The Vanguard Forum for Life Sciences Leaders - Online, October 21 - 22, 2020

Leading Into The Future

Vanguard Forum for Life Sciences Leaders


October 21 - October 22, 2020



Last year’s Life Sciences Forum focused on how top leaders learned from the crises in 2020 to build high performance for the long term. 

The online forum was held from noon - noon on October 21 and 22, with eight virtual sessions over the two days.

Vanguard focuses uniquely on pragmatic, real-world leadership challenges for top executives like you. We have been working with C-suite colleagues for more than seven years of highly impactful programs.

Session leaders were deeply experienced CEOs, Board members, and other leadership experts. 

Participants learned from the sessions — and each other. 




  • Cameron Durrant, Chairman and CEO, Humanigen


  • Ken Banta, Founder and Principal, The Vanguard Group for Leadership

  • Charles Wohlforth, Author and Strategic Advisor


  • Mike Atieh, Board Chair, ElectroCore Inc.; Board Member, Immatics

  • Stephen Brengle, Principal, Korn Ferry

  • Alisa Cohn, CEO, Alisa Cohn & Associates

  • Matt Davis, Strategic Communication Consultant, Matt Davis Communications

  • Cameron Durrant, Chairman and CEO, Humanigen

  • Amber Edwards, Chief Commercial Officer, Alastin Inc.

  • Daniel Eramian, Co-Founder, Opus Biotech

  • Mike Gaffney, Managing Director, Bancroft LLC

  • Julian Gangolli, Board Member, Revance Therapeutics, Krystal Biotech, Outlook Therapeutics

  • Jason Grenfell-Gardner, Chairman, Pfenex

  • Carl Guess, Executive Presentation Coach, Elevator Speech

  • Jason Hanson, President and CEO, enGene

  • Rick Heinick, Founder and Board Chair, TearClear

  • Michael Hyter, Chief Diversity Officer, Korn Ferry

  • Charlotte Jones-Burton, Vice President, Otsuka Pharmaceutical

  • Matt Meyer, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  • Vivek Ramaswamy, Founder and CEO, Roivant Sciences

  • Dickie Steele, Partner, McKinsey & Company




Anti-Microbial Coating

Each month we apply an anti-microbial fog to all surfaces of the facility. This coating kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses lasting well over 30 days but we will apply every 30 days.

Sneeze Guards

All registers and redemption counters are equipped with sneeze guard dividers between the staff and customers.


Disinfectant wiping and spraying conducted in high traffic areas throughout the day. This has always been in practice and we will continue to have staff wipe down and spray disinfectant to high traffic touched areas throughout the entire day of operation.


Vacuuming play areas throughout the day has always been in practice and we will continue to keep it in practice with our cordless vacuums allowing us to keep our facility extremely clean the entire day.

Deep Cleaning

Full deep cleaning and disinfecting of entire facility and equipment upon closing has always been in practice and we will continue this practice. Upon closing the business each day, we will conduct a deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces and equipment.


All HVAC units fitted with MERV-13 air filters.

Social Distancing

Social distancing signs and markers can be found throughout the facility.


Face Coverings

Masks required for all guests ages 3 and older unless seated at a dining table or vaccinated. We do not requiire personal medical records. The CDC specifically exempts people who meet the descriptions within Americans With Disability Act "A person with severe sensory disability or a severe mental health disability who would pose an imminent threat of harm to themselves or others if required to wear a mask". Full description can be found on the CDC website HERE.

COVID-19 E-Waiver/Questionnaire

Upon entry, all customers are required to complete a liability waiver. Included in this waiver, are both COVID-19 related liability release, as well as a short questionnaire regarding their health status/symptoms and potential exposure within prior 2 weeks. Waivers can be signed electronically directly from the customer’s own mobile device.

Hand Sanitizers

Hand sanitizing stations found throughout the facility

Contacless Payments

Each cash register allows for Apply Pay and Android Pay payments.


Soft Playground, Inflatables, and Toddler Zone

All equipment is disinfected and cleaned throughout the entire day.

Ropes Course (Port Jefferson)

Children will be socially distanced and the course will be disinfected throughout the entire day.

Social Distancing

Our staff will help with social distancign children but we ask that parents also help in social distancing their children on equipment.


Our arcades have always been disinfected and cleaned through the entire day and we will continue to practice this.

Laser Tag (Commack)

After every session of laser tag, every laser tag vest will be sprayed down with disinfectant. Laser tag as a game already requires players to be socially distanced.



All affected memberships will be extended accordingly. No members will lose out due to NYS shutdown. Members should expect a call from us within a week of reopening to review their extended memberships.

Arcade Games

For social distancing purposes, we have shut off every other game (or card swiper) to help maintain social distancing efforts. Please only play multi player games alone or with someone from your imediate group/party.

Gift Cards

Gift cards can still be used within our locations for purchases such as game cards, cafe, and party payments. Unfortunately, this prepurchase ticketing system we are using for open play does not recognize gift cards.

Free Passes

If you have free pass voucher you can simply select "free pass" when making your reservation. You will be required to redeem your free pass upon checking in.

10 Visit Punch Passes

If you have a 10 visit punch pass you can simply select "Punch Pass" when making your reservation. You will be required to have your punch pass "punched" upon checking in.


This learning and networking experience builds on previous highly impactful Vanguard Forums, which The Vanguard Network has been producing since 2014. The Vanguard Network, led by Ken Banta, is dedicated to helping current C-suite executives build sustainable high performance in their organizations.

Forum participation was by invitation only and was offered to Life Sciences executives from across all business sectors in North America.  

Importantly, participation in the Forum in October was just the beginning. The Forum registration fee included an annual membership in the Vanguard Network, which brings a variety of valuable benefits. These include access to the private networking and leadership-learning platform Vanguard Connect, where members connect with one another and Vanguard faculty, discuss key leadership topics, and find original and curated leadership-learning videos, podcasts and articles.


Members are also entitled to invitations to small, virtual and face-to-face Vanguard Leadership events led by senior faculty members and to a 20% on any other invitation-only Forums across the year.


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