International Women’s Day: Empowering Women in the Workplace and Beyond

Think equal, build smart, innovate for change—this year’s theme for International Women’s Day conveys a strong message that aligns perfectly with our team’s vision of empowering women in the life science industry as they look to advance their careers to the C-suite and beyond. Empowerment is a process. Through this process, a woman becomes an agent of change. More simply, it’s the “can do” factor, going from “I can’t” to “I can,” which is the main theme in our founder and CEO’s newly launched book, WE CAN: The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement™. As a champion of diverse executive teams, Robin Toft strives to continuously increase our company’s reputation for placing women and minorities in executive and board positions within our industry.

Beyond this, the Toft team feels passionately that the empowerment of women in our everyday communities is just as important as the empowerment of women in the workplace. In our local communities of San Diego and San Francisco, we are proud and active advocates for women of all backgrounds. By contributing our talents and time to philanthropic organizations that hold personal meaning to our team members, we are able to help make the world a better place to live. We are passionate about making our communities better for everyone and believe in supporting causes that bring you personal joy.

A few of the organizations our team members are dedicated to include:

  • Center for Community Solutions, a non-profit organization providing services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence—our President and COO, Ron Giannotti, sits on the board of directors and will be the chairman of the fundraising committee for the organization’s 50th anniversary in 2019;
  • MANA de San Diego, a national Latina organization whose mission is to empower Latinas through education, leadership development, advocacy and community service—our Vice President of Customer Experience, Linda Sierra, recently joined the board of directors;
  • The Clearity Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting women and families facing ovarian cancer by providing science-based information, tumor testing and extensive free services—Toft Group, Robin Toft and Linda Sierra helped the foundation celebrate 10 years of hope with Clearity’s “Teal Woman” fundraising event by donating a number of auction items to help raise money to support the organization’s mission;
  • And the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a non-profit working towards saving lives by meeting the most critical needs in the breast cancer community and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure the disease—Toft Group has participated in the organization’s 3-day walk for the past eight years and has helped raise more than $50,000 to support the foundation’s mission.

Being an agent for change in your local community can provide new inspiration and enhance your ability to make the progress you want to see in the world. So not only today, on International Women’s Day, but every day… Think equal, build smart, innovate for change. Be the agent of change. Help empower women. Together, WE CAN!

Robin Toft, Founder and CEO of Toft Group Executive Search, Launches WE CAN, a Book to Guide Women as They Advance to the C-Suite

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Robin Toft, founder and CEO of Toft Group Executive Search, a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences, has written and published a book now available on Amazon titled WE CAN: The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement. A champion of diverse executive teams, Robin Toft has built a reputation for recruiting women and minorities into executive roles and helping the life science industry overcome unconscious bias in hiring.

Becoming an executive is no easy task. Becoming a female executive is something else altogether. How can the ambitious woman excel, advance, and thrive in seemingly male-dominated industries? Through her own inspiring journey from employee to powerful female executive, Robin Toft shares the wisdom she gleaned from the boardroom and as an executive with over a decade of experience in executive search.

Sample Chapters from WE CAN: The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement:

– From Executive Mentors to Executive Peers
– Characteristics of the Female Executive Warrior
– We Are Not Mini-Men
– Overcoming the Myth of the Female Executive
– The New Generation of Female Leaders
– Norms are Normal but Authentic isn’t Average
– Work Yourself Out of a Job (While Training Your Replacements)
– Next Level Leadership: Is Being a CEO the Right Choice for You?

No matter where you are on your executive journey, Robin Toft will act as a trusted partner in moving you to action and empowering you through every aspect of your career advancement. Part manual and part memoir, WE CAN provides the confidence, language, and tools to design and realize the career of your dreams. Land the job, make vertical moves, and secure a seat at the boardroom table—with Robin Toft, WE CAN!

About Robin Toft

Upon founding Toft Group in 2010, Robin essentially launched a second career, following more than two decades as a biotech executive. She was awarded Woman of the Year in San Diego in 2017, in 2018 she was a finalist in Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year awards, and she’s been honored as a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” and “Most Admired CEO” awards in multiple years. Robin’s work with Toft Group combines a deep inside knowledge of the life science industry with a passion for building game-changing management teams. Orders for “WE CAN: The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement”

Executive Search Firm Toft Group Places Felecia Manning, CPA as Associate Director, Market Access, Pricing & Reimbursement with Theravance BioPharma, Inc. in South San Francisco, CA

Toft Group Executive Search has placed Ms. Felecia Manning as the Associate Director of Market Access, Pricing & Reimbursement with Theravance BioPharma in South San Francisco, California. Ms. Manning was most recently with Deloitte as Manager of Risk & Financial Advisory. She came to Deloitte from Gilead Sciences where she was the Senior Manager, Government Pricing & Contracting. Earlier in her industry career, Ms. Manning held financial roles with Merz North America, Inc., and APEX Analytix, Inc.

Ms. Manning holds a M.S. in Accountancy and a B.S. in Business Administration from Wake Forest University of North Carolina. She is a Certified Public Accountant for both North Carolina and California.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. Toft Group’s targeted, accurate search process translates into exceptional return-on-investment for clients nationwide.  The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

About Theravance BioPharma, Inc.

Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (“Theravance Biopharma”) is a diversified biopharmaceutical company with the core purpose of creating medicines that help improve the lives of patients suffering from serious illness.