Heather Bresch testifying before the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce in 2012.
June 27, 1969 
|Residence||Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania|
|Other names||Heather Kirby|
|Alma mater||West Virginia University (B.A., 1991)|
|Occupation||Chief executive officer|
|Spouse(s)||Jeffrey J. Bresch (married)
Douglas Kirby (divorced)
|Family||Joe Manchin (father)
Gayle Manchin (mother)
As a leader, these attributes – confidence, perseverance, work ethic and good sense – are all things I look for in people. I also try to lead by example and create an environment where good questions and good ideas can come from anyone.
My experiences with gender bias are probably the norm. What I found was that expectations of women were simply lower, and this resulted in being overlooked for certain opportunities.
The most important characteristic that has allowed me to succeed is confidence. I have always been comfortable in my own skin, and even when I was just starting out in my career, had the strength and self-assurance to ask tough questions and push for answers.
I'd like to believe that achieving a leadership position is all about competency, capability and ambition, so I try not to distinguish between the sexes when it comes to giving career advice.
There is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.