Kelly is the Director of Business Development at Figure 1, a medical case-sharing platform used by millions of healthcare professionals around the world.
What is your morning routine?
Mornings are my favourite time of day. I like to get workouts in early and make time to eat breakfast, read the New York Times, and catch up on my social media feeds.
Tell us about your career path
I started my career in politics, which I believe is one of the best first jobs out there. The operations, policy, and communications jobs that I held taught me to be creative, results-oriented, and flexible. I worked for the Premier and Cabinet Ministers, so I learned how to interact with C-suite types at a young age. After politics, I worked at a consulting firm, helping clients in the healthcare, transportation, and infrastructure industries with government relations, communications, and business strategy.
I’m now the Director of Business Development at Figure 1, a medical case-sharing platform used by millions of healthcare professionals around the world. We’ve seen some really incredible stories unfold on our network, including a physician using Figure 1 to help treat Syrian refugees. My team is focused on building revenue-generating business for the company. We announced our first in April and followed that with a new, exciting partnership with the CDC.
What challenges do you or women face in your industry?
On the tech side, I want to see more female developers and engineers. When a product is built by a diverse team, it’s more likely to be valued by a diverse community. On the business side, women are in a better place than they’ve been before, but we still need equality in the boardroom, an equal voice in decision making, and fair compensation. In the last few months, we’ve seen women in the industry speak out about sexism and harassment. Technology is really focused on building the future, and it’s high time that we move these attitudes and behaviours out of the past.
What advice would you give to young girls who want to be the NEXT you?
I have two pieces of advice. First, push yourself, and don’t be afraid to veer from your “path” when opportunity knocks. Going from a stable consulting job to a tech start-up has really propelled me forward professionally, and expanded my skill set by leaps and bounds.
Second, work with great people. From politics to consulting to Figure 1, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with smart, driven, and committed people who have helped me move ahead in my career. These are the people you spend 8 hours a day with, so make sure they’re ones you enjoy spending time with and learning from.
How do you separate work life from your personal life?
This is an ongoing challenge for me. My father likes to joke/complain that my phone is an extension of my hand, and he’s not entirely wrong. The best breaks I get are vacations; I find it’s really easy to unplug when you’re surrounded by new places, cultures, and people.
What inspires you?
Great user experience. Whether it’s a visit to your doctor, using an app on your phone, or seeking service in a store, I like to think about what makes experiences great, and how and why they lead to win-win outcomes for everyone involved.
When you’re off the clock, what are your indulgences?
I love to cook, and just finished a baking course at George Brown, which was a fantastic learning experience. I also love to swim and have time carved out every week at a local community pool. Calories in, calories out!