You have been to every career development workshop and it all sounds great, but no one is talking about the kind of institutional pressures YOU are dealing with….
You are working hard but somehow STUCK in inefficiency, putting everyone else’s priorities first, and starting to doubt whether you can ever really have control and be successful...
You spent years studying and training and sacrificing to become academic faculty…and here you are still working nights and weekends on the projects you care most about…
This doesn’t feel great at all…and yet your colleagues have insinuated that this unpleasant reality is simply part and parcel of academic life. They tell you to settle, to be grateful because it could be worse, and just do what Johnny over there did…
Every day we help high-achieving women of color faculty in academic medicine and public health, like you, re-frame and re-create their academic life so that they can channel their ideas, passions, and skills into grant-funded work with institutional support.
YOU CAN WALK AWAY FROM THIS INSTITUTIONAL MINDSET FOREVER…AND TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CAREER WITH CLARITY AND STRATEGY.
Without knowing the specific and unique set of skills you bring to the table, you have no compass to guide your decisions and thus your career. The goal is to define your value and then operationalize it right away – aligning your goals and activities, optimizing your mentor relationships, and building your base for navigation in your career.
Being at the mercy of the day’s chaos is over. Cultivate self-care at work habits that protect your time, keep you in good standing with your department, and free you from the tyranny of the never-ending to-do list. Learn task setting and time management so getting your work done is inevitable.
You’ve got ideas and it’s time to bring them to life! You will crystalize your research lane and your structural needs so no effort is wasted, learn my Functional Feedback technique to squeeze every drop out of peer review, and stay in charge of your process while making resilience a tangible habit.
"I think there is a greater appreciation of my unique personal journey, and muting of a lot of noise that doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. Imposter syndrome isn't gone but its way less, there is less comparison. There is also less of an institutional mindset, and more of me doing things that drive me and not because the institution requires it and not because I want to prove myself to an institution. It is empowering to be in the driving seat of my career (where as before, there was a little bit of fear and trepidation there because i did not really know HOW, and also wasn't part of a community of badasses that is doing exactly that."
MD, MPH, EMERGENCY MEDICINE
"This was a whole new way to approach the grant writing timeline and support myself through the process, without being crushed every time someone said that they did not understand my idea. Action-wise, I have outlined my grant-writing schedule on the calendar for my deadline, and I feel really capable to take that on. I'm somewhat mind-blown that it is never taught this way, or articulated as such in the countless grant-writing seminars I've participated in. I did decide recently, however, that I will no longer complain about what hasn't been taught to me during PhD and postdoc training about how to be a faculty member, and to move forward with the trust that I am learning it and being taught now by my own resourcefulness."
"Love the curriculum. It's organized so well-- the mix of watching/hearing material and then personal work activities are so well coordinated. It makes my educator heart so happy... The organizational strategies are like gold. These things take a ton of work but I think it lays the groundwork to actually accomplish things and move the ball forward AND recognizes reality. I loved that so many of the women in the program including Kemi are also mothers with working partners, so just keeping it pragmatic and real validated this so much for me."
MD, MS PULMONARY MEDICINE
There is a qualification process for each faculty member. This program is for those committed to making a difference in their field. It’s very exciting, it produces unprecedented results for you - however, it’s not for everyone.
What I really find helpful was the weekly curriculum. Each module felt like only one small step. And I started questioning myself - am I progressing fast enough? I am very impatient and want to see results fast! But I told myself - trust the process. By the time I got to 1.4, I looked back at myself and realized that I have changed. I can't even recognize myself! All the other things that I have worked on in the previous modules were stacking on top of each other so subtly that I could not see the changes at real time. Love Love Love!
I have always been the one to please others. Now, I feel it in myself that something is changing. I see myself doings to please MYSELF, know MY wants, and take MY space.
