As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we’re featuring key insights from some of the amazing women of our Behind the Breakthrough series. Read on for their inspirations, lessons for leaders, wisdom for young people and more…
From L to R: Grace Huynh, Christy Barwick, Phyllis Turner-Brim
On lessons for leaders:
“Speak up. Don’t wait for new assignments to learn new skills. Ask for them.
Don’t dismiss criticism. Whether true or false, you need to address that perception of you.
Engage a mentor or career coach. A mentor/coach can help even more if they understand your field.” – Christy Barwick, treasurer
On progress she hopes to see:
“I would like to see improved global healthcare. Our research is making an impact, but there is always more to be done. The population will keep growing and we need to ask ourselves, ‘what are we doing to make sure everyone has a healthy and productive life?’ With more research, we can take big steps towards addressing the spread of preventable diseases that rob so many people of their livelihood and lives each year. As a society, we should always look out for one another. We will keep progressing if we do.” – Grace Huynh, senior research scientist at the Institute for Disease modeling
On teaching the value of IP to younger generations:
“We are part of an innovation society today, in large part because of young people. If we passionately explain to younger generations that they have the unique ability to develop technologies that can be leveraged for monetization, it would go a long way. Additionally, we need to educate younger individuals about innovation and invention, and patents in general. This will make them better “IP citizens” in the sense that they will understand how to obtain their own IP rights. They will also understand why respecting the IP rights of others is so important. It all comes down to education. Our younger generations are enthusiastic and intelligent. I have a lot of faith in them to not only understand and defend IP rights, but also to lead our innovative future.” – Phyllis Turner-Brim, chief IP counsel and vice president