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"I gained a lot more confidence in my abilities as a manager, and I think that confidence helped me make critical decisions for the company."

How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?

We’re a surgical device start-up and we’re developing a new suite of surgical elements. My function is on the business side of things, as the head of business development and operations. I work closely with our CEO and support with fundraising, developing our market strategy, and operations.

What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?

I have the ability to step back and view a situation from an outside perspective. I can remove myself and provide a more unemotional view.

What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?

My love for cooking.

What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?

First, being humble and trustworthy: genuine in how you demonstrate values, and conscious of how others perceive those attributes in you. Also, transparency: you can make a decision and be genuine in your perspective, but if there’s not transparency, there could be mistrust.

What have you learned about yourself through participating in Junto?

I gained a lot more confidence in my abilities as a manager, and I think that confidence helped me make critical decisions for the company. I’m not scared to make a decision.

What is your superpower?

I can have a conversation with anyone.

Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."

It never hurts to ask for help.

What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?

The Harvard Business Review. It has interesting case studies, great articles on management, and covers different industries.

What are you working on right now?

We are in the middle of series A fundraising, and I’m putting together our sales forecasting.

What is your most memorable Junto moment?

We went to Nick’s Pizza, and on the bus ride back we stopped at a random gas station, and picked up Rumchata and Fireball. We made shots and drank them on the bus, and it turned out to a very fun late afternoon to evening for the entire cohort of companies.