power regardless of the environment we find ourselves in. During our time together, we will look at the different types of power, which are the most impactful depending upon the generations, power dynamics and how to counteract them and finally using power in negotiation. Please come prepared with real life examples of when you felt out of your power to share with others. A very collaborative workshop that is interactive.

Session 3 - Purposeful Prediction with Performance with The Chemistry Group

Session Overview: Talent is abundant. Achievement is scarce. Due to poor decisions, based on uninformed, inconsistent and biased information, talent is not accurately identified or connected to the right opportunity. This interactive session is designed to identify What Great Looks Like for you, your team, and your business, and then connect everything so you can work brilliantly together. By combining business, technology, HR and psychology expertise, learn the art and science of talent identification, growth and management.

3:30 p.m. Networking Break

3:45 p.m. Afternoon Fireside Keynote

Melanie Matheu - CEO and Founder, Prellis Biologics, moderated by Kris Reyes, Journalist, Storyteller and former Global News Anchor 

4:30 p.m. Networking Reception

5:30 p.m. Close

*Copies of Procedure are available for purchase and signing after lunch and during breaks


Rami Elghandour joined Nevro in 2012, has served as Nevro’s Chief Business Officer, and currently serves as President and CEO of the company. Prior to joining Nevro, Mr. Elghandour was an investor with Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC), where he led several investments including Nevro Series B Financing. During his tenure, Mr. Elghandour served on the Board of Directors of several private companies, including Nevro’s, and led strategic initiatives in the development and management of JJDC’s portfolio. Prior to joining JJDC, Mr. Elghandour worked for Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (acquired by St. Jude Medical, Inc.), where he led firmware design and development on several implantable spinal cord stimulators. Mr. Elghandour received a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University School of Engineering. 


Divya Ghatak joined Nevro in 2017 and serves as Vice President, People. Prior to joining Nevro, Ms. Ghatak served as Chief People Officer at GoodData, a data products and business intelligence company, where she oversaw all aspects of HR including talent acquisition, team engagement, leadership development, total rewards and key initiatives such as wellness and diversity. Prior to GoodData, Ms. Ghatak held leadership roles at Cisco Systems from 2007 to 2013 and at Tavant Technologies from 2004 to 2007. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Ghatak founded and ran her own executive search firm. Ms. Ghatak also serves on the board of Watermark, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the number of women in leadership. Ms. Ghatak received a BA in Economics from Delhi University and an MA in Human Resources from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.


Kate Byrne married her interest in technology and its ability to advance publishing, and drives Intentional Media as President, a growing global media company dedicated to social impact. She is developing and mentoring a team of CEOs, building new products and amplifying the voices of many who are doing amazing work. With background in generating revenue and promoting social good, Kate has put her expertise to work in both public and private blue chip brands, playing executive leadership roles at Watermark, the Tides Foundation, George Lucas Education Foundation, Future LLC, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, SF Gate and Inc. She's passionate about education and women and girls empowerment, having led efforts at Global Girl Media and World Pulse and founding Girls Gone Global, a budding social enterprise charged with igniting girls' voices, social impact, media and financial literacy skills. Kate was named to the Folio: 40, a media industry top honor, a regular speaker on issues of gender parity and recognized as one of the 40 most influential top industry performers. She graduated from Stanford with a BA in Psychology.


Dr. Asha S. Collins is the US Country Head for Country Clinical Operations at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. In this role she is responsible for leading the team that executes late stage clinical trials, as well as some early stage trials, across all US sites. Previously she led the US Clinical Trial Sourcing business at McKesson Corporation, one of the largest healthcare organizations in North America. In this position, she successfully restructured the multi-hundred million dollar business that sources commercial products for research purposes. Within the first year, she established a new organizational operating model, implemented a new technology platform and standardized processes across a matrix organization that spans the US. Prior to McKesson, Asha focused on creating new operating models for leading biopharmaceutical companies as a management consultant. At Quintiles Consulting, she focused on operational transformation and optimization in Clinical Development organizations. This included the generation of industry-leading clinical research outsourcing strategies, optimization of clinical development operations and the design and implementation of change management strategies. In this role, she helped define the transformation strategy for three different strategic partnerships with biopharmaceutical companies, partnerships valued at hundreds of millions USD. At Deloitte, Asha led the global process redesign of a clinical development process for the largest pharmaceutical company in the world. In addition to her passion for transforming biopharmaceutical companies, Asha is equally passionate about using her skills and experience to build communities. She is a mentor for Backstage Capital, helps lead community activities with Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, an angel investor and has ongoing work focused on improving healthcare access in East Africa. Asha Collins earned a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh.


