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Networking Breakfast

A networking breakfast for Symposium registrants, Symposium speakers, and local companies and alumni will be held on Wednesday, July 28 from 7:30-9:00AM. The breakfast will be held in the Ballroom of the Student Life Center.

The recommended attire is business casual.

During the networking breakfast, the Symposium keynote speaker, Dr. Eric Haseltine, will sign his new book, Long Fuse Big Bang: Achieving Long-term Success through Daily Victories. Dr. Haseltine currently owns a consulting firm based near Washington DC, and his distinguished career includes leadership positions at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency, and Disney Imagineering. Complimentary copies of his book will be available to the first 200 breakfast attendees. Dr. Haseltine's visit and book signing are generously sponsored by the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association.

Following breakfast, Dr. Brianna Blaser, Project Director for Outreach at AAAS/ScienceCareers, will give a talk titled, "Making New Contacts: Learning to Network Strategically." This talk will help you find ways to make networking work for you. Many people have negative impressions of networking, but by being strategic about meeting people, networking can become easier. She'll discuss the myths and realities surrounding networking and different strategies for networking including: informational interviewing, attending conferences, participation in professional societies, and social networking websites. She'll also discuss some of the nuts and bolts of networking including: proper etiquette, business cards, elevator pitches, and following up with contacts.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet a wide variety of life science professionals! As the list of breakfast guests is confirmed, their names will be added to this website.


  • Dr. Tristin Abair, Senior Medical Writer, Physicians’ Education Resource
  • Dr. David Adams, Clinical Research Scientist, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ms. Theresa Beach, Senior Scientific Consultant, Mountain Group Capital
  • Dr. Ryan Bender, Molecular Geneticist, Caris Life Sciences
  • Ms. Jennifer Birchmore, Life Science Specialist, VWR
  • Dr. Brianna Blaser, Project Director for Outreach, AAAS/ScienceCareers
  • Dr. Chastity Bradley, Senior Medical Writer, Healthways, Inc.
  • Dr. Ashley Brady, Associate Director for Biomedical Research Development, Vanderbilt Office of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Dr. Adam Bristol, Vice President, Aquilo Partners
  • Dr. David Chapman, Assistant Director, Medical Science and Health Outcomes Research, Ameritox, LLC
  • Dr. Leigh Compton, Analyst, HealthLeaders InterStudy
  • Dr. Aris Economides, Senior Director, Genome Engineering Technologies Group & Skeletal Diseases, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr. Eric Elmquist, Associate Scientist, BioMimetic Therapeutics
  • Dr. Ed Ergenzinger, J.D., Director of Intellectual Property, Duke Human Vaccine Institute
  • Dr. Todd Giorgio, Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering
  • Ms. Kriste Goad, Executive Director, Tennessee Biotechnology Association
  • Dr. Tiffany Farmer, Research Fellow, Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach
  • Mr. Chuck Hardy, Special Agent Forensic Scientist, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • Dr. Pat Harrington, Clinical Microbiology Reviewer, Division of Antiviral Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Dr. Eric Haseltine, President, Haseltine Partners, LLC
  • Dr. Mimi Healy, President, H2F Consulting, LLC
  • Dr. Ken Holroyd, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. David Hout, Senior Scientist, Insight Genetics
  • Dr. Afef Janen, PhD, Scientist, Encapsula NanoSciences
  • Dr. Jackie Joseph-Silverstein, Executive Vice President, Academic & Student Affairs, Tri-C Cuyahoga Community College
  • Dr. Diane Keeney, PhD, Program Specialist, Cumberland Emerging Technologies
  • Dr. Brian Laden, Tri-\Star Technology Ventures
  • Dr. Jason Lambert, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment
  • Dr. R. Garry Latimer, CEO, DiaTech Oncology
  • Dr. Yung Lie, Scientific Director, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
  • Dr. Joe Lopez, Assistant Director, Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach
  • Dr. Inés M. Macias-Pérez, Program Manager, Hematologic Malignancies & Transplant Research Program, Sarah Cannon Research Institute
  • Dr. Michael Malecki, Director, Decision Resources
  • Dr. Maureen McDonnell, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Beckman Coulter, Inc
  • Dr. Zahra MirAfzali, PhD, PhD, MBA, CEO, Encapsula NanoSciences
  • Dr. Lisan Parker, Scientific Liaison, Secretariat, Working Group on New Drugs, TB Alliance
  • Dr. Ray Price, MBA, Principal, The Prices Write
  • Mr. Chris Rand, CFA, TriStar Technology Venture
  • Dr. Amy Rock, Senior Director, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr. Alice Roemer, DDS, MBA, ConvaTec, Inc
  • Mr. Dan Ryan, Senior Consultant, Human Capital Group
  • Ms. Sheri Sellmeyer, Vice President, Market Analysis, Health-Leaders InterStudy
  • Dr. Wallace Sharif, Assistant Professor, Morehouse College
  • Dr. Jeroo Sinor, Group Market Planning Manager, Genentech
  • Dr. Layton Smith, Assistant Professor and Director of Pharmacology, Burnham Research Institute
  • Dr. Jim Stover, Tennessee Technology Development Corporation
  • Dr. Susanne Tranguch, Editor, Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, Cell Press
  • Dr. Larry Van Horn, Associate Professor of Economics and Management, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University 
  • Dr. Bryan Voss, Research Associate, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr. Becky Wagenaar-Miller, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
  • Dr. Eric Warren, Firearms Examiner, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • Dr. Andy Webster, Chair and Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Belmont University
  • Dr. Francis Willard, Senior Scientist, Lilly Research Laboratories
  • Dr. Melinda Willard, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lilly Research Laboratories
  • Dr. Letha Woods, Director, RISE Career Development Office, School of Graduate Studies & Research, Meharry Medical College