Maysoun Ramadan is the Head of Communications & Public Affairs at Roche Diagnostics Middle East. She has carved for herself a highly varied corporate career at Roche, having changed industry vertical, function, location, coverage and team. She is a passionate champion of diversity, a promoter of STEM education among young female Arabs and a vocal advocate on the need for early diagnosis of disease.
During our conversation, we discussed Maysoun’s attitude towards diversity, which includes looking well beyond gender, to age, expertise, ethnicity and also ability. I was keen to learn how she went about hiring a lady with a disability onto her team and what the impact on the organization was. We talked about the biggest challenge she faced in life, and how she overcame it. And we also discussed the many exciting people-facing jobs that exist for women who study science subjects.
I enjoyed listening to hearing Maysoun’s tips for women in the corporate world… Know your strengths and weaknesses; be courageous; accept or even seek change; network; self-promote; ask for what you want; own your trajectory; build a strong support system – among others. But my two favourites were these: when she gets manterrupted, she interrupts right back (politely)! And the ultimate life hack that I have found useful in my own career/ life: it is OK to not be OK… It is OK to not be perfect.
If you would like to follow up with Maysoun, you can find her on LinkedIn as @maysounramadan or through Roche Diagnostics.