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 this collaborative event between the Society of Professional Consultants and WEST. 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:

Christine Bellon has over 20 years of legal, intellectual property, and management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. She is currently the SVP of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary for Relay Therapeutics. Prior to Relay, she served as VP of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Blueprint Medicines. As one of Blueprint’s early employees, she played key roles in building Blueprint’s global IP portfolio, securing strategic partnerships in rare genetic diseases and cancer immunotherapy, and in Blueprint’s initial public offering.  Before going to Blueprint, she served in legal leadership roles at Hydra Biosciences and Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in her career, she practiced law in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Chris is the Chair of the Overseers and a Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science. Chris obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from Yale University; a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she did research in the laboratory of K. Barry Sharpless; and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Christina De Mur is a healthcare executive with more than 25-years of experience in global medical/healthcare device design, development and commercialization. Formerly at Draeger Medical Systems (based in Andover) she held various roles including 5.5 years as the VP of R&D responsible for the patient monitoring and systems portfolio (including telemetry, bedside monitoring and central stations). She began her career in Boston as a clinical engineer in the Operating Room first at Brigham and Women’s Hospital then at Tufts/New England Medical Center. She graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and then received a MS in Management from Lesley College. She is passionate about solving challenges in healthcare by leveraging technology, systems and solutions.

Andy Moysenko is Owner of Advyse, a consulting firm specializing in Business Transition Planning.  Through Advyse, he offers individual and group programs to enable successful late career transitions for business owners, professionals, and executives. Prior to founding Advyse, Andy’s management experience spanned a range from semiconductor products through public safety telecommunications systems. He has worked in DoD as well as commercial markets, and has succeeded in delivering improved profitability and organizational efficiencies in start-up, mid-size, and Fortune 500 companies. Andy has attended Motorola University (Six Sigma) and holds BS and MS degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering (Solid State Physics). In addition, he holds an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from MIT’s Sloan School.

Natalia Olive has over 15 years of international experience with a strong focus on people and program management, leaning on her strong technical skills. Her unique ability to balance strategic and tactical approaches brings a wide array of perspectives to any project. She completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology in 2002. Earlier, she completed a Professional Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology, and a Postgraduate degree in Health and Safety Engineering from the National Technological University of Argentina. Her work experience spans supply chain management and oil production design, and has strongly focused on occupational health and safety.

Wenlin Shao, Ph.D. is Director and Project Leader at AstraZeneca Oncology iMED. In this role, Wenlin is responsible for leading several multidisciplinary drug development projects and advancing novel cancer therapeutics from preclinical to clinical development. Prior to joining AstraZeneca in 2016, Wenlin spent 12 years in the Oncology Drug Discovery group at Novartis as Group Leader and Senior Investigator, where she has led the development of several clinical candidates and was a key contributor to the Oncology portfolio and strategy. Wenlin completed her postdoctoral training in the Department of Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She obtained her B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  

Anne Thessen worked as a research oceanographer and phycologist until 2013, when she decided to start her own data science company, The Data Detektiv. Anne has a BS in Biology and a PhD in oceanography from the University of Maryland. She worked on biodiversity informatics and data sharing at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. Anne made the shift from academia to industry in 2013 and is pioneering an alternative career as an independent scientist through her company and her affiliation with the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship. She is passionate about science, helping other academics transition into industry, and animal rescue.


Stephen R. Balzac is a consultant, author, and speaker. He is the president of 7 Steps Ahead (, an organizational development firm focused on helping businesses get unstuck and turn problems into opportunities. His two books are The 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development, published by McGraw-Hill, and Organizational Psychology for Managers, published by Springer Scientific.



Date and Time:  
March 20, 2017
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



AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, 35 Gatehouse Drive, Waltham, MA 02451


We appreciate AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals donating the use of their event space.



Members: $35; Non-Members: $55

A light dinner will be served.