Women CEO & founder series: Insights from life science leaders

Proclinical Executive - Women CEO & Founder Series - Insights from Life Science Leaders

It’s no secret that women have historically faced greater barriers than men when it comes to becoming leaders in our society. Even though this situation is improving, and women are slowly becoming more visible in management roles, there is still a long way to go.

Women may not always realise their potential, but once they are empowered, their capability and abilities are invaluable. Female leaders are so pivotal to all businesses and establishments as they provide a different set of skills, creative perspectives, and important cultural differences that drive effective solutions and innovation.

In our four-part series, hosted by Proclinical Executive Senior Partner, Claire Perry, we hear from inspiring female founders and CEOs from the life sciences industry, who share their journey to becoming a leader and advise others wanting to step into executive roles.

Part 1: How to reframe your thinking to overcome self-doubt


In the first part of our women CEOs and founders series we hear from Angela Cunningham, a mentor for female executives, about empowering women in the workplace, and overcoming self-doubt and imposter syndrome in leadership.

Angela and Claire discuss the following topics: 

  • Why women struggle to talk about their achievements
  • How to identify achievements
  • Overcoming feelings of ineptitude
  • Mentoring female leaders
  • Why mentorship is important

Watch Part 1 of our Women CEOs & Founder Series

Part 2: Network your way to the boardroom (never eat alone)


In the second part of the series, Mini Suri, who is the CEO and co-founder of Velmeni, talks about the importance of networking and how to prepare to become a CEO.

In this conversation, you'll hear about: 

  • How to overcome challenges as a woman in the workplace
  • The power of networking 
  • Gaining and highlighting IPO experience
  • Preparing to become a board member
  • Advice for first-time CEOs
  • Implementing women empowerment programs
  • Empowering the next generation

Watch Part 2 of our Women CEOs & Founder Series

Part 3: How to set up your life sciences business for a successful IPO


In the third installment, Bonnie Anderson, founder and Executive Chairwoman at Veracyte, a global diagnostics company, opens up about what it takes to start and run a successful business, what executive-level women in the workplace can do to support the next generation of female leaders, and much more.

Topics discussed in part 3 include:

  • Establishing a company in an economic crisis
  • Challenges of starting a business
  • When to go public through IPO
  • How running a public company differs from running a private company
  • Valuable lessons in running a successful profitable business
  • Advice for securing your first board position
  • Supporting the next generation of female leaders

Watch part 3 of our Women CEOs and Founder Series

Part 4: How culture is crucial to a successful exit through acquisition


In the final part of our series, Megan Bailey, CEO of Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx), shares her insights on company culture, how she created an environment for success, and the crucial role that played in PGDx's recent acquisition by Labcorp. 

Join the conversation with Megan and Claire to learn more about: 

  • Key components that make a life science business attractive for acquisition 
  • Learnings from a journey to becoming CEO
  • Leadership principles for a great business culture 
  • Presenting your experience to become a board member
  • Applying an athletic mindset in business
  • Supporting the next generation of female leaders

Watch part 5 of our Women CEOs and Founder Series

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