Mark Rutstein

Mark Rutstein
  1. Tell us who you are!

    I am a pharmaceutical industry physician with 12 years of experience in drug development. I obtain satisfaction from helping others and believe in the concept of “paying it forward.”

  2. Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!

    During college I planned on becoming a corporate lawyer. During my last year in college I decided to study medicine after being drawn to the altruistic aspects of such a career path. Following medical school and residency training, I completed a full time MBA program while practicing hospital based medicine. Intrigued by the idea of developing new medicines to treat serious diseases, I joined the pharmaceutical industry following business school. Since finishing my schooling and medical training, I have worked at three pharmaceutical companies while contributing to the development and global regulatory approval of four drugs to address difficult to treat diseases.

  3. What does “Social Capital” mean to you?

    Valuable relationships and social networks amongst people that are characterized by trust and mutual support. The 1World Mentorship program is a manifestation of Social Capitalism.

  4. What makes you successful in life/current job?
    • Tenacity for learning
    • Diligence and willingness to put in whatever hours are necessary to do the job
    • Ability to balance attention to detail with awareness of strategic context
    • Strong emphasis on honing verbal and written communication skills
    • Adaptation of communication to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders
  5. What can you offer your 1World Mentee?

    I can offer my mentee guidance based on my personal and professional experience for the purpose of supporting her professional development. I intend to provide such guidance in a safe and confidential environment that promotes open-mindedness and a free exchange of ideas.

  6. Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?

    Yes, there is certainly a glass ceiling. I noticed this the first time that I sat in a business school classroom and observed that only ~30% of the class consisted of women. Also, in corporations in which I have worked, women are under-represented in leadership positions. We can work on breaking the glass ceiling by increasing the representation of women in business educational programs, encouraging female and male leaders to provide mentorship to talented junior female employees, increasing the availability of leadership training programs for talented female employees, carefully examining salary and hiring/promotional patterns to monitor for inequities according to sex, establishing business environments that enable women to be included in social networks, and encouraging women to take a proactive, confident approach in the workplace.