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Meet Minnie Baylor-Henry of YourEncore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Minnie Baylor-Henry.

Minnie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I began my professional career as a pharmacist in Washington, DC. I worked in retail, hospital and nursing home pharmacy, but there was always this urge to go to law school.

Finally, after trying my hand in all aspects of pharmacy, which included owning my own pharmacy, I decided to enroll in law school at night. All night students understand what this journey entails…working in the daytime and school at night for 4 years. However, minus the lack of sleep, it was the fulfillment of dream, so no regrets. Upon completing law school, I went to work at the US Food & Drug Administration. FDA provided the perfect environment for utilizing my pharmacy and law training. I spent much of my FDA career in the Center for Drugs, Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications (today, known as OPDP). I also had the opportunity to work in the Office of Regulatory Affairs as FDA’s National Health Fraud Coordinator. After 8 years at FDA, I left the agency for my next chapter at Johnson & Johnson (J&J). At J&J, I initially worked in the pharmaceuticals sector in Regulatory Affairs. Several years later, I moved to J&J’s Consumer Sector, where I had the opportunity to lead the Regulatory & Medical teams at McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals. One of the great things about J&J is you have the opportunity to gain a great deal of experience in different sectors, without leaving the company. However, I did leave after nearly 10 years and joined Deloitte & Touche as a Director in their Life Sciences Regulatory practice. Deloitte introduced me to the world of consulting, which provided an opportunity to work with many large and small life sciences companies. After several years at Deloitte, I returned to J&J to lead the Worldwide Regulatory area for medical devices, a role I retained until retiring from the company. Shortly after leaving J&J, I joined YourEncore and, today, I am the Practice Leader for the Medical Devices practice.

Has it been a smooth road?
It is fair to say that it has definitely not been a smooth road. In addition to juggling a career by day and school by night, my husband and I lived in different cities for most of my J&J career. While we were both in Washington, DC early in our marriage, the opportunity to work for J&J meant a move to New Jersey. At the same time, my husband had the opportunity to become the General Counsel for Partners Healthcare in Boston, so we also transitioned to Boston. While we considered Boston to be home and continue to live in this wonderful city, I have spent many hours in and out of Logan Airport. As a family, we would periodically discuss whether it was worth it and always reached the same conclusion…yes. My husband loved his job at Partners and I loved my job at J&J, so we agreed to make it work. Today, I am able to be a part of YourEncore while working remotely, a welcomed new life style.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the YourEncore story. Tell us more about the business.
YourEncore is the premiere talent partner for science-based industries, providing unique talent management and HR strategies, and expertise to help clients deliver solutions for happier, healthier and safer lives.

With an Expert Community comprised of nearly 10,000 highly-experienced professionals (our Experts average 25+ years of experience with a majority holding advanced degrees), we are really able to provide our clients with the best of the best – people who are passionate and knowledgeable on the industry – who are able to seamlessly integrate into their team with as much flexibility as they need for engagements.

I think what really sets us apart – aside from our flexibility in terms of how we engage our talent – is that we know your industry, and we know our Experts – and it’s really important for us to find the right fit for both the Expert and the client. We are able to really get to know our Experts by engaging them as a community – and not just having them enroll in our system and only reaching out if we have a potential opportunity.

We are very excited for the growth potential we see as the workforce turns to more flexible engagement models – even though we’ve been in this business for almost 15 years.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
As I mentioned, the workforce is rapidly changing as the “gig economy” takes over and has organizations thinking about next steps as they plan their talent management strategies in coming years. With the amount of Baby Boomers retiring and millennials rising in the workforce, we also see a lot of opportunity for our Experts to help with knowledge management and mentorship programs.

However, a major con to the growing popularity of the “gig economy” is the threats to job security, job satisfaction, loyalty and engagement. That’s something we really try to combat by nurturing our Expert community and keeping them engaged and passionate about their industries, but also adding back in the loyalty through that community as well.

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