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Senior Leadership Insights: A Conversation with Heather Megosh, Ph.D., Global Director of Strategy and Operations, Social, Healthcare, and Public Entities Practice at McKinsey & Company


Senior Leadership Insights with Heather Megosh, PhD, Monday, May 22, 2:00 pm

Heather Megosh, Ph.D.'06 (Pharmacology) is Global Director of Strategy and Operations for the Social, Healthcare and Public Entities Practice at McKinsey & Company. This role builds on her 16 years of experience at McKinsey, first as a consultant and then as a manager in the Global Public Health, Social Innovation, and Pharmaceutical and Medical Products practices. Over the course of her career, she has served a mix of private, public and social sector clients on topics ranging from pharmaceutical R&D, portfolio and emerging market strategies; K-12 and higher education system transformation; and global public health policy and advocacy strategies to reduce health inequities. Dr. Megosh received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Duke in 2006. Before coming to Duke, she completed a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard University and worked for several years as a teacher and coach at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. (You can read her alum profile to learn more.)

Dr. Megosh will be joined in conversation by Dr. Brigid L. M. Hogan, Professor of Cell Biology and Pediatrics. The discussion will focus on six key questions:

  1. Tell us about your background. What was your path to your current role?
  2. Can you tell us about your organization, and describe a typical day for a Ph.D.-level hire?
  3. What do you see as the value that doctoral training has added to your professional trajectory?
  4. Beyond strong research skills, what other skills, experience and/or training are important for success in your field? 
  5. Are there any skills, training, or experiences you wish you’d had in graduate school to prepare you for your current career path?
  6. What can students who would like to work in this field (or explore it further) do to prepare?

Following the key questions, there will be time for Q&A with the audience. The first three students who ask questions on audio/video can receive $15 Duke Dining gift cards.

The Senior Leadership Insights series is sponsored by The Graduate School and offers this session in partnership with the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology.


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