Jenna Goudreau writes for Forbes about navigating success for professional women. This week she turned her attention to MJFF co-founder Debi Brooks' transition from a high-powered role in business and finance to a high-impact role in the quest to cure Parkinson's disease. A few choice excerpts after the jump.
Among other revelations, we learned that Debi -- certainly one of the most entrepreneurial individuals working in the medical research field today -- avoided entrepreneurship classes in business school:
When I was in business school, pretty much the only topic that I didn’t get near was entrepreneurship. I didn’t feel like an inventor. Today realize I am an entrepreneur. I met Michael and was blown away. He’s remarkably wise and smart and fundamentally focused, and I knew he would be an extraordinary person to work with. It was an opportunity I wanted to tackle. If I didn’t like how it looked over time, I’d have no one to blame but myself.
We were less surprised to hear that, like many working moms, Debi considers doing it all (at once) the hardest part of her job:
I’m telecommuting from Delaware, in New York a couple days a week, and otherwise on the road. This week I was in Palm Beach, Fla., Boston, Mass., and Los Altos Hills, Calif. Meanwhile, I have 7-year-old twins. You really have to love what you do to want to juggle this way.
Least surprising of all, for those of us lucky enough to know and work with Debi:
In 11 years, I can count on one hand the number of days I haven’t liked my job.
Michael J. Fox Foundation Cofounder Creates The Match.com Of Clinical Trials (published February 24, 2012)