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Dina G. Vazzana

Vice President/General Manager Life Science Optics, IDEX Health & Science

Years in current role: 1.5

What do you enjoy most about your role?

What I enjoy most about my role is the opportunity to work with some of the most committed, talented individuals in the life science optics space who selflessly collaborate to support the mission of creating trusted solutions that improve lives, and in many cases help save lives.

I’m grateful to work with leaders that encourage, model and support servant leadership, trust, team, excellence, and inclusion. This affords me the privilege to focus on caring for all those throughout the organization and supporting their specific needs, helping them grow, develop and ultimately feel gratification from achieving their professional and business goals, while maintaining a work life balance.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?

The biggest challenge I’ve dealt with over the past year is making sure that every individual in the organization feels supported to take care of themselves first and foremost, and their families, as we moved through the second year of the pandemic. From day one, our team was considered essential personnel and encountered countless challenges while balancing tremendous growth and customer obsession. I’ve encouraged being kind to each other, checking in on colleagues and worked to create an environment of psychological safety where everyone feels comfortable speaking up, asking for help and taking time for themselves.

What has been your organization’s biggest success over the past year?

The biggest success over the past year was leveraging a continuous improvement mindset when encountering and tackling the countless challenges that we faced because of COVID (supply chain issues, lack of resources, etc.). We’ve been fortunate to overcome these challenges, support our customers and capitalize on the business growth through unique collaborative solutions.

I’m proud of the team and the commitment to community service they made during the past year despite the above-mentioned challenges. Our Life Science Optics Engagement Team partnered with the IDEX Foundation and was able to donate $104,998 to local organizations in 2021. I am grateful to be part of a company that has a foundation that aligns with my values of giving back to the communities we live and operate in.

What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?

I serve on the AutismUp Board of Directors and have since 2014. I’m a fourth yearboard trustee at our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women and have volunteered at Mercy for over 25 years. Throughout my career I have supported multiple organizations including the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce as Board of Directors member, RIT, Nazareth College, St. Mary’s Hospital, Seton Catholic, and McQuaid Jesuit.

I am grateful to have been raised by parents who modeled service to others. I’ve been taught, and firmly believe, that to whom much is given, much is expected. Volunteering is a way to share what I have been fortunate to learn throughout my education, career, and from countless colleagues and mentors.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 50 Technology list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at rbj.net.

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