Sheila babnis


Sheila Babnis is a 21st century leader breaking new ground every day. She is currently an Innovator-in-Residence and Board Member for Future State, a small boutique consulting company in the East Bay. She is sought after on the speaker circuit, where she shares her thoughts on 21st century leadership, patient center design, collaborative platforms, working out loud, and health trends, in addition to simple approaches to increase transformational effectiveness. She is the current San Francisco Bay Area Healthcare Business Women’s Association President.

Prior to these roles she served as the Global Head of Strategic Innovation for Roche/Genentech. Her work is focused on driving paradigm-shifting changes to drug development that are needed to ensure a healthy, thriving future for patients and the healthcare industry. She leveraged working out loud, virtual collaboration, connected networks, human-centered design and other new ways of working to reduce time spent in meetings, accelerate decision making, and build trusted communities, and to deliver a 15% reduction in cost while accelerating revenue stream opportunities.

Sheila launched an innovation start-up as a new corporate function for the Product Development organization at Roche in 2013. In just two years, the team has played a transformational role in integrating innovation into the business and becoming a human-centric design engine for the 2020 roadmap.

Sheila’s career has centered on delivering increased productivity, operational efficiencies and significant savings while serving in leadership roles for Roche, Pfizer, Statprobe and Frito Lay. Sheila is a trend-spotter and a change agent who knows how to prepare teams and organizations for future realities.

Sheila holds a BA in Liberal Arts in Foreign Affairs with minors in Business and French from the University of Cincinnati and MS from Southern Connecticut State University in Statistics and Quantitative Analysis. She also earned a Certificate from the University of California School of Medicine in Drug Development and Regulatory Science; as well as several others on a variety of topics (Organizational Design, Executive Coaching, Design Thinking, and more).