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It’s not okay because you studied, worked, trained, and toiled for YEARS to get to this position. You probably chose to make LESS money because you believed in the academic mission. You were passionate about making a real difference in your field…and now you are settling for much less.
But what if you didn’t have to settle?
What if you could walk away from this institutional mindset FOREVER, and take real control over your happiness, your time, and your career?
I am Dr. Kemi Doll, a gynecologic oncologist, health services researcher, and academic coach. I empower early career Women of Color faculty in academic medicine to transform their academic life, so that they can channel their ideas, passions, and skills into grant-funded work with institutional support.
In each episode I take a deep dive into one CORE growth strategy so you can gain confidence and effectiveness in pursuing the dream career in academic medicine that you worked so hard to achieve. Tune in for an always authentic, sometimes a little raw, but unapologetically empowering word.
It was great to be part of a cohort, which was striking for me because I am typically not a "joiner". This reinforced the importance of having people with common experiences in your network. Loved SCAW, PP, decision doctrine. Appreciated being pushed to envision the next 3 years of my career as well because I often feel apprehensive about the future because it's uncertain. Daring to dream and work towards that is very empowering.
My career feels much more aligned with the change that I want to see in the world.
I loved the *internal work* that I did in this program to *empower* myself to make the external changes that I was looking for. I shifted out of a more mindless mindset that was all go-go-go, finish any work that someone sets in front me. Through the coaching program, I was able to give full attention to my internal compass and invest in my own research vision. This made it much easier to navigate the external circumstances and academic pressures that can lead to settling and exhaustion. The coaching program also gave me a name for some of the problematic aspects of academic culture, so I could learn to recognize them and not get tripped up again or doubt myself.
The paradigm of energy management and being real about my own energy patterns.
The paradigm of energy management and being real about my own energy patterns. I kept putting things on my calendar bc I had free time. And then after not getting things done at that time (bc it was actually a terrible time for my energy), I would go into a shame spiral. It is freeing to recognize it and work towards reprogramming that unhelpful part of my thinking.
I also feel supported in the community of women in the program with me.
I have never participated in any kind of academic coaching before. I really wasn't sure it was right for me - I was nervous about the time commitment and also nervous that it wouldn't be worth the cost. I think what I've realized is that having a coach who is invested in your success and has gone through struggles that are similar to yours is invaluable. All of the strategies and advice given are applicable to my academic journey and feel very targeted to my current career stage. I also feel supported in the community of women in the program with me. Knowing you are not alone in your struggles and finding a community of scholars who understands you is a really priceless part of this program.
The skills you will learn in this program will totally change the way you approach your work and your capacity for success!
The skills you will learn in this program will totally change the way you approach your work and your capacity for success! Suddenly all these big mountains will become scalable with the tools you pick up and can apply. I now have much more of a sense of self-efficacy and understand better the idea of creating feasible steps to take me to my bigger goals. Also the cohort of women you go through this program with are amazing and I get a jolt of energy seeing their faces every two weeks.
Do it. It really does help operationalize changing your work life to fulfill your academic passions.
Do it. It really does help operationalize changing your work life to fulfill your academic passions. Other programs that sell themselves as doing similar things don't hold a candle to the detailed and thoughtful strategies that Kemi helps people enable.
This program is a must!
This program is a must! If you want to unmask your God given potential and see your passion come to fruition than this is the program for you. This is an opportunity to identify your purpose, own your value, and prioritize your work in order to achieve the success that you have desire and dreamed of when you decided to pursue a career in academics.
I would say that it's a powerful experience to be in a cohort with folks who have similar experiences though the details of their work may be different.
I would say that it's a powerful experience to be in a cohort with folks who have similar experiences though the details of their work may be different. GTG is a space for iron sharpening iron, leaning into an abundance mindset, and spending less time focusing on whether you belong and more time on giving yourself the best shot at excelling in your career.
This is for us to have.
DO it - you deserve this time and space for you and your career - the system was not built for us and we no longer need to feel that is our fault or that we are just surviving. We have come too far to keep struggling!!!!
You will undoubtedly leave the program with a fresh perspective on your career and life's work.
If there is any part of your career that you are not satisfied with or if you have ever thought in the last year about leaving academia - please do this coaching program. You will undoubtedly leave the program with a fresh perspective on your career and life's work.
I am so glad I jumped at the opportunity to enroll in the coaching because it has been the singular most effective mindset change of my career.
I initially heard about Kemi Doll on twitter and then listened to a podcast and everything she spoke resonated with me. I am so glad I jumped at the opportunity to enroll in the coaching because it has been the singular most effective mindset change of my career.
This program was everything for me.
This program was everything for me. I really needed a confidence boost this year, and it gave me that; a sense of assurance that I am on the right path, that I am seen, and that I bring a degree of worth to my institution that is beyond measure. I loved the structure, which provided good accountability without being overbearing. The concepts and skills were so tangible and so practical; I could see myself retaining these skills for life.
I wasn't expecting a sense of connection or solidarity with others!
I wasn't expecting a sense of connection or solidarity with others, as I was going in thinking this is a coaching program about me. Even though I don't know the other women in the coaching program well, I could see and hear patterns in our experiences, and I'm grateful for their willingness to share. Many of my challenging work situations no longer felt so specific to me, and I started to go, "Oh, it's that thing again." Then I could understand much more quickly how to navigate that *type* of situation.
Dr. Doll - the world needs you right now!
I've said this before...know that you and your ideas are worth it. And for people who have trouble starting from a place of self-interest, I would also say - the world needs you right now. An investment in this program and your career is also a way to invest in a better world. Academic research needs to the voices and ideas and brilliance of women of color, especially Black women. Without a doubt, elevating and empowering the work that you want to do, which is rooted in your lived experience, is better than the status quo.
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