Penelope Przekop is a Corporate & Personal Quality Management Consultant, Entrepreneur, Writer, and Artist.
Penelope is a corporate quality management consultant. She has worked with Fortune 100, 500, and smaller niche pharmaceutical companies including Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Pfizer, Lilly, Novartis, Amgen, Glaxo Smith Kline, Vertex, Alexion, Covance, Daiichi, and Otsuka to improve their quality and compliance. Her experience includes work in the following sectors: pharmaceuticals, medical and nonmedical electronic device, cosmetic and consumer sensory studies. Within the pharmaceutical industry, her expertise crosses all GxP areas: Good Clinical Practice, Good Laboratory Practice, Good Manufacturing Practice, Pharmacovigilance, and Good Documentation Practice. Penelope has also worked with companies in other industries including biotech, technology, education, publishing, and more.
She represented her J&J division at the 2004 J&J/Smith College Customized Program for Women’s Leadership and is a 2005 graduate of the Rutgers University Senior Leadership Program for Professional Woman (also representing J&J). She is a former Certified Quality Manager with the American Society for Quality and is currently a Register Quality Assurance Professional in Good Clinical Practice with the Society of Quality Assurance. Penelope is on track to earn her ICF (International Coaching Federation) certification in the Spring of 2017.
Penelope has a Master’s Degree in Quality Systems Engineering and over 25 years of industry experience. She’s the author of five books, including four novels and Six Sigma for Business Management (McGraw-Hill), an internationally published and translated business book that teaches managers at all levels how to apply proven quality management concepts to their day to day work using common sense strategies. She’s also written for various magazine and online publications; has been a columnist for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Magazine; and is a frequent speaker on quality management concepts.
Penelope’s creative and narrative nonfiction writing has been praised by New York Times Bestselling authors and publishing industry professionals (testimonials coming soon). Her figurative expressionist artwork has been represented and shown in galleries in New York City and other cities throughout the US as well as globally. It is included in the permanent collections of two Italian museums.
Penelope’s life did not begin with a 5-star quality rating by anyone's standards.
She and her only sibling were raised in the Deep South by a mentally ill mother who was abusive despite her own intense struggle and best intentions. Penelope survived a suicide attempt at 19 and subsequently lost her brother to suicide. She grew up in a highly conservative environment, which contributed to the challenges she faced in becoming a single parent while in college during the eighties. Through her years-long struggle to understand and become the best version of herself, Penelope relocated to the Northeast and built a successful career working with Fortune 100, 500, and smaller niche companies to evaluate, improve and implement quality management systems. Over the years, she began incorporating quality management concepts into her personal life and understanding the power of applying the concepts and elements (quality, customer satisfaction, data-driven decision making, etc.) to personal decision-making, strategy, and quality of life.