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Women in Leadership Spotlight: Zori Cheshmedzhieva

Our Celerion team values the competencies and perspectives women in leadership bring to our company and our industry. Zori Cheshmedzhieva, Vice President Global Clinical Development,  shares insight on what makes a great leader.

There is a balance good leaders strive for in today’s world. “Be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly,” explains Zori. “This is the challenge of leadership.”

She has learned waiting for the perfect conditions to begin something may mean you may never get anything completed. Zori advises women moving up into professional  leadership roles, “If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done!”

As she looks for inspiration and guidance for herself, Zori is inspired by the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

Through her professional journal, Zori has compiled words of wisdom for emerging women leaders. Among those words of wisdom, she emphasizes, “Scheduling specific times in your day or week to focus on enhancing your personal well-being – even if it means putting others on the back burner temporarily – ultimately benefits you and everyone around you.”

She also shares knowing how to best cultivate your own personal energy allows you to ultimately give more of your best self. “Make choices that honor your own happiness and well-being, and if you can do that, you will be better equipped to make a difference in the lives of those around you.”

Leaders address and solve challenges on a daily basis. Making individual commitments and sacrifices for the best interests of the team, or the end goals has always been a challenge. “We face people coming from different generations, cultures, and maturity. Bringing and managing to keep everyone together in a cohesive team takes a lot of energy, “ Zori acknowledges.

Her way to overcome this challenge is to “Keep positive, keep the trust, keep away from emotions, and keep the passion – that passion coming from the daily magic we live in by delivering for clinical research worldwide!” If you are looking for an opportunity to grow professionally, make a difference in the medical and science communities, and work for a great company, apply to join the Celerion team today.