Rebecca Woelfle is Cyclica’s Marketing Communications Specialist, where she is responsible for developing content, promoting Cyclica’s brand, and telling the Cyclica story to stakeholders across digital platforms. Previously, she worked in a corporate communications role for two years at Agenus, a Boston-based biotech company. After that, she worked for five years in the non-profit space as the Communications Lead for EpLink, the Ontario Brain Institute’s epilepsy research program. Rebecca completed her MSc in a neuroendocrinology lab at the University of Toronto, and obtained a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in biology from Western University. Rebecca is passionate about using scientific communications to educate and improve patient health, and is an advocate for helping other women in STEM advance their professional careers. What do you like about working at Cyclica? Although I’ve only worked at Cyclica for a month, I feel so welcomed and supported by the Cyclica team! I’m really excited about the work Cyclica is doing to change the drug discovery paradigm and am proud to work at a company where the corporate ethos is to value patients over profit. Also, the flexibility to ‘work from anywhere’ is very appealing to me. Being able to have a work-life balance helps me maintain a sense of well-being and improved quality of life, thereby allowing me to be focused, engaged and productive at work. What’s your fav software system or app that helps you in your daily work? My favourite app for creating visuals and infographics is Canva. There are hundreds of different templates, icons, and imagery in the platform, and size-specific graphics can be easily created for different social media platforms. It makes content creation a breeze! What was your first job? My first job was being a hostess, at the age of 16, at the Talbot Restaurant, located inside London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens arena (formerly known as the John Labatt Centre). As I found out quickly, the restaurant work environment can be very demanding and fast-paced. I learned a lot about customer service, being agile and adaptive to evolving situations, and having a sense of urgency in a work setting. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? The best career advice I’ve received is to always be open to new learning and career growth opportunities, and to not be afraid of failure. Instead of feeling discouraged when you’ve made a mistake, it’s best to take what you’ve learned and apply it as best you can when faced with a new challenge. Be proactive instead of reactive. Also, make regular self-assessments so that you can identify and understand your skills, strengths, and weaknesses. What are 3 things on your bucket list? Travel to Japan - I’d love to explore Tokyo and see Mount Fuji Take an art course and learn certain techniques, including water colour painting Learn how to snowboard What do you like to do when you’re not at work? I enjoy socializing with friends and family and trying out new Toronto area restaurants. In terms of hobbies, I like downhill skiing and skating in the winter, and golf in the summer. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself enjoying jigsaw puzzles and discovered a new love for gardening, particularly growing fresh veggies. Connect with Rebecca on Linkedin.