Celebrating Training Excellence

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

June 5, 2019, Grapevine, TX – LTEN today has announced the winners of the 5th Annual LTEN Excellence Awards, the only professional awards program specifically recognizing excellence, innovation and performance in life sciences training. Awards were presented at a special ceremony held during the 48thLTEN Annual Conference at the Gaylord Texan.

Awards were presented in seven competitive categories determined by a panel of judges, and the LTEN Board of Directors also selected three individuals as Members of the Year. Those honors were based on nominations from LTEN members, leaders and staff. Excellence Awards recognize both primary market life sciences companies and supplier partner companies that help power and support training initiatives. The annual awards ceremony was live-streamed from the 48th LTEN Annual Conference and can be viewed at

“This was a banner year for the Excellence Awards,” said Dawn Brehm, LTEN executive director. “We had a record number of nominees – nearly double previous years in fact – and our judges had to review and rank some truly amazing training initiatives, teams and individual performance. It was quite a challenge, but in the end, we were able to recognize and honor some very deserving winners.”

Two LTEN Members of the Year were selected from primary market members and one from the industry supplier community, based on their ongoing support and involvement in LTEN.

The 2019 LTEN Members of the Year are:

  • Jill Tetrault, manager, sales excellence, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Canada.
  • Jason Zeman, senior director, leadership & organizational development, Bausch Health.
  • Pam Marinko, CEO, Proficient Learning

Here are the winners in the seven competitive categories in the LTEN Excellence Awards, with four categories honoring primary market professionals and three recognizing industry partners:

All-Star Teams (primary market) – The Patient Journey Workshop Team, Astellas Pharma U.S., for a project that refocused sales teams on the needs of the patient.

Emerging Leader (primary market) – Chloe Bangs, senior manager, therapeutic training, Teva Pharmaceuticals, who led a transformation from siloed onboarding to a collaborative, cross-functional model, and Karen Eno, sales forces excellence lead, immunology, Takeda Pharmaceutical, who was recognized as an effective leader with excellent business acumen and training expertise.

Innovation (primary market) – Gerald Golden, sales training manager, LEO Pharma, who created an escape room concept for a national sales meeting training activity.

Training for Change (primary market) – Melissa Lowe, senior manager, healthcare informatics technology sales training, Philips, who in her first 60 days in a new role created a training program to support a group that had no previous sales training.

Innovation (provider) – IC Axon, a division of GP Strategies, which created training to support a client’s international launch of a new product, including a virtual reality component.

Industry Partnership (provider) – BI Worldwide, which designed immersive training for a three-day client product launch meeting.

Learning Content (provider) – AdMed, which used a group scavenger hunt experience to help a client training on leadership attributes.

A special issue of LTEN Focus on Training magazine will release in August 2019, spotlighting the winners and finalists in the 2019 awards competition. For more information on the awards and/or to view past winners, visit

LTEN congratulates all winners, and thanks all nominees, finalists and judges for their participation in the 5th Annual LTEN Excellence Awards. Nominations for the 6th Annual LTEN Excellence Awards will open late in 2019.

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