Leading with Authenticity with Federation Bio’s Dr. Emily Drabant Conley

Episode 196

Dr. Emily Drabant Conley

CEO, Federation Bio

Dr. Wayne Dyer, the “Father of Motivation” once said, “In all misfortune there is fortune. With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” 

Our guest, Dr. Emily Drabant Conley, shares how she chose to leverage her struggles growing up in the Midwest as a gay teenager in a conservative town to become the leader she is today. And, how her lived experiences led her to embrace her authentic self in life and in work. 

Dr. Emily Drabant Conley is the CEO of Federation Bio. Previously, Dr. Conley spent over a decade at 23andMe, where she helped scale the company from 30 employees into the world’s leading platform for genetic-driven drug discovery. As Vice President of Business Development at 23andMe, she architected visionary partnerships across pharma and biotech. ​Dr. Conley currently serves on the boards of Federation Bio, TMRW, Medrio and formerly served on the boards of Lesbians Who Tech and the UCSF Alliance Health Project. 

In this episode, Dr. Conley shares how to move forward through fear, why it’s important to believe in yourself as a leader and why you should always hire people smarter than you.

“Doing the work on yourself personally is essential to being a good leader.”

Dr. Emily Drabant Conley