What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
Making the difficult decision to take the “road less traveled”. There’s always an opportunity cost to the decisions you make, and the decisions I make require me to juggle many things at once where I’m pushing myself to the limit.
In what ways has that challenging situation changed your life for the better?
For me, the outcomes of my decisions have always been rewarding as I achieve the goals that I’d like to attain and ultimately am happy that I get to live out my dream. Some people do not take chances in life, and I have always made sure I take opportunities before they pass me.
What are you most proud of when you think about how you handled that situation?
Decision-making is not easy, especially for the bigger decisions–It’s usually the hardest part for me. So I’m proudest of how I go about making my decisions as it’s a pretty time intensive process. I typically talk to a lot of people I trust and then map out costs vs benefits for the short and long term. Once the decision is made, I move full force forward and make sure that I have contingency plans to keep me grounded.
Do you have a power phrase that helps when you are facing a difficult challenge?
“Tomorrow is another day”. It comes from my father and is a simple reminder to not be too down for the lows and not to be too excited about the highs because tomorrow is another day.
Did you have a mentor or someone who helped you on your journey to being confident?
Yes, I have worked at many great companies, and have observed amazing leaders. One in particular has been a mentor and role model as she is very smart, articulate, and has been able to achieve many goals including her current role as Corporate Executive at a Fortune 50 company. Her leadership style is unwavering as she treats people with respect, upholds strong values, and leads by example. I feel more confident when I see a great woman leader have a balance between her priorities both personally and professionally. You can have both and be a nice leader, colleague, wife, mother, sister, friend, and sports aficionado.
How did that person help you believe in yourself?
Seeing someone I respect and admire “do it all” helps me know it can be done.
In addition, having other people believe in you is what makes you confident. My family has been part of my journey from the beginning and because they believe in me, I believe in myself.
If you could whisper advice to your younger self what would it be?
Keep making decisions even when it’s the “road less traveled”—you’ll experience a lot and will be happy that you’re living your dream.
What do you consider your three biggest strengths?
Intelligence, Driven, and Courageous
When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
I do this often when I hear a joke or watch something on TV that is wacky. There’s a lot on TV programming that is outrageous these days.
What has been your proudest moment?
Recently I graduated from University of Chicago from their Executive MBA Program. It wasn’t the actual degree that sparked the feeling, but it was more the 2 year journey and being able to juggle school, work, start a family, and becoming a CEO(didn’t know I was going to start a business). At graduation in March 2015, I realized that I was able to achieve all the goals I set out to do since 2013 and also live out my dream of leading a business all while getting my MBA. Crazy, but it happened!
If you had the power to choose your forever age – what age would you pick?
I like now, I just turned 35 years old. Although my early 20’s is a close second as those were fun carefree years.
Who is your ultra-ego? Why did you pick that person?
Not sure, my husband? He and I are very similar.
When was the last time you tried something new that totally scared you?
Launching my company, moleCures(mol-e-cures): lots of uncertainty, ambiguity, and very little sleep.
What do you do to feel good after something challenging?
Go shopping or take a trip to France. When you have big dreams, you’ve got to reward yourself. In the show Parks and Recreation, there’s a segment called “Treat Yourself”– It’s kind of like that.
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