March is Women’s History Month, which celebrates women’s contributions to events in history and contemporary society. To mark the occasion, we are featuring several female employees at Sema4. In the latest Q&A of our series, Bridget Winders, General Manager of Women’s Health, discusses why Melinda Gates inspires her and the importance of remaining true to yourself as you build your career.
1. What is your role at Sema4?
As the General Manager of Women’s Health, my team and I are responsible for influencing and coordinating Sema4’s operations and solutions to support the generational health journey, including preventative, reproductive, and family care. I have one of the most interesting seats in the house, working closely with colleagues across the company with tremendous clinical and scientific experience, and teams passionate about enabling patients in their health journey.
2. What motivates you to work at Sema4?
Sema4 truly puts the patient at the center of all that we do, starting with exceptional genetic testing solutions, genetic counseling services, and digital tools to support each individual in understanding their results. Our significant research and data science capability that we use to study critical issues like risk factors to help women have healthier pregnancies is what most draws me to the company. It underscores everything we do here to advance health.
3. What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
It’s an opportunity and a humble reminder to reflect on women that paved the way for me to work in this field and become a senior leader. One of the great things about Sema4 is that we have a lot of female leadership and rising stars. I would be remiss if I didn’t also reflect on the men in my career that were not just supportive of me but took affirmative action to drive more diversity and opportunity for women.
4. Can you tell us about a female role model who has inspired you?
Women were significantly underrepresented in IT at senior levels when I started my career in technology in the late 1980s. I came to greatly admire Melinda Gates, who had a spectacular career in her own right at Microsoft. But beyond her professional success, her work at the Gates Foundation is very inspirational, whether it’s fostering female representation in STEM roles or driving global health initiatives.
I have also found inspiration closer to my daily life, women that have worked for and with me that I have seen overcome barriers, lead, and grow beyond their own expectations. Many of them have had a significant impact on both my life and my career.
5. What advice would you give to other women who are looking to build their careers?
Be uniquely you and remain true to yourself. You don’t have to take on a different persona or model your path after someone else’s to succeed. Be who you are, crafting your skillset, and developing your own leadership style. Don’t be afraid to stretch yourself and to take on projects and roles that make you uncomfortable so that you can grow. Seek opportunities to learn wherever they come from, including outside of your function and company.
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Would you like to work with Bridget and the rest of our team at Sema4? To find out more about open positions, please visit our Careers page here.