Coming from a family of medical professionals, Claudette Collier grew up learning the power of research. Although she initially started as a nursing student, she chose to enter the pharmaceutical industry because of the great opportunities it offers and the expansion it allows professionals. Most recently, Ms. Collier used her experience to thrive as the senior manager of global learning for AbbVie Inc., a biopharmaceutical research and development company responsible for discovering, developing, and marketing biopharmaceuticals and other drugs. She loved the job, and, moving forward, she plans to continue her efforts to advance her field in new and innovative ways.
Ms. Collier has garnered more than a decade in her profession, almost half of which she spent with AbbVie. The previous years were spent in various management roles with Abbott Laboratories and Hewitt Associates. As a woman in today’s world, she attributes her ongoing success to perseverance and passion. Her commitment to her work transfers to leadership in the company. Ms. Collier considers her greatest strength to be managing a team of young professionals and being able to impact others. Her most significant accomplishment was taking a company training program and moving it from a learning culture to a more holistic one. If she could offer some advice to the younger generations, it would be to have confidence. “Don’t be afraid to look for help, ask for a mentor, learn from those you have worked with, and learn from your mistakes, as they can be your greatest opportunities,” she says.
To prepare for her endeavors, she received an organizational knowledge certificate from the Association for Talent Development and certification as a project management professional from the Project Management Institute. She also joined prominent professional organizations like the Association for Talent Development, the Project Management Institute, and the E-Learning Guild.
In recognition of her accomplishments, Ms. Collier earned a customer service award from Hewitt, and awards in technology and innovation, and strategy and planning from Abbott. She has also received the Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in Who’s Who in Industry Leaders.
When Ms. Collier has free time, she enjoys traveling to see her children and grandchildren and taking care of her mother and siblings. She also supports the ASPCA, the Ocean Conservancy, and the Humane Society of the United States. Looking to the future, she hopes to be remembered for doing the right thing and for making possibilities real.