“You were born a winner, a warrior, one who defied the odds by surviving the most gruesome battle of them all - the race to the egg. And now that you are a giant, why do you even doubt victory against smaller numbers and wider margins? The only walls that exist are those you have placed in your mind. And whatever obstacles you conceive, exist only because you have forgotten what you have already achieved.” by Susy Kassem
Lima Gnagne works for Siemens Healthcare as a Sr. Director-Financial Controller. In her current role she oversees all R&D development funding and business development activities within Point of Care. She joined Siemens in 2013 after serving as Treasury Consultant-Pensions Investments at Eli Lilly & Company. Lima was with Eli Lilly from 2008-2013, where her past roles included Demand Planning and Supply Chain Management, Controller and founder of the Alzheimer’s Unit, and Controller and Financial Consultant for the Neuroscience Business Unit. Her career also includes positions as a Registered Investment Banker and Licensed Banker.
Lima uses her strong analytical and problem-solving skills to champion process improvements, anticipate business-critical obstacles and develop action plans, forecast demands, model financial impacts, and develop business structures. She is the recipient of Lilly’s Global CFO Award, which cited her “ruthless prioritization and relentless pursuit of progress.”
Outside of work, Lima is one of the earlier contributors of COCOFCI, an organization with over 10000 members.
She and her husband Stan—both Krannert MBAs—currently live in Boston, Ma with their three children.
Lima received her Bachelor of Science In Managment from Purdue in 2001 and her MBA from Purdue in 2008
My life as an immigrant is one of the flowers of my life bouquet. November 23rd 1997, my two suitcases packed with beautiful african fabrics and souvenirs, my family surrounded me and my friends are present at the airport. It is the day I would embark a new page of my life. I was 17 and about to conquer the country of Uncle Sam, The United States of America.
At the age of 33, a mother of three, a spouse, a Christian, a female born in poverty, and a leader of a top organization, I can only see my life as a bouquet of flowers. I wish I could say that all the flowers of my life had the same colors, or that they were of the same breed but they are not and I don’t believe I want them to be that way. For the past 33 years, I have learned new things that made me grow these flowers, I have lost wonderful things that have made these flowers die, I have met wonderful people that have made them blossom and, I have been through life changing moments that I have made them different in shapes, colors, and strength. If I had to choose a bouquet and fill it with flowers, which ones would I pick? Would I choose the same flowers? Would the bouquet be colorful, bright, not so bright? Would I be changing the flowers in the bouquet once a year? Once a month? Once a week? Once a day? Once a minute? Or every second? Or every breath that I take? What would you do? Do
En plein débat stratégique sur la direction quant aux objectifs que devrait prendre la compagnie pour laquelle je travaille, j’ai soudain réalisé que les trois femmes présentes, moi y compris, n'avaient jusqu'ici pas dit un mot, ni intervenues et ce depuis une trentaine de minutes. Le ratio homme-femme était pourtant de 3:1 ce qui est bien et rare dans une équipe de direction. Mais pourquoi est-ce que nous (les femmes) ne sommes pas encore en mesure de dominer ou de nous imposer au cours des réunions ? Il doit sûrement y avoir une raison quelque part. Ce n'est certainement pas dû au manque d'expérience, de l’ancienneté, l'âge ou de la race… dans notre cas car nous avions, nous trois femmes réunies, plusieurs années d'expérience que la moyenne des hommes qui étaient dans la salle. Aujourd'hui, on s'accorde à reconnaître que le leadership féminin est essentiel, même indispensable pour la croissance et la réussite durables des entreprises; cependant, les femmes sont sous-représentées (minoritaires) et une fois qu'elles doivent assumer un rôle de leadership, leur mandat est sensiblement inférieur à celui des hommes. Ne dit-on pas souvent qu’en entreprise " les hommes s’intéressent aux chiffres, et que les femmes utilisent leur intuition ? "