Career Possibilities - Speed Networking Night

Do you want to define your value proposition, explore career possibilities, and be inspired by people who have used their science and technical training to advance their careers in different directions?

Join us for WEST’s Annual Career Possibilities Event. The evening will start with facilitated networking, so you can meet the other attendees and panelists. This will be followed by a panel discussion to learn more about each panelist and their key lessons learned. Then you will have the opportunity to break into small groups and talk with the different panelists. 


Panelists include:

 - Matt Casey, Associate Director of Career Management, Suffolk University

 - Stephanie Liva, Ph.D., J.D., Senior Director, Legal Affairs, VL40

 - Jennifer Reilly, Vice President, Operations, Safety Partners

 - Gregory Sieczkiewicz, Ph.D., J.D., Chief IP Counsel, MPM Capita

 - Pam Stetkiewicz, Ph.D., Vice President of Project and Alliance Management, Editas Medicine

 - Karen Stein, Founder and CEO of Marketing Matters

 - Valerie Sullivan, Former President, inVentiv Patient Access Solutions

 - Amanda Yarnell, Editorial Director, Chemistry and Engineering News  


Matt Casey

Matt is a career development specialist and strategic manager with more than 7 years of experience as a career advisor, coach, mentor, and instructor. He is currently the Associate Director of Career Management for the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University and the founder of Matt Casey Career Coaching. Matt also possess a 10+ year background in strategic marketing, business planning, and entrepreneurship, and has worked in multiple industries including biotechnology, healthcare, consulting, higher education, and financial services. He earned his MBA from Suffolk University, a BS in Business Administration from Boston University, and his Certified Career Coach credentials from the World Coach Institute.

Jennifer Reilly

As Vice President of Operations, Jennifer is a senior leader and critical resource for all Safety Partners’ client-facing staff; she manages and supports the Consulting Safety Officers to ensure superior client service and satisfaction. Leveraging 18 years of experience in health and safety and lab operations, Jennifer also develops, manages, and implements client programs specializing in radiation, chemical, and biological safety. Prior to joining Safety Partners in 2007, Jennifer spent five years at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, where she served as Senior Laboratory & Safety Manager for the laboratory facility. She developed and maintained its environmental health and safety program as well as managed the animal care facility. Prior to Alnylam, Jennifer held research positions at Biogen, Inc., Curis, Inc. (formerly Ontogeny, Inc.), and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Jennifer received a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Biology from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Saint Anselm College.

Greg Sieczkiewicz

Greg joined MPM in 2015 and is currently Chief IP Counsel at several MPM portfolio companies including Potenza Therapeutics. Prior to joining MPM, Greg was the architect of IP strategy of over a dozen venture-backed life sciences companies across the spectrum—from nucleic acid therapeutics, oral biologics, the microbiome, oncology, and protein engineering. Starting in 2009, Greg was Vice President, IP at Flagship Ventures. Earlier in his career, Greg practiced patent counseling and enforcement at national law firms Mintz Levin, Proskauer Rose and Foley Hoag. Greg completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with an A.B. in Biology, received his Ph.D. in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology from Tufts University School of Medicine and graduated magna cum laude from the evening program of Suffolk University Law School. Greg is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Greg is the current President of the Boston Patent Law Association.

Karen Stein  

Karen has over 20 years’ experience in Commercial Leadership roles for companies that include Millipore, Thermo Electron, Thermo Fisher, Brooks Automation, and most recently, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ALPCO Diagnostics. She received her degree in Chemistry from the University of Vermont and began her career as an applications chemist with Morton Thiokol. She moved into a technical Product Manager role with Millipore, and has never looked back. Karen has direct experience in both sales and marketing positions, as well as General Management, and her responsibility has spanned domestic and international markets. Karen’s expertise lies in developing and implementing commercial growth strategies, as well as global sales, marketing, and product management processes. She is the founder and CEO of Marketing Matters, an independent consulting firm providing commercial consulting and training services, specializing in Voice of the Customer, New Product Launch/Commercialization, and Strategy Development.

Pam Stetkiewicz

Pam joined Editas Medicine in 2016 as the Vice President of Project and Alliance Management. She is responsible for building the infrastructure and strategy to transition cutting edge genome editing science discovery programs to clinical programs for patients with high unmet medical need.  Prior to joining Editas, Pam was at Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research (NIBR) for 13 years.  She held positions with increasing roles of responsibility from project manager to Head of US Research Project and Portfolio Management, Scientific Group Leader of the New Indication Discovery Unit and Head of Alliance Management for NIBR. Pam started her career in Project management at Genetics Institute (now Pfizer) when she moved from a post-doctoral position into management.  She has also worked for a law firm involved in a Superfund Toxic Tort litigation and as a technician for Arthur D. Little.  Pam received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Respiratory Physiology and her undergrad from the University of Rhode Island in Pre-Veterinary medicine.  

Valerie Sullivan

Valerie Sullivan is Former President, inVentiv Patient Access Solutions. She has over twenty years experience in healthcare in pharmaceuticals, specialty pharmacy, and patient access services. Her experiences range from marketing leadership at a top pharmaceutical company to managing large specialty multi-location pharmacies. Ms. Sullivan leverages her diverse background which includes managed markets, specialty pharmacy, reimbursement, patient access programs, clinical program development, as well as consulting, marketing and biz dev s to develop strong, trusting relationships with clients. Ms. Sullivan earned her MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a BA from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Recently, she received a Certificate of Achievement from Babson College, Finance for the Non Finance Executive, November, 2014. Learn more here.

Amanda Yarnell

A chemist by training and a journalist by passion, Amanda works for Chemical & Engineering News, a daily website and weekly newsmagazine that delivers the latest in chemistry news. She was an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins before doing her graduate work in chemistry at MIT, where she studied the mechanism of action of the cancer drug cisplatin. It’s also where she discovered the world of science journalism, which inspired her to merge her fascination with the power and beauty of chemistry with her long-time love of telling stories. Soon thereafter she joined the staff of C&EN, where she has held various writing, editing, and leadership roles over the past 15 years. Today she runs C&EN’s day-to-day editorial operations (and a staff of more than 30 writers and editors) from her home office in Somerville.    


Date and Time:  
December 7, 2016
6:00 - 8:30 PM


5:50-6:10pm: Registration, mingling, and light dinner
6:10-6:30pm: Facilitated networking
6:30-7:30pm: Career possibilities panel discussion
7:30-8:15pm: Small group speed networking
8:15-8:30pm: Optional networking



Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, 300 Third Street,  Bella A & B, Cambridge, MA 02142


We appreciate Alnylam donating the use of their event space. 



Members: $35; Non-Members: $55

A light dinner will be served.