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About Adam Porter


Hi, my name is Adam Porter. I'm with Iota Prime. I'm currently the VP of Human Resources for Edwards Lifesciences, Transcatheter Heart Valve business unit.

For me, MSOD is not done changing the trajectory of my life. I look at it and say over the past few years I've been able to understand and take a look at myself in terms of using self as an instrument, as a tool, and being able to figure out where I fit in the organization and how the organization is evolving.  I'd say it's changed the trajectory from the standpoint of giving me that understanding of my capabilities, and then where the organization is and where the organization needs to go. What I appreciate most about it is this balance of art and science, as well as heart and mind. For me, being able to bring those things together has really changed not only my professional life, but my personal life.

You know, it's a great question. To think about my legacy, and I usually kind of think about reserving those for probably leaders like Gandhi and things like that. As I've reflected on it, on my legacy, it's something that's easy to say, but hard to do, and that is being that change that I'd want to see in the world on a day-to-day basis. And that just goes to many different levels, from the person I might meet at the grocery store, to the executive team, to the leaders that I work with. Being able to kind of wrap my head around what things I need to do as an individual to make the world a better place is my commitment and legacy that I would like to leave.

In terms of looking at the next 10 years, I think I'm at a point in my career where I'm really looking at about what are the things I can do to give back? What can I give back to the community? What can I give back to my family? I think those are a lot of things that I'm still trying to figure out what that looks like. But one of the things that I really think about is culture and that impact on business, and how that drives the development of product development teams. That's one of the things that when I think about my thesis, that's one of the things that I'm really looking at to say what things could I do differently to improve that? Because these product development teams brings things to the market that really help and improve patient lives in the organization where I reside currently.

If I would say there's one thing that I would say to people in the program or are coming into their program, is that commit to it. Sometimes I think we go into life and we look at things, and we're not sure if we're really ready to commit. But commit to it, be open, and I think you'll reap the rewards of a great, great experience.