What would you do if you didn’t work in healthcare?
I feel it’s a true privilege to work in healthcare because healthcare is one of the great democratizers of the world, reflecting a need that people of all walks of life have in common. I’ve always been interested in helping people access things that both they and their families need to live well, so for this reason, if I hadn’t found my calling in healthcare, I would probably be part of an organization like the Peace Corps.
Can you give a shout-out to someone who helped you at a pivotal time in your career?
My first job out of college was at a large agency called DMB&B. I worked in the new business group helping with research for pitches. I was very green and had just moved to Manhattan, and it all was a bit overwhelming. My boss, Denise Philley, taught me the ropes of the role, but more than that, she showed me through her words and actions every day the importance of fairness, empathy and respect for our fellow coworkers. We are still very close, and she remains one of the most impactful people in my life.
Work to live, or live to work?
I’m not sure I can choose. I love to work in healthcare; it’s truly a part of what I consider “living.” And my experience at Klick has made it even more rewarding given all the innovative ways we can help people.
Share a moment when you left your comfort zone; what did you learn?
The summer before my senior year in college, I left my family and friends behind and traveled abroad to live with a family in Avignon, France, to immerse into this beautiful culture that I had studied for many years. I was terrified at first, but soon realized that we all share many of the same values and desires, and that we all try to live our best life, whatever that looks like. Things seemed much clearer and simpler after that experience.
To ensure pay parity and career advancement for women, I will …
Always encourage applicants for any role to inquire about the “value” of the role and remind women that they should never divulge their current salary. That is not a winning strategy in a world where many women are still underpaid relative to their male counterparts.
What’s one thing you would tell young women starting their careers in healthcare marketing?
I would make sure they know that healthcare is like any other kind of marketing: It’s rooted in deep insight, often cultivating a great creative idea, and always building meaningful experiences for different audiences. But the game changer in healthcare is that its primary objective is to help people live longer and richer lives. This is why we do what we do and why we love it so much.
Any song on U2’s Joshua Tree album … it never, ever gets old.
Which three people, alive or dead, would you like to host at a dinner party and why?
I would host Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Obama, and Marie Curie. I think it’d be fascinating to listen to the stories of these pioneering women after facing the challenges and opportunities of their time, and to hear what was both different and similar in what they experienced.