The Emerging Leaders in Science and Engineering (ELSE) Program


Who will benefit from the ELSE program?

The ELSE program is for up-and-coming life science and medical device industry scientists and engineers, including those entering industry from academic positions.  

You’ve come to the right place if you are currently responsible for executing one or more components of a program or functional area.  

Most participants will have staff or team management responsibilities and 0-10 years of supervisory experience.


What makes the ELSE program different?

The program is a smart, four-part approach to leadership development:


One: Understand the Elements

from curated leadership research and practice consolidated from the published works of respected scholars from Harvard Business School, MIT’s Sloan, London School of Business and more.


Two: Make Them Relevant

with Nancy Parenteau’s extraordinary real-world experience leading and managing scientists and engineers to achieve high impact, first-in-class, best-in-class outcomes “ahead of their time.”


Three: Learn What is Needed

throughout the online course, you’ll use work sheets for guided self-assessment to gauge where you are in certain skills and identify skills to add or strengthen.


Four: Develop the Skills

through practice, practice, practice with the support of online discussion, one-on-one talks with Nancy, and, in the future, Mastermind groups as the community of ELSE alums grows.


The Details

How long is the program? 

Enrollment in the ELSE program lasts 6 weeks during which time you’ll have access to the full online course to complete at your own pace.

We have factored in time to pause and think, revisit, self-assess, and start practicing, all of which is highly encouraged!


Who is the instructor?

Dr. Nancy Parenteau, co-founder and managing Member of Parenteau BioConsultants, is the creator of the ELSE program and your guide and mentor in the program. 

Nancy is a ground-breaking leader in bioscience having been the principal scientist and leader behind the first FDA-approved living cell therapy in the late 1990s. Remarkably, it remains best-in-class after nearly 25 years on the market.

Internationally recognized, she was instrumental in establishing a new field of science and engineering and has worked as an advisor to R&D managers and leaders since 2005 while continuing her interest in advancing the translation of science by co-founding two biotech start-ups.


Nancy has had the pleasure of working with and learning from many up-and-coming scientists and engineers who have gone on to make their own mark in industry.

The program combines her wise insights in building, supporting, and retaining a world-class team of scientists and engineers with the best principles and practices from some of the most accomplished experts in leadership and management.

Will I have access to Dr. Parenteau during the program?

Nancy will moderate and contribute to in-platform discussions. However, you’re encouraged to consider the mentoring option (see below), which includes three, one-hour private sessions during the program. It is a great opportunity to get Nancy’s advice at a fraction of her client consulting fees.


What will I learn?

  • The six elements of leadership and how they work together
  • Adding leadership skills to good management
  • What makes a trusted team leader
  • Alignment of purpose: company, self, and team
  • Controlling natural, but less than productive tendencies
  • Communicating authentically
  • Using the company vision and strategy to motivate
  • Maintaining a properly calibrated perspective to get results
  • Transitioning from doing it yourself to relying on others
  • Contributing your special talents without micromanaging
  • Employing technology and tasks wisely
  • Learning from your talented team
  • Developing on-target critical thinking within the team 
  • Knowing when a team member can handle greater responsibility
  • Preventing us and them attitudes and silos 
  • Fostering a supportive yet exciting can-do culture
  • Maintaining a courageous approach in you and your team
  • The styles of leadership and using them in life science
  • Recognizing causes of performance issues within the team
  • Creating more joy on the job for you and others
  • Working with company leaders beyond your group
  • Leading up as a recognized, highly-valued leader


  • Self-assessment tools to identify your current strengths and things to work on in the next 6-12 months
  • Further reading 
  • A six-month check-in by Dr. Parenteau


How much does it cost?

There are two levels to choose from:


How do I enroll?

The ELSE program begins May 1, 2023.  You may enroll at any time.  

The mentoring option is subject to Nancy’s availability.

After May 1, there will be a rolling monthly enrollment period to start the program the first of the following month.


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