Dr. Inger C. Arum
Founder/Co-CEO of ProTrials Research, Inc
Professional Member since 2015
“Whether introducing a new service or onboarding a new team member, I think about the practices AWIS has taught me to yield a positive, mutually beneficial outcome.”
How do you define commitment?
Commitment is the foundational building block of a positive and mutually beneficial experience. In both work and life, once you make a choice – from taking on a new project to adopting a dog – your commitment to that choice should be steadfast. Commitment is not about dipping a toe into the water to test it out. It’s about jumping in with both feet and to show you’re 100% in the game, are not going to leave any gaps and will take it from start to finish. When commitment is evident, it ultimately engenders trust. It’s integral to people believing in who you are and feeling confident in what you will bring to the table.
Has your word influenced you during your career, or is it a word that you have chosen retrospectively?
Throughout my life, commitment has influenced my career and the choices that I make. My parents, who immigrated to the U.S. from Denmark, exemplified commitment. They actively made a choice to improve not only their own lives, but also those of their children. To do so, they left their home, their country – everything they knew – to build a better future and ensure that their children had a breadth of educational opportunities. They could not have achieved their goals without a strong and unwavering sense of commitment. Today, commitment influences my career because it’s one of the first words comes to mind when I consider what is in front of me. Whether introducing a new service or onboarding a new team member, I think about the practices AWIS has taught me to yield a positive, mutually beneficial outcome.
How would you describe your career?
Equal parts good fortune and hard work. When I first began my career in clinical research, I was fortunate enough to find myself surrounded by strong leaders, by people who were committed to pharmaceutical science. They set examples of what commitment to the power of science and helping patients looked like, and how maintaining that commitment could serve as a driving force in working toward a greater goal. My career continues to be rich and varied. As a scientist, I’ve had opportunities to work in a wide range of therapeutic areas and with a number of exceptional companies. I commit to maintaining an openness to new ideas and re-evaluating strategies to ensure that I lead democratically and collaboratively. I believe in fostering women’s empowerment through equal access to education and business opportunities, and AWIS helps me achieve this. I’m a proponent of leveraging technology to work smarter and improve both the human condition and the planet.