Get on Board: Inside the Board of Directors

If you would like to serve on a board, are already on a board, or work with a board, join us for Get on Board! The panelists are directors of both for-profit and nonprofit organization boards, and will address issues relating to service as directors, including the combinations of skills and experiences that boards are seeking, how to best position yourself for nonprofit or for-profit board candidacy, resources available to help you identify and take advantage of both paid and volunteer board opportunities, what it’s like to serve as a director on a board, and issues particular to women on boards.
 The panel discussion will be moderated by Laurie Pascal, Senior Lecturer & Program Director at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

 - Sally Wang Liang, VP of Business Development, Head of the Global Business Unit at PepLib
 - Ann Miller, Board Director at Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Puma Biotechnology, & Allena Pharmaceuticals
 - Darshana Zaveri, Managing Partner at Catalyst Health Ventures


Sally Wang Liang, JD, MPH is life sciences business executive and a multidisciplinary IP & Regulatory lawyer with over 15 years of healthcare and biopharma industry experience. She has been on the board of numerous life sciences companies and non-profit organizations. She is VP of Business Development, Head of the Global Business Unit, and a member of the executive team at PepLib, a peptide discovery and therapeutics company. She is actively involved in the biotech ecosystem: consulting as a Venture Partner for Viva Bioinnovator, serving on the Scientific Advisory Board of New Equilibrium Biosciences, as Expert-in-Residence at the Harvard iLab, and mentor with MassBIO. Previously, she was EiR at the biotech VC that focused on NewCo formulation. She has substantial operating, business development, and fundraising experience as a serial entrepreneur in digital health. As a lawyer, she practiced pharmaceutical patent litigation and IP licensing. She was also involved in national life sciences policy making at the FDA and the US Senate. She serves on the corporate boards of FuseBio and IpiNovyx and has been on a number non-profit boards including SHARE cancer support, NY Legal Aid Society NLB, and National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Boston and New York chapters. Sally received a A.B. in Biology from Harvard College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a M.P.H from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Dr. Ann Miller brings a unique breadth of commercial experience to the boardroom after decades of leadership roles in biopharma. As an accomplished executive with clinical training, she has built, launched and scaled 20 products across multiple therapeutic areas, continuously applying “lessons learned” to optimize brands and manage portfolios. She has deep expertise in making “Where to Play” and “How to Win” strategic decisions that drive multi-year growth, as well as the pragmatic decision making required to excel in operating roles. She has built and restructured commercial capabilities and has a passion for coaching leaders to grow world-class brands in the face of uncertainty. In her current board roles, Dr. Miller is recognized for her broad and deep commercial experience, providing relevant, board-level advice on commercialization, portfolio management and brand strategy. Dr. Miller holds a BA in Chemistry and Medical Degree from Duke University; she trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Maine Angel investor and member of NACD.

Darshana Zaveri is Managing Partner at Catalyst Health Ventures and member of Catalyst’s investment committee. Actively involved in all aspects of Fund Management including Investments and Capital Raising. Led Catalyst’s investments in Augmenix Inc. (Acquired by Boston Scientific, NYSE: BSX), nVision Medical (Acquired by Boston Scientific, NYSE: BSX), Maxwell Health (Acquired by Sun Life Financial, NYSE: SLF), Lantos Technologies, Aria CV, Atacor Medical, Panther Therapeutix and Instylla Inc. Actively involved with prior portfolio company Allegro Diagnostics, Inc. (acquired by Veracyte, NASDAQ: VCT). She holds an MPA in Accounting and Finance from Harvard University, an MA in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Boston University, and studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Bombay University.

Laurie Pascal is a Senior Lecturer in Health Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she brings more than 25 years of industry experience in organizational behavior, strategy and leadership into masters, doctoral and executive education programs for clinical and administrative leaders including Women on Boards: Getting on and Adding Value. She is also President of Pascal Coaching and Consulting. Her coaching practice serves mid- and senior level executives in healthcare, biotech and academia, particularly those who will or have recently assumed new roles. Her consulting work focuses on strategic planning and implementation, leadership development, and organizational improvement. Recent healthcare clients include National Health Service England, KPMG Australia/Queensland Health, Gulf Health Council, Partners HealthCare, American College of Mohs Surgery, and Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. Previously she was Vice President of Business Development & Planning and Vice President of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and formerly held senior executive positions in health insurance, financial services and academia. She has held board positions in more than 20 organizations and currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of Lasell University, Lasell Village Senior Living Community, and Goddard House Assisted Living. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, an MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a BA from the University of Michigan.


Date and Time:  
December 15, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM


Members: $0; Non-Members: $10

Given our mission is to promote women's development in STEM we would like to offer a free spot in our workshops to those in transition between jobs or who cannot afford the ticket price. Please contact [email protected] if you qualify.


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