Ankita Deshpande

Head of Digital Health and Experience Innovation

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

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Speaker Bio

As a child growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Ankita dreamed of being a storm chaser. However, windstorms and curly hair are incompatible, so instead she chose to enroll in the Management and Technology program at the University of Pennsylvania to study bioengineering and business.

After 7 years of biopharma-focused strategy consulting, Ankita has since held roles in small and medium sized companies and non-profits spanning commercial, market access, pricing, business development, corporate strategy, and strategic partnerships and experienced implementing Human Centered Design, Agile, and Scrum in the biopharma context.

Currently, she serves as the Head of Digital Health and Experience Innovation within the Rare Disease Unit of AstraZeneca where she creates a playful and safe space for teams with innovative ideas to test and learn and, one day, change the face of clinical care for rare disease patients.

Speaker Sessions

Panel Discussion

Leading with Feminine Energy to Build Next-Gen Technology

60 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • Leadership
  • Not to be Missed
  • Technical
  • Amanda Ayotte

    Director - Digital Experience & Strategy

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals

  • Ankita Deshpande

    Head of Digital Health and Experience Innovation

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals

  • Supriya Bakshi

    Director - Data & Analytics Lead for Digital Health

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals

  • Addie Swartz



The future of leadership is evolving to embrace feminine energy styles, irrespective of gender. Qualities like empathy, nurturing, and kindness are what upcoming generations will expect of their leaders. Gen Z is actively developing their emotional intelligence as they prioritize self-care, going to therapy, and authenticity – this will impact how we work – and leaders need to evolve.

Technology can aid in democratizing the workplace, but it also carries biases, like “women’s winter” or phones that are too large for smaller hands. Qualities coded as traditionally “feminine” will fuel product development to address these biases for a more inclusive future. You don’t need to “act like a man” to succeed – the future is female!

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the importance and relevance of feminine leadership style
  • Learning the evolution of leadership
  • Addressing institutional bias through next-gen technology

Career Advice Hub

60 mins
  • Track - Networking
  • Career Development
  • Networking
  • Ankita Deshpande

    Head of Digital Health and Experience Innovation

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals

  • Rach SebellShavit PCC

    Certified Leadership Development Coach

Book your 1-2-1 appointment with our speakers at the Career Advice Hub to get direct advice on your personal and professional development that’s specific to you and your challenges. The Career Advice Hub will allow you to meet 1-2-1 with industry experts who are making themselves available across the day to offer valuable career advice and tips! Each meeting will run for a maximum of 15 minutes and will operate on a first come first serve basis.

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