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Center Staff Highlight: Virginie Donoghue| Columbus State


Q: Tell us about your MEP Superpower - What impact do you bring for your center or clients?

Adaptability, switching gears on a daily basis to accommodate different clients and different industries

Q: What did you want to be when you were 16 years old? And, what professional decision or opportunity helped lead you to your current role?

Veterinarian. I was born and raised in France where I also attended engineering school. The year of my graduation, I had the opportunity to do a research program with Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio which then led me to a work opportunity with MEP in Ohio. Have I not seized this first opportunity I would have probably never moved from France.

Q: What one tool, real or imaginary, would double your effectiveness?

Stop time. There is never enough time in a day to do everything.

Q: What was the biggest mistake you made early in your MEP Career? What did you learn from it?

Not asking to be more exposed to other centers through conferences and other MEP network events. The knowledge gain by talking to other MEP members is very valuable.

Q: With a short explanation, share one industry trend you are excited about and one that concerns you.

With the announce of Intel moving to Ohio, it will be interesting to get involve with the semi-conductor industry.

Workforce has been an issue for sometimes now but post pandemic and with more baby boomers on the verge of retiring it seems the workforce issue is not going to get any better any time soon.

Q: What is your proudest moment or biggest success as an MEP Center Staffer?

My previous affiliate MEP center lost their funding and when the replacement was going to be created, the State (which is the actual center) recommended me to be part of the new team and help with the creation of the new center for the region.