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Alex Sharpe

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Member Since Jul, 2020

"This too shall pass"

Solutions focused, logistical queen, I am happy to enjoy a laugh with my colleagues and truly enjoy working with amazing people that bring different skills to the table.

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My work life blend

Why are you a Business Chicks member?

Desire to learn creative ways of approaching life's challenges and listening to empowering, impressively strong women

What's been the biggest pinch-me moment of your career?

Follow the position not the person and love what you do - the job should evoke passion and enjoyment for you

How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?

Initially it upsets me but then I take a step back and see what the lesson is and how I can approach it again to get a successful outcome. When I feel fear, I try to understand what it is that I'm afraid of and if it's possible that I can approach it from a different angle.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?

fail early and learn from the lesson then give it another go

Which women inspire you and why?

Julie Bishop - powerful and feminine Michelle Obama - smart, sassy, her own woman Celeste Barber - a good woman with a good heart Katryna Robinson - Founder of Every Little Bit Helps - another woman who has a good soul. She saw a need in society and delivers compassion and dignity in spades. A real Rock Star!

What's been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did it help shape who you are today?

Caring for a loved one through many years of illness has shaped not only my life but my career path. I landed in Pharmaceuticals due to a desire to understand what might be able to help manage his illness in the best way and to also give my family and I, a chance to have many experiences and have those precious memories we now hold so dear.

What are you really good at? (We know this one's hard, you guys! As women, we tend to talk about what everyone else is good at. But now it's your turn.)

I'm really good at helping others and making sure the show runs smoothly - I am a logistics Queen! I'm also a really thoughtful gift giver - a lot of thought goes into giving a gift that someone will truly love.

What makes you happy?

sunshine, laughter and being near the water makes my soul sing!

What's your definition of success, and how will you know when you've got there? (Go on, aim high!)

success for me is being able to sit back and be happy with all areas in my life - happy home, loving my job, joy and peace in my soul and loving my life.

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