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8 March 2021

Celebrating the women who are working to drive Cambridge Cognition forward – Part 2

To celebrate International Women's Day, we’re sharing the stories of a few of the amazing women we’re proud to say are part of the Cambridge Cognition team. In part 2 we will be speaking to our Senior Director of Business Development, Lindsey Hagan, and our Academic Sales Manager, Emma Dominic. 

In part 1 of this series celebrating International Women's Day, we got the chance to get to know members of our Science team, Iona Pickett and Elizabeth Baker. If you missed it you can read everything they had to say here

In part 2 we will be talking to Senior Director of Business Development, Lindsey Hagan, and Academic Sales Manager, Emma Dominic. Giving you the chance to get to know some of the women who are helping to shape our academic and clinical sales teams.

Lindsey Hagan – Senior Director of Business Development

Tell us a little background information about yourself?

I studied Biology with a minor in Philosophy at Gonzaga University. During my time at Gonzaga, I was involved in an organization that provided STEM mentorship to children living on nearby Indian reservations. Following graduation I taught paleobiology to seventh and eighth graders as an AmeriCorps VISTA. My goal during this time was to help science educators on the reservation develop curriculum rooted in children’s native culture.

After living on a reservation for over a year, I decided to move home to Minnesota (USA) to be near my family. I landed by first corporate job at a medical device technology start-up—I was the fifth employee and only woman (luckily that meant I had my own bathroom). I was hired to assist with accounting and marketing—two areas I knew little about. During this time, I never stepped down from taking on more responsibilities which allowed me to discover what I enjoyed. Towards the end of my time there I was salesperson by day and ran our lab at night. Someone along the way failed to tell me that hours I kept were not normal. It was not until my husband (at that time fiancé) asked me when I was going to get a “real job” that I chose to continue on in sales, this was mostly because I love working with people!

These early jobs have shaped what I have chosen to do - I love being in early-stage innovative growth companies; I love being at the intersection of science and sales; but more than anything else, I will always see myself as a learner and sharer of information.

What is your current role at Cambridge Cognition? 

I am Business Development Director at Cambridge Cognition. I hope to develop long-term partnerships with pharma companies to support their clinical studies and digital health goals.

What motivated you to choose this career path?

What attracted me to Cambridge Cognition was the scientific foundation of the company. As digital health becomes a stronger focus for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, it's good to know that Cambridge Cognition offers an innovative tool to assist in data transformation.

One of the most appealing reasons to join Cambridge Cognition was the numerous female leaders within the organization. Seeing women in leadership roles at a technology company made it an easy decision to join the team. Getting to know and learn from the women at Cambridge Cognition makes me feel grateful every day.

What does the future look like for you?

I hope to get involved with strategic planning both internally with our team as well as with our clients. I want to provide consultative sales to biotechnology and pharma companies focused on improving patient outcomes through digital tools.

Emma Dominic – Academic Sales Manager

Tell us a little background information about yourself?

I studied a BSc in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin from 2013-2016 in Cambridge. After my degree, I wanted to take a break from academia before thinking about taking on a Masters, and after many roles in hospitality from the age of 16, I joined Cambridge Cognition in April 2017 as a Product Specialist.

My customer service knowledge and psychology background enabled me to be part of a team that worked with academic researchers to provide them the best possible CANTAB solution, train them on the platform, and then offer product and scientific support, during and after their study.

What is your current role at Cambridge Cognition?

I am now a Manager of Academic Sales for our global researchers. No day is the same; I speak to researchers from every continent, learning about their up-coming studies, discussing with them the most appropriate and suitable CANTAB applications for their projects, and being their main point of contact for any questions about the solutions we offer. These can range from small samples of 20 subjects across a couple of visits to population-based research spanning over 10 years.

One of the best parts of this role is the vast number of incredible researchers and groups I have met and spoken to, either in person at conferences/during a CANTAB workshop, or via conference meetings online. I find it fascinating to hear about the work which is being done across numerous disease areas and interventions and take pride in knowing I am providing them with a renowned product.

What motivated you to choose this career path?

After finishing university, I didn’t want to leave Cambridge as I had made a wonderful group of friends and there was so much more this city still has to offer me. I wasn’t sure of the specific path I wanted to take after my degree; unsure if I wanted to be a psychologist or go into clinical work and do a masters, or work in industry. I chose Cambridge Cognition because I was very impressed with their reputation in both academic and clinical research. By applying a combination of my educational background with my interpersonal skills I have developed, the Product Specialist role seemed a great first step.

On top of all this, the Cambridge Cognition offices are located in a lovely little village and I could see myself enjoying the working environment.

Are you currently working on any interesting projects?

Currently, I am helping set up many large population-based studies. It’s really interesting to see CANTAB being used in such a variety of different study designs and population cohorts.

…I can’t say too much more, but let’s just say there are a lot of academics doing some really incredible and ground-breaking work.

Can you provide some additional information on how you would like to see your career progress within Cambridge Cognition / your chosen field?

In the future, I hope to continue working in the neuroscience/cognition/mental health sphere, particularly in computerised tools such as the CANTAB and our Digital Health applications.

Hopefully, the chance to get to know some of the amazing women who work here at Cambridge Cognition has given you an insight into the important work they are all doing day-to-day.

If you’re interested in becoming part of our exciting team, then keep an eye on our available positions – We’re always looking to expand our team!

Tags : cognition | cognitive science | recruitment | international women's day

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Lindsey Hagan – Senior Director of Business Development & Emma Dominic – Academic Sales Manager