Trish Costello founded Portfolia in 2014 with a vision for a new model of entrepreneurial investing designed for women. Her goal is over 100,000 women (and their colleagues and friends) investing in Portfolia Funds in five years. Trish is globally recognized for her pioneering work in preparing the next generation of general partners in venture capital. As the co-founder, long-time CEO and now CEO Emeritus of the Kauffman Fellows Program, the premier global leadership program for venture capitalists, she mentored hundreds of the world's top VCs, and was referred to as the venture capitalist's 'godmother.' She also served as Founding President of CVE Capital Corp, the holding company of a $1B+ venture capital fund of funds. Trish was on the start-up team of the Kauffman Foundation’s entrepreneurship center, led the Commercialization Sub-Committee of the National Science Foundation, and directed the Arthur Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at the globally-ranked Babson College.


Dr. Melanie Matheu founded Prellis Biologics in October 2016 with a design for an optical based printing system on paper and a vision to create fully vascularized human tissues and organs for transplantation. During her academic career, Dr. Matheu authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter detailing methods and approaches for high-resolution imaging in tissues. Melanie was inspired to find a way to reverse-engineer laser-based imaging systems into a printer when she realized that the final roadblock in building human organs for transplant was a simple and well-defined engineering problem: How can microvasculature be printed fast enough to build human tissues? Prellis Biologics' technology solves this problem by partially decoupling printing speed from resolution with a novel patent-pending laser based projection system.



Katherine Neuenfeldt joined Nevro in 2013, and serves as Vice President of Market Access. She joined Nevro as a Senior Director, Marketing and held roles of increasing responsibility in marketing, market access and reimbursement. Prior to joining Nevro, Ms. Neuenfeldt served as the Director of Professional Education and the Director of Marketing at Medtronic Vascular, where she led the U.S. launch of Endurant AAA Stent Graft System and managed several other product launches across the portfolio. Prior to joining Medtronic, she worked in commercial marketing at Centocor, a Johnson & Johnson company; HealthTech, a think-tank forecasting the impact of future technology on healthcare delivery; and Triage, a healthcare consulting firm focused on hospital reimbursement and process improvement. Ms. Neuenfeldt received a MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, a MS in Epidemiology from the Stanford School of Medicine, and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University.


Dr. Hemalee Patel is a Board Certified Doctor of Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine Expert at Stanford University. Dr. Patel believes that we each have the power to control our own health using simple lifestyle modifications that can lead to optimal wellness. Her goal is to help patients realize their ability to make positive, healthy changes, and help guide them through this transformation to achieve successful results. Dr. Patel is board certified in Internal Medicine currently practicing at California Pacific Medical Center. She is also on staff at Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, where she was previously a Clinical Instructor, and is a part-time wellness physician at Crossover Health-Facebook Headquarters. Known as a leader in the lifestyle medicine movement, Dr. Patel is a frequent speaker on topics related to empowering and educating individuals using the latest advances in health and wellness so they can prevent and control the development of chronic diseases and achieve balanced lifestyles. She also speaks about how lifestyle approaches can optimize energy levels and productivity. Dr. Patel is a member of the AMA, has served on the board of the National Consortium of Integrative Medicine and her areas of expertise and research include the effects burnout and stress have in leading to chronic diseases. She is currently based in San Francisco, California and has a BA in Economics and English from UC Berkeley with an emphasis in Preventive Medicine and Nutrition.


