Today’s spotlight is on Orange Effect Foundation Board Member, Tom Leskovec.
What do you do for your day job?
I lead a team of Clinical Research professionals at a pharmaceutical company. My team oversees pharmaceutical clinical trials at clinical research sites to ensure the trials are being done safely as well as per local and federal regulations. The work we do aims to support accurate and timely submission of new investigational medications to regulatory agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
What do you do for fun?
I love to watch sports, movies, read books about history, travel, and spend time with my family, friends, and dogs. I really like to be outside, chances are you might find me in my yard or on my patio.
Tell us about one of your role models or unsung heroes from childhood.
It is really hard to pick just one from my childhood. I could cite so many examples of times my parents and siblings were heroes or role models. I know that it is cliché to pick a family, but it is the honest truth that I am not sure I would be here without their love, support, and guidance. They really were the ones who built the foundation of who I am today. From them, I learned the value of always trying to do my best and striving to do the right thing. I definitely learned from their examples and went to them for advice.
What is your favorite animal and why?
I actually have two. I love dogs and turtles. I think I love dogs for the unconditional love they put forth. I am not sure where the love of turtles came from, but I had turtles as a kid and always thought they were really cool. Later in life, I had an amazing experience while snorkeling off Maui when a sea turtle swam up to me. It seemed so peaceful. I guess that experience cemented them as a favorite.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a scientist. When I was a kid, I thought it would be so cool to as smart as Albert Einstein, or pioneer life saving treatments like Jonas Salk, Alexander Fleming, or Marie Curie.