Happy Women’s Day

Meet my trailblazing Aunt Judy—-my mother’s sister and the woman I choose to highlight today on International Women’s Day.


Dr. Judith Alice Lesnaw is a virologist, photographer, and inductee of the University of Kentucky’s Hall of Fame. She was the first woman hired into Biology, the first woman to be tenured, and the first molecular biologist at the University of Kentucky. Judy is a major reason why I am here at AstraZeneca, inspiring me from the moment I could walk to believe in myself, be curious, and reach for the stars.

I’m grateful for Judy and all the women who have shaped and inspired me in my life and career. From my mother, my aunts, and grandmothers, to my mentors, colleagues, and friends, these amazing women have taught about strength, compassion, authenticity, and perseverance.

Hurray for the progress that has been made in the pursuit of women’s rights and equality, and for the many trailblazing women who have paved the way for future generations. We still have a long way to go, and I am committed to continuing this important work.

As a professional, I know the value of inclusion and diversity in the workplace. I am grateful for the contributions of the many talented and dedicated women on my team, and for the opportunity to work alongside them in pursuit of our shared goals.

On this International Women’s Day, let us celebrate the amazing women in our lives.

#InternationalWomensDay #InclusionMatters

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