Monthly Archives: May 2021

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A wise person once told me:  show up, speak your truth and don’t be attached to the outcome. -Caroline C. Werner 
Make no mistake about it, Caroline C. Werner is a superstar in the field of HR.  She’s the Senior Vice President, Global Talent for Korn Ferry with over 8,000 employees in 50 countries.  In this role, she responsible for talent acquisition, operations, learning and development, administration, human relations business strategies and more.  How can there possibly be enough hours in the day for this dynamic, successful, young woman?   And if she does find one minute of spare time, what does she do with it?  In this interview, we learn that Caroline was raised to rise and shine. Her tireless work-ethic and can-do attitude have served the young executive well, and the sky is the limit. #thestorybehindhersuccess #youngprofessionals 

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Success to me is being in alignment with what is important to you and following through on that in your actions and in your behavior, in your words. -Chris Vasiliadis

Meet Chris Vasiliadis, founder of Priority Wellness and author of the book Ignition: A Professional Woman’s Guide to Energized, Burnout-Proof Living. She has reinvented herself many times. In fact, she’s worked in high-tech with roles in systems engineering, computer security, cryptography, software project management, and as Director of Performance Improvement…and then she started down her entrepreneurial path flexing her artistic muscle as a make-up artist and then as a marketing consultant. But it was a health crisis in 2005 that rocked her world and inspired her to shift her mindset and adjust her compass. In this interview, Chris shares her wisdom about how managing your energy has far greater results than trying to manage your time. A self-described “recovering Type-A personality, Chris shares how she deliberately created a more healthy, active life for herself and you can, too. The secret is: you have to make it a priority. #storybehindhersuccess #prioritywellness

Karla MacDonald -162

Look around and find people who you want to be like or who you want to learn from. Make sure they see who you are, and what you can do. -Karla MacDonald

With so much attention on the rollout of the vaccine, delivered to the world in record time, I wanted to find a woman in a leadership role in the pharmaceutical world who could give us a bird’s eye view on the industry. Enter Karla MacDonald, Vice President, Communications & Patient Advocacy at Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals. With 20 years of experience working in life sciences, Karla has the knowledge and the insight about how clinical trials work, why patient advocacy matters, and how the scientific community has responded to the pandemic. I also wondered how much progress has been made by women and minorities in “big pharma”, and how much more work is yet to be done. Born and raised in Canada where her heroes were scientists, Karla shares the story of her childhood and the many gifts her parents passed on to her, including her father’s words of wisdom: “always sit in the front of the class and make sure the professor knows your name.” For a tutorial on what it’s like to climb the ladder and succeed in the pharmaceutical industry, just hit that download button #lifesciences #pharmaceuticals

Dr. Tamika Jacques -161

Every child is unique and every child has a skill. It is up to us parents to guide them and be attentive to those skills. -Dr. Tamika Jacques

Meet Dr. Tamika Jacques, mother of three and workforce specialist with a doctorate in Educational Leadership Science. She’s the author of two groundbreaking books: A Brown Girls Guide to Employment & Networking, and her latest: A Brown Parents Guide to Preparing Our Children for Employment in the 21st Century. Using the many challenges she faced over the course of her own career, Tamika’s goal in writing the book has been to open up the conversation between parents and their children around recognizing and tapping into passions and interests sooner than later. A third-generation Cape Verdean-American from Bridgewater, MA., Tamika was prepared by her parents to deal with a world that would judge her by the color of her skin. In this interview, she offers tools and techniques to shepherd the next generation of brown children toward actively creating opportunities for themselves. Says Tamika: “Never let anyone put you in a box because of their own racial bias. Dream big. Be who you are, because that is when you are going to shine.” For a dose of parenting advice that will put your child on a pathway toward success, hit that download button.