In a recent article for Forbes, author Nicole Fisher interviews Corlis Murray, Senior Vice President, Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Engineering Services at Abbott.
As the top engineer at Abbott, a $31 billion heath care company, Corlis Murray knows a thing or two about being a successful woman in the STEM world. But it’s not her day-to-day role managing hundreds of millions of dollars and a hundred thousand employees in more than 150 countries that has gotten her to superhero status among her peers and colleagues. Eight years ago, Corlis started a high school STEM internship program at Abbott to help give young people the same kind of unique opportunity she had been afforded as a 17-year-old.
At that time, she quit her $1.76 an hour job at Jack In The Box to take an internship at IBM – which ultimately changed the trajectory of her life. That rare high school internship gave Corlis role models who looked like her, African American and female, and demystified what it meant to be an engineer. With the mindset of using her power and influence to bring others along, Corlis is truly changing the lives of our future scientists and engineers, and creating a pipeline of talent we can all be thankful for.