Innovation Ecosystem Podcast | Resources, Insights & Tools for Creating Space for Personal and Business Growth

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Oct 25, 2016

Céline Schillinger is a self-described corporate activist, who was called a troublemaker by her bosses. But thanks to her passion to grow and improve on rigid corporate systems, she was awarded Woman of the Year — La Tribune Women’s Awards in 2013. Céline is now the Head of Quality Innovation & Engagement at Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi.

  • 03:20 - What does Céline do?
  • 05:35 - Céline’s bosses described her as a troublemaker, yet she later went on to become business woman of the year. How did she do it?
  • 09:10 - When Céline felt like she had hit a plateau in her career.
  • 11:30 - You can take 2 paths: You and your co-workers can protest from within the company or you can band together and become constructive.
  • 13:15 - How Céline and her co-workers chose to make their company a better place to work.
  • 16:15 - Céline took 63 proposals into the executive room.
  • 17:55 - Why at the end of that meeting, Céline came out a bit frustrated.
  • 21:05 - When you’re trying to make a change in an organization by yourself, there can be a lot of backlash. When you present new solutions in a group setting, organizations by nature have to compromise.
  • 24:35 - People are tired of corporate speak. Customers aren’t stupid.
  • 25:55 - Céline says to never stop building trust internally.
  • 27:50 - Right now Céline is heading up the quality control department, working on new and innovative ways to change the way quality is monitored in vaccines.
  • 31:50 - Too often, Céline sees people unhappy at work. When you’re unhappy at work, you’re probably unhappy at home as well.
  • 33:30 - How does Céline contribute to creating an innovative company culture?
  • 36:35 - Céline talks on how she kept her team accountable and hitting the right metrics.
  • 40:35 - Where is Céline emotionally today? Does she still feel frustrated?
  • 46:05 - What has Céline changed her mind about recently?
  • 48:50 - What does Céline do to remain creative?
  • 50:15 - What does Céline attribute her success to in life?