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Kate Liebelt

Kate Liebelt

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

I am a healthcare strategy professional, an entrepreneur, and a civic leader who loves traveling the world and meeting new people wherever I go. My wanderlust stems from spending a good portion of my childhood in Asia, and traveling internationally often for business and pleasure.

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

I joined Ellevate around 2009 after meeting one of the Chicago chapter leaders, Lydia Fisher, through a mutual friend in the healthcare industry. Lydia welcomed me into her home for a 3-hour discussion about my career goals! I was so impressed with her generosity towards a young professional she had just met. Lydia embodies Ellevate values. I remain grateful to her for mentoring me and introducing me to the organization.

How would you define your professional mission?

I am dedicated to transforming healthcare during the course of my career. More specifically, I am committed to the advancement of the precision health field to drive more personalized healthcare. There is awesome potential in the study of our genes, our environment, and our behaviors, and how they impact our health.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

Getting my first offer at a management consulting firm was very exciting. It was a goal I set for myself in high school.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I became interested in healthcare in 2001 when I started working at a pharmaceutical company. My day-to-day responsibilities supporting pharmaceutical innovation coupled with being surrounded by brilliant clinicians, scientists, attorney and business development professionals really influenced my career path.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I am most fulfilled when my work creates new value and new relationships. Innovation, value creation and collaboration are key to transforming healthcare.

What is your morning ritual?

Each morning, I take 15-30 min. to think about what I am most grateful for, review my goals for the day, and remind myself to take time for my healthy (e.g. plan a healthy meal, plan for at least 15 min. of exercise).

What is your favorite social media site? Why?

I think LinkedIn remains one of the most powerful networking tools of all time. I have met so many professional friends through the platform.

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

Network with professionals across the healthcare landscape. Don't limit yourself to building a network in one field. For example if you are a public health professional, build a network in pharmaceuticals and private health insurance.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

"Do not give up." There have been many times in my career where I truly thought I had hit THE brick wall of brick walls. The truth is, nothing is impossible if you are dedicated to making it happen.

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