Underwriters 2021 


Underwriters 2020:


Humanigen, Inc

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Korn Ferry

Roivant Sciences

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Russell Reynolds Associates



2019 and Prior: 


Big Think

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP


Korn Ferry

Latham & Watkins LLP


Park Square

Perella Weinberg Partners L.P.

Roivant Sciences

Russell Reynolds Associates

Sanofi S.A.



Walgreen Company


  • Most of us have felt frustration and anxiety this summer, as the early success of the vaccine rollout gave way to widespread hesitancy and the rise of new variants.   When Ken Banta asked Kristi Sorbello Frank and Viq Pervaaz about leading through this period, they agreed: it’s crucial for bosses to...

  • Joseph LaRosa has thought a lot lately about both leading and lawyering under pressure.    Joe is General Counsel of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, which has been going full-bore for more than a year as it developed, tested and sought approval for its now-famous antibody cocktail for treating COVID.   H...

  • A few weeks back, we shared ideas for navigating the minefield of vaccine policy from Art Caplan, one of the country’s leading bioethicists. Art had valuable advice on countering misinformation and recognizing your power to influence behavior, among other things.   But on an issue like this, leaders...

  • In early August, Ken Banta launched the Vanguard Vaccination Project in partnership with Glenna Brooks and Sherry Fox of Global Vaccination Advisors. Ken, Glenna and Sherry leveraged their leadership expertise — and their skills at asking the right questions of other experts — to produce a tool kit ...

  • Vaccination policies can be a legal and ethical minefield for business leaders. In the video below, Art Caplan, one of the country’s top bioethicists, speaks with Ken Banta about how to navigate the problem.   Art, the founding director of NYU Langone’s Division of Medical Ethics, talks about severa...

  • Entrepreneurial founders in life sciences often get derailed as they lead organizations into their third or fourth years. Vivek Ramaswamy, founder and CEO of Roivant Sciences, thinks that’s because starting a new kind of company means breaking norms, while scaling a business requires adhering to the...

  • How do you keep growing your organization’s talent pool, and developing people once they’re there, at a time when face-to-face connection really isn’t an option? And how do you plan to continue these functions in a post-pandemic reality that we're still not clear about? In this video, a number of ge...

  • It looks like social distancing and remote work will be with us for a while, despite all the good news about vaccines. In this video, we hear from leaders about how to create positive change out of these circumstances. Jason Grenfell-Gardner, chairman of Pfenex, points out that leaders need to be mu...

  • Vanguard’s Ken Banta speaks with Amber Edwards, Chief Commercial Officer of Alastin Skincare, and Matt Morgan, CEO of Vertava Health, about lessons they’ve learned from the pressures of the pandemic. When Amber’s then-employer pulled out of the US market in March of 2020, she focused on what she cou...

  • Garrick Isert, a top leadership coach, offers a “quick, dirty, practical, tactical leadership exercise” that leads to a clear-eyed perspective on your department or company. Once participants identify the main issues they want to make progress on, he asks them to chose just one, and then identify th...