I loved my job as a Neuroscientist with all my soul. Taking a leap of faith to resign and start my own company, Medzorb, was anything but easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is!
My name is Nailah, and I am a Mom, a Research Neuroscientist and an Educator. I have lived in the small city of Carmel, Indiana for over 25 years; but because of my rich and diverse upbringing, I consider myself a citizen of the globe! I feel like I belong to many groups and ethnicities, which has fostered my passion for interconnectedness and networking. Back at home, I live with my very small family, as well as a houseful of four-legged creatures. I’ve always loved animals, and maybe that is what led me to study Biology and eventually Neuroscience.
For nearly 17 years, I worked as a Research Scientist for DOW’s agrochemical division (one of the world’s largest Agrochemical companies in the USA). After a great deal of success in my career, I started to feel out of balance in my job, no longer able to make my ethical values fit perfectly with this kind of career. I also began to feel that I wanted something new, something different. This realization came as a surprise to me, and my departure from my career was sudden and unplanned. In fact, I had always expected to retire from my career at DOW, but sometimes life has a way of changing our plans, and that’s exactly what it did!
Sometimes change comes easily. Sometimes it doesn’t. And this time it didn’t. Leaving behind the stability of my career, so many friends, and the enjoyment of my beloved job hit me harder than I expected. Surprisingly, this big life change impacted me so deeply that I developed extreme anxiety and was later diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). I remember thinking that there has to be a reason for all of this, and thankfully I was right.
I have always had a passion and desire to help others. This stems from my own life experiences, but it also comes from my upbringing by the most generous parents I could ever have. I was raised to always give and help by parents who led by example.
My parents risked their lives to get us to safety so I feel that when I help someone, I honor my parents’ memory. I knew in my heart that it was time to tie that passion for helping others into my new, reinvented career. Reinventing myself took some time, and my new diagnosis of PTSD brought an unexpected friend to my life: heavy sweating on my scalp and face. Despite my initial frustration with this new issue, it was the inspiration I needed to help guide my new career path and the subsequent birth of my company, Medzorb. I knew that if I was dealing with this kind of sweating, so many others were too! This realization pushed me to take the next step and begin production of sweat-absorbing products that could help anyone who is experiencing excessive sweating, whether caused by health issues, heavy work, sunlight or athletic prestations.
Maybe you’re wondering if my new business has helped me move on from my career as a scientist. Thankfully, i’m still able to hold onto it. I continue to consult every once in a while, and since I am very passionate about advocacy and have the skill set to help many more people, I’m dedicating some time to doing a lot of volunteer work, in addition to my favorite full time job of being a good wife and mother.
If you’ve made it this far, I owe you a big thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to learn my story, and how it brought me to where I am. Now that you know a little bit about me – I hope you’ll tell me your story. I’d love to hear it!