Emily F. Peters has spent the last decade working with founders, physicians, patients and policy leaders to bring bold new ideas to healthcare. As founder of Uncommon Bold, her expertise on healthcare transformation is sought out by brands around the world. A survivor of a near-fatal postpartum hemorrhage, Peters is personally passionate about maternal health and an advocate for blood donation. About Procedure: Women Remaking Medicine (Vol. 1): A must-read for anyone passionate about a better healthcare system, author Emily F. Peters' new book is an energizer for women in medicine. Through true stories of women starting companies, building empires of kindness, fighting good fights, going to space, saving themselves, and working to make healthcare healthier — Procedure: Women Remaking Medicine beautifully profiles diverse voices from across medicine and inspires action.


Julie G. Pilitsis MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience at Albany Medical College and Chair for the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. She completed her neurosurgery residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. During that time, she also obtained a PhD in neurophysiology and became active in both basic science and translational research. She went on to complete a fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. To date, she has served as Chair of the Joint Section on Pain of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) as well as AANS/CNS Chair of Joint Section for Women in Neurosurgery. She is currently an Executive Council Member of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Scientific Program for the AANS, and on the NANS Board of Directors. With the support of the NANS Board of Directors, she began the NANS Women in Neuromodulation Section where she was the first chair and currently serves as senior advisor. Dr. Pilitsis maintains an NIH sponsored research program focused on device optimization for neuromodulation and has published over 120 journal articles, 4 books, and numerous chapters. She serves as section editor of functional neurosurgery in Operative Neurosurgery and is on the editorial board of Neuromodulation.


Kris Reyes is a journalist with more than a decade experience working in various newsrooms across Canada. She is a multiplatform storyteller, always seeking new ways to use the power of a narrative or conversation to bring empathy and insight. Kris has produced thousands of daily news and feature stories, playing key roles from concept to air. Previously a digital journalist with AJ+, she was also the lead anchor and host for Global News Toronto's The Morning Show, a live three-hour news, talk and lifestyle program. Among her favorite interviews: Primatologist Jane Goodall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Strategist David Axelrod, Scientist Richard Dawkins.



Jordan Tate, MD, MPH is a Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and in Pain Medicine who has been in practice for over a decade. She received her Medical Degree from Emory University School of Medicine and has a Masters of Public Health – Behavioral Science and Health Education, Emory University, both in Atlanta, GA. Jordan did a Residency Transitional Year Internship at Emory University Department of Internal Medicine in 2010 and a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Chief Resident at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2013. She has also held a fellowship in Pain Medicine Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, the Department of Pain Medicine in Jacksonville, FL. She is a Board Certified American Board of Physical Medicine Professional Society, and affiliated with the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, and Georgia Concussion Coalition

The Chemistry Group believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to be brilliant at work. Being in the right role in the right place is key to people reaching their potential. Having the right people in the right roles is key to an organization reaching its full potential, too. They’re experts in making that happen. Chemistry spends their days doing some seriously cool stuff around the prediction of people performance, providing organizations with scientifically robust people assessments, highly customized by their in-house science team, that mean volumes of talent can be screened objectively and efficiently. Their assessments have a positive impact on hiring process efficiency, hiring experience and quality of hire, which drives real commercial outcomes for businesses. Chemistry is changing the way many global organizations think about people selection, enabling them to find and hire the right people for them at scale. Most importantly, they’re giving everyone the opportunity to be brilliant.

Ching Valdezco is an engaging speaker, dynamic trainer, and influential executive coach. She brings over 15 years of expertise in global leadership, negotiation, influencing, and presentation skills to her clients. Her background in tech helps her successfully train professionals at Intuit, Symantec, Microsoft, and other top technology companies. Ching also works with global law firms, financial services firms, consulting firms, and professionals across a wide range of industries. She coaches executives to help them increase their influence and impact. Prior to joining Exec-Comm, Ching led global technology teams at both Hewlett-Packard and Procter & Gamble. At HP, she served as Director, Strategy and Planning. She uses her experience in tech to teach engineering, product, and sales teams how to bring data to life and communicate confidently. After beginning her career in the Philippines, Ching worked in Singapore for six years, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2016, she was honored to be named one of Silicon Valley’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

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