Leadership principles:

  1. Customer obsession - Working in retail in high school I learned that when you care about your customers you will bend over backwards for them. I think caring about (and bending over backwards) for customers of AWS will be easy because AWS serves people that are changing lives. A recent post on the AWS blog drives home this point: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/category/aws-health/. Not only is AWS changing healthcare it is changing entertainment, gaming, government, etc. Each customer of AWS contributes vital services and it is vital that AWS serves them effectively. 
  2. Ownership - For a number of years I worked closely with a small team of people. Unlike most teams made up of specialists, we worked on individual projects from top to bottom. This required me to learn new skills all the time from coworkers or on my own. Regardless, I took responsibility for fine tuning new skills. This background has made me confident in project ownership from planning or learning new skills all the way to project completion.  
  3. Invent and simplify - In tech and biotech I feel like there is a constant resistance to change. In science and in data science DATA has always been my best friend when convincing people. If there is a pain point for a customer that is quantifiable and the cost of implementation is low, why wait? Invent and simplify!
    1. Anecdotal example of invention: For my strategy course we were given the commodity grain and asked to come up with a protectable business model. Insane right? it's a commodity! I have contacts in grain manufacturing and know that waste is a big issue. Our group developed a theoretical process to clean, sift, and add raw materials to salvage grain waste. The product could be used for fermentation and distillation into ethanol (for vodka or for fuel). My professor thought I was crazy at first but came back a week later and told the group to do it! I got a 4.0 in that class for this final project :). You can check out the slide deck here
  4. Being right, a lot - I can't say that being right is always a goal for me. I think being accurate is a better description. I strive to be the type of person that admits when there is a whole in my background on something and works hard to understand. I feel like this is an important trait to have when looking at data becasue skepticism can lead to identifying holes in logic. 
  5. Learn and be curious - In the quickly evolving tech field, continuing education is necessary to keep your skills sharp. As a life long learner I am dedicated to learning and teaching myself new skills. This is evident given that I have not gone longer than 3 months without taking some kind of course in the last 26 years. A great example of this is when I was taking night classes for business while completing my PhD in Pharmacology. 
  6. Hire and develop the best - There is no greater feeling than sharing your specialty and watching others use the tools you shared with them. As a graduate student I had the pleasure of teaching peers (and even senior co-workers) skills. As you progress in your career it is a natural progression to learn how to be coached first and then learn how to coach newcomers. I am excited to walk through that entire process in a new position. 
  7. Insist on the highest standards - As a first generation college student (and the only child of three to go to college) I have always had an internal drive to do better and to push myself. I have high standards for myself and for those around me. 
  8. Think big - Studying genetics allows for limitless permutations of ideas. Even in this limited space the potential is practically endless. I love "what if " questions whether it be turning a chicken into a dinosaur or living on the moon.  
  9. Frugality:
    1. Efficiency - I am the type of person that frequently walks as the bird flies (sorry grass :/) and hates to back track. I turn off lights in public bathrooms and turn the heat way down in the winter.
    2. Necessity - I lived in Seattle on a grad student budget for 5 years, I am well versed in saving money: I have ZERO brand loyalty and only purchasing things when on sale. I shop second hand for outdoor gear and clothes. I will walk over a mile before I pay for the bus. I make coffee at home. I had a strict $5 per day budget for breakfast and lunch food. I learned a yoga routine so I don't have to pay for yoga classes.  
    3. Novice sustainatarian - This lifestyle is built on the premise of efficiency and essentially frugality
      1. growing your own vegetables instead of buying them (debatable cost savings but instead of putting resources into growing grass or flowers we grow food). 
      2. Reducing consumption plastic. Reusable glass Tupperware, reusable shopping bags and bring your own containers grocery shopping. Shop in bulk food section!! 
      3. Cutting down on red meat (better for the environment and my wallet)  
  10. Earn trust - I give everyone 70% of my confidence right off the bat, the other 30% has to be earned. I expect the same from those that work with me. I earn trust by working hard, committing to a project and clearly outlining my expectations (or deliverables). Most importantly, I will take responsibility for my failures.  
  11. Dive deep - A scientist by training, I have a healthy dose of skepticism for any result I produce and can be constructively critical of projects completed by others. 
  12. Have backbone; disagree and commit - As a team coach for the Coulter foundation I often disagreed with the plans of someone very much my senior and that was never a problem. I treated the members of my team with respect and asked well thought out questions. This strategy helped us tackle complex problems and disagreements with relative ease. 
  13. Deliver results - Receiving a PhD is all about learning how to complete a project against all odds, time and time again during I persevered and moved forward despite 'setbacks' and graduated well under the national average for biomedical PhDs in just 5 years.