Register for our next event: “How to Successfully Move to a New Career Path” Panel Discussion

Please join us for our exciting December event, which will be a panel discussion about how to successfully move to a new career path.  Featured in our panel are five successful women from diverse career paths.

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Our panelists are:

Lauren Celano

Lauren Celano is Co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers and has nearly a decade of experience working with emerging drug discovery & development biotechnology companies. Prior to Propel Careers, she was a senior account manager for SNBL USA where she worked with emerging biotech companies in Europe and the US to help characterize and advance their drug molecules.

Prior to SNBL USA, she held business development positions with Aptuit and Quintiles, where she focused on IND enabling studies to advance therapeutics from discovery into the clinic. At Absorption Systems, Lauren held positions as a marketing manager and account manager managing clients in the northeastern United States.

Lauren has a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College, and an MBA with a focus in the health sector and entrepreneurship from Boston University.

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Insa Cespedes Elliott

Insa Cespedes Elliott has over 20 years of experience in leading technology companies in both product development and management, and strategic marketing.  Insa is a Business Development Manager of the Wireline and Emerging Service Providers’ team at Cisco System.  She works closely with customers on defining and bringing to market new services that fully leverage Cisco’s advanced communications technology.

Prior to Cisco, Insa was a Vice President of Services Strategy and Portfolio at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC).  In this role, Insa led an Executive Management team in the definition of the first strategic plan for $250M global services business.  She also established modular services platform and defined market strategy, pricing strategy, and portfolio management processes.

After receiving her B.A. at University of Texas in Austin, Insa completed her MBA from Boston University.

Insa is a yoga master and she also teaches yoga on her free time.  You can follow her tweet at @Insa1231

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Tammy Heesakker

Tammy is a Business Strategy and Licensing Manager at Partners HealthCare.  She manages and commercializes the laser medicine and aesthetic technologies developed by the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Tammy’s widely varying experiences include leading a public-private partnership supporting and developing an entrepreneurial community and engineering equipment design and technical support for pharmaceutical manufacturing.  Her current role includes negotiating and managing complex licensing and R&D deals and keeping a keen eye on patent prosecution of over 350 patents and applications.

Before joining Partners, Tammy was Associate Director of Technology Licensing at Drexel University and she was Executive Director of the University City Keystone Innovation Zone in Philadelphia.

Tammy received her MBA in International Business and Finance at Temple University.  She holds a BS of Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In her free time, Tammy loves the outdoors and she is an accomplished triathlete.

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Melissa Hunter-Ensor

Melissa Hunter-Ensor is a patent attorney with Edwards Wildman in Boston who specializes in assisting clients ranging from start-ups to universities and medical research institutes to global pharmaceutical companies in designing IP portfolios that will help them to achieve their business objectives.

She also assists venture capital firms and other investors in assessing IP risks of target investments and conducts patent and licensing due diligence for life sciences transactions.

After receiving her B.A. in chemistry at Smith College, Melissa completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.  Melissa then joined the M.I.T. laboratory of Nobel laureate H. Robert Horvitz as a post-doctoral fellow where she was awarded a Jane Coffin Child fellowship.

When Melissa is not reviewing patent law, she is an avid cyclist and a wine connoisseur.

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Marianna Kantor

Marianna is a Web and Product Marketing guru in the high tech industry. She is currently Sr. Director Marketing and Communications at PTC.   She specializes in web site promotion, analysis and redesign, lead generation and retention.  In addition, she develops marketing and sales solutions, messaging and positioning for industry, professional and technical services segments for her company.

Marianna has extensive experience working in the technology sector.   Before joining PTC, Marianna was a Web Marketing Strategist at MathWorks, and Director of Product Marketing at Kronos.

Marianna receives an Executive MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management.  She holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania.  She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.