8:00 AM08:00

BioCrossroads Event--Meeting talent needs in the life sciences: How Indiana is preparing highly skilled talent to align with employer demand

  • Butler University Fairview House Community Room (map)
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Though Indiana produces more life sciences degrees than average across the United States, the number of graduates is not increasing as fast as the U.S. as a whole. Given that the state’s life sciences jobs have grown more than 20% since 2001, how will our current pool of talent be able to support this growth?

When talent supply doesn’t meet demand for specific jobs, employers are often left without the personnel and expertise they need, costing valuable resources and hindering expansion. This is where Ascend Indiana, an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), has stepped in. Ascend’s vision is for every employer in the state to have access to the skilled workforce necessary to thrive and for every resident to have the opportunity to pursue a meaningful career. Since launching in 2016, Ascend has helped to prepare and connect highly skilled talent to employers throughout Indiana. One of its solutions, Ascend Services, bridges the talent supply gap by building talent pipelines that find, train, and onboard qualified talent direct to employers.

In this Frameworx session, you’ll hear about several successful talent pipelines established to fill high-demand jobs for central Indiana life sciences companies. You will learn how industry, academia and organizations like Ascend are working together in creative ways to ensure Indiana continues to thrive in a growing economy.

Ascend Indiana President and CEO, Jason Kloth, and Vice President and Co-Founder, Stephanie Bothun, will introduce these programs, followed by a moderated discussion with industry and higher education leaders who have built their own custom talent pipelines:

  • Jack Phillips, President and CEO, Roche Diagnostics

  • Bryan Mills, President and CEO, Community Health Network

  • Rob Manuel, President, University of Indianapolis

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6:15 PM18:15

The Opioid Epidemic: Prescribing, Dispensing & Consulting

Please join the AMWA Indiana Chapter for an evening of networking and education. This program will feature a presentation by Leslie Hodge, PharmD, RPh, founder and operator of Scripts & Beyond, LLC. Please RSVP no later than September 18, 2018, to Barbara Lightfoot (programs@hoosieramwa.org). Everyone interested is welcome to attend.  Dinner is optional and at each person's expense. We look forward to seeing you. 

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6:00 PM18:00

Copyright Permissions

Please join the AMWA Indiana Chapter for an evening of networking and education as we discuss copyright permissions. Dinner is optional and available at each person's expense. Please RSVP by June 26, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you. Feel free to forward this invitation to others who might be interested in attending. Everyone, regardless of AMWA membership, is welcome.

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6:00 PM18:00

Gobbledygook and Other Patient Package Insert Information

Please join the AMWA Indiana Chapter for an evening of networking and education. This program will feature a presentation by Tenille L. Lawson, BCPS. Please RSVP no later than May 22, 2018, to Barbara Lightfoot (programs@hoosieramwa.org). Everyone interested is welcome to attend.  Dinner is optional and at each person's expense. We look forward to seeing you. 

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1:00 PM13:00

Medical Communication Career Pathways

Please join us for this free webinar!

This webinar will include brief presentations from 4 of our experienced chapter members (see brief bios below) as they describe their educational and professional pathway to their current position and recommendations for new medical communicators. After the presentations, there will be a question/answer period. The webinar will also be recorded for those who can not join.

Joseph Giaconia, MS, is a manager in Biometrics Optimization at Syneos Health. He specializes in publication/commercialization documents for publication in biomedical journals and training development for other medical writers.

Laura Town is owner and founder of Williams Town Communications and former President of the Indiana chapter of AMWA. Laura specializes in creating educational materials for health care professionals.

Lynn Wachtman, DVM, MPH, is a Veterinary Medical Officer/Epidemiologist with the US Department of Agriculture. In this position, she analyzes data pertaining to the incidence of program diseases and writes situation reports, official memoranda, and other regulatory documents. She previously worked as a veterinarian in academia and wrote research papers, grant applications, and animal care and use protocols.

Dana Blue, MSc, is a Product Development Champion with Facet Life Sciences. Dana specializes in providing submissions to the FDA and other international regulatory authorities.



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6:00 PM18:00

2017 AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference Chapter Dinner

AMWA Indiana chapter members attending the 2017 AMWA national conference are invited to meet for dinner on Thursday evening, 2 November 2017.

What: Enjoy the company of your fellow chapter members during dinner.
Where: Meet in the lobby of the conference hotel at 6:00 pm
                       Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort
                       1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.     Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830
             The group will then go to dinner at the Raglan Road™ Irish Pub and Restaurant.
How: Dinner is at each person's expense.

Questions?  Ask Barbara Lightfoot (programs@hoosieramwa.org).

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12:00 PM12:00

Modernize Your Resume

Don't miss this free, online webinar to learn from an expert!

Jane Falter, ACRW - Academy Certified Resume Writer | SPHR, SHRM-SCP - Senior Professional Human Resources | CPC - Certified Professional Coach, is author of "Born to Ride...Creating a Career Plan for Your Job of a Lifetime."

During this webinar, Jane will present for approximately 75 minutes and then answer your questions for approximately 15 minutes.  For those who can't attend, an online recording will be made for later download.

For any questions, please contact Esther Asplund at Member-Resources@hoosieramwa.org


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to Oct 8

AMWA 2016 Medical Writing & Communication Conference

  • Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (map)
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Registration for the AMWA 2016 Medical Writing & Communication Conference in Denver, Colorado, is open!

A chapter dinner at the conference will be on Friday evening, 7 October 2016. 

More information about the conference (5-8 October 2016), including online registration and schedule, is available on the AMWA website: http://www.amwa.org/conference

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to Apr 11

AMWA Indiana Chapter Conference 2015

April 10-11, 2015

The Columbia Club – 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204


Join us for the 2015 American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Indiana Chapter Conference!

Once again, this year’s conference will be held at the historic Columbia Club on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a range of educational and networking events, including:

  •  Two for-credit workshops from the AMWA education curriculum
  • Multiple noncredit open education sessions presented by expert writers, editors, and researchers
  • Dinner roundtable discussions
  • Keynote address by best-selling author and leadership expert Dr. Annie McKee

Whether you’re working toward your AMWA certificate or simply want to expand your knowledge base, the 2015 conference has something for you. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register here.

View or download a PDF of the conference brochure here.

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6:00 PM18:00

Choice of Control Group in Clinical Trials

Barbara Lightfoot, the immediate past president of the Indiana AMWA chapter and an associate consultant in scientific communications at Eli Lilly and Company, will present on the choice of control groups in clinical trials on Thursday, January 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

This free educational event is sponsored by the Indiana AMWA chapter and will be held at the Milano Inn at 231 S College Ave in Indianapolis. All medical communicators are welcome to attend, even if you're not a member of the chapter.

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