Leading with Authenticity with Federation Bio’s Dr. Emily Drabant Conley

Leading with Authenticity with Federation Bio’s Dr. Emily Drabant Conley

Dr. Wayne Dyer, the “Father of Motivation” once said, “In all misfortune there is fortune. With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” 

Our guest, Dr. Emily Drabant Conley, shares how she chose to leverage her struggles growing up in the Midwest as a gay teenager in a conservative town to become the leader she is today. And, how her lived experiences led her to embrace her authentic self in life and in work. 

Dr. Emily Drabant Conley is the CEO of Federation Bio. Previously, Dr. Conley spent over a decade at 23andMe, where she helped scale the company from 30 employees into the world’s leading platform for genetic-driven drug discovery. As Vice President of Business Development at 23andMe, she architected visionary partnerships across pharma and biotech. ​Dr. Conley currently serves on the boards of Federation Bio, TMRW, Medrio and formerly served on the boards of Lesbians Who Tech and the UCSF Alliance Health Project. 

In this episode, Dr. Conley shares how to move forward through fear, why it’s important to believe in yourself as a leader and why you should always hire people smarter than you.

Highlights:

[03:01] Dr. Conley’s career journey
[07:40] You can be anything you want to be
[10:29] Moving forward through fear
[12:59] Making the decision to leave academia
[16:02] Get comfortable with learning on the job
[18:53] Hire people smarter than you
[22:52] Cultivating instrumental relationships
[26:21] Learning from failure
[29:44] How genetic testing created dialogue around DEI
[32:55] How to get in touch with Dr. Conley
[33:15] Final words of wisdom from Dr. Conley

Quotes:

“Leaders who hire people smarter than them will have a thriving group who can achieve great things.” – Dr. Emily Drabant Conley

“You can learn from others just by watching them, how they run meetings, how they communicate.” – Dr. Emily Drabant Conley

“Doing the work on yourself personally is essential to being a good leader.” -  Dr. Emily Drabant Conley

About Dr. Emily Drabant Conley:

Dr. Emily Drabant Conley is Chief Executive Officer of Federation Bio. Previously, Dr. Conley spent over a decade at 23andMe, where she helped scale the company from 30 employees into the world’s leading platform for genetic-driven drug discovery. As Vice President of Business Development at 23andMe, she architected visionary partnerships across pharma and biotech. ​Dr. Conley currently serves on the boards of Federation Bio, TMRW and Medrio and formerly served on the boards of Lesbians Who Tech and the UCSF Alliance Health Project

In 2019, Dr. Conley was named one of Business Insider’s 30 Leaders Under 40 who are transforming U.S. healthcare and in 2020 she was honored by Google Ventures as one of the 25 women shaping the future of technology.

Dr. Conley spent 10 years in academia conducting genetics research. She was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and is co-author on more than 35 academic publications. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University School of Medicine, where she held fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a B.A.

Links:

LinkedIn: emily-drabant-conley

Website: https://www.federation.bio/

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