Meet Maria

And learn how she is working her magic in Science and Lab Solutions.

Maria’s Journey: A Passion for Science, Strategy, and Making a Difference

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your role?

The Unexpected Path Beyond the Lab

Hello, everyone! My name is Maria Teresa Sposato, and I am from the sunny south of Italy, with a background in Biomedical Engineering. Little did I realize it at the time, but joining this company in early 2019 was the start of an incredible journey that has allowed me to grow both professionally and personally, beyond the lab, in ways I never anticipated.

I've always been fascinated by the intersection of science and business (well, at least after turning 10), and it was precisely this fascination that led me to pursue a career at this company. Shortly after joining, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to pursue an MBA under the auspices of my new employer, an experience that has been instrumental in shaping my career path. This investment in my education is just one of the many reasons why I value my employer.

Today Developing Recommendations to Provide Guidance

Today, I proudly work as a Senior Strategy Manager for a part of the Life Science business called Science and Lab Solutions. This business makes great products such as the MilliQ water system, which, by the way, is the very first tool I used in a lab as a student with no idea that I’d one day be part of the company that makes them!

Nowadays, as a Strategy Manager, my primary responsibility is to develop recommendations that guide our leaders in making critical decisions. These decisions span a wide range of topics, including sustainability, engagement and innovation. It's a role that challenges me every day and allows me to leverage my dual background along with my experience in academic labs to contribute to our company's strategic direction. Plus, I have the privilege of frequently interacting with our company's leaders and learning directly from them.

Walking the Talk in Promoting Inclusion

Outside of my core responsibility, I am particularly passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I). I come from an ethnic minority in Italy called Arbereshe, and this background has made me acutely aware of the importance of fostering diversity and inclusion in society. At the company I have found a supportive environment for DE&I that aligns with my personal values, so, when I am not strategizing, I am contributing to initiatives that make the company more diverse and inclusive.

Why do you work at the company?

Empowerment and Purpose: Finding Fulfillment at Work

There are several things that make this company a special place for me. First and foremost, it's the incredible pool of talented individuals that I have the privilege to work alongside, embracing a diverse international community. While we primarily connect through video calls, we also have the opportunity to come together and embark on exciting experiences.

Moreover, I feel empowered here to realize my goals and satisfy my curiosity. I am encouraged by my manager and leadership to take on important topics, drive change and make a meaningful impact. Also, the company’s commitment to innovation, sustainability and DE&I aligns with my own passion for these areas, and I am excited to contribute to our efforts to make the world a better place through science and technology. In conclusion, my career at the company has been extremely fulfilling. I am grateful for the opportunities I've had to learn, grow, and make a difference and I look forward to continuing this incredible journey!

A quote that fuels me in my professional journey:

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking”

By Henry Ford

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