Diversity Alliance for Science (DA4S), the leading life science-focused non-profit supplier diversity organization, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its annual West Coast Conference in beautiful Laguna, California. This exciting 2.5-day event connected representatives from the world’s leading pharmaceutical, healthcare and biotechnology corporations with CEOs from life science-industry-focused small and diverse businesses.
DA4S prides itself on what it calls its “secret sauce,” which is the unparalleled networking opportunities its conferences and events provide, and this year’s West Coast Conference delivered on that and more. The conference kicked off with a memorable member’s-only day that provided a full day of networking and relationship building, including golf and for all the non-golfers, an afternoon of team building fun. The energy from member’s-only day carried into the rest of the conference, which featured a line-up of engaging and relevant content for all attendees — from panel discussions and a fireside chat with executives from leading life science corporations to inspirational guest speakers, which included Princess Sarah Culberson, who awed the plenary session audience with her keynote presentation. Success stories were also shared, suppliers took the stage in our Shark Tank kick-off and over 400 matchmaking meetings took place in a hybrid format.
There was certainly not a shortage of opportunities to network and connect between the roundtables, matchmaking and evening events. Attendees had ample opportunities to re-engage with existing contacts and meet new ones. Throughout the last 15 years since its inception, DA4S has established itself as the premier platform for connecting small and diverse businesses with corporations specific to the life science industry.
DA4S is really a one-of-a-kind organization and once you attend one of their events, you start to understand why people rave about it — it really is like a family and the energy is contagious.
DA4S is looking forward to expanding its membership and services in 2023 for suppliers and corporate members! To learn more, please visit diversityallianceforscience.com