HBA San Francisco Bay Area presents

HB8: "MBA and PhD - Three Letters that Mean What?" with Erik Smith

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Your host for this event will be Erik D. Smith, PhD, principal with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy Practice. For over 15 years, Erik has worked across healthcare, including manufacturers, payers, providers and others in the space – both in the US and around the world. The majority of Erik’s work has focused on the commercial side of bio-pharma, covering corporate, BU, franchise, product and country levels, across numerous therapeutic areas, asset and product stages, plus other topics. Erik is Deloitte’s current Bay Area champion for strategy and operations, and former lead for strategy in the Bay Area. He holds a PhD in demography from UC Berkeley.

In addition to getting to know each other in an informal, social environment and learning more about the HBA, we’ll share experiences and observations about educational credentials in today’s and tomorrow’s healthcare and life sciences workplaces. Some questions to get our discussion going will include, What similarities and differences are there between skills and career opportunities for those with MBAs vs. those with PhDs? Which type of training is most beneficial for a career in healthcare and life sciences? Are there tradeoffs? Is it worth having both? How does this differ between generations? How does this differ across gender?

We take care of the reservation and logistics and you bring your curiosity and enthusiasm. Registration fee covers administrative and chapter costs. Participants are responsible for their food and beverage costs. Out of respect for your fellow diners, please do your best to arrive on time.

6:00 - 6:30 PM    Networking and drinks
6:30 - 8:30 PM    Dinner

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Event is open to: HBA members and nonmembers
Online registration deadline: January 25, 2018
Onsite (walk-in) registration: Is NOT allowed

Is this event refundable? Yes
If yes, requests must be submitted in writing to events@hbanet.org by January 24, 2018; no refunds are available after this date.


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Erik Smith

Principal, Strategy & Analytics

Deloitte LLP


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