Home: Columbus, OH. But my heart is part of every city I have lived in: New York City, Boston, Cleveland, London, Washington DC and Miami. Birthplace: Boston, MA. Organization: Cardinal Health. Title: Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Medical Segment CSO. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Significant other: Joe Adler (husband). Alma mater: Columbia University; University College London; London School of Economics; Northeastern University.
Current project: Searching for a corporate board appointment. Actively growing my angel investment portfolio. Recent recognition: A former direct report shared: “wanted to let you know I had an interview today and was asked which leader I most admire most, and I said you, for placing equal importance on objectives and culture, while not compromising the success of either.” Latest accomplishment: Launched a partnership with Innara Health focused on improving critical key pre-feeding skill in newborns. Also, launched Generation Next, a group of leaders focused on uncovering and solving barriers to DE&I. Latest contribution to others: I am where I am today because people pushed and promoted me and I actively seek to pay it forward as a mentor to 10+ leaders and a board member at Ohio Guidestone. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Repeatedly taking on roles in functions and P&L management that were stretch assignments at the time. Trusting my sponsors and mentors who opened doors for me and trusting my talent and leadership approach enough to say yes. Last book read: Lifespan, by David Sinclair; More than Enough, by Elaine Welteroth. Recent unique acquisition: My father-in-law’s childhood Hebrew prayerbook. One of the most thoughtful gifts of my lifetime.
Personality profile: Caring, driven, quirky. Myers Briggs: ENFJ (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging). StrengthsFinder: strategic, futuristic, individualization, communication, self-assurance. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Determined. Moral compass: Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. How do you define a perfect friendship? Full of trust, laughs, inspiration and respect. What is your greatest joy? My family. What is your guilty pleasure? Dark chocolate. Apple pie.
What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Travel (especially to Italy); investing; giving (especially to food banks). How do you relieve stress? Walking my dogs, Tanny and Tremont. Dancing to Gypsy Kings. Watching stand-up comedians.
What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Godfather Part I and II. The Back to the Future trilogy. Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My twin pillars and godparents, Walter and Stephanie Lancaster, who have loved me unconditionally and guided my biggest decisions across education, life, and career. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Be who you are… confident and kind. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Don’t lose who you are… confident and kind. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Audiobooks. What is your favorite app? Overdrive and Waze. What is your go-to source of news and information? WSJ, NPR, The Atlantic. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? My parents and heros for making the brave decision to emigrate from India to the United States in the 1970s.
What message do you want to send out into the world? I have had the privilege of leading large teams and organizations throughout my career. Through these experiences, I have learned that every single person is trying to do the same thing every single day, to provide for themselves and/or their loved ones.
What change would you like to see in the world? The sincere belief that we are all more similar than we are different. What mega-trend most excites you? Telehealth. What mega-trend most concerns you? Misinformation and limited exposure to different thinking.
Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My grandfather. After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? As long as my loved ones and dogs are safe, everything else can be replaced. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Hosting an all-day party full of my favorite foods with family and friends. What advice would you give your younger self? You will fail more times than you can imagine, but you are stronger and more resilient than you know. You will learn to fail forward and you will get up more times than you fail. Through all of this, you will have the most beautiful life filled with adventures and stories. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? It is so cliché, but my wedding day. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? None. Each mistake, success, story and memory has made me who I am today.
Personal mission: Empowering healthcare access and equity. Personal motto: Meet people where they are. Favorite quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” (Maya Angelou).