Class of 2015
Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp.
Regulatory Affairs Coordinator
The road Mica Welsh (’15 MBA) traveled to the Bryan School to earn her MBA was neither smooth nor straight, but with her “never quit” attitude and her UNCG education, Welsh is on a fulfilling, financially rewarding track as regulatory affairs coordinator at Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. in Winston-Salem.
Welsh grew up in the Air Force, moving around the world. As an adult, she settled in North Carolina and drove a truck until a back injury forced her off the road and a hidden mold outbreak in her home severely damaged her lungs. Physicians told Welsh she would not live long, but she is nothing if not tough. Slowly, her body began to heal and, eventually, she was well enough to embark on a new career. She learned of a biotechnology program starting up at Forsyth Technical Community College and earned an associate’s degree. “When I entered Forsyth Tech in 2010, I was riding an electric cart and carrying an oxygen tank,” Welsh says. “By the time I graduated, doctors were no longer telling me I had only two years to live.” Next, Welsh headed to Salem College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, all the while working as a research assistant at the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce housed at Forsyth Tech.
Welsh’s boss at the time suggested that if she wanted to keep advancing her career, she needed a graduate degree. The Bryan School’s highly respected Evening MBA Program allowed her to continue working while earning her degree—and gave her a strong, broad-based grounding in business to augment her solid science background.
“Not having a business background, I had a huge learning curve facing me when I entered the program,” Welsh says. “But I found a willingness of the faculty, staff and fellow students to help others succeed. My interactions with others, together with the insights gained from the program, gave me new ways of looking at issues.”
She explains: “It’s like watching the Super Bowl and you have cameras recording a play from 15 different directions. Putting those together makes it obvious what happened on the field. That’s what my MBA did for me. I can see problems now from several perspectives—marketing, finance and operations, for example—and make better decisions.”
Welsh’s Bryan School MBA positioned her perfectly for her role at Carolina Liquid Chemistries, a manufacturer and distributor of instruments and reagents used in clinical labs. A key part of her job is to document that the company has met FDA standards for its products.
“Regulatory affairs is one of those fields that, if you’re good at it, you can go as far as you want,” says Welsh, who may eventually pursue a PhD in regulatory affairs. “It’s challenging because you know if you don’t do your job well, you can literally put your company out of business, but I love a challenge.”
Article by Julie Palm
Photograph by Martin Kane