Updated: Jul 2, 2021
Each month we feature inspirational women who've made it to the other side of career change. Learn how they did it and take away usable tips from their career journeys! This month, we're proud to feature reinventor Karine Wegrzynowicz!
We love Karine's relentless curiosity and commitment to learning. She brings her strong information technology and operations experience to organizations, driving strategic alignment by energizing teams, partnering with stakeholders, and expertly delivering on execution.
And get this - in the midst of her pivot and relaunched career, Karine is pursuing her law degree! That's a growth mindset!
We were proud and honored to count Karine as an involved and engaged member of an EvolveMe Reinvention Collective cohort and Peer Advisor!
What is your personal mantra, mission or manifesto? In the words of Mario Forleo, Everything is Figuroutable!
What inspired you to launch your current career/launch your business? I spent over 20 years in Internal Audit and Corporate compliance but I was craving a role where I had more of a strategic impact. A few ago I volunteered to lead a large scale business transformation that ultimately led me to transition into the Tech Startup space. I love the fast pace, wearing multiple hats, seeing immediate impact from the work that I do.
What is unique about returning/pivoting in midlife? Challenges & opportunities? Pivoting into a new industry or career is daunting at any point in one's career but it's especially so after having been an expert in a profession like I was in Internal Audit.The good part is that Internal Audit served well as a foundation for understanding all aspects of the business. I'm able to leverage that foundation now that I'm on the operations side to harness technology to ensure the business runs efficiently and that our teams have the right tools and data for a competitive advantage.
What’s one intention you have for your work this year? I recently began a new role working for a company that measures health in everyday life and enables anyone to participate in ground breaking research and health programs. The pandemic heightened just how important our health is so to work for a company at the forefront of health studies is amazing.
What are you most passionate about right now? I'm not quite done with the pivot yet, I'm actually in the middle of my next big hairy audacious goal and that is to finish my J.D. law degree. I have about a year and a half left. I'm deeply passionate about data privacy, and where artificial intelligence will take us. I intend to leverage my business & technology foundations to further pursue the legal questions that will stem from these advancements.
What does a typical day look like for you? Right now I'm still drinking from the firehose as I learn all about the technology that powers our health studies and to figure out how to best to optimize our internal business systems.