Dragonfly Consulting, LLC. was incorporated in August of 2010. The partners, Nanci Hayward and Cherie Grishin, have decades of experience in the biologics industry. Additionally, Ms. Hayward has a thorough knowledge of transfusion medicine, laboratory science, clinical trials, and central laboratories. Ms. Grishin specializes in clinical operations, budgeting, process development / improvement and business strategy. Both partners routinely fill the role of Authorized Official and have opened multiple blood banks and plasma centers. Together they form a team able to assist the client in driving new business processes, improve the efficiency of current business processes and train / mentor staff towards the client’s vision.
Nanci Hayward is the President and founder of DragonFly. LinkedIn with Nanci
Cherie Grishin is a Partner at DragonFly. LinkedIn with Cherie
CAN YOU EXPLAIN IN A FEW SENTENCES WHAT DRAGONFLY CONSULTING IS?
Nanci: Dragonfly’s purpose is to contribute to the success of our clients by partnering with them to enhance their business processes and to create innovative solutions to their business challenges. We pride ourselves in the ability to carefully listen to the needs of the client in order to match those needs with our knowledge and expertise. This ultimately allows the client to solve a problem or create a new plan or process.
WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS?
Nanci: I started Dragonfly Consulting after the company I was working for sold all assets and dissolved. I looked back on my career and realized that I had a widely diversified work experiences and management skills. I believed I could help companies implement change in their organization and avoid some of the pitfalls I had witnessed firsthand..
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE NAME DRAGONFLY?
Nanci: Dragonflies are ancient creatures, having existed for 300 million years, that have been a source of intrigue throughout history. In most parts of the world the dragonfly symbolizes change and self-realization that leads to clear vision into the realities of life. Dragonflies are quick, efficient fliers, and are associated to prosperity, harmony and viewed as a good luck charm. The symbolism for a dragonfly can be applied to Dragonfly Consulting helping to improve a client’s organization by helping them to change effectively thereby creating an efficient, healthy and productive environment.
WHAT IS YOUR EVERYDAY PROCESS FOR ASSESSING A CLIENTS NEEDS?
Nanci: If this is a new client, we perform background research to ensure we understand the organization. Next, we listen carefully as the client describes the situation requiring assistance. We have learned how to probe for information, asking questions to fully understand the requirements of the project. It is critical that we help the client help us deliver to the desired outcome. Finally, we verify if there are regulatory requirements that must be met, what the timeline is for completion and then provide the client with our assessment and project plan.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR DRAGONFLY?
Nanci: We are excited by the many opportunities to combine specialty blood banking and plasma collection with biotechnology as we believe this combination is opening up opportunity for companies to add new product lines. We get excited when a client comes to us with a new idea, and we start due-diligence process in finding a regulatory path followed by process design and implementation.
AND JUST CURIOUS; WHAT’S WITH THE CATS?
Nanci: I am a long-time animal lover and seem to have an affinity for animals where neither of us has fear! These cats were 2 of 3 siblings at a B&B in rural Denmark that took a liking to me! I also volunteer with a no-kill cat shelter and a wildlife rescue & rehab center in the Atlanta area. It’s always a positive to have things you enjoy in your life!