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Organization Design: A Practitioner’s Perspective
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/10/2018
When: Wednesday, October 10
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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The Conference Center at Bentley University
175 Forest Street
LaCava Campus Center #300
Waltham, Massachusetts  02452
United States
Contact: Karen Murphy

Online registration is available until: 10/10/2018
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Schedule Snapshot:

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM Program 
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
11:00 AM Program Concludes

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Organization Design: A Practitioner’s Perspective

HR leaders are often called upon to guide their organizations through major change, much of which is accompanied by an examination of – and changes to – the organizational structure in response to that change.   Join the conversation to learn one company’s approach to the practical application of organizational design theory, from the real-life experience and perspective of operations and HR leadership.  

This session will include:

  • A great story of transformational growth
  • An interactive approach to examining the need for organizational design work
  • The theory and mental models that were tested in practice
  • The team’s candid assessment of best practices and lessons learned from their personal journey of applying OD principles within different functions of  the business
Susan J. Colby, Director, Human Resources, Alkermes, Inc.

Susan Colby is Director of Human Resources for the Alkermes site in Wilmington, Ohio.  In this role, Susan is responsible for aligning the site HR and operational strategies, particularly as they relate to organizational design and development, talent management and culture and competencies.  Susan has over 25 years of progressive HR experience in various industries, including leadership roles in the paper, plastics and biopharmaceutical sectors.  Susan has her BA of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and her Masters in Human Resource Development from Xavier University in Cincinnati.  

Tim Grinstead, Vice President Manufacturing, Alkermes, Inc.

Tim Grinstead is the Vice President of Manufacturing for the Alkermes site in Wilmington, Ohio.  Tim has a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry and 25 years of industry experience including leadership roles in Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Engineering.  Tim uses specific tools around Operational Excellence and a belief that organizational alignment is a key element to successful implementation of a strategic business plan.  Tim started his career in biotechnology, and has experience with startup and well-established companies alike.


Kristen Parr, Vice President and General Manager, Alkermes, Inc. 

Kristen is the General Manager for the Wilmington, Ohio manufacturing facility of Alkermes, Inc.  In her role, Kristen develops the long range strategic vision for the site, including capital planning and execution.  Kristen has held several leadership positions in her 20 years’ experience with Alkermes, including site operations, supply chain, R&D and clinical program management, and project management.   She has her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

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