We had the good fortune of connecting with Carolina Amador and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carolina, how do you define success?
Doing what you love and doing it in a way that inspires people to do better in their own respective fields and push the boundaries of what is possible. There is also nothing more fulfilling than giving back to your community and staying connected. I understand the frustration PhD students might feel before graduating; I decided to move away from the lab and go into pharma business and I understand how much it takes to make that leap and how much you need to believe in yourself to make that jump. I want my community to know they’re not alone and that they should believe in themselves and feel empowered to forge their own path. This is a big theme in all the initiatives I am a part of and something really close to my heart.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am part of Amgen’ Commercial Insights team – I love my job and the teams I get to work with! Beyond Amgen, I spend my evenings leading the Entrepreneurship Affinity group as part of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association – me and my team of 8 amazing volunteers across California and Seattle work really hard to put a spotlight on female founders, innovators and leaders in the healthcare community. I am also the Chair of the Advisory Board for Biotech Connection LA, a non-profit organization focusing on connecting PhDs and Postdocs to LA’s biotech ecosystem. On top of that, I co-created the podcast Beyond Scientist with the goal to share career stories in the life sciences and inspire those looking to take the next step in their careers. What am I most proud of? Hmm, I am truly happy that I am still a very dynamic person. I heard that after grad school and once you start a “real job”, you don’t have much time for any side-hustle or passion project but that hasn’t been the case for me. I am truly happy that i am still involved in the community and working hard to create new initiatives that I feel can help others and connect them with one another.
A big lesson I have learned along the way is to stay true to myself! I have met many people during my professional journey that don’t see the world the same way I do. But that shouldn’t discourage me – or anyone else – to do what we feel it’s right. Be passionate, forget your fears, believe in yourself and do what you love!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I lived on Melrose for five years so I know the area very well and would probably start there. A few things I love doing: early hike at Runyon Canyon followed by brunch at Swingers on beverly blvd or any local juice bar; matinee at the New Beverly Cinema; shopping at The Grove; early drinks at E.P. & L.P. and dinner at Gracias Madre. I also love going to the beach and doing literally nothing for a couple of hours, my favorite is Manhattan Beach. If you love books i would highly recommend paying a visit to The Last Book Store in downtown LA and stopping by Grand Central Market for lunch.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, everyone really! We can’t succeed if we are isolated. My husband Hugo, my manager Vivian Tu, and all the great people I have volunteered with in the past few years: Helen McBride, Paymaneh Malihi, Inah Kang, Allison Marshall, Stacie Coates, Andrea Wilkinson, Stephanie Volland, Katrina Choe, Llewellyn Cox… should I keep going?? My sister Ema, my silly nephews and my cat Simba for making ‘working from home’ so much better…