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International Women’s Week Spotlight – Rachel McGrogan

Posted: 3/11/22

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Rachel McGrogan
Lab Chemist

When did you start at Heritage (or previously acquired companies) and what was your first position?

I started as temporary lab technician in October 2011 and got hired on full time in August of 2012 as a full time Lab technician. I then got hired on at my current role as Lab Chemist May of 2013.

Define a great leader—what are some traits you think great leaders possess?

A great leader is someone that is hardworking, dedicated, and empathetic. A great leader is always trying to help others succeed and pushing people to their greatest potential. Helping new and younger colleagues gain confidence in their skills so that they too one day can help lead others. You have to keep in the back of your mind that work isn’t the only thing in people’s lives and some people have daily struggles physically, mentally, or both. You have to recognize this and be understanding at times to let people know you care. A great leader steps in and helps wherever is needed even if that isn’t exactly their job description. A great leader remembers that they had to start from the bottom too, work their way up, and somewhere along the lines another great leader showed them the way.

What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?

Having to deal with disagreeable coworkers.

Do you have any tips, strategies you’ve employed, or lessons learned throughout your career that you would like to share with aspiring female leaders?

Always empower other women. We have enough men out their doubting us already. Quit saying I’m sorry so much. It makes us seem like we lack self confidence. Be hungry for success. Surround yourself with other like minded inspirational women and learn from them.

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