11:45 AM – 12:45 PM | South End, Red Level, Press Box
Then, Now, and What’s to Come: Understanding Our Progress and Opportunities in Ethnocultural, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Efforts
The Ethnocultural, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee presents an interactive workshop focusing on how we can increase our velocity to make change in EDEI efforts.
Amy Paro – Lead Coach, Amy Paro Coaching & Consulting
Eni Adedokun El-Wadi – Head of Change Management – Massachusetts Biological Operations, Takeda
Eric Felz – Associate Director in Validation, Takeda
Janelle Carretero – Customer Success Manager, New England Controls, Inc.
Amy Paro is a dynamic executive coach, consultant and facilitator driven to help leaders and organizations achieve their maximum potential. She has been working in the BioTech industry for over ten years providing support to all functions from early discovery research to technical operations and commercial sales teams. She understands the nuances and complexity that live in this industry and works with her clients to find ways to navigate these nuances with authenticity and focus. Amy has a wide-range of expertise including leadership coaching and development, team effectiveness, culture and employee engagement, organizational development, onboarding, diversity and inclusion and talent management. She is the go-to person when there’s a problem that needs a creative solution, serving as trusted thought partner to leaders at all levels.
Eni Adedokun El-Wadi currently serves as Head of Change Management for Takeda Pharmaceuticals Massachusetts Biological Operations. Eni has over 10 years of experience in multiple roles including Manufacturing Science, Validation Engineering, Manufacturing and most recently Change Management where she is responsible for strategic change plans to increase adoption and sustainment of all types of organizational changes. She has been involved with ISPE for over 5 years and has served as the founding co-chair of the Boston Chapter’s Ethnocultural Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, supporting the Product Show and EDEI programming events. Eni holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a MS from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Pharmaceutical Engineering. Eni enjoys dancing, soccer, traveling and spending time with her husband and family. Eni aspires to empower others, both in her current role and in the spaces where resilience and hard work are required to raise the bar. Eni currently serves on the ISPE Boston Board of Directors is co-chair of the ISPE Boston Ethnocultural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Eric Felz is an Associate Director in Validation for Takeda, formerly Shire. Prior to Shire, Eric worked for Genzyme and Abbott Labs and has 19 years of experience in the BioPharma industry primarily focusing on Commissioning and Qualification. Eric has been an ISPE member since 2001. Eric has been part of the Commissioning and Qualification Community of Practice as well as a member of the Education Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2015 as the liaison to the membership and social committees. Eric has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University as well as an MBA from Babson College. He enjoys hiking, photography, hockey, cooking and spending time with his wife and 3 children. Eric has previously served as the ISPE Boston Chapter President and Chapter Treasurer and is currently co-chair of the ISPE EDEI Committee.
Janelle Carretero, Customer Success Manager, has spent over 10 years working in manufacturing. Janelle received her Mechanical Engineering degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in 2013 at which time we she was working in Manufacturing Quality and engaged in ASME for robotics design. Janelle has spanned many different roles in a manufacturing site from requirements gathering and expectation setting, to project managing and engineering documentation development, and completing a project lifecycle with packaging, shipping & post project support needs. Her key focus across these roles has been developing manufacturing documentation, work instructions, and procedural best practices. Over the past 6 years of her career, she has focused on automation, plant floor data and digital initiatives within LifeScience Manufacturing plants – primarily assessing the unique needs of cell and gene therapy production. During that time, Janelle has volunteered for ISPE, as a meeting manager and Co-Chair of the Education Planning Committee. She has also volunteered for the FIRST program, which enables young engineers to get access to hands-on programming tools. Janelle believes in taking on challenges head on, empowering the next generation and advocating for change and consistent process improvement. Janelle currently serves on the ISPE Boston Board of Directors as Secretary.