Tell us who you are!
I am the Manager of Performance and Program Management for the US Procurement Organization at BAYER. I also head-up two Employee Resource Groups.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
I began my career in 2002 with a supplier of equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of flat panel display, Glass and solar products. In 2008 I joined Bayer and soon after relocated to New York to lead the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs element team responsible for the development and regulatory submission of a Blood Glucose monitoring system.
In 2012 I founded the BPDN (Bayer Professional Development Network), an employee resource group dedicated to making a positive impact on employees, providing opportunities for them to develop leadership skills and expand their networks. The BPDN has developed into the largest Bayer employee resource group in the United States with 1,500 registered members.
Since 2013 I am focused primarily on special projects developing the Procurement Communication strategy, championing new training & professional development programs. Most recently, I have taken the lead on creating a new employee resource group called “Hope”. Hope stands for “Helping Other Parents Elevate” and is dedicated to supporting Bayer employees who have children with disabilities.
What does “Social Capital” mean to you?
Your network is only going to grow and be able to make a difference in your career if you continue to add to it, nurture the connections in it, and build your “social capital”. Some people see that and think they need to make 1,000+ connections on LinkedIn and that they have a meaningful network. Those networks will not make a difference in your career unless they are people you know, people who you’ve worked with, people who you’ve made a difference for, or people who you have continued to nurture relationships with.
What makes you successful in your business/current job?
I’d have to say that I’m successful in my current job because I wasn’t classically trained to be in this particular profession. I have experience in packaging, manufacturing, supplier quality, new product development, purchasing, sourcing and program management. That gives me a great deal of experience to draw from and I’m able to see things from multiple perspectives.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and privately?
My biggest achievement professionally was starting the Bayer Professional Development Network and building it from 4 people to over 1,500 today. Privately, my biggest achievement has been my two daughters (Amaya and Kailynn).
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What helped? What hindered?
There are a few things that have helped me get to where I am today. The most important thing was a mentor who had direct control and influence over my career development. My first mentor helped me move up the ladder fairly quickly at Applied Materials and then was also responsible for bringing me to Bayer HealthCare. His recommendations also helped me to land my next two promotions after that. In addition, I believe staying positive has helped me just as much. I’m able to build relationships with my colleagues rather easily because of my attitude and I believe that’s been a catalyst for much of my success.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
I’d like to help young professionals build their brand. I truly believe in the “doing more for everyone than anyone else” mindset that Tony Robbins teaches and I’d like to share my lessons learned with motivated and driven people.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
My 1World Mentee will get a unique mentoring experience. I believe that all development comes from three pillars. How you develop yourself as a person, how you develop yourself as a professional, and how you give back to your community. You will never truly excel until you are focusing on all three. I’ll help you find out what’s important to you in all three areas.
I am also always looking for capable interns for my department.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
My ideal 1World Mentee will be someone who is driven, wants to make a difference, and doesn’t mind doing more work than what is in their job description. Someone who is willing to invest the time it takes to grow professionally, but also sees value in helping other people along the way.
What are your aspirations for your 1World Mentee?
Ever situation will be unique. My main goal is to add value and to help them be a better person and professional.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
No. If there is, let’s break it. Every young female professional should have the mindset that they can go as far as they choose to.