OC LIFe - Recruiting for Emerging Life Science Companies

Hear from leading HR professionals at some of the top life science companies in SoCal.

Learn the considerations and strategies for making hiring your company’s greatest strength so your company can scale successfully. They will discuss:

  • How to find talent on a tight budget in a hot talent market?
  • What should you consider when creating competitive compensation packages?
  • How do you know when to switch from 1099 to W-2?
  • What's the right hiring plan?
  • How do you execute quickly?
  • What resources do you need to help you?

Create connections that could last a lifetime.

The OC LIFe (Life Science Innovators Forum) is a monthly free event series focused on creating a collaborative environment that fosters connections between innovators in the life sciences and medtech industry.

Presenting Sponsor

Biocom California Logo


Biocom harnesses the collective power and experience of the most innovative and productive life science clusters in the world, with powerful advocacy and transformative programs to help companies in their quest to improve the human condition. Biocom provides the strongest public voice for research institutions and companies that fuel the California economy.


Event Speakers

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Amy Fox

Vice President of Human Resources,
Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc.

Ms. Fox has more than 20 years of human resources experience and expertise in helping leaders build high-performing, agile organizations. She joined Halozyme in January 2020 as Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources.

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Dianne Whitfield

Chief Human Resources Officer,
Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Dianne brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources, including over a decade of life sciences industry management and leadership. Prior to joining Tarsus, Dianne served as Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS), where she led efforts to support the commercialization of the start-up company’s first approved product. While at Evolus, she focused on recruiting top talent, building a positive culture, and fostering an effective employee experience in order to drive engagement and business results.

Cindy Navarrette

Cindy Navarrette

Director of Talent,
Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Cindy brings 20+ years of experience in partnering with leaders and connecting talent. Together, we will build a best-in-class pharma organization.

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Monica Alfisi, CBPA

Certified Business Performance Advisor,

I am a business professional and strategist with over 20 years of experience and expertise in small business management, business-to-business marketing and outside sales. In my current role as a Business Performance Advisor with Insperity, I work with local business owners in my community who are looking to reduce liability and increasing profitability. I provide small business owners with impactful solutions that mitigate risks such as providing employer cost containment, extending affordable medical benefits, alleviating administrative functions, improving employee productivity, access to critical performance training tools, facilitating top talent recruitment and much more.

Event Partner


The SBDC @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation is a resource for any high-technology, high-growth, scalable venture from both the Orange County and UCI ecosystem that needs assistance with business planning, business development and funding-readiness. The center hosts several VC and Angel investors on site, as well as various ecosystem partners and industry professionals who work closely with the entrepreneurs.

Meet with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Whether you’re looking for guidance with starting your new tech venture, obtaining angel or venture capital, or looking for SBIR/STTR assistance, we're here for you!

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Event Details

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

3:00PM - 4:00PM

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