WHAT IS YOUR HOMETOWN? / WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?
I was born in Alexandria, Virginia and spent most of my childhood in the suburbs of D.C. I moved around quite a bit growing up. During elementary school I lived in Cairo, Egypt for two years and I attended high school in Beijing, China. I did undergrad at New York University and completed an MBA at Columbia University.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF TKG?
I like to travel, eat and spend time with my baby girl who is 10 months old. I’m also a shameless fan of all Bravo reality shows.
WHAT ARE THE VALUES THAT DRIVE YOU?
Both in my personal and professional life, integrity is a value that serves as a guiding principle. I truly believe that despite the short-term outcome, having the right intentions will always lead you to success.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WORKING FOR TKG?
I remember when I interviewed, several people spoke about the flat hierarchy of the company and the freedom to foster personal interests and skills. After being at TKG for nearly 2 years, I see that this was true. Employees of all levels are given equal autonomy and opportunity to bring forth their ideas and lead projects.
WHAT BROUGHT ABOUT YOUR INTEREST IN HEALTHCARE?
When the ACA was passed back in 2010, I was working for a branding and design agency and Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Florida was one of my clients. In preparation for this new healthcare environment, I witnessed firsthand how healthcare organizations like BCBS were changing the way they messaged their offerings to consumers. The ACA was a catalyst for change in the industry, and many corporations recognized they had to do things differently to survive in the new climate. I found the innovation and shift to consumerism in an industry that used to be so conservative and guarded to be fascinating.
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES AT TKG?
Bringing Lyla (my human dumpling) to the office for a dim sum party for Chinese New Year!
HOW HAS WORKING AT TKG FOSTERED YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS?
As I mentioned before, the flat hierarchy at TKG allows all levels of employees to advance at their own pace. What I appreciate most about how leadership is cultivated at TKG is that the culture here is very understanding and accepting of individual needs. After becoming a mother and coming back from maternity leave, I was able to balance family and work without having to comprise either. The flexibility at TKG allows me to take on new responsibilities as I advance my career but still care for my daughter. In addition, I am currently part of a new Leadership Program at TKG which has been an engaging and insightful experience and has given me frameworks and models to build and enhance my ability to manage teams.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE THE CULTURE OF THE COMPANY IN A WORD WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Authentic. The way the people at TKG spoke about their work and each other was something I noticed right away. It was very apparent that TKG consists of a genuine team of people who care for each other as much as their jobs.
WHAT MAKES TKG DIFFERENT FROM OTHER AGENCIES?
The healthcare space is currently so dynamic and has so many emerging stakeholders that pharma companies need an expert to help them navigate the market. TKG’s exclusive network of healthcare key opinion leaders provides our clients with candid, unique and real perspectives on how healthcare is consumed and delivered across the continuum.
AS THE COMPANY CONTINUES TO GROW, WHERE DO YOU SEE TKG IN 5 YEARS?
I think as healthcare organizations continue to merge and partner, TKG will become more exposed and integrated into capabilities outside of life sciences and care delivery. This could take the form of facilitating collaborations in technology, data and analytics, or consumer products. All these aspects of healthcare will require an advisor like TKG to help them understand the evolving dynamics and policies in healthcare.