Senior Global Product Manager, Boston Scientific
What do you do in your current role?
I lead the go-to-market/commercialization strategy for new medical devices. While I’m only three weeks into my new role in Boston Scientific’s Peripheral Interventions business, I have worked in the medical device industry (at Medtronic and St. Jude Medical/Abbott) for more than 15 years.
How long have you been with the TRUST and what do you love about it?
I joined the TRUST in spring 2021 after learning of the TRUST through a fellow MBA candidate. I immediately saw the value of participating in a network of women health care leaders! I haven’t served in a role with the TRUST yet, but I’m very interested in pursuing an opportunity, perhaps on the Associate Board, in the future!
Do you have a favorite TRUST memory so far?
I really enjoy the webinars. There is such great content! I especially liked the one led by Roberta Fernandez last April, “Using Your Mind, Your Most Powerful Tool.”
What is the best career advice you’ve received?
Win the Day! Approach every day with a plan. It’s consistency that leads to success as much as anything else.
What support do you need now to evolve your development as a leader?
I would love to participate in a professional mentorship program to help me cultivate my skill as a leader. I know the TRUST has an excellent mentorship program, and I hope to be involved in it next time around!
How do you support other women in their leadership journey?
I love talking openly with other women about their journeys, goals, and challenges and sharing my experiences as well. I aim to be fully present in my conversations with others, and it’s amazing how far that goes in helping people feel supported. Facilitating connections between women in my network is something people have told me they value.
How do you cope with the demanding aspects of your career?
While COVID has been an especially challenging situation to navigate—professionally and personally—I think there are always circumstances that arise that make leading difficult. One way I’ve coped is by prioritizing the ‘important things’ over the ‘urgent things.’ I’ve also adopted a 4-D rule for task management: organizing my to-do list into buckets of Do, Delegate, Delay, and Delete.
How do you maintain or improve your health and well-being?
I truly believe you can’t take good care of others if you don’t care for yourself first. As a wife, a mom and a leader, I know other people depend on me, so I need to be at my best. For me, that means getting enough sleep, taking time at the start of each day to get organized, practicing mindfulness, getting regular exercise and eating right. (The last two are an ongoing area of opportunity for me, especially in Minnesota winters, but I’m working on them!)
What is something not many people know about you?
I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I’m an award-winning poet and novelist.
Who inspires you?
Inspiration is all around me!
- I’m inspired by my mother-in-law, who grew up in a broken home but changed her narrative and was recently promoted to COO at her company.
- I’m inspired by my former Medtronic colleague, who overcame a lot of adversity related to his disability as he rose through the ranks to an executive role.
- I’m inspired by my sister-in-law, who has lost over 100 pounds through significant and sustained lifestyle changes.
- I’m inspired by my friend, a Navy Commander, who went back to school and changed her career path.
- I’m inspired by my kids (two boys, ages 4 and 7), who remind me that a positive attitude and creativity can solve many of life’s problems.
And chances are I’ll be inspired by you when I have the good fortune to learn your story as well! I look forward to getting to know all of you through the TRUST events in 2022.
Any words of wisdom you live by?
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot