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2023 Women’s Leadership Awards: WOMAN TO WATCH HONOREE

Senior Manager, Total Rewards
Atara Biotherapeutics

Meegan Kerman has more than 10 years of experience in Total Rewards strategy, design and execution for both established and start-up biotech companies in the Southern California area. She has held roles with increasing responsibility at notable companies such as Amgen, Kite Pharma, MannKind and currently, Atara Biotherapeutics. Her focus has been on the delivery of impactful, timely benefit plans and programs for a diverse workforce that promote health and well-being, support work-life fit and empower employees to thrive both in and out of the workplace as their whole, unique selves.

After several years of taking time out of the workplace to help a wide range of family needs, Kerman in 2009 had the bandwidth to accept an associate-level position at Amgen. For her next step in her career, Kerman chose to explore opportunities in Benefits and Total Rewards so that she could positively impact others pursuing professional growth while simultaneously managing family needs.

Kerman quickly learned that to succeed, she would need to leverage every resource accessible. She sought out mentors and advisors, maintained involvement in Women’s Employee Resource Groups, became a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and learned to be inquisitive, humble and authentic. Kerman found her voice, learned how to be a strategic advisor and persuasively argue the value of key initiatives for diverse staff populations and employers as a whole. She now serves as Atara’s senior manager, Total Rewards, where she supports staff in their commitment to developing innovative treatments that have the potential to transform the lives of people with serious diseases.


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