Bayer's Joyce Lee Recognized for Contributions to Global Animal Health Industry
Joyce Lee, President, Bayer Animal Health North America was honored with the Feather in Her Cap Award for her continued leadership and contributions to the animal health industry, as well as her ongoing mentorship of women and helping them advance their careers in animal health.
The annual award, new for 2018, was created to shine a light on the impressive accomplishments of talented women in the animal health industry and to help encourage more women to enter and build careers in the sector. The award ceremony took place earlier this month at the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX) formerly known as the North American Veterinary Meeting (NAVC.)
“I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award,” Lee said. “It's gratifying to know that other leaders see my work as not only advancing our business, but also the careers and presence of other women in our businesses, making the animal health industry a great place to work. As a look around the room and see so many extraordinary women, I know animal health has a bright future.”
Because of Lee's contributions to animal health as well as her dedication to the advancement of women in the industry, she was lauded as an innovative leader and advocate for women in the business. Dr. Edward Robb, who nominated Lee for the award, said she has positively impacted professionals across the sector who have worked alongside her throughout her nearly two-decade career.
“Joyce has been a champion for not only the science and innovation that makes our industry the amazing one that it is, but she has also championed many other women, helping them navigate their careers and realize their full potential,” says Dr. Robb, CEO, BioPharmaPotentials.
Nandini Mendu, Senior Director of Agriculture Sector Development at North Carolina BioTechbology Center, another professional to nominate Lee, feels that the mentorship she provided has helped her in her career. “This is a most deserved recognition for Joyce's dedication, passion and leadership. I feel so proud and honored to have worked alongside her and I cherish our relationship, including her mentoring and guidance that has helped me countless times,” says Mendu.
Lee was one of four inaugural recipients of the Feather in Her Cap Award. Other women honored were Kim Allen, President, Commercial Division, Henry Schein Health; Marie-Paul Lachaud, Head of Program Management, Europe at Aratana Therapeutics; and Dr. Catherine A. Knupp, Executive Vice President and President, Research and Development at Zoetis. Over 20 women from 13 companies in the animal health sector were nominated for the award.