What does impact mean to you?
For me impact is a two-way verb. It means that I help & support other women to advance by making positive change for career equity in biopharma & life sciences. It also means I have been helped along the way by other women and male allies to become a scientist and to advance my career. How do I show my impact? I’ve mentored many women early in their careers. For long lasting impact, I founded my mission focused startup, Living Loud Living Long to teach women’s health in mid-life and beyond. I’ve helped bust the menopause taboo. I also advocate for 50up women for health equity.
Can you tell us what your current role is?
I’m CEO and Founder of Hughes BioPharma Advisers, a biopharmaceutical management consulting firm I’ve led for 20 years. Working with and in firms ranging from global biopharma to pre-commercialization biotechnology, I’ve gained expertise bringing medicines from the lab bench through clinical trials, marketing approvals and product launch. I’m also founder of Living Loud Living Long, a women’s health community for 50up women. To further women in healthcare, I’m Board of Directors, Global Deputy with the Healthcare Business Women’s Association.
Thinking about impact, can you describe 2-3 projects or initiatives you were involved in that mark a major achievement for you in your role?
1) I served on the Board of Directors of my 5th generation, family-owned private energy corporation. This gave me my first for-profit Board experience. This was a unique and extremely rare experience. Our company was founded in 1898. It had 2 generations of women leaders (CEO/Board). Only 3% of American companies make it to the 4th generation, let alone the 5th, and hardly any have women in the C-suite or Board level. It was an honor serving.
2) Founding & growing my biopharma consulting firm for nearly 20 years. I’m incredibly proud to have been hired by the largest global biopharma firms in the world. Our first large customer was Pfizer. They graciously let me talk in general about our 4 year project. Since then we’ve worked with 18 global firms from Fortune 500 down to pre-revenue startup biotechs.
How has your membership in WIB helped you in your professional growth?
Through WIB, I’ve met a lot of incredible women in life sciences and made friends and colleagues. Because we have the common interest of being passionate about life science and often are both scientists, we have a instant warm connection with shared experiences. I’ve also learned and experienced personal growth through WIB events.
How do you plan to further your impact in the future?
New for-profit Board of Directors roles are one way I can share my strategic experience as a serial entrepreneur and experienced Board member.