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Creating the Career of My Dreams

by Kristen McGillis, Product Manager, Digital Pathology

I’m lucky to be able to say I recently began my second career at Leica Biosystems.


As one of LBS “boomerang” associates, I worked in Sales before leaving the company for a new job opportunity. Over time, I realized I missed the fast-paced, hard-driving LBS culture and the mission to advance cancer diagnostics and improve lives. I find that LBS associates share a passion for our work and a deep desire to help people facing a cancer diagnosis. It’s inspiring and drives me to achieve every day.

I rejoined Leica in the Training team before accepting a Product Management position supporting digital pathology. Though I’m new to this discipline, I’ve found Product Management is a great fit for me. I’m one of those people who is always curious, loves to learn, and craves diversity in my day-to-day job. The role meets all those criteria and more. It puts me at the center of the action -- requiring a working understanding of almost every aspect of the business -- and enables me to become a subject matter expert. A challenge, for sure, but also very exciting.

An ‘aha’ moment. My LBS managers have proven to be a great resource on my professional journey. For example, when I rejoined LBS I knew I wanted to better understand what makes Danaher and LBS so successful. Specifically, I wanted to deep dive into DBS, starting with coursework on trust and leadership. I am grateful my manager Mark Warmbrand supported this interest and encouraged my aspiration to become a Certified Practitioner in the ‘Speed of Trust’ course. Achieving that certification gave me a new level of confidence in myself which, ultimately, led me to my current role in Product Management.

The take-away. You can craft the career of your dreams at LBS. I’m proof positive of that. Talk with your manager (regularly!) about your career aspirations, even -- and especially -- if you are in the process of clarifying them. Together you can lay out a plan to accomplish your goals.

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