Kristine Williams, MA, Research Operations Administrator, Mayo Clinic
What is your current role?
I have had the honor to be a leader at Mayo Clinic for 13 years enabling world class researchers to cure, connect, and transform the future of healthcare. My primary focus is strategic oversight and development of new and novel research core services which offer access to instruments, technologies, and consultative services to investigators engaged in basic science research and clinical trials which expand investigators’ capabilities, foster collaboration, and accelerate discovery and translation.
Why did you join the TRUST?
I became aware of The TRUST last year and quickly signed up to become a member. The organization aligns with my personal values and offers the unique opportunity to build expansive relationships. I look forward to serving in a role with the TRUST in the near future as a committee volunteer.
What has been your favorite part of being a TRUST member?
The varied events and vendues offered by the TRUST to network, nurture and develop leaders of tomorrow creates customizable opportunities for members to connect and create relationships.
What one word would you use to summarize what the TRUST means to you?
What is the best career advice you’ve received?
Mentors have always encouraged me to maintain a curious mindset while staying true to my values. The advice has led me on a leadership journey throughout my career which allowed me to retain my true north.
How do you support other women in their leadership journey?
I mentor three women in varying stages of their leadership journeys within my organization. I was fortunate to have mentors who recognized my potential at each phase in my career and offered encouragement and guidance propelling me into opportunities to expand skills and grow in areas I hadn’t initially considered.
What do you love the most about the health care industry?
I feel fortunate to contribute to the overarching mission which inspires hope and the promotion of health and well-being.
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Continuous learning. I feel energized when I learn a new skill or new information.
Words of wisdom to live by?
Years ago, I developed my own personal mission statement which is most valuable to me and guides my decision making. It is: Through transformative relationships, EXPLORE opportunities which MOTIVATE people to INSPIRE human generosity and hope for medical care and women’s issues.