This August we would like to introduce you to another amazing member of our Squad, Jennifer Dallego. Learn more about Jennifer from her unconventional productivity tricks to her one trip that really changed her.
Hello, my name is Jennifer Dallego and I am a consultant at Nuvera! I am originally trained in neuroscience and biopharmaceutical engineering and have a background in upstream biologics development. About a year ago, I made the decision to follow my desire of contributing to work that more directly influences the patient’s experience when engaging with pharma and specialty drugs. And that’s exactly what I do here! – I’ve worked with brands that make incredible impacts on indications across multiple therapeutic areas (immunology, oncology, metabolics, neurology, etc.) and have enjoyed designing and building support program solutions that cater directly to patient and provider needs.
What’s your go-to productivity trick? I’ve come to adopt two productivity tricks that, at their respective roots, attempt to slow down the perception of the passage of time. The first trick has actually slowly become an office tradition at Nuvera: plank for 1 full minute. They say that no minute is longer than a plank minute – “they” are absolutely correct. If I feel like I’m slowly becoming unfocused or beginning to feel the pressure of a deadline, I get up, and plank: besides the boost of endorphins, it makes me realize that a minute is actually a long time. Time suddenly feels a bit more spacious, and I get back to work! You’d think I’d have abs by now…
My second productivity trick is a bit more accessible if you’re not the planking type. Let’s say I want to finish something within the next 2 hours. I like to put on the full soundtrack of a musical I’m familiar with a similar duration, and use it almost as a time marker (e.g. “Act 2 just started! – I have about an hour left”). Lately I’ve been using the Hamilton soundtrack – let’s just say if Angelica needed a last minute understudy, Broadway can call me.
If you could add one thing to Nuvera’s office, what would it be? Nuvera’s office is, for lack of better words, one of the coolest offices I’ve had the chance to work in! A foosball table, skeeball, a retro Rock Em’ Sock ‘Em robots game, a stock full of snacks and seltzers, nice big windows for natural light – what more could you ask for!? But… there is one thing the office is missing, one of the most underrated kitchen appliances known to man: a toaster over. I feel disproportionally passionate about toaster ovens compared to the general population – there is no better way to heat up a meal with a crispy/toasty element than with a toaster oven. I’ll rest my case here, though if you’d like to discuss the incredible utility of toaster ovens, feel free to reach out.
What’s a trip that changed you, and why? I am unbelievably fortunate to have had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in the gorgeous city of Granada, Spain. Granada sparkles in the Spring – the nearby rolling hills of the countryside, the incredibly unique combinations of Moorish and Christian architecture, the FOOD; it was surreal to be able to study in such a beautiful place. At the time, I hadn’t traveled abroad much, and was lucky enough to stay with a native Spanish host family, who, despite my cobbled together 7th grade-level Spanish fluency, was incredibly kind and extended every inch of hospitality to me as one could imagine. I had the opportunity to truly immerse myself, and begin to embody the “No Pasa Nada” culture of Spain; the phrase literally means “Nothing happened”, akin to “No worries” in English, and was used liberally – a product of the laid-back, joy-filled Spanish lifestyle. That semester truly taught me not to sweat the small things – there’s so many more incredible things to focus on than life’s little difficulties.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I was one of those kids who changed their deepest career aspirations every other year. The funny thing, though, was that I felt passion for each one of them as vividly as if it were the only one! Most notably, I’ve wanted to be an astronaut, a meteorologist, a psychologist, and (the most persistent of the bunch) a chef! To this day I still hold an essential reverence and fascination for space, interesting weather phenomenon, mental health advocacy, and food. Some things never change, I suppose! I will say, though, a love of food has worked its way into my retirement goals: at some point in my life, I see myself owning a small bakery and enjoying the scent of fresh bread being baked every day before dawn.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?At the risk of sounding cliché- flying. I never understood how anyone could answer anything different! Aside from the practicality of being able to go anywhere for essentially zero effort/cost (well, in my made-up scenario it’s zero effort…), I think it would be incredible to float around on a lazy summer afternoon, letting the breeze carry you, and enjoying the view…