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Take the Stage at LTEN2021 - LTEN Call for Workshops is Live!


UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccines Required

LTEN has made the decision to require everyone who plans to join us at the LTEN Annual Conference 2021 to provide proof of full vaccination.


We’re is proud to announce that we have opened the 2021 Call for Workshops abstracts submission portal, giving members the opportunity to “take the stage” at LTEN2021 as a presenter virtually or in-person that this year’s LTEN Annual Conference this November!

We are proud of the workshops and labs delivered on LTEN stages in the past, and are eager to see what this year’s in-person and virtual stages will bring this fall!

Important Dates

  • 8/27/2021   Open Call Launch to Submitters
  • 9/24/2021   Close Call
  • 9/25/2021   Review Opens
  • 10/6/2021   Review Closes
  • 10/8/2021   Acceptance Notifications Sent
  • 10/8/2021   Learning Lab Acceptance Notifications Sent
  • 10/11/2021   Declines Notifications Sent
  • 10/15/2021   Date, Time & Location Sent to Accepted Workshops & Labs
  • 11/5/2021   Handouts and/or PowerPoint Deadline

Follow these steps to submit your workshop or Lab proposal:

  1. Enter session title (100 character or less)
  2. Select event – Gaylord Annual Conference – Gaylord Rockies 2021
  3. Select the track and session category from the dropdown
  4. Select your session format
  5. Add Presenter – You may select add yourself and/or search to add additional presenters. Please note selecting “primary presenter” will ensure you’ll be the main point of contact. You may search by the last name for a presenter other than yourself. *Please note if you do not enter a presenter before hitting the “Next” button you will not be able to submit and lose the information entered and be required to begin with a new submission. 
  6. When you go to submit you need to select the “Add Presenter” button.Then you need to either search for the presenter in our database by last name or select the “Add a New Individual” to create a new record for a presenter not in our system.
  7. Click on “Next” button
  8. Enter a brief summary
  9. Enter your full session description (400 characters or less)
  10. Enter your three learning objectives (only two are required for Learning Labs)
  11. Click “Save” button
  12. You may add documents to your submission (a PDF of your presentation or a white paper)
  13. You may edit the document any time prior to the closing of the call for workshops by clicking here.

LTEN Annual Conference Workshop Guidelines

Please read this document carefully.
All guidelines and information requested is supplied within.

When suggesting a workshop, please note:

  • You may submit up to two workshops and one learning lab for consideration.
  • You must indicate whether you are submitting for a 60-minute workshop or a 20-minute learning lab micro-learning session and whether the workshop is designed to be virtual, in-person or both.
  • The call for workshops will open on August 27, 2021 and will close on September 24, 2021 at midnight ET.
  • LTEN coordinates a review committee to evaluate submissions and make final selections.  The review period will begin September 25, 2021 through October 6, 2021 at which time you may be asked for additional information.
  • Acceptance notifications will be sent on October 8, 2021.
  • The workshops that are declined will be notified on October 11, 2021.
  • If selected, LTEN will schedule the date and time of your presentation. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate date and time preferences. Workshops will take place on November 9-10, 2021 at the Gaylord Rockies, Aurora, CO.

Workshop Description and Learning Objectives

The workshop description and learning objectives are critical parts of your proposal since they are the basis for how conference attendees will choose which sessions to attend.

  • The description should be specific and succinct so that readers can quickly grasp what the session is about and how it will help them.
  • The learning objectives should be concise and clear and offer achievable goals that will give participants new information or ideas.

Workshop Formats

You will need to select one of the following formats upon submission:

  • Interactive Discussion: Sessions should be interactive, providing innovative content without the excessive use of PowerPoint or lecture style format. Sessions should provide in-depth coverage on a particular topic rather than trying to cover too much general material.
  • Skills Development: Sessions provide the “nuts and bolts” on a variety of issues in learning. The format may incorporate hands-on learning or be discussion focused.
  • Case Study: Pharma, bio, device, and diagnostic companies share their first-person accounts of strategies and programs that work.
  • Thought Leader Panel: Experts and practitioners offer similar and opposing views on relevant topics in training. Includes meaningful Q&A time.
  • Best Practice Roundtable: Informal format provides the opportunity to network and share challenges, resources, and approaches to tackling a hot topic or specific area of interest.
  • Micro-Learning: 20 Minute Micro-Learning session that delivers bite-sized content to learners that they can consume all at once and apply the knowledge immediately.

