LILLIAN ZAKARIJA MCGOUGH, SUOSNIVAČICA I DIREKTORICA, EDGEONE MEDICAL - CHICAGO, IL LILLIAN ZAKARIJA-MCGOUGH, CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, EDGEONE MEDICAL - CHICAGO, IL


Četvrtak, 13 Travanj 2017

Poduzetnica pokrenula posao kao eksperiment, dajući si rok od godinu dana

Entrepreneur launches business as an experiment, giving herself a one-year test

*Vjerujte u sebe i svoje sposobnosti jer se ništa ne događa preko noći - uspjeh dolazi s radom i strpljenjem *Trust in yourself and your skill sets as nothing happens overnight - success comes with hard work and patience

Da je netko pitao Lillian Lilli Zakarija prije dvadeset godina može li se zamisliti kao poduzetnicu, možda na to pitanje ne bi dobili nikakav odgovoriti. Njena uspješna karijera bila je usmjerena na penjanje u karijeri u korporativnoj Americi. Danas je zaposlena majka troje djece te suosnivačica i direktorica EdgeOne medicinske tvrtke koja pruža usluge savjetovanja kao podršku za globalne medicinske uređaje i farmaceutske tvrtke kod testiranja i razvoja medicinskih uređaja.

Tijekom svoje karijere Lilli je radila na poslovima u  inženjeringu i projekt menadžmentu, a prije osnivanja tvrtki bila je na pozicijama globalnog inženjeringa za podržavanje uređaja  i ostale proizvode odjela za bio-znanost Baxter Healthcare (sada Baxalta Shire tvrtke). Kada se ukazala prilika, prirodan zaokret u njezinoj karijeri je bio da se okuša u poduzetničkim vodama. Ovo su neke faktori (insights) o toj ključnoj prekretnici u njezinoj karijeri.

If someone had asked Lillian “Lilli” Zakarija-McGough twenty years ago if she would have ever envisioned herself as an entrepreneur, she may not have even bothered to answer the question. Her successful career had been focused on climbing the ladder in corporate America. Today the busy mother of three is Co-Founder and President of EdgeOne Medical, a company which provides consulting services to support global medical device and pharmaceutical firms with testing and medical device development.

Throughout her career Lilli held management roles in engineering and project management, and prior to founding her company, she established and led the global engineering function supporting all device and combination product-related needs for the BioScience division of Baxter Healthcare (now Baxalta a Shire company). So when the opportunity came, the timing was a natural career fit to test the water of entrepreneurship. She shares some insight on that crucial turning point in her career.

Smatrate li se poduzetnicom?

Do you consider yourself an entrepreneur?

Kad sam prvi put pokrenula svoj posao, smatrala sam se atipičnom poduzetnicom s obzirom da sam pokrenula svoju tvrtku tek nakon rada u korporacijskom okruženju gotovo 17 godina. Gledala sam na to kao na eksperiment. Da nisam uspjela u roku od godinu dana, vratila bih se u sigurnije poslovno okruženje zbog manjeg rizika za mene i moju obitelj. Danas se smatram poduzetnicom.

When I first launched my business, I considered myself an atypical entrepreneur given that I didn't start my company until after working in a corporate setting almost 17 years. I viewed it as an experiment. If I failed within a year, then I would head back to a more secure corporate environment to minimize the risk for me and my family. Today, I do consider myself an entrepreneur.

Što Vas je nadahnulo da to učinite?

What inspired you to do this?

Pokretanje tvrtke imajući troje djece u dobi od četiri i dvije godine i šest mjeseci nije baš najbolja životna faza za promjenu karijere majke, ali oni su zapravo ti koji su me inspirirali. Željela sam biti njihov uzor, baš kao sto su meni bili moji roditelji.

(Lillini roditelji su emigrirali iz Hrvatske i naučili su svoje četvero djece o važnosti ustrajnosti i teškog rada).

Launching a company when her three children were aged four, two and six months is not exactly the best life phase for a mother to make a career change, but they actually are the ones that inspired me. I wanted to be a role model for them, just like my parents were to me.

(Lilli’s parents emigrated from Croatia and taught her and her three siblings the importance of perseverance and hard work).

Ide li sve kako ste planirali za ovaj novi pothvat?

Did things go as planned for your new venture?

Izvorni plan poslovanja koji smo stvorili u početku nismo pratili. Kako se je tvrtka razvijala, prilagodili smo ga kako bi bolje razumjeli usluge koje naši klijenti žele i trebaju. Nakon ustrajnog rada da pravilno definiramo i i pozicioniramo tvrtku, sada vidimo nagradu za sve naše napore kroz svakodnevni rast baze klijenata, broja zaposlenika i prepoznatljivosti brenda u našoj industriji.

The original business plan we created in the beginning was not how the company evolved. We adjusted and pivoted in order to better understand the services our customers wanted and needed. After persevering to properly define and position the business, we now see the reward of all of our efforts as our customer base, our employee base and brand recognition continues to grow in our industry.

Imate li savjet za druge koji žele učiniti isto?

Any advice for others looking to do the same?

Prvo, vjerujte u sebe i svoje sposobnosti jer se ništa ne događa preko noći - uspjeh dolazi s radom i strpljenjem. Budite strpljivi i čekajte jer to može trajati i nekoliko godina. Drugo, ulažite u izgradnju snažne poduzetničke mreže podrške prije nego pokrenete posao. Ova mreža pojedinaca razumije što je potrebno da budu uspješni kao poduzetnici, a može uštedjeti vrijeme na učenju ključnih lekcija koje koštaju vremena i novaca.

First, trust in yourself and your skill sets as nothing happens overnight - success comes with hard work and patience. Be patient and wait for the reward and that may be several years. Secondly, make sure you invest in building a strong entrepreneurial network of support before you venture out. This network of individuals understand what it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur and can save time on learning key lessons that cost time and money.

Maria Dugandžić-Pasić

Travanj 2017.

Kontakt:

Lillian Zakarija McCough

Suosnivačica i direktorica, EdgeOne Medical

Chicago, IL

Co-Founder and President, EdgeOne Medical

Chicago, IL

www.edgeonemedical.com

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