Contact: Michael Traupman, Executive Director for College Relations 610-740-3790


Allentown, PA (October 13, 2008) - Pat Teden ’75, the President and Principal of Teden Consulting, LLC, will give the 2008 Naomi Houser Lecture at Cedar Crest College, Tuesday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m. Entitled, “Constant Transition,” the lecture will be held in Room 1 of the Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness.

Teden’s talk will discuss how her career, which is based in the pharmaceutical and biopharm industries, has been in constant transition - progressing through a cycle of 'corporate' chapters followed by 'entrepreneurial' chapters. Teden will look at the importance of staying flexible within a career and how to be sensitive to changes in the marketplace. Among the themes she will address are: “following your passions” and “measuring achievement.” Teden will also highlight the skills she attained and practiced in each of the different work environments and roles of her career.

As president of Teden Consulting, Teden helps biopharmaceutical companies with emerging issues and operational questions. Teden’s expertise is brought to clinical trial disclosure policy and processes, conformance to U.S. and international regulations, and to external stakeholder expectations. Teden Consulting also leads strategic projects for biopharm clients. Prior to founding her company, Teden served as senior director of Strategic Business Functions for Pfizer. Teden has also served as an independent consultant, executive vice president and COO of Ingenium, associate director of Clinical Data Management for Sandoz (now Novartis), and a medical data specialist for Merck.

Teden received her B.A. in biology from Cedar Crest in 1975, and an MBA in international affairs from Harvard Business School in 1991. She has been involved with the Society for Clinical Data Management, the Drug Information Association SIAC for Clinical Trial Disclosure, and the Jersey Animal Coalition, Inc.

The Naomi Houser Lecture is given annually at Cedar Crest College and is named for M. Naomi Houser ’21. The goal of this lecture program is to empower Cedar Crest students by showing the paths taken by successful Cedar Crest graduates. Houser attended Allentown Hospital from 1918-1921 for her R.N. and graduated first in her class. She received her B.S. (1929) and M.A. (1931) in nursing from Columbia University. Professionally, she was a private duty nurse in New York City from 1921-25, a nursing instructor at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem from 1925-34, a director of nursing at St. Luke’s from 1934-59 and a staff member at the Merrybrook Retreat Center in Wells, Vermont from 1959-62. She was very active in the Allentown. When Houser died in 1986, she left a bequest to the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Association, which formed the foundation of the Naomi Houser Distinguished Biology Alumna Lecturer program.

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