The Society thinks its time to acknowledge more members more often, so we’ve decided to place a spotlight on members whose dedication to the SCC has not gone unnoticed.
Research & Development Manager
SCC Twin Cities Chapter – Member Since: 1980
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1. What made you pursue a career in the cosmetics/personal care industry?
I majored in Biology in college. Once I graduated, I wanted a job within business that would make use of my scientific training. Bob Taylor lived near my family home and I had gone to high school with his daughter. I was familiar with his small and growing company, Village Bath Products, which by 1980 had grown into Minnetonka, Inc. and just launched SoftSoap. I cold called asking if there were any openings and, as they say, “the rest is history.” I was hired into their R&D department.
2. What is the favorite part of your job?
There are many aspects of the job that I enjoy. I love the mix of business and science. I enjoy the fast pace and seeing products that I have developed on the store shelves. I enjoy the challenge of using my technical background to solve formulation and commercialization problems. I love working with smart, educated scientists as colleagues.
3. What has been your most recent professional accomplishment?
I completed a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership in 2011.
4. How has membership in the SCC been of value to you?
The Twin Cities SCC has a place in my heart. In the early years, it gave me a sense of professionalism and connected me to the personal care industry throughout the metro area. When I returned to work after several years at home with my children, I immediately connected to colleagues through the SCC. The relationships I have formed through participation in the SCC have enriched my personal and professional life. It has been an invaluable networking tool.
5. What is a fun fact about yourself, outside of the SCC and your professional life?
My favorite way to relax is walks in the woods with my husband and three children.