What would you do if you didn’t work in healthcare?
I’ve been doing this so long, I don’t even know. I’d love to write TV sitcoms. I’d love to be a travel blogger and photographer. I’d love to work at a Google think tank. I’d love to partner with local governments to try to combat homelessness and food insecurity. I’d love to be a famous movie star. Am I qualified to do any of it? Probably not …
Can you give a shout-out to someone who helped you at a pivotal time in your career?
Can I give 100 shout outs? My first boss, Alexis Anninos at the Hyatt Regency Boston (when I was a meeting planner), taught me so much about the corporate world. He also forced me to learn Microsoft Excel, which has proven invaluable. My first boss at Biogen, Valerie Shea, was like Yoda. She always had an insightful perspective, and, no matter how crazy the situation, she always had a calm and thoughtful response. I credit Kate Booth, my first agency boss, with making me who I am today. She’s an absolutely brilliant human, and whenever anyone says I remind them of her, it’s the highest compliment. And Mike Hodgson, CB’s former chief creative officer who mentored me as a creative and planner, single handedly changed the course of my life. Also, every time I run a workshop, I try to channel his energy and hope I’m half as engaging.
Work to live, or live to work?
Somewhere in between. Live and work — and love them both!
Share a moment when you left your comfort zone; what did you learn?
If I don’t leave my comfort zone at least once a week, I’m not doing my job. Whenever it happens, I always surprise myself with my own capability. I think most people — especially women — underestimate their own abilities. My best advice: Even if it’s scary, try it! If you’re successful, great. If not, you’ll learn and grow — and that’s an even bigger success.
To ensure pay parity and career advancement for women, I will …
Support the women around me as they go through different stages in their lives. At CB, the executive leadership team (which is all women, by the way) and I are constantly thinking about developing young, female talent and how to support new moms or moms returning to work after years away. When I started at CB seven years ago, less than 10% of the staff was male (we’re more balanced now). But since I grew up in a female-led organization, I like to think that fostering, fueling and supporting female talent is in my bones.
What is one thing you would tell young women starting their careers in healthcare marketing?
Even if you’re certain you know what your passion is, I’d encourage you to try your hand at roles in different disciplines. Marketing and agency work are very collaborative and team-based, and you’ll be a better partner and problem solver if you understand how your cross-functional teammates work and the challenges they face.
Anything by Taylor Swift. Actually, that’s embarrassing. Maybe you guys can just swap that answer out with something cooler.
Which three people, alive or dead, would you like to host at a dinner party and why?
Richard Feynman (the theoretical physicist), Rita Carter (neuroscientist and writer) and Ricky Gervais. Why? I think that goes without saying. If it doesn’t, google these people immediately!