Hello SOTGCY community,
It’s a huge pleasure to introduce the SOTGC readers to Ms. Catherine Soldano. I have yet to personally meet Catherine but I have heard many great things about her over the past few years from her mother, Debbie, who is the NP for one of my surgeons and we have become friends.
Debbie and I had gotten together to celebrate another friend’s birthday and I was explaining my vision for SOTGC to the ladies. Part way through she told me about a book her daughter was writing and I loved the title so much that I asked her if she thought Catherine would be willing to do an interview.
Catherine has a BS in Biology and an MBA from Xavier University. She has over 15 years experience in the biotech and medical device industry in various sales, marketing, research, and business development roles. In 2002, Catherine joined Cincinnati-based Medpace, Inc. where she served as a Clinical Trial Manager and Director of Operations for 5 years, collaborating with global pharmaceutical, biotech and med device/diagnostics companies to manage clinical trials from Phase I to regulatory filings, including 510Ks, and device applications.
In 2007, Catherine was appointed Head of the Business Development and Marketing group for Medpace, successfully expanding Medpace’s pharmaceutical partnerships and global footprint, as well as integrating the acquisition of a device/diagnostics-only organization in 2010. She has published papers on successful clinical trial endpoint studies and effective project management. Recently Catherine began a new role at another Global industry giant and is enjoying the new experiences and challenges this position brings.
What is the one trait you admire most in others?
What is the one trait you admire most in yourself?
Which quality or attitude internal to women have you observed that sets them back in the workplace?
Which external situation/circumstance do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
Poor infrastructure (unsupportive Family, bad spousal relations, kids)
What is the hardest lesson for working women to learn?
You don’t get a “break” just because you are a woman. Don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for you.
Which book is on your nightstand?
None. No time to read – several books on iPod, though.
What woman do you feel is a role model in today’s working industry (could be any industry)?
The quality you admire most in a successful man?
The quality you admire most in a successful woman?
Ability to mentor other woman
A virtue you believe is underrated?
What is your idea of happiness?
A productive, but balanced, week – work hard/play hard. Having a sense of empowerment over my work/personal life and an ability to make decisions. Having relationships that are meaningful.
What do you value most in friends?
What, in your mind, would be the greatest of misfortunes?
What do you believe is a working woman’s greatest fear?
Insecurity – making mistakes and ruminating over them forever. A man would never do that.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Non-tangible assets – spa treatment
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?
Not asking for more money. Nope – totally a woman thing.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“At the end of the day”, “Yada, yada, yada”, “Sorry, but ….”
Cite an example of a woman who you feel made a great achievement?
List five qualities that this woman had that you feel helped her achieve her success.
Courage, communication, open-mindedness, curiosity, risk-taker.
What do you think is the greatest difference between our mother’s generation and our own?
Women today are very much expected to “have it all”.
One piece of advice to young women in the workplace.
Keep your femininity, but realize that work place behaviors should be “asexual”. Your decisions should be in line with both male and female colleagues, not discernible along gender lines or politics. Have diverse friends and network regularly. Don’t drag your family situations, kids, and dramas into the workplace. Don’t gossip. Be responsible and speak up for yourself.