Everett Clinical Campus
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Have you been affected by gender bias at work? How did you overcome the challenge?
Yes, I have been affected by gender bias at work. Ultimately, I left the position, because the values of the team were not changing. It became obvious they were not open to it, either. You are worth it as an individual and there is an organization that will appreciate you and your talents.
What advice do you have for young women thinking about their careers?
Again, you are worth it as an individual and there is an organization that will appreciate you and your talents. The only change you should make to yourself is to evolve, learn, and develop personally/professionally. If you are trying to change yourself to fit into a company’s standards and values, then that is not the right place for you.
What woman in your life most inspires you? Why?
I have a multitude of women. I have been so fortunate to have a village behind me that have given me a “boost.” I only hope to give a boost whenever I can to those behind me. But, for the sake of this, I would like to talk about Dr. Kim Kidwell. She is currently a Dean at the University of Illinois, but previously served as Executive Associate Dean for CAHNRS here at WSU. She also was a crop scientist and developed 20 wheat varieties! The confidence and leadership that Dr. Kidwell always exuded entranced me. Her ease in decision making, and considering what was best for all, was inspiring. I attribute a lot of my career success to her guidance and mentorship and that she took a chance on hiring (a very young) me. Looking back, it was beautiful to see how she took time out of her busy schedule to coach me, and also give me room to grow/learn on my own. She modeled what it was like to propel other women forward while still moving forward herself. #womenhelpingwomen