036: Giving Life with Karen Drexler

In this episode, I interview, Karen Drexler.


Karen Drexler is the CEO of Sandstone Diagnostics, the manufacturer of Trak. As CEO of Sandstone Diagnostics, Ms. Drexler brings technical / engineering capabilities, coupled with business vision and entrepreneurial experience. She has been an active board member for public and private medical device and diagnostics companies for over a decade. Ms. Drexler founded and ran Amira Medical until its sale to Roche Diabetes Care. She managed a variety of functions across the company at LifeScan and executed the sale of the company to Johnson & Johnson.  Ms. Drexler was named Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Stevie Awards, 2013, and Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year by Silicon Valley Women’s Fund, 2002.

A Guest Lecturer at Stanford University in Medical Device Design and Mobile Health curriculums, Ms. Drexler also provides team support and mentoring for the Stanford Biodesign Fellowship and StartX, an off-campus Stanford Accelerator. Ms. Drexler is on Princeton University School of Engineering, Advisory Board for the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. 

A native of New Jersey, Ms. Drexler received her MBA from Stanford University and her BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. She and her husband Andy, a fellow Stanford MBA, reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.

My Takeaways:

We covered a lot of ground in this interview. I took away 3 things from this interview that I would really like to integrate. The first being for one-on-one meetings, rather than having them in the office and cubical nation, go for a walk and get out in nature. The second was the power of visualization. We’ve heard this before from prior guests and it’s something that I have had positive experience in, however, it’s not a tool that I reach for often. Finally, being involved in mentor groups as you learn so much about others, trends, and of course learn about yourself along the way.

Books Referenced

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran

Those are my key takeaways. What are yours? Join us on Facebook or Twitter, share your thoughts and ideas. Thanks for listening and get out there and discover the best version of you!

Find Karen Drexler over on:

Website (Trak) | WebSite (Don’t Cook Your Balls)

Enjoy This Episode?

If so, please leave an honest review for the Up Rev Ninja podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews help the show's rankings. Plus, they help me improve the show so I can bring you more value. Also, please consider supporting the show as a patreon today.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email at tom [at] uprev [dot] ninja. I read every email and I'd love to read yours.

And, finally, don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. If you have an Android phone, you can subscribe on Stitcher or Google Play Music.

Lastly, I want to say THANK YOU to Karen Drexler for sharing her story with us!