Danielle Burroughs, Director of Pharmacovigilance, Avadel Pharmaceuticals says that the reason she opted for the programme at Olin Business School was to increase her business acumen and learn the business. Coming from a technical background with very good history of compliance she felt that this was the best opportunity for her to advance her management skills

Courses Attended

Leading and Managing Change; Creativity in Organizations; Strategies for Continuous Growth; Executing the Financial Strategy; Leading Through Influence; Mergers and Acquisitions; Leading Innovation; Strategic Thinking; Negotiation Workshop; Organizing for Accountability; Finance for Nonfinancial Managers; Managing Resources for Profitability

“Skills I learned in WashU’s Negotiation Workshop have been particularly helpful in my job search. Effective dealmaking is collaborative and benefits both parties. I’m a stronger candidate because of my win-win mindset.”

How the Advanced Management Certificate benefits her job search

Burroughs had been with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for 20 years—her entire career—when the company announced it was moving its specialty-brands business from St. Louis to Bedminster, New Jersey. She turned down the offer to relocate with her department, deciding it was time to try something new.

“I’ve never had to look for a full-time job before,” says Burroughs, who started with Mallinckrodt as a nuclear pharmacy intern in 1996. “Skills I learned in WashU’s Negotiation Workshop have been particularly helpful in my job search. Effective dealmaking is collaborative and benefits both parties. I’m a stronger candidate because of my win-win mindset.”

Top takeaways from certificate courses

A job search wasn’t on Burroughs’ radar when she began her certificate courses. Her primary goal was to enhance her strategic thinking.

“Mallinckrodt had completed several mergers and acquisitions that required integration with my department. Previously, my role had been mostly focused on compliance and regulations. My manager and I agreed that enhancing my big-picture understanding of business would help me create greater value for the organization. He praised my expanded leadership and strategic problem-solving abilities during my post-certificate programme reviews.”

Advice for other professionals who are considering the programme

“Don’t rely on someone else to move you along your career continuum. Own your personal development.”

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