“Cook Up Some Teamwork: Five Lessons from the Kitchen”

May 1, 2012 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
La Jolla Marriott

Business organizations with well-run teams have many benefits including lower turnover and higher profits. So why are some teams more productive and successful than others? And, how can organizations work to foster a synergy where employees are empowered and motivated to perform at their best?

After 30 years in financial and operations management, primarily in life sciences companies, Karin Eastham now divides her time between the boardroom and the kitchen. Karin is now sharing what she has learned in the kitchen to help enhance teamwork in the workplace. Her talk, “Cook Up Some Teamwork: Five Lessons from the Kitchen” will provide you with helpful tips on how to use team cooking to enhance the effectiveness of your work team. Her book, Cook the Part: Delicious, Interactive and Fun Team Cooking (Crosswalk Press October 2011) combines her leadership experience with her passion for cooking and provides you with the game plan for eight themed dinners, a delicious way to cook up fun with friends or colleagues, while increasing team effectiveness and collaboration.

Ms. Eastham serves as a director for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Illumina, Inc., Geron Corporation and Trius Therapeutics, Inc. She also serves on the board of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center and the San Diego Symphony During Karin’s long career in life science companies she held the following positions:  Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and trustee of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research. Senior Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary of Diversa Corporation, where she led the company’s IPO, raising over $200 MM. Similar positions with CombiChem, Inc., a computational chemistry company, and Cytel Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company. Vice President, Finance, Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics. Ms. Eastham received a B.S. and M.B.A. from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Karin is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2004 Women Who Mean Business Award, the UCSD Athena 2007 Technology Pinnacle Award and the Corporate Directors Forum 2007 Director of the Year Award in Corporate Governance.