This week’s Spotlight features Principal Carey H. Gallagher. With the firm for 11 years, Carey is accountable for firm infrastructure and processes and plays a key role in talent development and supervision. As a consultant, her work focuses on practical solutions, engagement, and uniting diverse stakeholders in small shifts that measurably improve performance and productivity, and foster innovation. Click here to read her full biography.

First and last name
Carey H. Gallagher.

What is your role at CFAR?
Principal Lead for Management.

How long have you been with CFAR?
This is year 11! Can’t believe it!

What do you enjoy most about your role?
When my clients get excited about what they’ve achieved in our work.

What are three words you would use to describe CFAR?
Here for leaders.

What motivates you to go to work?
Lots of interesting, important work to be done with the best clients and colleagues.

What has been your favorite memory at CFAR?
When I had my son, my colleagues gave me a bag of children’s books, all favorites from their kids’ or their own childhoods, each wrapped in flip chart paper with notes from a retreat I missed on leave. Talk about a new mom’s/English major’s/consultant’s dream!

What is your favorite thing about working at CFAR?
My colleagues are great sounding boards. It’s one benefit of being a firm—you have people to work things through together.

In five words or less, what advice would you give for others in your profession?
Care about what you do.


What is your favorite book/podcast?
Invisibilia and Radiolab are always good. They focus on new angles and everyday things and aspects of science for laypeople, and they give an appreciation of what gets overlooked.

If you could gain a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?

What are your top three publications that you read every morning?
I try to get to the New York Times, Fierce Healthcare, and Twitter at some point every day.

What is one thing—industry-related or not—you learned in the last month?
I learned about ethical challenges tied to rapid vaccine trials from an American College of Healthcare Executives panel discussion presented by our local chapter, HLNDV.

What is one thing that made you smile recently?
My two-year-old starting rolling his Rs. It’s beautiful, and we have no idea where he got it from. And everything suddenly sounds like a royal decree from someone going on three feet tall!

How do you define success?
Achievement, growth, and happiness.

What inspires you?
Creative acts of kindness, and wit, as a refresher on what people are capable of.