Nurdiyana Sudarsono

Meet Nurdiyana Sudarsono

Sometimes Science Starts with Bubbles

Growing up as the oldest of four siblings, Nurdiyana (Diyana) Sudarsono was responsible for buying bath products for her family. As a result, her interest in science surfaced at a young age in the personal care product aisle. She became curious about how the shampoos all varied in thickness, bubbles and color. Many years later, that curiosity for bubbles and bath products has led Diyana all the way to her current role at Johnson & Johnson.

 

Her Johnson & Johnson Journey

In 2008, Diyana was hired as a scientist in Product Development at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health. Her years on that team gave her the opportunity to collaborate with others to formulate over 20 products, ranging from sunscreen to baby formulations.

With the support of her mentors and coaches, Diyana is always ready to tackle what’s next, and after spending eleven years honing her craft, an opportunity came along for her to take a job in Regulatory Affairs. “This career shift felt like an exciting challenge and a chance for me to work at the intersection of both business and research and development. My experiences as a scientist working in product development help me succeed in my new role every day”.

 

How She Gives Back

Outside of her busy work schedule – and even busier schedule as a mom of three – Diyana is very involved in WiSTEM2D, a Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health program that seeks to give girls the tools and resources to advance careers in science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing and design.

“As a 12-year-old, I never knew that my love of bubbles could one day become a career. Through my work with WiSTEM2D, I want to introduce young girls to all the possibilities of science”.

Because of her success and involvement there, she was recently asked to co-lead a pillar for the Women’s Leadership Initiative in Singapore, which is working to incorporate WiSTEM2D in its work. In this role, she has organized workshops, served on panels and led activities that work directly with girls to spark their curiosity in such a valuable field.

“I hope my journey can show these girls that you should never be afraid to challenge yourself and try something new”.