On Thursday, April 16 2010, Chicago HBA Chapter members, members from other chapters and guests filled the ballroom at the Hyatt Hotel to listen to the evening’s featured speaker, Dr. Deborah Dunsire, President and CEO of Millennium, the Takeda Oncology Company.
Submitted by Nancy Hedlund, Hospira
On Thursday, April 16 2010, Chicago HBA Chapter members, members from other chapters and guests filled the ballroom at the Hyatt Hotel to listen to the evening’s featured speaker, Dr. Deborah Dunsire, President and CEO of Millennium, the Takeda Oncology Company. Dr. Dunsire has a rich history with HBA, first honored as a rising star in the year 2000, then recognized as HBA Woman of the Year in 2009.
Debrorah Dunsire, MD
Dr. Dunsire graciously presented to attendees a series of “lifetime learnings” that she has gleaned throughout her personal and career journeys. Two key themes were emphasized repeatedly. These are “Embrace Resilience in Times of Change,” and to “Never Stop Learning.”
Dr. Dunsire’s Lifetime Learnings
- Opportunities can present themselves that were not in your plan. Give serious consideration--despite the potential change in direction—to what such an opportunity can teach you or how it can stretch you.
- It is OK to try different things. If they don’t work out, so what? You will learn something new along the way.
- Step out of your comfort zone. Many of your skills are transferable. If the organization needs something, raise your hand and try.
- Be resilient and open to change. Look into opportunities that are a bit unusual. For those that are young, try to go broad. If you are later in your career, additional education followed by a rotational program maybe the key. Whatever your career stage, embrace change and its challenges.
- International experience is incredibly valuable. Living and working in another country provides a new lens from which to view and develop business value, and provides a key means of differentiating one’s resume especially today, when \ U.S. markets are contracting and emerging markets are growing at incredible speed.
- Take whatever you can from an experience. Even if the job is small, if it is in a new area where you can see growth, consider the opportunity.
- During times of change, you need to let go of the past and focus forward on the future. Focus on what new opportunities may surface that wasn’t there yesterday. She also cautioned that those that can’t focus forward will be gone.
- Own up to failure fast. State “This is what I see happening and here’s how I believe we can mitigate the situation.”
- Ask!! Keeping your head down and getting things done may get you good reviews, but it is not likely to get you promoted.
- Understand what is important to you. What will motivate you and make you happy. Focus on what is right for you, verses what others might think you should do. Have a clear idea of why you do what you do, to avoid getting sucked in by others perceptions of what is the best move.
- Consider what you would like to leave as your legacy and what you want to be known for.
Dr. Dunsire talks with Cassie Hogenkamp of Astellas Pharmaceuticals (2009 Rising Star) during the pre-meeting reception.
In conclusion, Dr. Dunsire challenged all present to lead their respective organizations through times of change no matter what their hierarchical position in the organization.
Our heartfelt thank you to Takeda for its sponsorship of the evening’s event.