Brilliant minds abound in Pharma and Biotech, yet developing effective scientific leaders remains a challenge. STEM leadership is much more than taking on additional responsibility. Leaders must adopt a separate mindset and list of behaviors in order to be effective, all while contributing a high-level of scientific expertise. That’s why companies like Pfizer, Gilead, Ginkgo Bioworks, and others have chosen Pluma to help develop - and retain - effective STEM leaders.
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Stephen is an accomplished senior executive who became an executive coach and leadership facilitator 5 years ago. He is a strategic thinker and is passionate about helping others succeed. Having worked for global brands (P&G, BASF, Honeywell, Emerson, Ecolab & Danaher) for over 32 years, Stephen has accumulated a wealth of experience in leadership and business management. As an executive coach, Stephen leverages his broad multi-cultural and extensive corporate experience to help leaders think better so as to make better choices in order to achieve optimal outcomes and attain their goals faster. As a result of their coaching engagements with Stephen, executives increase their self-awareness, develop higher EQ, manage their stress better, improve their leadership effectiveness, raise their team performance to higher levels and become more versatile leaders that contribute to improved business results. Stephen was born in Shanghai, grew up in Hong Kong, and migrated to the United States as a teenager. With a professional career in many parts of the United States, China, Hong Kong and Singapore, Stephen is truly a global citizen. Stephen speaks Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and English with native fluency.
Kathi uses her years of experience as CEO for information services company, Mediamark Research and Intelligence, to coach other leaders trying to navigate complex market dynamics and work environments. During her tenure at Mediamark (MRI) she oversaw an organization that transformed itself. Kathi maintained strong top-line and profitability growth while introducing new products and services to meet the needs of an advertising industry in transition. Kathi also led MRI's sale to German research conglomerate GfK. Prior to MRI, Kathi held executive positions at The New York Times and EMAP Publishing. Kathi is a frequent guest lecturer at Rutgers University and has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers, Brooklyn College and Queens College. Kathi holds a B.A. degree from Douglass College, Rutgers – The State University, an M.A. from Michigan State University and an M.Phil. from The Graduate Center – C.U.N.Y. She has advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. She is a certified executive coach and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).
As an executive coach and consultant, I specialize in working with leaders who are committed to grow their leadership capability and live into their full potential. I help clients discover and build their psychological capital to find hidden opportunity in their challenges and dreams for the future. I am a pioneer in the application of Positive Psychology in business and specifically how this science can be applied to build leadership capability, resilience, and the bottom line. People matter. I believe in applying the best science based tools that allow leaders to flourish at home and at work. It has been an honor to coach leaders at Chemours, DuPont, McKesson, United Way, and a broad variety of tech start up companies. My coaching has covered topics such as leader transition, executive presence, strategic career planning, building psychological capital, conflict management, and emotional intelligence. I have over 30 years of experience with DuPont in operations and business leadership were I was known for my strong execution focus, creative solutions, and building strong teams with positive work environments. In my most recent position I managed a half a billion dollar business and served as the President of the wholly owned DuPont subsidiary First Chemical Corporation. My experiences at DuPont included 18 years in a variety of manufacturing assignments and 14 years managing speciality and commodity business’. As a DuPont Plant Manager at age 34, I had the opportunity to manage some of the largest and complex manufacturing units in the company. Notable business assignments included the international acquisition of Antec International in the UK and South Africa and a business manager assignment for Kevlar® and Nomex® in industrial applications such as automotive, aerospace, and fiber optics. I also served as a board member of the Toray-DuPont joint venture in Japan. I earned a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, MAPP, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and further extended my studies with an intensive Neuroscience Bootcamp at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, I hold a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering with honors from Oklahoma State University. I draw on this broad background in my coaching work. In 2017 I completed a coaching certification at the Hudson Institute, a premier leadership coaching program, and also gained certification from the International Coaching Federation that year. My volunteer initiatives include leading the MAPP Alumni Grant Program and co-leading the MAPP Alumni Continuing Professional Education program. I serve as an Executive Partner at the College of William & Mary coaching MBA candidates attending the Raymond A. Mason School of Business. I am also a volunteer and presenter at Career Prospectors, a local non-profit that works with area professionals to capture their next great job. I currently reside in the Richmond, VA area and enjoy gardening, international cooking, and having fun with my two King Charles Cavaliers.
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