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Theresa Dunn

Chief of Staff - Oncology Global Marketing Transformation at Eli Lilly & Company, MBA 2000

What is one of the most important skills you have developed in your career?
Collaboration is a skill that I have developed that is critical to the work that I do. The ability to establish and successfully work to achieve goals across highly cross-functional groups and geographies is essential. Key elements to successful collaboration in my daily work include effective communication, demonstrating empathy, and leadership, both formal and informal.

What made you choose UNC & Kenan-Flagler Business School?
I chose KFBS because it was a fantastic program with a very team-oriented environment. When I visited, the team-oriented environment was visible among the students as they worked together, as well as the way in which the students and professors interacted with each other in the classroom. It felt very much like a place where I could grow, and help others grow as well.

What made you choose a career path in healthcare?
My reasons for choosing healthcare, specifically pharmaceutical marketing, are two-fold. I thrive on tackling the continual challenges facing our ecosystem, and the ability to have a positive impact on the lives of people around the world. Developing an understanding of the needs of our consumers, healthcare providers, and payer customers, and delivering value to each, in partnership with a diverse group of cross-functional partners, is incredibly engaging and rewarding. Even more rewarding is knowing that our efforts go toward the incredible purpose of positively impacting lives.

What are the top two items on your bucket list?
Exploring all of the U.S National Parks. My family and I are making progress on this, but still have a long way to go! Glacier and Zion have been among our favorites. I would also like to identify a meaningful way to positively impact underserved populations, leveraging my professional skillset, in my volunteer work.