"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone". Neale Donald Walsch
Joy Neely is not your typical healthcare executive. She has more than 20 years of cross-functional experience that span pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and the service side of industry; her experiences are vast.
Joy is the Central Area Regional Business Manager for Roche’s new Digital Information Solutions franchise. Roche has its North America Head Quarters for Diagnostics in Indianapolis, but globally is a world’s largest biotech company, the global leader in cancer treatment, a leading provider of in vitro diagnostics and a front runner in personalized healthcare. Joy also serves as the Women’s Leadership Initiative Co-Lead for Roche’s Women’s Leadership Business Resource Group. Her passion for Diversity and Inclusion and a commitment to advocating for gender parity and equity have been a thread through her entire professional career.
Prior to joining Roche in 2018, Joy worked as a Business Development Director at a Start-Up, TrialCard out of Raleigh, North Carolina. There she was also engaged in their Women’s Network. Most of Joy’s professional career, 18 years, was spent at Lilly, USA in a variety of commercial roles spanning sales, sales leadership, business operations, marketing, market access and Six Sigma.
Joy has been married to her husband Preston for 22 years. He is her partner, her cheerleader and makes managing dual careers possible! He too is in the STEM field in medical device sales. They have two daughters. The oldest daughter, Maddie will attend Butler next year and will double major in statistics and history. Their youngest daughter Lexi will be a junior at HSE and is part of the Biomedical Track for Project Lead the Way. She also competes regionally and nationally in CrossFit. They have lived in the Geist area for the past 7 years. They enjoy spending time traveling, on the lake boating, and gathering around the fire pit with friends and family. Joy also enjoys reading, dining at local restaurants with friends and volunteering with Susan G. Komen, Little Red Door with Starfish.
There are a couple of reasons Joy realized she needed to engage with an organization like Women & Hi Tech. First, as a mother of two daughters who are both on a STEM path, she is excited about organizations that can give them experiences and exposure to careers in STEM through networking and volunteering. This is a resource that she did not have access to when she was a teen or young professional. Joy feels passionate that we need to invest in our future leaders in STEM. Second, through her work at Roche with the Women’s Leadership Initiative and formal corporate sponsorship with Women & Hi Tech, Joy quickly realized that they were not fully using the corporate sponsorship to engage members on the Roche Campus. This partnership can be a win-win for Roche and Women & Hi Tech to engage the employee population in networking, volunteering and professional development.
Joy is looking forward to bringing new corporate sponsors to Women & Hi Tech and also ensuring current sponsors are maximizing their membership benefits. She is also looking forward to building continued awareness for Women & Hi Tech in our community.