Building a diverse leadership team and board

Friday 30th April 11am BST


What are the risks of hiring based on competency over experience?

In the recently released Deerfield Report an analysis of 140 venture-backed health and life science companies found that nearly half had no female board members. And, of the six who managed to achieve 50% women on their board, all but one had a female CEO.

For all the talk about the importance of diversity at the most senior levels, in reality there are still too many very real barriers to achieving it.

This webinar addresses the problem head-on, including some tangible changes that might be implemented to build a diverse leadership team and board, including:

  • What are the risks of hiring based on competency over experience? What are the potential benefits? How to navigate board and investor objections.

  • Weighing up the relative benefits of tangible solutions like rewriting policies, interview targets or quotas and unconscious bias training, by looking at them through an “idealist vs realist” lens

  • How will the demand for diverse boards and leadership teams evolve in the next five years? What is the commercial risk of not taking gender parity seriously? What is the outcome if they fail to adapt?

Priya Mande, COO, PsiOxus Therapeutics

Priya Mande

PsiOxus Therapeutics
Keren Leshem, CEO, OCON Healthcare

Keren Leshem

OCON Healthcare
Sabine Dandiguian, Managing Partner, Jeito Life

Sabine Dandiguian

Managing Partner
Jeito Life
Houman Ashrafian, Managing Partner, SV Health Investors

Houman Ashrafian

Managing Partner
SV Health Investors
Malcolm Silander, Co-Founder, Precision Biosearch

Malcolm Silander

Precision Biosearch

Female Founders

This session is part of the Female Founders network. 

Female Founders is designed to connect female-founded health and life science companies with LSX’s network of investors and experienced life science professionals, provide the resources to help women raise more capital and facilitate knowledge-sharing between founders and industry veterans.