Dr. Marcia Kayath is a gifted, empathetic physician and an inspirational leader committed to serving patients through an impressive career path focused on making a difference for patients around the world.

As head of U.S. Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, she oversees a team of nearly 600 and is responsible for the company’s U.S. Medical Affairs, U.S. Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs for Advertising and Promotion. She’s known for going out of her way to develop, mentor and sponsor top talent around the globe, often using her commute to and from work for conversing with, providing guidance to, and mentoring people at all levels and in different time zones.

At Novartis, she has held several leadership roles for multiple products in Oncology Global Medical Affairs. She’s a member of the U.S. Pharmaceuticals Executive Committee, the Global Development leadership team, and serves as executive sponsor for the Women in Science (WISE) Employee Resource Group.

In the words of Dr. Marcia Kayath:

How can the world increase diversity in STEM fields?
“We need to find ways for individuals and organizations to be open to, and accepting of, different experiences, communication styles and learning preferences. When many different voices are at the table – and different perspectives are heard and valued – change happens, and innovation flourishes.”

What can be done to move women forward in STEM?
“Women who are early in their careers – or who are considering pursuing a future in STEM – must be nurtured and encouraged. They need to understand that they have the capacity to change the world; they just need to channel their passions to be the best they can.”

What barriers are in the way to closing the gender gap in STEM?
“Women in STEM need to work on being confident and self-assured – in both their abilities and their potential to add value. We also need to accept that we can be successful at both work and home – and that we really can do it all!”

Where do you see women in STEM in five years?
“In time, I expect women to be leaders in many STEM fields – however, that may take more than five years. According to a recent Catalyst global study, women account for less than 30% of all individuals worldwide in scientific research and development. I view this statistic as an opportunity, and I feel that all women working in STEM careers today have a responsibility – in fact, an obligation – to mentor young women and encourage them to see what’s possible.”

Words I live by:
“Trust, service and transparency.”