My time in the Army gave me a chance to find a career path that was right for me. My training in pharmacy gave me a passion for pharmaceuticals. The intangible military traits such as persistence, a “can-do” attitude, motivation, leadership, discipline, and being able to make difficult decisions under pressure have defined my career. All of these things combined became the foundation necessary to succeed once I completed my military service. Working for Takeda has provided me with many additional opportunities for success. For example, I was able to apply for their tuition assistance program to attend graduate school where I earned a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership and a Six Sigma Certification. Most recently I helped found – and was named chairperson of – a veteran’s employee resource group that launched in 2014 as part of Takeda’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. We named our organization STRIVE, which stands for Supporting Troops and Inspiring Veteran Engagement. One of our key initiatives is taking on a leadership role to drive Takeda’s efforts in recruiting, retaining, and developing military talent, while also actively participating in local social outreach activities that support veterans and active duty military personnel outside of Takeda.