Catherine Kingsford - ImpediMed
Ms. Catherine Kingsford, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs of ImpediMed. She has over 20 years of global clinical experience with medical devices. Prior to joining ImpediMed, she worked as a Cardiac Scientist at several world-class medical institutions including St. Andrew's War Memorial Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital and Royal Brompton Hospital. She has studied at Queensland University of Technology (Australia) and University of London (UK).
Linda Niggli - Retail Executive
A seasoned retail executive with significant experience in luxury markets in high profile locations, with considerable focus on Southern California. A results oriented, decisive leader who has developed new concepts and successfully marketed to the world's most discriminating clients. Superior communications skills and innovative approaches have lead to consistent high performance in multi-store retail operations. The ability to partner with the entire spectrum of the retail industry has provided the opportunity for fast paced growth in these luxury markets.
Lisa Haile - DLA Piper
Dr. Lisa Haile is a partner and co-chair of the Global Life Sciences Practice at the international law firm, DLA Piper. Her practice focuses on strategic counseling relating to all areas of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences intellectual property law. She has prepared and prosecuted thousands of patent applications in the United States and worldwide for many different technologies, including diagnostics, therapeutics and regenerative medicine and has extensive experience in patentability, non-infringement and validity opinions, due diligence work in connection with venture capital, private and public financing, mergers and acquisitions in the biotechnology industry, and strategic counseling for comprehensive life sciences patent portfolio management.
With a Ph.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine, she is a trusted advisor to companies and investors worldwide. Dr. Haile is often on lists of top Lawyers, including being featured recently by Lawdragon Magazine in its annual list of “the nation’s leading lawyers” and by the National Law Journal as one of the top 75 women lawyers in the US in all practice areas. She is also named to Managing Intellectual Property’s list of “Top 250 Women in IP”.
Robin Toft - Toft Group Executive Search
Prior to establishing Toft Group in 2010, Robin served as Managing Director of Sanford Rose Associates® – San Francisco since joining the company in 2006. Robin has placed hundreds of executives from Director through C-level, including numerous CEO’s, within rapidly growing biotech, diagnostic/ molecular diagnostic, medical device, and pharmaceutical companies.
Robin Toft is the President and CEO of Toft Group Executive Search. Before starting Toft Group, Robin worked for 20+ years in the biotech and molecular diagnostics industries, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Operations for Roche in the San Francisco Bay Area. At Roche, she also held the position of Vice President of Global Business Development for Virology. Athena San Diego, In May of 2013, Sanford Rose Associates® – San Diego and CEO Robin Toft were honored with the Athena San Diego PINNACLE Award for supporting women in leadership roles in life sciences. In 2012, 43% of the company’s placed candidates were women, up from 31% in 2011. In 2011, Robin was nominated by her peers and selected as a finalist in the San Diego Business Journal’s prestigious Women Who Mean Business Awards and in 2012 for the Most Admired CEO Awards. Additionally, Robin was invited to join Vistage, an invitation-only CEO membership organization with 15,000 executive members worldwide.Corporate Members of Biocom, San Diego Venture Group, and International Executive Search Federation (IESF) Robin loves exercising, yoga, and dogs. Has 3 labs – Beau, Tundra, and a new puppy Rowdy!
Trisha Khaleghi - Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
Trisha Khaleghi is the senior vice president and chief executive officer for Sharp HealthCare’s specialty hospitals: Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, and Sharp McDonald Center.
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns is the largest and most extensive freestanding center for women’s health in Southern California, offering a variety of alternatives for the birthing experience and obstetrical care. Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital is the largest private behavioral health care facility in San Diego, providing inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for children, teens, adults, and seniors. Sharp McDonald Center is the only medically supervised chemical dependency hospital in San Diego County.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Khaleghi was the vice president of clinical services at Sharp Memorial Hospital, which included surgery, pharmacy, radiology, Outpatient Pavilion, as well as cardiology, transplant, and oncology service lines. She was responsible for more than 800 FTEs in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and for overall fiscal and quality outcomes for each of these departments. Ms. Khaleghi has been a Sharp employee for more than 20 years.
Holly Baughman, VP of Development
Victoria Stack, Social Market Coordinator