This is the eighth post in the Be Your Own Best Blog’s Inspirational Women series. This series highlights exceptional women across a diverse spectrum of occupations and industries, and allows them to share some of their insights with an equally diverse audience.
Meet Leticia Delgado-Herrera
Global Project Leader, Inflammation, Immunology and Gastrointestinal Disease
at Astellas Pharma
Greater Chicago Area
How would you define a “successful” career and what needs to happen for more women to achieve that level of success?
I have defined a “successful” career as having an impact on society while learning, having fun, and enjoying all within a set of pre-specified principles and criteria. In order for more women to achieve this level of success, it is important for each one of them to define as early as possible the individual meaning of a “successful” career.
What is your proudest career accomplishment and why?
Professionally, I am proud of having been blessed with the opportunity to bring to millions of patients around the globe a number of pharmaceutical products that have made a huge impact, not only on society, but also to the lives of friends and family members. In the case of my oldest daughter, it was an inhalational anesthetic I worked on that had just been approved. The head of anesthesiology department at Children Memorial Hospital asked if I was comfortable with him using the drug during my daughter’s surgery in view of the potential toxicity associated with this new medication. My faith in our science was un-wavered and her operation was a success. My career accomplishments have spilled into my two daughters upbringing and interests. My oldest, daughter is a sophomore at Notre Dame where she is majoring in chemical engineering which makes me very proud as a professional but most importantly as a parent.
Please describe a challenging problem that you had to overcome in your career and the steps you took to do so.
It is extremely challenging to have a successful career while being able to have a successful personal life. I am not the exception, as a daughter, wife, and mother I have to choose between continuing to climb the corporate ladder and work/life balance. Although, very hard at the time, I selected the latter by moving to an organization that provided not only the work/life balance that I was looking forward, but also allowing me to continue to do what I enjoy and do best.
If you could be mentored by anyone, who would it be and why?
Although I admire a number of successful individual whom their mentoring would be an honor I am fortune to have the best mentors in the world with me at all time. They are my family in particular my mother, daughters, and husband. Every day I learn from them about what is important in life; the values, characteristics and approach one most have to be successful in life.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Do it all over again and continue to enjoy this incredible roller-coast ride called life.
What words do you live by?
Be yourself, be honest, respectful, have integrity and treat others the way you would like to be treated, enjoy and have fun with everything you do. Learn to move on when it is time to do so, and do not look back.
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