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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.
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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