For Anne Wojcicki, leadership is in her DNA

Anne Wojcicki, cofounder and CEO of 23andMe.
By News@TheU

Anne Wojcicki, cofounder and CEO of 23andMe.

For Anne Wojcicki, leadership is in her DNA

By News@TheU
During an upcoming Miami Herbert Business School lecture, the cofounder and CEO of 23andMe will share how she helped forge one of the world’s largest databases of individual genetic information.

The University of Miami Patti and Allan Herbert Business School’s Knight Venture Leaders Series launches Wednesday, July 22, featuring the cofounder and CEO of 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki, as its first speaker.

Wojcicki is expected to discuss how a love of science, instilled by her parents, guided her journey from Wall Street analyst to biotech CEO. She spent a decade in health care investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies, before cofounding 23andMe in 2006. The genome analysis firm has sought to provide consumers with access to their own genetic information and to create a pathway for genetic information to reach commercial and academic researchers working to develop new drugs and diagnostics, particularly in the field of personalized medicine. 

Wojcicki will likewise share her leadership advice, including strategies for advancing diversity in the workplace. She may also include details on the firm’s recent research and preliminary findings on whether genetics plays a role in the severity or susceptibility of COVID-19, in addition to her insight on many of the pandemic-fueled changes taking place in the health care industry and in workplaces overall.

Wojcicki’s lecture kicks off a new partnership between the Knight Foundation and Miami Herbert Business School that aims to foster connections among members of the South Florida business community and educate them on current business topics through talks presented by visionary executives.

The lecture begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, click here to register