What is Corporate Leadership? While operating responsibly should always take priority, Corporate Leadership requires us to focus on the very nature of our activities, going even deeper than our actions around Corporate Social Responsibility. This aspect of leadership defines the character of an entity, the impressions often left in its wake, and holds the tone across the organization and all its choices.
In the Life Sciences industry, corporations have unique advantages that smaller research and academic institutions often struggle with: resources and velocity. Private Equity and income generation provide more attainable financial support, and dedicated teams with cyclical workstreams allow for expediency when reaching for outcomes. The effective application of these resources to timely and impactful initiatives related to human health, environmental science, and the convergence of biology and technology is crucial for corporations looking to lead our society towards a better world.
Corporate leadership also paves the path forward to enable those who will hold the torch of leadership. This includes whose and what programs are supported and uplifted to succeed and allocating resources to focus on important efforts that help make what may have been unseen, acknowledged.
Our company is proud to be a founding member of the Rosalind Franklin Society’s Council on Corporate Leadership. This Council focuses on recognizing and fostering the contributions of women and minorities across scientific professions and institutions. The importance of fostering such work is fundamental to our core values, having named our company in honor of Rosalind Franklin and her pioneering spirit as we strive to empower all scientists in collaborative discoveries that transform our world.
The mission of the Council on Corporate Leadership is to create a more diverse landscape for scientific achievements, in a way that powerfully recognizes important work by every scientist.
In the coming months, the Council on Corporate Leadership will be building its base of corporate partners and engaging them on strategies to recognize great achievements while addressing inequities of women and minorities in science. The Council will convene at a dedicated colloquium during the RFS annual board meeting this December, featuring Nobel Laureates, senior scientists as well as young researchers and leaders of promise. The Council will also be supporting the financing and allocation of the Rosalind Franklin Award given annually to pioneering women in the industrial, biotechnology, and agriculture sectors who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the bio-based economy and biotech innovation.
Rosalind is very excited to be part of this important new initiative and we encourage our colleagues to get involved. Those interested in becoming a corporate partner should reach out to Cassandra Wesselman by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org