Claire Murigande, PhD EMBA
Medical Affairs Lead, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson; Host, Narratives of Purpose Podcast
HBA chapter: HBA Zurich-Zug
Current role with the HBA: Director at Large, Marketing and Communications, HBA Zurich-Zug
In this new era of leadership, volunteering with the HBA is especially important to me because working collectively to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion across the board, particularly in healthcare, is crucial. I like to think that no one ever makes a long-lasting impact on their own and contributing to solving pressing issues for the benefit of everyone is in fact rewarding.
Volunteering has impacted my career by the fact that I get to work in areas I had not worked in before on a regular basis, namely marketing and communications. Therefore, broadening my knowledge and experience. Volunteering has also extended my network through access to new opportunities and connections with passionate people advocating for gender parity.
My favorite HBA event I ever attended was a webinar organized by HBA Southwest, “Own Your Power – Break Three Key Habits to Reach Your True Potential” in June 2020. It was all about how to thrive professionally through intuitive leadership. A truly insightful webinar especially providing tools to build resilience at the time when we were getting out of the first lockdowns.
The most valuable lesson I learned from a fellow volunteer is that we are here to support each other so let’s make it count and move the needle to advance equity wherever we can.
My favorite part of volunteering for the HBA is all the people I have the chance to work with, learn from, and spend time with. Seeing how events unfold after weeks/months of preparation makes all the efforts worthwhile.
I first got involved as a volunteer with the HBA in March 2021, when I joined the marketing and communications committee of HBA Zurich-Zug. At that time, my goal was to become more active in supporting DEI-related initiatives within the life sciences industry. Soon after, I had the opportunity to join the chapter board as MarComm Director at Large. I happily accepted the mission. That’s how my HBA volunteer journey began.
I first learned about the HBA in 2018. If I recall properly, it was at an internal town hall meeting. During the event, the HBA Europe mentoring program was mentioned. I then joined the program as a mentee. That was a fulfilling experience. Looking back, I consider it to have been an important part of my growth where I developed an accountability partnership. I learned more about how to use my natural abilities to achieve my goals, rather than defining which new skills I might have thought I needed. Even today, I am still in touch with my mentor.
I volunteer for the United Force for Change because change towards gender parity is needed. I can play a role in this change. And the more people promote change together, the sooner it will happen for the benefit of all.
What would be your advice to someone thinking about joining or getting more involved with the HBA? Don’t think twice. Join the movement. You’ll be supported by more women (and men) along the way, all striving for change every day.
Anything else you would like to share? I am glad to be a part of the HBA. It is enriching and we are making a meaningful impact.
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