Here I go again, introducing you to another innovative, entrepreneurial woman-on-a-mission. Although we both worked in the biopharmaceutical sector and I consulted for her company, I did not meet Melissa Toler until she’d left to pursue her passion.
Melissa, you’ve had an interesting path. Given your PharmD degree and the many options that created for you as a career woman, what spurred the transition to your current work?
I went to pharmacy school as a “consolation prize” for my parents, who wanted me to be a doctor. I knew I didn’t want to spend eight years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to do something that didn’t light me up. My pharmacy education seemed like the next best thing.
Since pharmacy school, I’d had visions of working in a corporate setting…hospital and retail pharmacy weren’t for me. Once I got a taste of life in the pharmaceutical industry, I LOVED IT. There were so many opportunities for pharmacists. However, as the years went on, there was a nagging voice inside that was telling me “there was something else.” (more…)