Back in Germantown, Theresa’s immediate team of five people is extremely diverse: each member hails from a different country. “We have one Taiwanese, one German, one Brazilian, one Puerto Rican and myself. It is actually great working in this kind of environment. We deﬁnitely all have different strengths and we get along really well,” she says.
Working for such an international company as QIAGEN presents the occasional challenge. According to Theresa, the time difference with Germany can make it hard to answer questions immediately.
“We know that at 7 p.m. EST there’s probably nobody in Germany who can answer, so we have to wait until the next morning,” she says. “Sometimes it’s frustrating but that’s the nature of global business nowadays. The biggest challenge is not so much the actual communication when it happens but having to wait for it to happen.”
There are no such challenges during Theresa’s lunch break. That’s a time when she can be found either eating with her team – or with four members of her own family. The reason? “I have two sisters and their husbands who all work for QIAGEN in Maryland. So If I’m not eating with my team I’m eating with my big sisters and their husbands,” Theresa laughs.