We’re proud to share that Angela Moskow, Head, North America Civic Action, and Government Health Initiatives, was named a leading Intrapreneur by Leading Women Entrepreneurs (LWE). We recently reached out to Angela to get her thoughts on what it takes to be an intrapreneur.
What was your reaction when you learned that the Leading Women Entrepreneurs (LWE) organization named you as one of the top six Intrapreneurs in New Jersey?
I was surprised and honored. This wonderful organization does so much to support and promote women’s career growth. To sum it up in one word… “Wow!”
What do you think contributed most to your being recognized as a leading intrapreneural woman?
I love to build and drive new areas for the organization. I spent some time in marketing. When we launched a new product in 2001, it was entering a generic market, and many in the organization didn’t see the market potential as very high. There were several who truly believed our new product had something special that could revolutionize diabetes care. We never gave up, remained true to what patients told us they needed, and worked to inspire others to this vision.
More recently, I had the privilege of building out a new department focused on Chronic Disease Prevention and Wellness. Our goal has been to support Sanofi US business by identifying patients earlier in their disease (sometimes at diagnosis), as well as improving adherence, especially in the diabetes and cardiovascular areas. We strive to improve health outcomes by matching the right patient with the right treatment at the right time.
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Intrapreneurship borrows from the principles of entrepreneurship. What are some important attributes of intrapreneurship?
One of the greatest aspects of being an intrapreneur is the ability to take risks and not be afraid to fail. The flipside is the ability to course correct quickly if things aren’t working as expected. A positive tension between these two areas is critical in moving ideas forward. It’s also important to be able to communicate a vision so others understand where you’re going and want to join you in the journey!
How does Sanofi contribute to building intrapreneurial values?
Sanofi has developed many programs and partnered with external organizations to encourage employees to think differently and creatively about how to better serve patients. The most recent example is our joint venture with the Verily Life Sciences division of Google to form OnDuo. OnDuo’s mission is to help people with diabetes live full, healthy lives by developing comprehensive solutions to enable simple and intelligent disease management.
From a personal development standpoint, I’m impressed with the breadth of options available for learning and strengthening different skill sets. From a business perspective “out of the box” thinking is embraced as long as it can be backed up with the right metrics. In fact, one of my favorite Leadership Competencies we reward people on is “Act for Change.”
How did it feel to be among such accomplished women at the LWE recognition event on November 14?
It was wonderful and humbling to be among such a diverse and accomplished group of women. While we come from all walks of life, we found our commonalities quickly and developed good comradery.