ROBIN T. PATTI ExecutiveAssistanttoCEO atIntelliaTherapeutics,Inc.
What industry fields do you have experience in? New Product Development, Market Research, Litigation Support, Real Estate Development, Insurance, Healthcare, Publishing, Communications, Biotechnology Briefly walk us through your story – how you started as an Assistant and how you got where you are today: I began my schooling in Culinary Arts, and through my studies, found more interest in planning and coordinating hospitality, than caramelizing it. Not long after my self-discovery, I accepted several AA roles in marketing and healthcare, eventually procuring my first EA seat with a company in downtown Boston. It was at Greenwood International, assisting Daniel Boisvert, that I fell in love with my true passion; becoming a behind-the-scenes administrative livewire. My mother Susan,a highly successful office administrator for 20+ years in the biotech industry, taught me what is most imperative in my occupation today, and with that, I honor her. Tragically, I lost my mother unexpectedly in 2015. I feel both blessed and fortunate to continue in her footsteps every day, making her proud as a woman of integrity, in the role we both love. Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? It’s been an intense journey to my present-day profession; working through a wide range of industries, including remarkable executives along the way. A challenge I’ve encountered in my growth to a senior executive assistant, is the supervisory aspect. As an executive assistant, I spent my days in an independent role with a lot of autonomy. When I undertook the additional role of administrative coordinator in a previous organization, and now admin team lead, I realized I needed to expand my skill set beyond a 1:1 daily partnership. It’s been a learning experience; one I work hard to improve each day offering the best I can be, to the best we can be together. Go-Team! What are you most proud of in your career; any highlights? The accomplishment I am most proud of in my career to-date, is managing the administrative end of my first IPO for Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. Working with a brilliant leader, Nessan Bermingham, Ph.D., former CEO of Intellia Therapeutics, was an immeasurable honor. Harmonizing the 2-week exhilarating venture (along with strong coffee) was one I will never forget, and the trip to NYC for the Bell Ringing at Nasdaq was extraordinary. An IPO requires a high-level of confidentiality, coordination, and attention to detail, keeping the executive team at the top of their game; it was a privilege to assist in supporting such a critical mission. What sets you apart from other Assistants? I’ve been told what sets me apart from other EA’s, is my pledge to professionalism, and ability to stay focused under pressure, which are keys to succeeding long term in an administrative aid setting. As an assistant, it’s important for me to often be ‘invisible’ and provide an executive need, before being asked. This type of support takes time, and there must be not only an interest, but a passion for the occupation to grow effectively with a business partner. It is my true awareness of the role, that I believe embraces my value. Where do you see our Assistant industry going over the next 5-10 years; any big shifts or trends? The Assistant industry is maturing, and being taken more seriously. There is no dedicated college degree to become an EA, and often it is a role not well understood by those outside of our space. It is one of problem solving, resourcefulness, and the ability to work confidently making best-judgement decisions on behalf of an individual/an entire organization. It takes a strong person to weather the character of an executive assistant, but those who do, do it with poise and enthusiasm, and I have faith it will be steadily recognized, as it should. Do you have a fun fact you want to share with the community? I am a Cultural Ambassador for my organization with a concentration on corporate volunteering. I love to volunteer in my personal time, as I feel it’s important to give back. Therefore, it is a great joy to organize several generous team volunteer days annually for those which need our service. BEA Member Testimonial: Since becoming a member of the BEA, I’ve found friendship, support, and strength from administrative professionals in the beautiful city of Boston, and worldwide through the EA HUB. BEA is an essential resource, and a family. I am truly blessed to be part of this movement, and will continue to join forces with the expanding community of BEA’s and trusted partners.
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