Choosing the Road Not Taken
Adriana “Andi” Karaboutis, Executive Vice President, Technology and Business Solutions, Biogen, talks about the road less travelled.
As a young woman, Andi fell in love with computer science, and she learned to do some FORTRAN programming. Though at the time this was a road less travelled by women, she nevertheless believed this route would take her on a fruitful journey. And it did.
30 years later, she shares her experiences as a technologist and executive. She realized that she shouldn’t define herself as a female executive after spending most of her time in workplaces dominated by males. So she never entered situations with that fact at the top of her mind.
She says that people should focus on what’s important, not on what people say or do. They should focus on contributions that can drive their company’s goals forward. Andi believes that people should expand their horizons beyond their workplace and follow their passions outside of work. She believes that people should take the road less travelled, expand their horizons, and be open to possibilities they had never imagined before.