At the German American Conference at Harvard 2022, I organized a workshop and authored the attached Whitepaper about lessons from the Boston life science cluster for German science.
The article was also published online.
Mistaken Notions of First-Time Life-Science Entrepreneurs
by Stephanie Oestreich and Peter Dolch
Life science is endlessly complex and fascinating – especially in startups.
With a combined four decades of experiences in pharma, biotech, medical device and other life sciences companies ranging from early-stage startups to established companies, we wanted to share our thoughts with aspiring entrepreneurs (so you can hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls and collect fewer battle scars):
The Ins And Outs Of Board Service: What We Now Know
By Shannon Dahl, Ph.D., Elizabeth Jeffords, and Stephanie Oestreich, Ph.D., MPA
Twenty relative strangers stepped into a conference room at George Washington University (GWU) with one goal: learn as much as they could about board directorships in order to better serve as future board members.
What we took away went deep into the “must-knows” before joining a board: pivotal case studies of board situations gone wrong, and advanced career-building knowledge that was applicable both in and outside of the boardroom.
Teams and Leadership in Management and Music
The conductor, much like a leader in management, performs through his people, the musicians; anywhere people work together in order to achieve high performance, “teams” and “leadership” are universally applicable concepts.
Even seemingly disparate areas such as management and music have one thing in common: people play the central role, and effective leaders can only realize their visions by inspiring their people.
This paper points out further similarities between these fields and identifies learnings from which both can mutually benefit. It links the concepts of “teams” and “leadership” in management and music, and explores the role of experiential learning between these two areas in its first chapter.
The second chapter points out differences between “managing” and “leading”, and similarities of these concepts in management and music.
Finally, this article ends with a chapter on managing change and summarizing conclusions.
Schubert to the fore in Boston Artists Ensemble season finale
The Boston Artists Ensemble performed an all-Schubert chamber program Sunday at St. Paul’s Church in Brookline to close its current season.
The first half of the program featured Schubert’s Quartet No. 13 in A minor D 804, Rosamunde. Composed around the same time as Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartet showcased a central theme in his oeuvre: drama enhanced by contradictions.
Alexi Kenney takes a daring leap from “Shifting Ground”
Violinist Alexi Kenney is showing us a possible future of music with Shifting Ground, his program pairing Bach solo sonatas from the 18th Century and contemporary works by Steve Reich, Georges Enescu and Du Yun, among others.
A reference to ground bass, the low-end motifs in Baroque that set up variations, Shifting Ground creates an exchange between eras that is coherent artistically but defies easy categorization. Two new pieces were composed expressly for this project, and two more are by Baroque-era composers not named Bach.
New England Philharmonic serves up dances, old and new, in a program of premieres
Tianhui Ng led the New England Philharmonic (NEP) through a complex yet intriguing series of world premieres and symphonic dances Saturday night at Jordan Hall. This program juxtaposed contemporary and established composers in an audacious yet successful fashion.
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s brief Thank You Notes for Richard Pittman, written to honor NEP’s music director emeritus, was debuted at this concert.