written by Ariel Avilion, Senior Scientist at Geron Corporation; HBA San Francisco chapter mentor committee.
Lyn Christenson, a leadership and career transition coach and founder of the Linkages Group, recently joined the HBA San Francisco chapter and volunteered for its mentor program. She believes mentoring is an essential part of a successful career. She founded Linkages Group last year to combine her two decades of senior management experience in communications with her long-term pro bono work in coaching and team building. Throughout her corporate career she has been a storyteller, and has helped craft and tell the powerful stories of biotech companies ranging from global manufacturers to start-ups. She directed communications for some of the Bay Area’s largest life science companies and most promising emerging companies including Applied Biosystems, Syntex, Aviron and Codexis. Lyn has worked on some of the biggest life science news of the last 20 years, from the human genome to nasal flu vaccine and new diabetes drugs. While at Applied Biosystems, she led the corporate communications team for the sequencing of the human genome, which was front page news around the world for over a year. Today, as a leadership and career transition coach, she works with clients to develop their own powerful stories and career plans to fully leverage them. As a HBA San Francisco chapter mentor, Lyn believes that participants learn from each other, as well as the mentors, and finds the chance to get to know new colleagues in the HBA community very valuable. If you are interested in learning more about being a mentor for the 2014 program, contact Tracy Hoffman, director-at-large for the HBA San Francisco chapter mentoring program.