Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I am a passionate pharmaceutical executive responsible for leading the human health division of Merck in Puerto Rico. My passion stems from my team and the end result of our work which is improving the life of our patients. To excel in a highly competitive and demanding environment we need to ensure that we have the best talent. As leaders we need to provide the tools and experiences that will elevate the competences of our employees. But more importantly we need to engage our people, ensure that they feel valuable and that their careers are meaningful.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I was working abroad and recently moved back to Puerto Rico when I was immediately approached by members of Ellevate. I really felt identified with Ellevate and the positive impact on women's professional growth. I truly believe in the power of organizations like Ellevate in providing resources and opportunities to network with other professionals.
How would you define your professional mission?
This is a quote that often share when addressing audiences, “Leadership is not about a position or status; it is about how your actions reveal your authenticity to care, support, engage and inspire everyone around you”
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
Over the 23 years in this field I summarized my learning as follows: 1) Intellectual curiosity. Do not settle keep learning, reading, informing your self. 2) Show confidence. Preparation is key, it will make you feel powerful. 3) You need self-assurance, be strong and resilient, challenges will always come so make sure you keep your north. 4) Cultural Intelligence, go abroad if you can! In a globalized business environment it is imperative to thrive in different environments addressing people's beliefs and cultural customs. 5) Engage your people, by winning their hearts you will win in business.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
In 2013 I was given the opportunity to lead one of the most important business division for the company. However, business was in bad shape and people were demoralized. Rolling up my sleeves and determined to transform the organization, I worked with passion and dedication together with my team. During the process I became a stronger leader, I was able not only to turnaround the business but also to gain people's commitment and trust as their leader. I grew cross culturally, and it is a valuable experience.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
Curiosity, this is the one thing that have kept me going on. The need to learn, to do something different has always helped me to dare and embrace new challenging experiences.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Developing people, I loved to see people rise by building upon their strengths.
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
An example to my daughter, and to my son as well, that circumstances does not defines who you are but your actions do. That dreams follow by action gets you to live the life you have envision.
What is your morning ritual?
Mornings are my "me" time. I wake up at 5:00am, before the family, to have the time to exercise and mediate. Both practices have helped me maintain my energy levels throughout the day.
What is your favorite social media site? Why?
All of the social platforms have their purpose, what is important is how we use each of them to positively impact and motivate our connections and friends.
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
Challenge yourself, only you will set the limits. See beyond the obvious, it is in the unknown field where you will grow and shine! Be curious, don't settle and remember no challenge is bigger than your dreams.