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Women’s History Month Leader Feature: Lauren Kirkley

Lauren Kirkley

Lauren Kirkley

March 19, 2021 · 5 min read

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Why is Women’s History Month important to you? 

“As women, we tend to run at a very fast pace, and can forget to stop and recognize achievements.  I love that Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to look up and learn about some amazing women who have done remarkable things.  I also think it prompts important conversations and awareness for younger girls which will hopefully inspire them to be confident and realize there are no limits to what they can pursue.”

What inspiring woman would you like to spend the day with?

“I would love to spend a day with Kathrin Jansen, head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer.  As an Operations Executive, I can appreciate the value of motivating and leading teams through crisis situations and driving large strategic projects, but it’s hard to imagine doing this with the stakes so high as the world literally waiting for you to stop a pandemic and save lives!  I would love to learn how she lead her team through this and navigated so many of the dynamics and influences throughout the process.”

As a leader in the organization, what has helped shape you the most?

“I believe there are two things which have (and continue to) shape me as a leader and as a woman.  The first is being rooted in my purpose in this life, because that always helps me to keep perspective and focus on what is most important.  The second is learning from experiences.  Seeking new experiences, and meeting and learning from new people, always seems to shape and prepare me for what lies ahead.”