Curiosity Unleashes the Power of People

Friday, November 19, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EST

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Simon Brown, CLO, Novartis; Steve Sitek, Head of Learning, Novartis Gene Therapies, Novartis; and Nina Bressler Murphy, Global Head of Enterprise Capability, Novartis Learning Institute

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ATD BEST Award-winner Novartis has been on an incredible cultural journey the past couple of years to help build a leading, focused medicines company powered by advanced therapy platforms and data science.

Unleashing the power of their people is a key ingredient. It ensures people can fully apply their talent and energy by prioritizing three aspects of their culture: curious, inspired, and unbossed.

Join us for this interactive webinar to learn from the BEST and how Novartis “goes big on learning” to fuel 110,000 people’s curiosity and gain the leadership capacity to be unbossed and inspiring.


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Simon Brown
Simon Brown

CLO, Novartis

Simon is Chief Learning Officer at Novartis and author of the Amazon #1 hot new release ‘The Curious Advantage’. He is a commercially-minded learning leader with experience across a range of the world's leading organisations. Having co-founded Brightwave, one of the UK's leading e-Learning companies, Simon moved to Accenture to consult for companies including BT, BP, Microsoft, and Canon. He then focused on the Banking industry, working with Barclays, HSBC and RBS. Following a series of projects with Lloyds, Simon moved over to deliver the Academy strategy he had designed. This role then developed into creating the business case for, and then leading the bank-wide learning transformation. In 2012 Simon was awarded the Chief Learning Officer, Silver Strategy Award for his work at Lloyds Banking Group, and in 2013 he received the global accolade of 'Learning Champion of the Year, Honorable Mention Award'.

In 2013 Simon moved to Novartis global HQ in Switzerland, to set up the Learning Team in the Capability Building Academy, responsible for enhancing effectiveness of learning for the global pharma salesforce and commercial business. In 2016 he moved to the development world and created the cross-divisional 'Global Development University', before progressing in September 2017 to take over the Novartis-wide Learning CoE and Novartis Universities, and also define the strategy for digital capability building. Simon also hosts, with his co-authors, the popular podcast The Curious Advantage, which is in the top 10% of podcasts globally, and has been in the Apple Management Podcasts Top 5 in 20 countries. He is a regular keynote speaker at events internationally.

Steve Sitek
Steve Sitek

Head of Learning, Novartis Gene Therapies, Novartis

Steve’s passion is education and learning. He is always looking for new ways to help people learn at work to create a world that works better. He currently practices his craft as Head of Learning, Novartis Gene Therapies, and previously help learning leadership roles across Novartis and at Wyeth/Pfizer, BMS, GE, Ernst & Young and Sony.

Steve stays sharp in his field by connecting with colleagues routinely, being active with the Association for Talent Development and as an adjunct professor at Rutgers Business School.

Steve most enjoys time with his family, dog, and friends exploring culinary adventures and outdoor sporting activities – cycling, hiking, golf, skiing, travel.

Steve is naturally curious, energetic, optimistic, and rarely sits still.

Nina Bressler Murphy
Nina Bressler Murphy

Global Head of Enterprise Capability, Novartis Learning Institute

At the heart of my work is a purpose to help people thrive. I believe that continuous learning, leadership that is founded on individual autonomy and curiosity unleashes people, teams, organizations and their potential.

I started my career executing large scale enterprise transformation through the lens of technology implementation. This served as an ideal playground to learn about organizations, their processes, teams and the individuals that comprise them. The experiences and challenges I came up against required me to practice unfettered curiosity and collaborative, conscious leadership. As I honed my ability to navigate complexity, I shifted in my approach to transformation. I evolved my focus from processes to people, from systems to culture and from solving for the complicated through controls to being comfortable with the ambiguity of complexity, and even thriving in emergent and transformative environments that challenge my creativity and call upon me to bring my most innovative self to the solution.

We are all works in progress, and it is my daily practice to live and work with purpose, be open, be self-aware, serve others, listen to learn, be honest and continuously seek out opportunities to experiment, thrive and evolve. I am most energized when I can help organizations enable similar practices and unleash their full potential.