International Women’s Day with Jessica Mandroc, BD

As a woman-owned business, we are honored to share the stories and messages of incredible woman leaders across a variety of industries for our International Women’s Day blog series.

This interview is with Jessica Mandroc, Associate Director of Digital Marketing at BD – Becton Dickinson

Why do you think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day?

To celebrate those who paved the path and defied the odds before us.

To support and champion those amid their journey.

To raise awareness to embrace an inclusive future – championing for equality.

Many of us, myself included, have experienced some disparity in the workplace – whether it was pay, discrimination, motherhood penalty, etc. International Women’s Day provides us the opportunity to push the envelope and continue making a difference for our children – and all of those who come after us.

What motivates you to be a leader in your industry?

I truly love what I do (digital marketing is so fun!), and am motivated by my teams. I would describe my leadership philosophy as a servant leader – I am grateful to work for an organization that empowers us and values that as well.

Separately, I’m significantly motivated by the organization I work for – a company that is advancing the world of health. I feel that my impact is larger than myself or my team. We are a small part of helping the greater good.

Are there any female leaders that have inspired you throughout your career?

There are many strong female leaders in the public eye I’ve admired from afar – Sara Blakely definitely comes to mind. 

In my own professional life, the female leaders I’ve looked up to have tenacity, strong marketing acumen and provide empathy, transparency and support to their team members. They inspire and empower me to push the bounds of what I thought possible and encourage me that no goal is too high. I’ll be honored to be half the leader they are!

What advice or message would you share with young women who are looking to build their careers?

Get an internship or job shadow. Be tenaciously curious. Never stop learning. No goal is too big – the only thing standing in your way is you.

Read the rest of our International Women’s Day blog series here.

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