Toykea Jones

Toykea Jones

Manager, Commercial Execution


Johnson & Johnson

Norfolk, VA USA


If I’m not failing or making mistakes, then that means that I’m not pushing myself or growing. It’s all about growth...how am I going to be a leader without lessons learned?

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was very active in high school because I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do—I captained the cheerleading team, ran track, played in the marching band, played softball, etc.
I received several academic scholarships and decided to attend Old Dominion University (ODU) so that I could move out and live on campus, but not be too far away from home.
Graduated with my bachelor's degree in Chemistry.
I became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which is a nonprofit dedicated to providing support and developing community programs.
Originally, I wanted to go to medical school and become a medical doctor, but after realizing how long the process is I decided that path wasn’t for me.
After some research, I discovered that engineering was a profitable career, so I decided to continue my education at ODU to pursue my master’s degree in environmental engineering.
I attended a conference and walked out with a job at Johnson & Johnson—I have been working here for over 12 years.
I have recently partnered with ODU to establish my third endowment and I serve on the ODU Board of Visitors.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
Booker T. Washington High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Chemistry, General
Old Dominion University
graduate
Graduate
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Old Dominion University
Career

Career

Manager, Commercial Execution

Manage the medical device sales execution strategies in North America

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Medicine
Business
Business
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

As a former Medical Device Regional Sales Specialist, I spent a significant amount of time in the operating room partnering directly with surgeons and their staff. I sold wound closure and biosurgery products across a variety of procedures.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

One of the biggest things you can do is get out of your comfort zone. Taking risk and learning from those risks / failures is often the best way to grow and succeed in your job. To work in medical device sales, you have to know a lot about anatomy, as well as the products and procedures that work best for patients and doctors.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Build relationships with the people you admire so that you can learn from them. Look to the people around you to guide you. Even if they have made mistakes, learn from those and let them guide your path.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Biochemistry
undergrad
Bachelor
Biochemical Engineering
undergrad
Bachelor
Anatomy
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Medical school is challenging and I may not be prepared. "

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Relocation
First-Generation College Student