As part of our Leading Women series, we want to highlight the professional challenges and career aspirations of the women we work with here in Asia.
In this story, Vanee Gosiengfiao, General Manager at Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, Philippines, shares what it means to pay it forward as a mentor, how she stayed strong through a family tragedy and the brand new life she is now building for her family.
Q: What were some sacrifices you’ve had to make for your career?
I wouldn't think of it as a sacrifice. It’s more about choices. I chose to leave the Philippines and go to Thailand. I also chose to leave Asia to live in the US. When we had kids, we chose to go back to Asia to have the right family support, to help me with my job while raising a family.
My biggest choice probably has been to go back to the Philippines. Coming from Bangkok, I was in a General Manager position at that time. Great country, great business, great team. But I had to make the choice to go back to the Philippines, because that was the time when we found out that my husband had liver cirrhosis. Because he was sick, we decided that it was best to be here. He needed a transplant and it was best to be in our home country, where the family is around, and also to facilitate the transplant. That was a choice that we both made, and I don't regret it really, because it's opened so many other opportunities for me.
This is an abridged version of the full interview with Vanee Gosiengfiao. For the full version of the interview, click here.