Business Networking & Student Internship Lead Alumna to BioMarin Position
What began as a networking conversation after a business class two years ago evolved into a full-time position for Gina Musillami ’16 at BioMarin.
A transfer student into the Barowsky School of Business, Gina was attending a seminar on the Dominican campus featuring Ed Von Pervieux, BioMarin Vice President and Chief Information Officer. BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. is a world leader in developing and commercializing innovative biopharmaceuticals for rare diseases by genetic causes.
Gina stayed afterward and asked Von Pervieux if they could connect on LinkedIn. Soon after, when Gina spotted a project management internship being offered at BioMarin, she contacted Von Pervieux.
The Vice President of BioMarin encouraged Gina to apply, and the timing was perfect.
“I needed to transition into positions that were going to provide the experience and skills to begin a successful career in project management/process improvement,” Gina says. “That internship experience was the first of many ‘aha’ moments for me at Dominican. I knew working at a mid- to large-sized organization was something I wanted to pursue, and I was narrowing my focus of things that were important in a career.”
Prior to Dominican, Gina was satisfied with her current situation, yet longed to be in a corporate position.
She had served as a recreation manager, and co-owned and operated a competitive softball organization in the Sacramento area. “At the time I was happy with where I was,” Gina says. “Then I realized that although I was doing something I was passionate about and fun, I would never achieve the career or success I longed for without a degree. Dominican was absolutely the perfect spot for me.”
Her professors embraced her independent style and guided her, recalls Gina.
She thrived in Tom Cavanagh’s leadership classes and found an advocate and mentor in business professor Mona Sabuco. “She has been a constant source of support and my biggest cheerleader through my time at Dominican,” Gina says.
It was through Sabuco’s Exploring the World of Business class that Gina became connected with BioMarin. At first, it was only through her internship.
Then this past May, she was hired at BioMarin as a Project Coordinator in Development Sciences Process Improvement.
“My long term career goal is to be in business strategy,” Gina says “BioMarin is fantastic. I would love to work my way up to a strategy position here. I like challenges and the constant innovation.”