Session 204
Principles to Action Plan: Career Planning Workshop for the Alliance Manager

Alliance professionals are seasoned career employees; however, arriving into an alliance management role is not a given as a last step in career advancement. For many, advancement in the profession is the next step to a promotion. For others, alliance management roles are a place to hone skills in finance, development, commercial, or executive leadership before stepping forward again.

Alliance professionals have a unique business view and lead decisions and actions across many aspects of drug development with the natural ability to understand situations and create positive outcomes. These skills are highly transferrable in drug development and corporate leadership. As valued alliance professionals, alliance managers might not be actively encouraged to look at alternate opportunities. Alliance professionals may also highly value alliance management role opportunities, but not thought about their own career development. Perhaps the pathway to the next role or alliance management advancement is not clear.

This session will help you:

At the end of the presentation, you will have the tools to begin driving your own career action plan for an alliance manager promotion, a functional leadership position, a path towards the C-suite, or something equally exciting for you!

At the conclusion of the companion roundtable conducted in conjunction with the ASAP BioPharma Conference, you'll have created a personalized career action plan for yourself to move the goals you identify and set forward.


Katherine Kendrick, CSAP
Head of Alliance Management
Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Katherine Kendrick is Head of Alliance Management at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, a global biopharmaceutical company that develops life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases, who often have limited or no options. Katherine leads the Jazz Alliance Management team and department, delivering alliance portfolio management and value for global partnerships in development and commercial life cycle phases. Prior to joining Jazz in 2019, Katherine was with Eli Lilly & Company and Elanco Animal Health, where she established and led the Alliance Management organization. For more than 20 years, Katherine has focused on global clinical development and strategic alliance partnering in the human and animal health pharmaceutical sector. She is passionate about building and optimizing alliance teams and advising alliance leaders, enabling challenging decision-making with a patient focused, alliance value driven approach. Katherine holds a BS in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and has been an active member of ASAP since 2011. It's not all about work for Katherine–in her personal time, she is a veterinary nursing student at Purdue University and volunteers with the veterinary team for Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand, rescuing and rehabilitating endangered Asian Elephants.

Susan Page
Global Head of Employee Experience
Global Blood Therapeutics

Susan Page leads organizations to build better cultures and designs strategies that build high-performance organizations. Susan stresses increasing individual capabilities while simultaneously keeping a constant focus on the development of critical overall organizational culture. Her tools and strategies are designed to increase productivity, balance strategic thinking, and seamlessly enable employee engagement translating to exceptional customer experiences. With over two decades in the Life Sciences field, Susan has built numerous strategies and programs to address needs in Sales Training, Corporate Learning, Leadership Development, Performance Management, and other aspects of Talent Management; all aligning to the achievement of business priorities and employee engagement imperatives. She has a unique ability to coach and develop others through authentic connections and transparent conversations around leaders' strengths and growth opportunities. Susan's roles have included Sales, Sales Management, Corporate Learning, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Strategic Alliance Management. Her work has received multiple industry awards including a 2019 Brandon Hall award for the best learning program supporting a change transformation.