2017 Leadership Forum

Driving Business Performance Through a Culture of Compliance and Quality

Please join us at our 2017 Leadership Forum in historic Philadelphia from September 18-20th.  This exclusive event brings together a world-class group of thought leaders and practicing professionals to share their experiences, inspire change, and dare to challenge the traditions of “best practices”.  

While compliance is still critical to organizations operating in highly regulated industries, the days of “check the box” compliance are over. A common thread linking many high-performing companies is a clear focus on competency and performance rather than just meeting regulatory requirements. For these top performing organizations, compliance is still a baseline, but it’s far from the finish line.

Through an inspired mix of thought-provoking talks, workshops, and discussions, UL’s Leadership Forum combines the art and science in compliance, quality, and business performance. 

The $995 registration fee include attendance to all sessions, breakfast, lunch and breaks as well as all evening activities. Register for your hotel at the special rate during registration. Hotel charges are billed separately.

Take advantage of early bird pricing until August 31st and save $170!

We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!


Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

One Dock Street,(2nd and Walnut Streets)
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (1)(215) 238-6000



Monday, September 18th

6:00 Welcome Reception

Tuesday, September 19th

8:00  Breakfast

9:00 Welcome to the Leadership Forum: Mark Ward & Scott Barnard

9:30  KEYNOTE The Death of Expertise (we are all experts now…thank you internet) - Tom Nichols

11:00  Break and Book Signing

11:30  Life Sciences Success Stories 

1:00  Lunch

2:00  Interactive Breakout Sessions

Our sessions are different… The purpose of these highly interactive breakouts is for us to join together as a community and explore new ways of doing things – to learn, share, and collaborate with one another.  So, bring your challenges, your experiences, and your willingness to rethink traditional approaches. These simultaneous tracks focus on the current challenges facing Life Sciences organizations in the areas of compliance, quality, and business performance.

  • Compliance Track 
    Beyond the Rules - “Doing the Right Thing”
  • Quality Track
    Quality as a Business Driver
  • Performance Track
    Activating the Levers - People, Process and Technology

3:30  Break

3:45  Engaging Learners from Compliance to Performance - Dr. Karl Kapp

5:00  Knowledge Alley (Networking event)

6:00  Offsite Networking Event


Wednesday September 20th

9:00  KEYNOTE - Best Practices are Not Always the Best Practices - Shane Snow

10:30  Break and Book Signing

11:00  Interactive Breakout Sessions

  • Compliance Track
  • Quality Track
  • Performance Track

12:30  Lunch

1:30  Life Sciences Success Stories

2:15  Leadership Forum Lessons Learned - Panel

3:15 Closing Remarks



Tom Nichols 

Tim Nichols Photo

Tom Nichols is a professor at the Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School, as well as a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City and a Fellow of the International History Institute at Boston University. Before coming to the War College, he taught international relations at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University. In Washington, he was personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania. 

If Tom looks familiar, it's because he's also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion. He played in the 1994 Tournament of Champions, is listed in the Jeopardy! Hall of Fame, and as one of the game's top players was invited to participate in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions, where he played his final match.


Shane Snow

In his inspiring keynote presentations, Snow shatters common wisdom about success, distilling patterns from years of studying rapidly successful companies and people in a dynamic style that’s been described as “Good to Great meets MacGyver.” Through gripping stories and thought-provoking research, he offers fresh insight related to personal development, organizational growth, innovation, change management and resilience. Takeaways include why some groups are able to achieve incredible things in implausibly short amounts of time while others fall by the wayside, how to beat roadblocks and plateaus in business and life, and how to approach creative problem solving through what psychologists call "lateral thinking."
The BBC says that Snow’s ideas - "could change your life," and Maxim Magazine adds, "Snow is not telling you how to succeed; he's daring you to do it."


Register for  UL's 2017 Leadership Forum


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