Hello SOTGC community,
I was able to pin down Jeremy Laynor for a brief interview. Jeremy was the Regional Business Director at Salient Surgical Technologies and hired me when he was promoted to this position. He is also the mentor I wrote about in “Paging Mr. Mentor”. In the two years that he was a Regional Business Director Jeremy was able to achieve the respect and accolades to become Area Vice President of Salient Surgical Technologies. When our company was acquired by Medtronic, he retained this title. In the past few months Jeremy has moved on to take a position as the Global Vice President of Fat Cloud, a start up company in the up and coming Cloud industry.
Jeremy and his beautiful family live in the Los Angeles area and he continues to quickly climb the corporate ladder and balance work and home life. He believes in promoting talent no matter the gender and was instrumental in helping highlight and develop my talent both on a professional and personal level. He has not only become my mentor over the past few years but has also become like family.
What is the one trait you admire most in others?
Courage & Integrity
What is the one trait you admire most in yourself?
Which internal quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
That’s a tough question as everyone is different – but I have seen some of the women I’ve worked with can be “hyper-sensitive” which can get in the way of their progress.
Which external quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
What is the hardest lesson for working women to learn?
Carry yourself as a professional and showcase your talents, but don’t try to prove you can “hang” with the guys – the merits of good work and being a team player are more effective and garner much more respect from everyone.
Which book is on your nightstand?
The Four steps to the epiphany & Steve Jobs Biography
What woman do you feel is a role model in today’s working industry (could be any industry)?
I had a mentor when I was with Cardinal Health by the name of Christy Meier who was a consummate professional… not famous, but she was an important part of my development into a leader.
The quality you admire most in a successful man?
Vision & emotional intelligence
The quality you admire most in a successful woman?
Vision & Confidence
A virtue you believe is underrated?
What is your idea of happiness?
Sitting on a beautiful beach with my family, a Frisbee handy, and everything else taken care of!
What do you value most in friends?
Their opinions, camaraderie, and dependability
What, in your mind, would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Children not getting the opportunities to become the best they can be
What do you believe is a working woman’s greatest fear?
Discrimination based on their gender in gaining a job or promotion
In your career, what has been your greatest regret? Do you feel this is a male oriented regret or one shared by men and women alike?
When I was much younger at a large organization, they offered almost full reimbursement for pursuing additional training/advanced degrees – I wish I would have taken advantage of that. Both Men & Women alike.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Execute, hit the number, I understand…
Cite an example of a woman who you feel made a great achievement?
My Mother was able to overcome significant adversity at various stages in her life and was able to raise two children, earn multiple degrees, and has been successful in every aspect of her career.
List five qualities that this woman had that you feel helped her achieve her success
Intelligence, drive, creativity, work ethic, honesty
What do you think is the greatest difference between our mother’s generation and our own?
The pace at which technology is impacting our day to day lives – the world is a much smaller place with the internet, social media, etc.
One piece of advice to young women in the workplace.
Hard work pays off – set goals, develop a plan to meet those goals, and remain steadfast in your belief that you can & will reach them. Control your own destiny!
Marney Reid is a Marketing Program Manager for a global industry leader in medical device. She is also the Founder of Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling. She has nine years of sales experience in male dominated industries and is transcending the Glass Ceiling by using her authentic value proposition as a competitive advantage.