With degrees in Economics and Mathematics from The Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania, Judy could have had a career in the world of numbers.
But Judy gets her energy from working with people, and from creativity and real-world problem solving. So, right out of school, she jumped at the chance to work with consumer marketing giant Procter and Gamble, Inc. Although the creative part was exhilarating, Judy realized that she wanted to work in a field where she truly felt she was helping people—which she found at Merck.
The industry culture of “helping the world be well” aligned quite nicely with her inner culture of making a difference. In her 20 years with Merck, Judy gained broad pharmaceutical business experience, with leadership positions in marketing, business research, and commercial operations. Her time at Merck helped shape her strategic approach to the business: everything begins and ends with the customer.
Judy’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to start inKlein in 2006, focusing on improving immunization rates by helping pharmaceutical manufacturers better understand and respond to consumer needs. In addition to the vaccine market, Judy’s team has a wide array of experience across therapeutic categories, from Cardiovascular and Oncology to Bio-similars.
Judy takes the village approach to healthcare: she believes that it takes the stakeholder community working in concert to make sure that people of all ages have what they need to be well. This notion is still what motivates her every day, along with the desire to help clients meet their goals in an ever-changing and highly-regulated environment. She strives to continuously bring fresh ideas, wrapped in highly analytical and careful thinking.
Judy is in business to support people. Beyond helping clients meet their business goals, she is also devoted to supporting colleagues as they work to achieve their personal aspirations. That’s why she has been heavily involved with the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA). Judy spent several years serving on the Philadelphia chapter’s board of directors, including a stint as chapter president. She was elected by her fellow HBA chapter presidents to be the Chair of the Global Council of Chapter Presidents.
Increasing awareness about the potential vaccines have to prevent disease and save lives has always been both a personal and a professional goal for Judy. To that end, in 2014, she co-founded Unity Consortium. This consortium is the first of its kind to unite public and private entities, not-for-profits, and government agencies to share data and research and collaborate in key projects aligned with Unity’s mission.
Judy and her husband have three children: her daughter is a practicing nurse; her son is passionate about social justice and education, and is working at a NYC charter school teaching middle school science; and her youngest is having a blast in her freshman year of college.