Pledge 1%’s #WomenWhoLead series celebrates female leaders who are changing the world. Our leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and industries, and are all doing their part to have an impact in their communities and at their workplace. We’ve asked them to share a bit about their background and path to success.

What is your name and title?

Holly Copeland, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability & Impact at Horizon Therapeutics

Briefly (1-2 sentences) describe your current role.

My role involves creating, building and executing our CSR, Sustainability & Impact strategy while also managing the philanthropic portfolio of the company.

What’s the best decision you’ve ever made?

To be intentional and authentic when connecting with others, regardless of their position or status.

What’s the number one challenge you face as a woman in your industry?

Effectively communicating the value of impact work relative to the business and bottom line.

Do you have any mentors? What does mentorship mean to you?

Yes. Mentorship involves having someone in your life that has your best interests in mind and can help guide you with sound advice through a particular situation or time in your life.

What advice do you have for women who are just starting their career?

Take as many 1:1 introductory meetings as possible. Buy them a coffee and ask great questions. Listen. Take notes. You can learn something from every encounter, even the bad ones.

Cultivate the good ones over time. Before you know it, you’ll have a solid network that you can leverage when needed.

Are you reading/listening to anything interesting at the moment? 

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo.

What is something coming up that excites you?

The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment!