Susanne Cappendijk

Member Spotlight

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I am a neuroscientist with in-depth expertise in pharmacology, an entrepreneur, a consultant on innovative healthcare and life science commercialization projects, and a seasoned strategic financial leader in a successful, private software company called Genivia. My forte is Strategic Planning and Strategic Implementation. My deep passion for STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) education and increasing diversity in the STEM workforce led me to decide to found EDsnaps, a 501(c)3 NPO with a focus on increasing the Holistic Value Profile of underserved female high school students through unique learning experiences.

How would you define your professional mission?

My professional mission is to inspire others and help them realize that everyone always has a gift to bring to the table, no matter how irrelevant it might seem to them at that moment.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Integrity, directness, inquisitive, charisma, and open communication lines

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

To unlock access to a seemingly or previously closed opportunity for any party I am working with and moving their project forward. In respect to EDsnaps: Seeing the understanding of female students when they grasp the idea that they have opportunities to excel in any subject if they put their mind to it.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

To inspire people to live their lives as a mensch.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

Making people feel good about themselves, giving them inspiration, and increasing their self-esteem.

What does success look like to you?

When a person I am working with tells me respectfully that I am wrong about a decision and presents facts/data to support their statement.

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Love and accept yourself as a person first, then you will be able to create and maintain a solid performance platform from which you can break into any industry. Be respectful to any one you meet, even if they do not treat you with the respect you deserve.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Listen and try to understand what is not being said. If you want to make a solid case, use correct numbers and facts to validate the information.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

My favorite Ellevate memory is my first meeting. I had just moved from Tallahassee, Florida to NYC and did not know many people. Since Ellevate’s mission statement appealed to me, I signed up to join the network. The support and feedback I received during this first meeting was amazing; I felt like an 8-year old, who was set free in a candy store by her parents and was told “just choose as many candy as you like.” Every event I have attended so far has met or exceeded my expectations. I am a member because I believe that Ellevate invests in women, and the events from Ellevate give me a chance not only to invest in myself, but also to contribute to the investment in other women.

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