How long have you been a member of TBOWIT?
Almost one Year
What drew you to TBOWIT?
What do you do for work? What does it involve?
I feel that International careers are very unique and dynamic and it is always good to network to see how others handle challenges in our areas as well as to assist with staying up to date with changes. Not to mention, it’s good to know people who understand what you do as so few outside of our industry have knowledge of all of the intricacies we deal with daily.
Intl. Trade compliance for a pharma organization.
This is a very broad responsibility in my company; everything from transactional review for imports and exports, to policies and procedures, export sanctions, Foreign Trade Zones, agent management, auditing, FDA import regulatory and other government agencies.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Minneapolis – those who know me can hear my accent which is still there after many years of living in Florida.
Give us one fun fact that we might not know about you
I love going to hard rock festivals and jumping up and down in the pit! I guess I need to blow off steam after spending my work day around process, procedures and regulation. :)
Did you have any mentors in your life?
I have many mentors both personal and professional. My husband, who owns his own business, is a great sounding board for ideas on process; I have a friend who spent many years in law enforcement and is great for ideas on transferring regulation into procedures. Within my company, I never hesitate to reach out for advice in all areas and levels.
Who inspires you?
My parents have always inspired me to work hard, be fair and give my best to those around me. They have always been great examples to follow. (And they try to keep me “Minnesota nice” – that’s a struggle, but we all keep trying!)
What’s one piece of advice for women entering international business or work in general?
In dealing with many individuals, try to seek knowledge of their wants and needs, approach all individuals as a partner, but always keep your integrity intact and be calm, open to change and others’ ideas and never burn a bridge – no matter what occurs.