How was your career path to reach your current position? What were the main decisions that lead you to your current positions?
I would say, hard work, always trying to deeply analyze things. But also, it required a large amount of flexibility, openness, always looking at all opportunities. I am not sure I had to take hard decisions, but small moves towards doing what I think should be right.
Why did you start your career in the field of healthcare?
I did not start my career in the field of healthcare. Well, maybe the realization of medical illustrations was a first step. But, I am a strong believer that communication, education and information are crucial in the field of healthcare, and therefore there’s a nice connection with my background in communication and educational technology.
What are/were the main challenges you encountered as a woman pursuing your career?
I am not sure that I encountered challenges ‘as a woman’. On the contrary, I think that I encountered support. Of course, I had to stop working during 6 months after giving birth to my twins. But I know men who had to take longer leaves.
There is quite a high proportion of women working in the healthcare industry. Why do you think there are so few female founders, female investors, female heads of departments in laboratories and hospitals and in healthcare-related management positions?
It may be due to the attitude. I think that I am able to support anyone who would take the initiative, but I don’t feel that taking the initiative myself. One needs a lot of self-confidence and to believe strongly in the outcome and maybe some women lack these elements. For instance, I would never do anything just for me or because I think it’s good, I would need external support/pressure to do so.
What traits do you think you have that helped you reach your current position?
I am a hard worker, always there to provide support, at any time, with a positive and listening attitude. I always try to bring forward ideas, with arguments to support them.
What role did (or do) mentors & supporters have during your career?
Very important, I would say crucial, a boss that supports and pushes you, a husband always there to give advice.
If you were about to pursue your career from the beginning or found a venture right now - which field/trend/technology would you look into?
Statistics, Analytics and visualization, to be able to work with data. I am not saying this out of the blue, I personally take training courses about this.
What do you think is needed to support women entrepreneurship in healthcare?
Women bring a different point of view; it should be taken into account when developing any business if there is unbalance among the profiles involved. This means, I believe in diversity, I always have doubts when a business/activity is designed or run only by men, or only by women.
Do you have any message you would like to share with other women that are thinking about pursuing an innovative idea in the field of healthcare?
There’s a lot to do and willing women have all the capacities that are needed. Finding the right support is key, nobody can do things alone. Also, you have to believe in your idea and never get tired of evangelizing it.
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