Q: You obviously love your job. What excites you about your work at Medicalwriters.com?
I don’t create content—I help deliver it. I coordinate the team’s tasks and activities to make sure everything is done on time and on budget. As the go-between, I translate what the client wants to our team, then go back to the client with the team’s plan, and so on. It’s very gratifying to see the team and client work together to create a solution the team is proud of and the client is happy with. I look at the result and say, “I helped make that happen.”
Q: How’d you get to Medicalwriters.com?
Many people told me I couldn’t do science, so I took a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry as more of a challenge than anything else. But I didn’t kid myself. I didn’t want to work at a bench. So I took an intensive master’s in science in management with an international perspective.
To complete the degree, I interned in a very large recruitment agency, but found I didn’t like being just another number. I didn’t feel part of something. I left that job and taught English and Math in a township school in South Africa for three months. That was eye opening. I was astounded at the very basic needs that weren’t being met, especially in health care.
I came back to Switzerland and joined an association management group assisting global medical nonprofits. I very much felt part of something bigger than myself, but the group wasn’t well organized and the work was intense and draining. I knew I couldn’t sustain that pace forever.
I signed on with an events company in Zurich. Two weeks later, I got a call from Medicalwriters.com, and it was everything I wanted—marketing, communications, event planning, and medical and health science. This was my dream come true, so I left the events company after two weeks and signed with Medicalwriters.com.
Q: Can you say more about what attracts you to Medicalwriters.com? How would you describe the culture?
I am inspired when I walk into the office and see my colleagues working so passionately. I know that now I am part of something big—not necessarily big in size, but big in purpose, big in vision. Medicalwriters.com is not an average agency. You’re definitely not a number here. You feel useful.
I have a passion for public health. Medicalwriters.com works with nonprofits as well as commercial companies. I get to do well and do good at the same time.
Q: How would you describe the other team members?
What stands out at Medicalwriters.com is how smart everybody is, and I don’t mean just in their own fields. Everyone is well-educated and well-rounded. There are so many great ideas flying around. We joke that we could open a thousand businesses every day.
One day I was reading a Wikipedia article about a plant, and a colleague began telling me what she knew about the plant. She checked all the main points in the article. How did she know that? Everyone at Medicalwriters.com is intellectually curious and passionate about anything and everything.
Q: What’s new at Medicalwriters.com?
We started as a small group of passionate medical communications experts. We have been working tirelessly to build the recognition and respect we are now enjoying. When my manager and I recently walked through the corridors of one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies, they knew exactly who we were! They greeted us like old friends and colleagues. This is new for us, and it’s very gratifying.
Q: What’s a typical career path for your role?
I started as a marketing communications manager. There were two of us. As the company grew, she branched into content development and is now a Senior Medical Communications manager on the Scientific Services team. I’m now a Senior Project Manager in our Client Services department. I’m working with leadership to figure out what’s next.
That’s what separates Medicalwriters.com from other agencies. Our leaders learn what sparks in people, what they’re good at, and genuinely try to give them more of that. They work to get the right person in the right job—right for the company and right for the person, even if it doesn’t quite make sense in the current structure. We evolve and innovate from the ground up.
Q: What’s your favorite non-work activity at Medicalwriters.com?
Though we are based in Switzerland and now have an office in New York City, we represent many different cultures from around the globe. Everyone brings their knowledge and experience from their home countries into the office. Lunchtime buzzes with stories and ideas.
I’m from Geneva. We have a tradition called the Fête de l ’Escalade, which takes place every December 12 to commemorate the day in 1602 that the Genevans repelled the invasion of the Duke of Savoy’s troops. Legend has it that a famous housewife poured soup on the invaders to chase them away. So now, as part of the celebration, we smash a small chocolate cauldron while announcing (in French): “Thus perishes the enemies of the Republic!” Then we eat the chocolate. What’s not to love about that! I introduced this tradition to Medicalwriters.com, and now we do it every year. We adopt each other’s cultures as our own.
We also have yoga in the office, which for me as a mom is great because, let’s face it, I’m not going to find time at home. There’s also a running club. Our goal was to run around Lake Zurich, not all at once, but in different legs every week. On the last leg, the whole team was waiting for us and we went out to celebrate.
It’s great to share outside activities with the team. You never feel left out, and the friendships translate to better working relationships. Colleagues become more than just the people you work with.
Q: You said you’re a mom? How old is your child?
I have a one-year old son. My life is built mostly around him, as you can imagine.Q: A one-year old! How does that work with work?
Better than I could have hoped. Everyone has been so supportive! Whenever I need to prioritize my son, I know I can. My boss trusts me and knows I will get the job done. I didn’t expect such a fast-paced agency to understand so well what it is to be a working mom.
Q: What would you tell someone who wants to sign on with Medicalwriters.com?
If you want to make your mark in medical communications, to be part of something that is evolving at an incredible pace and is about to go big, then come on board. We strive for creativity and innovation every day, and the leadership is open to what everyone has to say. Many firms say they are open, but Medicalwriters.com truly is. We have a great vision for the future of medical communications, and we are out on the leading edge making that happen.