Stories and Viewpoints

From Intern to Leader, a Story of Professional and Personal Growth

What began as an internship quickly blossomed into a journey of learning, skill building and embracing new challenges for this Viatris colleague.

 

By: Lauren Borys

 

 

As an undergraduate at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Alex Morris attended a career fair where he learned about opportunities with a global healthcare company with headquarters in the area. Although he had never heard of the company, he would spend the next seven years (and counting) experiencing some of the most rewarding career and personal growth at this very company.

 

His journey began when he joined Global Digital Marketing as a summer intern in 2015. The summer flew by, but Alex wasn’t ready to stop learning professionally, so he stayed on as a student worker throughout his final year of university. Even after graduating, Alex continued to follow his passion for the company mission, turning down full-time opportunities at other employers to accept a contractor role. His hard work and dedication paid off when Alex became a full-time employee in 2017. Although his previous experience had been in digital marketing, Alex gained a completely new skillset in his new role in Communications & Brand Analytics. Inspired by a favorite quotation, “Learning is not done to you, it is something you choose to do,” and appreciating that Viatris encourages professional growth and innovation, Alex challenged himself to develop a new, data-driven approach to illustrating the company’s impact.

But Alex didn’t stop there. As he learned more facets of the business, he decided to pursue an MBA with Penn State University, building on the skills and knowledge he already had acquired at Viatris to achieve his long-term goals. “I have always wanted to be a people leader,” he said. “So I embarked on my MBA journey in 2019, focusing on Strategic Leadership.”

The saying that “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” certainly rang true for Alex. While working full time and studying for his MBA, Alex also achieved two personal milestones: marrying his wife, Becca, and purchasing their first home. Completing his MBA in 2021, he now leads the analytics function for the Global Communications and Corporate Brand team.

“Viatris is an amazing place to work," Alex reflected. "The organization values talent and invests in the professional development of its colleagues. I can’t wait to see what the next seven years will bring!”

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