Event Details

March 23, 2021

Resilience: Leading in a Reset World Workshop
11:00am-12:30pm (ET)


Featured Speakers:

  • Ann M. Powell, Global Chief Human Resource Officer
  • Charlene Wheeless, Senior Advisor, Gagen MacDonald

Maril MacDonald, CEO and Founder of Gagen MacDonald will co-lead the workshop along with Patricia Bayerlein, Transformation Leader and Strategist.

Session Description

As our companies operate against the backdrop of an unfolding global pandemic and a massive societal change, a new reality is emerging. Disruption that seemed like a sprint is proving to be a marathon. The “new normal” is never returning.

This has significant implications for leaders and the organizations they lead. With no “end in sight”, we are at immense risk of burnout as we struggle to balance work and life demands. Amid disruption, we must tend to our wellbeing and those we are charged to lead. This starts with resilience.

In this workshop, Gagen MacDonald will offer practical approaches to keep you and your organization resilient. Specifically, we will:

  • Explore the science behind resilience and how to stay grounded as leaders in the face of transformational change.
  • Convey the growing importance of rich and effective human-to-human connection in the midst of disruption
  • Share advice, tips and tools to keep your organizations resilient as you return to the workplace and lead others in the world of remote work
  • Provide approaches to help maintain your own peak resilience in the face of personal stresses and challenges

Speaker Bios

Featured Speakers:

Ann M. Powell, Global Chief Human Resource Officer

Ann Powell is the EVP, Global Chief Human Resource Officer for Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

With a focus on business performance, Ann leads efforts to drive the corporation’s global people strategy, empowering the company’s current and future workforce and building a healthy culture focused on serving patients and communities. Ann works across the enterprise to support BMS’s commitment to creating an energizing work experience and a culture that is powerfully diverse and globally inclusive. Most recently, Ann was appointed executive sponsor for COVID recovery at BMS, overseeing the global efforts to ensure the health and safety of employees while continuing to deliver for patients.

Ann’s industry experience and expertise lie in executive compensation, global leadership development, change management, global diversity and inclusion, training design and delivery, recruitment and placement, labor relations, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and green field start-ups.

With a career spanning both international and domestic assignments, Ann has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility within the gas, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, including Dow Chemical and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining BMS in 2013, Ann was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Shire Pharmaceuticals.

Ann holds a BS degree from Iowa State University, a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®).

Ann is an avid reader and traveler and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Charlene Wheeless, Senior Advisor, Gagen MacDonald

Charlene Wheeless, two time cancer survivor, author of "You are Enough! Reclaiming your Career and Your Life with Purpose, Passion and Unapologetic Authenticity", former CCO of Bechtel Corp (a premier engineering and construction firm) and the senior advisor for equity and justice at APCO Worldwide, will open the session. Charlene’s book will debut in April 2021 and it details her experience as a Black, female executive and her courageous fight with cancer. The book features practical strategies for overcoming adversity from her lecture “Lessons from Being Invisible.”

Workshop Leaders

Patricia Bayerlein, Executive Director, Gagen MacDonald

Learn more about Patricia at the Gagen MacDonald website.

Maril MacDonald, CEO and Founder, Gagen MacDonald

Learn more about Maril at the Gagen MacDonald website.