The Diversity & Inclusion Forum


Perspectives & Possibilities for the Life Science Industry

The Diversity & Inclusion Forum was launched in 2018 to bring together the life science and healthcare industry for an action-oriented discussion on how you can make your workforce, workplace and marketplace more inclusive.

“The focus of the forum was not to reiterate the many problems we’re faced with when it comes to diversity inclusion, but rather to infuse accountability and focus on resolutions that create action and real change to the benefit of our industry. By exchanging information, sharing best practices and supporting one another, we can individually and collectively take steps to drive progress that creates positive change.” - Katherine Andersen, Head of Healthcare Corporate Finance and East and Central Life Science

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About the Author

Katherine Andersen serves as Head of Life Science & Healthcare Relationship Banking at SVB. She also sits on the Board of Directors for SVB's Joint Venture in China, SPD Silicon Valley Bank. Prior to SVB, Katherine was a Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank leading the Life Sciences business development and relationship management efforts for the New England region. Before that, she was a Director at Wells Fargo Capital Finance focused on front-end business development and underwriting of structured loans. Prior to Wells, she held various positions across mergers and acquisitions, finance, equity derivatives, audit, and management while at Affiliated Managers Group, Merrill Lynch, GE Corporate Audit Staff and GE Capital.

Katherine has a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Virginia Tech. She has also completed Dartmouth’s Tuck Executive Leadership and Strategic Impact Program, Wells Fargo’s Transformational Leadership Program, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the GE Capital Financial Management Program.

Away from work, Katherine serves on the Finance Advisory Board for Virginia Tech, the Board of Directors for WEST (Women in the Enterprise of Science & Technology), member of CEOs Against Cancer, an American Cancer Society program, and as Chairperson for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Corporate Council. She also enjoys endurance sports, traveling with her family, and baking epic birthday cakes for her three kids.

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