You will be asked to supply the following information for each workshop:

For the Presenter/Primary Speaker:

  • Name
  • Job Title
  • Company Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • LTEN Membership

For each Co-Presenter:

  • Name
  • Job Title
  • Company Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address

For each workshop that you would like to submit, we will request the following information:

  • Session Title (100 characters or less)
  • Session Description (500 words or less)
  • Session Format
  • Session Track
  • Session Length (60 minutes or a 20-minute micro-learning session)
  • Learning Objective 1 (100 words or less)
  • Learning Objective 2 (100 words or less)
  • Learning Objective 3 (100 words or less)

NOTE: The submission form will provide a link for editing the submission if needed.

Questions? Email Christine Gaudet, LTEN director of events, at cgaudet@L-TEN.org.

LTEN2021 will offer live workshops and Lab at the in-person conference as well as pre-recorded for the virtual conference platform.

Workshops – 1 Hour

Workshops will be 60 minutes in length. These learning sessions are meant to facilitate in-depth discussion and provide participants with practical, actionable tactics.

You will need to select one of the following formats upon submission:

Interactive Discussion: Sessions should be interactive, providing innovative content without the excessive use of PowerPoint or lecture style format. Sessions should provide in-depth coverage on a particular topic rather than trying to cover too much general material.

Skills Development: Sessions provide the “nuts and bolts” on a variety of issues in learning. The format may incorporate hands-on learning or be discussion focused.

Case Study: Pharma, bio, device, and diagnostic companies share their first-person accounts of strategies and programs that work.

Thought Leader Panel: Experts and practitioners offer similar and opposing views on relevant topics in training. Includes meaningful Q&A time.

Best Practice Roundtable: Informal format provides the opportunity to network and share challenges, resources, and approaches to tackling a hot topic or specific area of interest.

Learning Labs – 20-Minutes

Micro-Learning Labs: 20-minute sessions that delivers bite-sized content to learners that they can consume all at once and apply the knowledge immediately.

This year, hundreds of training professionals and leaders will attend workshops and Learning Labs with the hopes of finding smart, proven strategies to bring back to their own classrooms.

A Glance at LTEN Members

Titles/Positions of Members

  • Field Trainer – 10.29%
  • Trainer / Educator – 29.41%
  • Director/VP of Training – 35.29%
  • Other Life Science Company Training Professional (e.g., instructional designer, LMS admin, etc.) – 7.35%
  • Other – 5.15%

Areas of Focus

  • Medical Device or Diagnostics – 31.06%
  • Pharmaceutical or Biotech – 65.91%
  • Non-Commercial, Non-Sales Training – 5.3%
  • Commercial-Focused/Sales Training – 25%


Years in Training

  • Less than 1 year – 15.44%
  • 1-3 years – 14.71%
  • 3-5 years – 8.09%
  • More than 5 years – 61.76%

Training Team Sizes

  • 5 or fewer – 44.78%
  • 6-15 – 29.10%
  • 16-30 – 12.69%
  • 31-45 – 3.73%
  • 46 or more – 8.21%
  • Other – 1.49%

Five Decades Life Sciences Training Excellence

LTEN — Advancing Global Life Sciences Learning

The LTEN Annual Conference is a valued industry gathering, where event participants craft their personalized learning journeys with content-specific learning tracks, micro-Learning Labs, keynotes, LTEN Talks, an exhibit hall with top training partners and countless opportunities to connect with other life sciences L&D practitioners from across the globe.

We are excited to host our 50th year anniversary event at the gorgeous Gaylord Rockies in Colorado in 2021 and a companion virtual event for those who are unable to join us live. As COVID-19 remain a relevant and global consideration, we are excited to provide an unmatched opportunity to source, network and learn together in person, in a safe environment.

Five Decades Life Sciences Training Excellence

LTEN — Advancing Global Life Sciences Learning

The Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (www.L-TEN.org) is the only global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in meeting the needs of life sciences learning professionals. LTEN shares the knowledge of industry leaders, provides insight into new technologies, offers innovative solutions and communities of practice that grow careers and organizational capabilities.

Founded in 1971 , LTEN (originally the National Society for Pharmaceutical Sales Trainers, NSPST for short) has grown to more than 2,000 individual members who work in pharmaceutical, biotech, biopharma, medical device and diagnostic companies, and industry partners who support the life sciences training departments.

