Jennifer Carignan

PBN 40 Under Forty 2023 Awards
Jennifer Carignan | 39 | Senior manager of manufacturing, Amgen Rhode Island

What have been the most significant changes in your industry in the last five years? Global growth has been an ongoing change for the industry and for Amgen. As we work with more regions, regulations, products and patients, our work intensifies.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Find a mentor.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Most likely, I will still be in this industry, still learning, continuing to solve problems and working with teams.

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What was your first job? Gymnastics coach.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self? Hang in there.

What moment changed your life more than any other? The death of my father in 2015. I was 31, he was 54. He was such a strong part of my family’s life; we haven’t been the same since.

What is your greatest attribute that you bring to your job? I enjoy working on the projects that no one else wants to work on. I like organizing chaos, while finding new and fun ways to motivate teams. I’ve found that if I take care of the people, they will successfully take care of everything else.

What is your favorite Rhode Island food or drink? Gregg’s Restaurant’s Death By Chocolate Cake.

What was your last streaming or cable binge watch? “Friends.”

What led you to pursuing a career in your current industry? My love for math and science led me to chemical engineering, and biotech offered a way to use that degree while serving many roles and continuing to learn.