Renee Connolly

Making It Work at Work Is a Family Affair

By Renee Connolly, Global Head of Communications and Corporate Responsibility, MilliporeSigma

After the loud “thump” comes an even louder cry. It’s 3:15 a.m. “I’ve got this…you have an important meeting today…get yourself a couple more hours,” one parent says to the other. 

Sound like a scene from a TV show? Or like one taken from your life?  

Unsettled nights are common among young families, but for an increasing number, what’s new are the roles partners play in making complex families work—for everyone. It’s taken time to acknowledge juggling both at home and work, and for many, this is a very personal situation that partners are grappling with. Read More

An Expanded Definition of Workplace Diversity

By Renee Connolly, Head of Global Life Science Communications & Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

As has been well established, inclusive and diverse cultures are better positioned to adapt, grow and thrive in a changing business environment. After all, “any company’s greatest asset is its people,” says Lisa Walsh, regional controller at EMD Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Diversity is generally defined as people from different cultures and backgrounds, and increasingly includes women specifically in leadership positions. However, at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, diversity of mindset and location are important differentiators. In a science- and technology-driven environment, where we need to anticipate and follow opportunities across market regions, these two elements, when combined, facilitate good decision-making. They also ensure that we have the indigenous local perspective along with the strategic “big picture” required of a globally integrated enterprise.   Read More

2016 Session | Create Your Daily Success Routine and Double What Gets Done in a Day

Do you want to finally break the never-ending cycle of feeling like you didn’t accomplish enough in a day and spend more time on self-care, family, travel and the social interactions that you’ve been longing for? Attend this interactive session/ fireside chat to learn how to create your personalized routine for daily success. Using practical advice from productivity expert Jamila Payne, along with real-life best practices and lessons learned from trenches with senior executive Renee Connolly, participants will leave inspired to increase goal achievement, get consistent results and learn how to: Read More

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How She Got There: Renee Connolly’s Path to Becoming Head of Global Communications and Corporate Responsibility at MilliporeSigma

Renee Connolly (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Massachusetts Conference for Women)Surviving the loss of your mom when you’re young doesn’t just make you stronger. It also makes you focus on what’s important early on and gives you clarity on your purpose in life when most of your contemporaries are still searching for a purpose. In other words, it makes you grow up pretty quick.

This was the case for Renee Connolly, whose non-smoker mom died from non-small cell lung cancer just as Connolly was about to start her senior year in college. “I wanted to stay home and help take care of my brother, who was in grade school, but Dad insisted that I finish my degree,” Connolly recalls. “It was important to my mom that I graduate since she never had the opportunity to go to college.”

Sticking it out would become a theme to Connolly’s career, as would wiser-than-her-years decisions. Here’s her path, and the lessons she learned along the way, to becoming the head of global communications and corporate responsibility at MilliporeSigma. Read More

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