LTEN also serves a growing community of professionals in non-commercial disciplines including clinical, manufacturing, compliance, regulatory, quality and GxP training roles.

Career Success

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Are your ambitions clear – and do you know how to get there?  This track will cover the fundamentals of advancing your career, from the art of persuasion to networking, to personal branding. This track will also address topics like engaging in a matrix environment, mentorships, skill building and work-life balance. Take this opportunity to step back from thinking about your immediate professional demands and make sure you have the clarity and skills to achieve career goals.

Customer Engagement & Selling in a Matrix Environment

Sales models are constantly changing, and external factors such as managed care, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and a compliance-driven environment complicate business-as-usual approaches.  How do you reach and engage your customer in this multi-faceted environment?  What new selling skills are needed? This track will explore engaging with your first line leaders to create an effective partnership to pull through your training initiatives.   This track will help you move forward with confidence – without missing a beat when it comes to sales productivity.

Field Training

Are you a high performer on a development path to expand your skills as a field trainer? If so, join us in this track to develop your training skills, optimize training in the field, learn coaching and mentoring techniques, and discover new ways to lead without authority. Whether you are a field-based trainer full or part time, or you work with field-based trainers on execution, this track is for you.

Healthcare Reform and Marketplace Access

In this workshop series, you will have an opportunity to learn about the ever-changing marketplace access, including recent policy changes and proposals. Examine how these changes impact the life science industry from the physician’s and payor’s perspective.

Impact & Measurement

Demonstrating a return on investment can be a trainer’s biggest challenge – yet, done well it can be a trainer’s best friend.   Measuring impact and effectiveness is central to the justification of budget and programming and will help define just how meaningful learning and development is within your organization.  This track will cover topics including process methodology, data and analytics through a learning and performance impact lens amid a technology-driven culture.

Instructional Design & Delivery

How do you make your learning courses engaging to trainees? How do you transfer new knowledge and skills to the field? What is the right blend of media? This track offers tips, skills, and strategies for curriculum development, classroom management, and course evaluation – and everything in between.

Management & Leadership Development

In this workshop series, you will find the keys to developing great managers, but also great leaders.  Starting with understanding effective leadership behaviors, you will focus on coaching techniques and how to empower and inspire others as well as interviewing skills, engagement, and emotional intelligence. This track is a must if you want to master the “lead by example” part while also developing others to go beyond the basics of their role and on to a path of professional refinement and aspiration.

Medical Device & Diagnostics Training

The Medical Device & Diagnostic track will focus on the training methods, strategies and skills needed for success in the ever-changing life science landscape.  Best practices, tools and tactics that address the unique challenges of the MD&D training professional will be included. We will also explore new and evolving technology and the latest trends that make training more efficient and effective.

Partner Sponsored

At LTEN, we are fortunate to have so many amazing training partners who specialize in training solutions for the life sciences. In these sessions, they lend their expertise and share with you insights on a wide range of topics.

Quality, Research & Development, Medical (QRDM) Training

If you work includes developing, delivering or sourcing training for R&D, clinical, manufacturing, quality, regulatory or compliance personnel, then this track is tailor-made for you. Explore sessions on program development, identifying & qualifying trainers, correcting human error, GxPs, (cGMP, GLP, GTP, GDP, etc.), product submissions, regulatory compliance, audit readiness risk, and more!

Strategic Account Management

If your team has Key Account Managers, this is the training track you need! Focusing on the business of strategic selling skills in healthcare, this track includes essential topics such as critical thinking, business acumen, strategic business planning, selling in a matrix team, influencing the C-Suite, and other similar topics to help equip your Key Account Managers with the advanced skills senior sales professionals need. While sometimes confused with Market Access, this track focuses on training to drive sales performance from your Key Account Manager teams and their leaders.

Virtual Learning, Tools, Techniques & Technologies

Mobile, digital, and distance learning is no longer new, or revolutionary.  But training departments continue to be embroiled in figuring out how to evaluate the various and constantly changing options as well as how to best integrate new applications.

Technology is so pervasive and fast-moving in every aspect of daily life and in business that we had to give this a completely separate track. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the newest tech out there and how your peers are using it new ways.

Questions about the LTEN call for workshops submission process, need help with submitting your application or have other questions, please email Christine Gaudet, LTEN director of events at cgaudet@L-TEN.org.