Tell us who you are!
I am a career pharmaceutical market currently working as a Global Marketing Launch Lead for an oncology product at Bayer Health Care.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I have a Master’s Degree in Health Care Economics and Marketing, and I started out in my career in healthcare consulting for pharmaceutical companies. My first area of focus was market access but within a few years I switched to marketing and begin working at major pharmaceutical companies such as Schering-Plough (now Merck), Bristol Myer’s Squibb and Bayer. I have been in marketing for 20 years.
What does “Social Capital” mean to you?
Social capital means to me the networks of relationships people have, and how they leverage them to function more effectively.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
Depth of knowledge, long term experience, number of contacts and a good ability to network, the love of strategic marketing.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
Being able to take a leading and impactful part in three block buster launches, both of which satisfied a high unmet need and truly offered patients a breakthrough clinical advancement (Remicade, Opdivo and Stivarga).
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
Skills that helped get me to where I am today – are the ability to think and execute strategically, building a depth of core marketing skills, making good choices about career moves that broaden depth of experience and career options.
Skills that hindered me in getting to where I am today – are my complete and total lack of interest in work and group politics, my low level of tolerance for spin and inefficiency.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
I have had several, very good opportunities to be mentored by other, many of whom I have respected and learned a lot from, I would like to be able to offer that to a mentee; also, I think that mentoring someone outside your own field is interesting and could be very beneficial for both mentor and mentee.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
Time, advice, a sounding board, and a different perspective.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
I am very open, I don’t have any preconceived ideal mentee.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
I do believe there is a glass ceiling in many companies, in some is it more blatant, others more subtle, but it still exists if you look at the male/female ratio in senior leadership position.
I think the acceptance of a variety of leadership styles (both male and female styles) and being more open to allowing flexibility in the way people work will help to break the glass ceiling. I think mentoring can help because women who have been successful in one way or another can give their advice and guidance to others who perhaps can incorporate some of these successful behaviors into their personal leadership style.