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Join Melissa for her presentation, "Wise Up: Knowledge is NOT Power"!

In this session, you'll explore the difference between wisdom and knowledge, drawing strength from each other's experiences and previous women in leadership. You'll ask and answer questions like "what advice would you give to a woman who is seeking to move into a leadership role?", "what leadership style(s) works best?", and "what helps a woman earn respect as a leader?".

Melissa Seymour is Global Head of Quality and Chief Quality Officer for Biogen Inc. In her current role Melissa leads the PO&T organization in setting the quality compliance strategy, implementation of quality processes and systems, and development of talent to ensure the highest level of quality and compliance in the pharmaceutical industry.

Prior to this, Melissa served as the Vice President of Global Quality Control assuming responsibility for the comprehensive strategy and implementation of Global QC testing of Raw Materials, Drug Substance, Drug Product and Finished Goods worldwide. Additionally, she spent several years as the Vice President of Corporate Quality with responsibility for global compliance and quality systems including management of Quality Systems, Internal and External Auditing and Global Affiliate GMP oversight.

Melissa holds BS degrees in both Biological Sciences and Biochemistry from North Carolina State University and an executive MBA from Duke University. She has over 25 years of experience in the quality arena including quality positions at Novo Nordisk pharmaceuticals and Glaxo Smith Kline.

Melissa has been highly involved in the influencing of regulatory guidance through her participation on non-profit Boards of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) from 2016 to present as well as Rx-360, an international consortium focused on pharmaceutical and medical device supply chain security vis-à-vis public health concerns and patient safety.

Additionally, she has been an advocate for simplification of Post Approval change processes, participating in industry forums, writing articles and interacting with regulators. Melissa is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Auditor.