Leaders of the Future: BioPharma

Recognize your potential

Program Overview

Program Details

2021 Program Dates

March – June 2021





10% discount available for organizations enrolling five to nine participants; 20% discount available for organizations enrolling 10 or more participants

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12 weeks; 5 – 7 hours per week

Leaders of the Future: BioPharma is NC State Executive Education’s community-based development program, designed to prepare high-potential employees who are ready to take the next step and build the business acumen they need to become leaders in the biopharma industry. This specialized program equips participants with the skillset they need to maximize their organizational impact today and positions them for more strategic decision-making roles in the future.

Led by NC State’s expert faculty from the Poole College of Management and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and based on the expressed needs of industry leaders, this online program combines real-time cohort sessions with self-guided learning modules to provide participants with both flexibility and accountability.

In our industry-specific BioPharma program, participants will develop the analytical, leadership and innovation skills to make better informed decision with metrics, create and communicate new ideas and effectively lead global teams. The program was designed with the help of leaders from Biogen, GSK, IQVIA, KBI Pharma, NovoNordisk and ThermoFisher/Patheon.

Key Objectives

  • Develop high-potential employees in BioPharma into organizational leaders, based on the unique current and future skill needs of the industry
  • Connect participants to learn within a community cohort, with interactive sessions with peers and experts
  • Reinforce learnings in industry-specific project practice
  • Guide participants during and after the program completion with tools and personal coaching to provide immediate organizational impact

Program Experience

Session Topics

Analytic Skills

  • Introduction to Business Analytics (From Data to Decisions)
  • Financial Analysis (simulation)
  • Critical Thinking

Innovative Processes

  • Agile Leadership
  • Innovation and Value Proposition
  • Developing and Executing Strategy

Leadership Behaviors

  • Authentic Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Bright Spots
  • Negotiations/Influence
  • Virtual/Diverse Team Management

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NC State Exec Ed Online programming brings together the value and impact of real-time professor engagement from our expert faculty, with the convenience of online learning. Participants will complete asynchronous learning modules prior to a live faculty session, and then they will complete an activity or an application to their projects to reinforce knowledge.


Asynchronous, self-directed study

Each session will have self-directed, custom-built NC State Exec Ed learning modules for you to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. Plan on about four to five hours per week for this coursework.

Real-time instruction

Each week, there will be one to two hours of scheduled real-time instruction from your faculty to provide a deeper dive into the material. If you can’t make that time, the session will be recorded for your convenience. Live Sessions will begin with those pertaining to team leadership, followed by analytics and innovation and conclude with personal leadership.

Relevant practice

Following each live session, you will complete an activity or project application to practice and reinforce your knowledge.

Application project

Throughout the program, you will apply your learning to a project specific to your career objectives to reinforce your knowledge and give you immediate impact in your organization. With the support and guidance of project sponsors and mentors, participants will define the opportunity, apply the coursework tools and techniques learned in program sessions, develop a solution and deliver a business proposal presentation.

Industry-Specific Seminars

Engage with current and former BioPharma executives to learn how they are defining and achieving success in today’s BioPharma industry. Sessions may include case studies based on their experiences, opportunities to ask questions, and practical lessons.

Seminar Topics
Metrics that Drive Business Decisions
Regulatory Practices/Innovation
BioPharma Business Acumen

Why Attend

Realize your potential

You’ve put in the work, but how do you get to that next level of your career? This program will prepare you with the knowledge and strategic edge you need to ramp up your career. These skills, lessons and practice will equip you with the tools you need to make an impact today and to shape you into a leader for your organization.

Think and Do

In this personalized and relevant program, you’ll learn new skills and put them to practice in a real-life business scenario for your company with the guidance and support of expert project coaches and corporate sponsors.

Learn from the experts

This program pairs you with industry experts and leaders, who provide invaluable industry knowledge and experienced feedback to reinforce the program’s lessons. These connections and personal coaching extend even after the program to provide ongoing support and guidance.


Participate in our 'Leaders of the Future' alumni community

  • Periodic events with speakers
  • Access to articles from Poole College of Management and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Fun online activities, such as simulation competitions
  • Receive a professional online badge to share your achievements

  • Easily manage, share and verify your learning achievements
  • Secure verification adds credibility to your achievement
  • Labor market insights connect your skills with new opportunities
  • Access promotional offers and learning pathways available only to badge earners
  • Continue learning with post-program coaching support

    Who should attend

    • Mid-level, high-potential employees in the BioPharma industry who want to take their career to the next level
    • Employees who want to elevate their business acumen and become leaders within their organization


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