AbbVie is made up of 30,000 employees across the world, contributing in diverse ways to one collective purpose. In this series, we take a closer look at some of the incredible people who embody our company's Principles.
In our fourth in the series, a conversation with Caroline Kolada, study management associate, clinical program development, oncology.
On her current role with AbbVie …
In my role as a Study Management Associate, I serve as a member of a clinical study team and am responsible for supporting the daily management and operational oversight of early-stage Oncology clinical trials. Although my tasks can vary significantly throughout the life cycle of a clinical trial, I am always held accountable for ensuring our studies stay on track with planned milestones and timelines, maintain data integrity and uphold quality and compliance standards.
On which AbbVie Principle she finds to be the most meaningful and why …
Innovation is at the core of our work, on both small and large scales, so Driving Innovation resonates the most. Whether that means trying old processes in new or different ways, or pushing the boundaries with new digital technologies, it's been a positive trend to see our company be so forward-thinking and open to the uncertainty that inevitably comes with change. I'm grateful to be part of a team that fully embraces professional development, encourages questions and open debate, and seeks continual improvement. Knowing I have a vast network of individuals supporting me and who want to see me succeed has propelled me to step outside of my comfort zone, ask more difficult questions, and be more confident in my thoughts and opinions.
Outside of my day-to-day work, I also try to innovate where I can in our culture. As an example, a couple of months into my first rotational role with AbbVie, a chance meeting with a colleague shed some light on a creative, lunch-time program and sparked an idea: why not launch a similar initiative in my own organization. So I piloted a “Meet & Eat” networking program within my own Clinical Operations area. To-date, we have grown to average up to 100 global employees in randomized pairings for in-person or virtual lunches, coffee, or brief encounters each month. The program has expanded rapidly, creating new opportunities for colleagues to connect around the world.