Still wondering how this event will be of benefit to your organization? The first prize winner will receive a one-year MassBio nonprofit membership and a $2,500 cash award courtesy of Life Science Cares. First and second runners-up will receive gift cards of $250 and $150 respectively. All the finalists will also be offered free professional coaching on how to structure and deliver their pitch prior to the event.
Who should attend? This event will be engaging for everyone, from those interested in supporting and growing our local life sciences and healthcare nonprofits, to those who would like to launch a nonprofit of their own!
Non-profit Pitch Agenda:
3:00pm – 3:10 pm: Introductory remarks/rules of the road/introduction of judging panel
3:10pm – 4:00 pm: Pitch competition—5 pitches, 5 min presentation + 5 min for questions from judges
4:00pm – 4:15 pm: Break while judges deliberate to select competition winner
4:15pm – 4:30pm: Winners announced
Sponsored by MassBio, our Nonprofit Forum Working Group, and Life Science Cares. Special thanks to Life Science Cares for their partnership and support.
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Sarah Cardozo Duncan
Owner Career Strategist and Nonprofit Pitch Challenge Coach
Sarah Cardozo Duncan, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a career strategist with an established global client base. Sarah runs her own consulting firm, Career Strategist, and draws upon over twenty years of recruitment and career development experience to help clients define new or existing career paths, or to help them navigate successfully in their current companies.
In 2003, Sarah was recognized by Boston Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in Boston. Sarah is an accomplished and highly regarded speaker and workshop leader. She conducts hands-on training and workshops for postdoctoral fellows, as well as companies, trade organizations, and associations. Her commitment and dedication to helping scientists, particularly postdocs, transform their career paths earned her the 2014 Mass AWIS Mentor of Excellence Award.
Sarah is an active networker and has held leadership positions in many organizations including WEST, Mass Gap, Mass AWIS, South Shore Chamber, and Mass Alliance. She most recently served on the board of directors of the Science Club for Girls (SCFG) and presently the New England Women in Science Executives Club (NEWISE); she was the 2014 SCFG Catalyst Awards co-chair and is currently serving as membership co-chair for NEWISE.
Executive Coach, FocalPoint Business Coaching - and Nonprofit Pitch Challenge Coach
Marc Cote is an entrepreneur, a business/executive coach and area representative with FocalPoint Business Coaching. Marc is also a former corporate executive and leverages his coaching program materials and his 30 years of business experience to help entrepreneur, business leaders and executives raise money, improve their effectiveness, develop their people and enhance the performance of their teams and companies.
Marc is the son of a second-generation business owner with a deep-seated passion for business and helping others succeed. He was also a co-founder and the COO of Accellient Partners LLC, a drug development consulting firm, Synchroneuron Inc, a venture-backed biotech where he helped raise over $25M and Ternus Pharma, Inc, a seed-stage start-up pharma company. Marc continues to focus much of his coaching practice supporting those in the life sciences arena.
Marc was also previously the COO of Aptuit Consulting, a global biotech practice where he was responsible for managing all operating, financial & business development activities. Prior to Aptuit, Marc was with Dunkin’ Brands and had vice president roles across multiple functions. Marc started his career in the Entrepreneurial Services Group at EY, he received a BS in Accountancy from Bentley College, summa cum laude, and earned his CPA certificate in MA where he was a licensed CPA for 17 years
Marc is a member of Boston Harbor Angels and Sky Ventures where he is an active investor and also maintains a Board role on select portfolio companies. Marc is also a Co-Chair of Mass Bio's Entrepreneur University and the Boston Chapter of The Financial Executives Networking Group.
Joanne is Executive Director, Addgene. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University, where she studied signaling pathways. She spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry at Abbott Research Center and moved into the biotechnology sector as Senior Director of Research Collaborations at RXi Pharmaceuticals. Joanne also has extensive experience with leadership of nonprofit organizations. She founded the Massachusetts chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and is Director of Mentoring for the Boston chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA).
