Aja Davis, M.S., M.B.A.
Aja is a M.S. and M.B.A. biotech professional, who is a strategist and management professional but a science nerd at heart. She currently juggles the many roles and responsibilities of a working mom and believes you can ‘have it all’ if you appropriately define your purpose and the ‘all’.
Aja is passionate about coaching you to realize the impact that you can have–however you define it–and ensuring that you have the practical tools you need to achieve it. Aja is a ‘keep it real’ type of person and sees value in helping you to be your most authentic self, always. She thinks that one of the most overlooked keys to your success is aligning yourself to people and companies that fit your personal values and beliefs systems. She also thinks a little grit and fortitude goes a long way!
Niki believes that anything is possible with perseverance. Positivity, focus, hard work and patience will get you anywhere you want to be.
Education & Professional Background:
Aja attended the esteemed liberal arts college, Grinnell College, and earned a BA in Biology. After three years of lab work at the University of Iowa she then went on to earn an M.S. in Pathology at the same institution. Aja earned an MBA from The Darden Graduate School of Business where she focused on General Management.
Aja has not only held several roles in sales in marketing management in highly regarded biopharmaceutical companies but she has also had opportunities to build and execute strategic plans for global, multi-billion dollar biopharmaceutical businesses. She is currently focused on a role where she is responsible for transforming the culture of an 18,000 employee biotech business. Aja is also currently an executive committee member of an early career professionals group at her employer.
“I think my entire philosophy for being successful in industry and life is best summed up by this quote by Theodore Roosevelt, ‘It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deeds, we hope knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
– Aja Davis