Hello SOTGC Community,
This is another very special interview for me. Jeff Williams was the Florida regional business director with Salient Surgical Technologies when I was hired. He was the mentor for Jeremy, who is my current mentor.
Jeff was the first Business Director at Salient Surgical to hire from “outside the industry” (Jeremy was a regional sales director with a pharmaceutical company before he was hired at Salient. As Jeremy’s first hire, Jeff made it a point to take me under his wing and have his whole region reach out to me to let me know they would give me any help or support I needed. At every National Sales Meeting, Jeff would pull me aside and we would have conversations about everything from technology applications, to just plain: “how you holding up kid?”
If it wasn’t for the support of people like Jeremy and Jeff, who have always made it a point to hire for talent and not “industry pedigree” or gender specific, it would have been a lot harder to obtain the success I’ve had, with the support I needed to grow and develop.
Jeff graduated Florida State University 1984, played professional Jai-Alai for 15 seasons before he broke into medical sales 13 years ago. He is currently a regional manager with Baxter Healthcare. Jeff and his lovely wife have two children, a son who is attending law school and daughter in graduate school. When he isn’t flying all over the southern area or running meetings, he plays golf, golf, and more golf.
What is the one trait you admire most in others?
People who do what they say – integrity
What is the one trait you admire most in yourself?
Which internal quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
An internal guilt that they have to take care of everything and everybody
Which external quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
Using their sexuality before their abilities
What is the hardest lesson for working women to learn?
Don’t try to be somebody else, develop your own style
Which book is on your nightstand?
First, Break All The Rules
What woman do you feel is a role model in today’s working industry (could be any industry)?
Suzanne Foster – Currently the General Manager at Medtronic Advanced Energy (her interview is on this website as well)
The quality you admire most in a successful man?
The quality you admire most in a successful woman?
Balancing a successful career and family… and being happy
A virtue you believe is underrated?
Consistency, always being there
What is your idea of happiness?
Helping others succeed
What do you value most in friends?
Honesty and candidness
What, in your mind, would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Losing your health because when you have your health, you cannot make any excuses
What do you believe is a working woman’s greatest fear?
Not being everything to everybody
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?
I have made many mistakes, which were teachable moments, but I don’t regret any of them as they made me the manager I am today
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Cite an example of a woman who you feel made a great achievement?
My mother Nancy Williams
List five qualities that this woman had that you feel helped her achieve her success
Intelligence, grace, work ethic, compassion, balance
What do you think is the greatest difference between our mother’s generation and our own?
Technology, from computers to microwave ovens
One piece of advice to young women in the workplace
Find what makes you happy and then make yourself happy