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" When you approach people with logic, data, facts, and examples, the
focus is on the work and not on gender differences. "

sat down with the leader and said, "Look, obviously

people say or do, including criticism of you. Instead,

you feel that I've been a little too assertive in how I'm

focus on the contributions you can make and the great

approaching things. Yet in a very similar situation, you

ideas that can drive your and your company's goals

had a similarly strong reaction. What's the difference?"

forward. Focus on building great high-performing teams

When you approach people with logic, data, facts, and

that deliver success. I talked about getting out of your

examples, the focus is on the work and not on gender

own way and not overthinking criticisms or bumps in

differences. Most people don't argue with well-thought-

the road. But also don't let others stand in the way of

out logic.

your pursuit of great things.

Men and women are wired differently; that helps

Don't define yourself primarily as a female

make diverse teams successful. When somebody tells

executive. Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors,

us to be less assertive or Type A, we need to avoid the

says that when she walks into a room, her first thought

temptation to go home, overthink and analyze it, and

isn't how many women are there and if she's the only

then try to change our behavior. I tell women that

one. She thinks about the purpose of the meeting, about

in these situations, "You need to get out of your own

the problem they're trying to solve or the solution they're

way - nobody can control you but you. Focus on great

trying to create.

ideas and great work, the opportunities to contribute,

That epitomizes how I feel. Have I sometimes felt

and the opportunities to learn." This will work in your

as if I were treated differently because I'm a woman?

favor. And, if it doesn't, move on. Some companies value

Absolutely, but I don't go in to situations with that

diversity, and other companies talk about diversity -

at the top of my mind. What's at the top of my mind

make sure you're in the right company. Being assertive

is, for example, that I'm only a few months into the

and having the courage to stand up for what you believe

biotechnology business, a completely new industry for

should be appreciated in men and women alike. It works

me. How do I understand molecular biology? How do I

both ways.

apply technology to the drug discovery process and to

Career Advice for Women

helping our patients? How do we use wearables to help
our patients improve their quality of life? Those are the
things I'm thinking about and I expect my team to be

What else have I learned in my 30 years as a technologist

thinking about as we look to develop a high-performing

and executive?

diverse team.

Focus on what's important. Eleanor Roosevelt

Learn everything you possibly can. Learn

said: "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss

everything you can about technology. Learn everything

events; small minds discuss people." Don't focus on what

you can about your field. I'm taking a biotechnology

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