Laura’s career has focused on building collaborations across disciplines and sectors to expand treatment options for cancer patients. She holds a PhD in Computational and Systems Biology from MIT, was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and most recently served as Scientific Research Director in the Department of Data Science at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Laura has been featured in Forbes, the Boston Business Journal, and Life Science Leader, and recognized with awards from The Commonwealth Institute's Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare, 40 Under 40 in Cancer, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center's MassNextGen Initiative, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Laura is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur and a Class of 2022 Henri Termeer Fellow, a prestigious appointment for emerging CEOs within the life science industry who show great promise for developing life-changing treatments for patients.
Sarah is Executive Director, Life Science Cares. Sarah joined Life Science Cares in 2017 and has overseen the organization’s nearly $2 million grant portfolio since then. Before joining LSC, Sarah served as Executive Vice President at MassBio, the industry trade association. In that role, Sarah led policy, communications, events and strategic functions of the 1,000+ member company organization.
Outside of work, Sarah serves as a member of the Board of Selectmen in Dedham and enjoys time with her husband, Sean and son, Griffin.
Chief Development Officer, Halloran, and Judge for the NonProfit Pitch Challenge
With over 20 years of drug development experience, Katie serves as Halloran’s Chief Development Officer and leads our consulting business and practices. Katie and her team focus on the development of assets, products, and portfolios and in optimizing life science organizations to improve performance through people, process, and technology. They partner with biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies, virtual starts-ups, venture companies, and others to improve human health by making life science companies better at what they do. Katie often functions as an on-demand Head of Development or R&D, directs clinical development portfolios, advises on corporate strategic planning, and provides recommendations to ease the challenges of drug development. Katie is a Prosci certified Change Management Professional.
Director of Product Management, Addgene and Nonprofit Pitch Challenge Coach
Eric received his PhD in Genetics & Molecular Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he studied DNA repair and V(D)J Recombination. After a postdoc spent studying DNA replication in Harvard's Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, he began his career at Addgene in 2008. Addgene is a nonprofit biorepository that facilitates the sharing of DNA and other biological reagents around the world. Eric's Senior Scientist responsibilities at the then new repository included technical customer support, quality control, scientific outreach, and lab management. He has since become the Director of the Product Management team, which coordinates the organization's large cross-team projects and prioritizes work for Addgene's software engineers. Outside of Addgene, Eric speaks and writes about open access science, scientific reproducibility, STEM education, and nonprofits as an important career option for PhD scientists.
Consultant to Nonprofit Leaders and Organizations and Nonprofit Pitch Challenge Coach
Jonathan Spack served as CEO of Third Sector New England for 34 years. Under his stewardship TSNE (now TSNE MissionWorks) became a regional and national leader in several fields of nonprofit capacity building, including fiscal sponsorship, executive transitions, social purpose real estate development, network-based grantmaking and values-based human resources and compensation practice. A natural collaborator, Jonathan was a co-founder of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, the Nonprofit Centers Network and the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. He also incubated the Nonprofit Quarterly magazine at TSNE from 1997-2006, when it spun off as an independent publication, and he spearheaded TSNE’s acquisition and development in 2004 of the NonProfit Center in downtown Boston as a focal point of social justice activity in the city. Jonathan is a co-author of the Executive Director’s Guide (2001; still in print) and has contributed to several books on nonprofit leadership and collaboration. In 2019, Shared Space and the Nonprofit Workplace, which Jonathan helped to edit and to which he contributed a chapter, won the prestigious Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Terry McAdam Book Award.
Prior to joining TSNE, Jonathan served as a legal services attorney, a federal discrimination complaints examiner and director of the family advocacy program at the Cape Cod Child Development Program. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a Master’s in Human Services Management from the Heller School at Brandeis, where he served as Executive In Residence, and a J.D. from NYU Law School. Since 2017, Jonathan has provided consulting and coaching on nonprofit leadership, organizational culture and governance to a wide range of organizations and individual leaders.