Member Spotlight

Laura Szkolar-Sienkiewicz, PhD

Sr Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance
AWIS Professional Member since 2017

“Follow your interest, even if it is wildly different than the path you are on.”

What is the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned the hard way?

Trust but verify. We all take on tasks with the best intentions, but as a leader it is our responsibility to ensure that it is executed in the correct way, or with the right information. Trust but verify is not about second guessing your team, but about ensuring they are adequately supported.

Describe an amazing opportunity in your STEM career.

The most amazing thing about my career is the breadth of learning available to me. Although I trained as a materials scientist, my chosen path in quality and regulatory has allowed me to continue developing in multiple avenues.

What challenges have you encountered throughout your career and how did you address them?

One of the biggest challenges has actually been becoming comfortable with myself. I am a natural introvert, and finding ways to lean into that has been incredibly empowering. Working with a career coach has been invaluable.

What is your favorite word?


How has this word influenced or inspired your career?

It has become the backbone to my career and my volunteer work. It is the focus that drives me, and the check-in for when I’m unsure if I am on the right path.

What do you consider the best professional or personal advice you’ve ever received?

Follow your interest, even if it wildly is different than the path you are on.

Laura Szkolar-Sienkiewicz, PhD is a Sr Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Manager, based in Seattle, WA. Currently working in Regulatory Intelligence at Amazon, they are responsible for identifying and driving global regulatory processes, enforcing policy, and executing compliance strategies at scale. Dr. Szkolar-Sienkiewicz graduated from the University of Manchester, UK in 2011 with M.Eng (hons) in Biomaterials Science and Tissue Engineering, and earned a PhD in Biomedical Materials Science in 2015 from a joint venture between Solvay and The University of Manchester, Institute of Biotechnology. Dr. Szkolar-Sienkiewicz has invested a great deal of time championing underrepresented groups in STEM subjects. An advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity, they dedicate their free time to making STEM careers accessible to all. Dr. Szkolar-Sienkiewicz has been an AWIS Professional Member since 2017. In addition, they have been on the board of Seattle AWIS since 2018, write for AWIS Magazine, and chair the board of Women In Bio, Seattle.

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