I had a mom who you know because my dad was at work and we need to change a car battery her and I did it together so she showed me that you know there’s certainly no boundaries.
What drew you to Project Management?
My early career in biopharma was spent at the lab bench until the point where I was given an opportunity to support a project management team. For me that was a great movement forward I was able to couple my experience on the lab bench with working with individuals and different teams. One of the things I love about project management is owning the projects but more importantly being able to interface and work with different departments across the organization for a common goal.
The biopharmaceutical industry has always been adventurous to me I was always strong in math and sciences growing up. So for me to move into a field that let me utilize those areas that I was comfortable in made the most sense. My first job right out of college was working at the lab bench for a pharmaceutical company and at that time I was hooked on the excitement of new technologies new products coming to market.
Women in STEM
I love seeing the number of women in the stem industry increasing. When I grew up I didn’t feel that there were any boundaries placed around me that I wasn’t allowed to be in a more technical field moving into stem. There was no boundaries. The university I attended actually when I started had a ratio of 11 to 1 men to women. When I look back at that ratio today it’s down to three to one. So it’s so nice to see that progression and you can see it in the workplace also.
For me being a compassionate and fair leader has been paramount throughout my Career. I hope when my teams refer back to my time with them that they’ll look at me as a leader that supported them and that they always knew that I had their back.
What are you Reading?
I just finished reading As a Woman by Paula Stone Williams it was amazing to get to read her memoir after having the opportunity to speak with her one-on-one. Listening to her journey as she transitioned from a man to a woman was amazing> Her raw and openness and sharing that was wonderful to read and to speak to her about it was interesting to see her insights on different situations with her both as a man and as a woman.
How do you spend your Weekends?
I enjoy spending my weekends with family and friends. My children are grown and unfortunately out of state so anytime we get the opportunity to visit them we take it and when we’re not with them and we’re at home we’re with our two Labrador Retrievers
Here at ApiJect we are a majority woman in this industry and it’s great to work with everyone.