St. Louis American Foundation recently honored Dominique Scott, Principal Operations Quality Engineer for Global External Supply in Mallinckrodt’s Specialty Generics division, with its Young Leaders award. The award is given each year to 20 high-performing, African American professionals (aged 40 and under) in recognition of their professional achievements and community involvement. The award banquet was held on February 21st at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis.
“I’m delighted to see Dominique in the spotlight for her achievements,” said Jeff Wiegers, Vice President of Quality for Mallinckrodt’s Specialty Generics division, who supervises Dominique. “Regardless of the project, its complexity or significance, she sets high standards for herself and turns anything she touches into gold..”
Dominique has worked in a variety of engineering roles across different manufacturing sites since joining Mallinckrodt nearly four years ago. In her current role, she oversees quality issues, enabling externally manufactured pharmaceutical products to move from the pre-commercial market to successful commercial market launches. She also conducts data integrity assessments across manufacturing sites to ensure compliance with FDA guidelines and regulations. While working at Mallinckrodt’s Greenville, Ill. site, Dominique worked with a team to establish a Center of Excellence to decrease the workload of quality control testing analysts and reduce costs.
Dominique attributes part of her success to the support she has received from her bosses and mentors, but she also has a strong internal drive to keep pushing herself.
“My motivation to succeed is tied very tightly into a desire to improve the well-being of others – whether it’s the patients who are helped by Mallinckrodt’s products or those in my community who are less fortunate. I want to lift others up. We aren’t all blessed with good fortune; I think it’s important for everyone to understand that you don’t have to be a product of your surroundings,” said Dominique.
She regularly volunteers with a local food pantry, as well as a church ministry that distributes basic necessities to the homeless in downtown St. Louis. She is also part of the fundraising committee for the St. Louis chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which distributes more than $5,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in the region.
“It’s nice to be recognized but more than anything, I want to serve as a role model for younger African American girls to encourage them to pursue careers in a STEM field,” said Dominique. “It was energizing to be part of the award banquet, surrounded by so many other accomplished professionals in the community who are influencing youth to make positive choices.”
Dominique pointed to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King as a source of inspiration: “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve…You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”