I remember sitting looking at the goals I wrote out for myself after I signed my offer letter and realizing that I needed help to get there. It wasn't that I couldn't do the science or the clinical medicine, it was more the idea of juggling the responsibility of my new faculty role with all of the "other stuff" I was suddenly being approached to do. I felt like a coach would be a helpful way to externalize the thoughts I felt about these asks so that I could see them clearly and make decisions that were in line with my ambition and goals. I was 1000% right! GTG has been more than I expected - offering affirmation of the isolation and foolery that I have been feeling as a Black woman in academic medicine while also acknowledging that it is ok to want to continue and thrive in spite of the foolery. Then woven into the affirmation are the tools necessary to be PRODUCTIVE AF without losing your mind (sidebar: work reimbursement for the program into your offer letter, beloved, because you deserve).
ENROLL if you can!
No one else teaches what THIS program offers.
There are a lot of faculty coaches out there, but this program addresses all the tools to benefit women of color in academic medicine and public health who envision a stellar research career. From the get go, there is no time wasted in trying to explain your environment to others. Kemi leads by example and has encountered/overcome/problem-solved so many challenges on her end herself, so that she can ask pointed questions that will get to you figuring out the next steps to take in your own situation. I've also engaged in other coaching in the past. In looking back, I realize now that most coaches either left academia to become coaches (i.e., they stop encountering institutional challenges) or were never faculty in the first place, and therefore do not have the lived experience of what's it's like to progress in a research career as faculty, especially faculty of color, who are both hypervisible and invisible at the same time.
I think that as WOC in academic medicine, we're used to having our ideas marginalized and having to work twice as hard to get ahead. This program teaches us that we don't have to work ourselves into burnout, submit to exploitation, and tolerate other people's bullshit to be successful.
These are ideas that the world NEEDS to hear.
If you value your time and YOURSELF, then you owe it to yourself to have access to these strategic steps that will literally change the foundation upon which you build your career - the sooner the better!
They cannot AFFORD not to.
The price stopped my heart when I heard. What am I willing to invest in ME. Can I do that? spend money on me? The concern was, will it work? will the money be wasted? Now I realize that the program is solid gold. You get us, you ARE us. Although the price is set and reflects what you and your team put and have put into it. The value is commensurate with your value as a coach and the value to me is commensurate with how much I put into it. If I put in a ton, I'll get a ton out. I don't make as much as other on the call and this came out of savings and no regrets. In the time I was in the program I chose my new position and institution and transitioned into my new institution using the information I learned about me in the pre-work and module 1. Used modules 2 and 3 to add clarity to my work and path and used module 4 to bring all I learned before to fruition in ways that have literally brought joy and peace to my work life - something that seemed impossible last year at this time. It was worth it. The additional cost for the X program again took my breath away but was what I needed to do to get the most from all you have provided through GTG. Thankful!
I trusted that it was an INVESTMENT in ME.
Do not be afraid, take the leap of faith and INVEST this in YOURSELF.
The return is far greater than any other course you will pay for or anything else you will buy, as you are investing in yourself and working to realize what is important to your reason for existing.
The structures in academic medicine that don't serve us need constant WORK and COURAGE on our part to keep up.
Coaching is a crucial tool to help us to keep up with our endeavors in academic medicine. I think that the help that this program offers in the mental framework, validation, community support and above all the value of each of our work is invaluable.
WORTH ever penny.
I fought my institution hard to reimburse me for GTG, and that was my first step in advocating for my needs. I am paying for LIBERATE with my own money bc I don't need to justify this to anyone else anymore. Plus, I did the math, and I am going to get that money back and more when I get my R01 grants and go up for promotion early bc I did GTG and LIBERATE.
GTG has all of the ANSWERS to the daily things we STRUGGLE with in academia.
It's an approach to un-learning and re-learning in a safe space where you feel seen, heard, and appreciated. It's really helped me to be truly honest with myself, to get out of my own way, and do all the things I set out to do!
The COMMUNITY of women on the call who are living what you are experiencing every day is value alone.
The coaching calls and Facebook group are like a regular hug that I knew I needed but just didn't know how to find on my own.
It is TRANSFORMATIVE for your mindset as you're in this upward climb at this CAREER stage.
It helps to not live on an island but be joined with so many other badass academic women of color who are doing amazing things and also can act as informed believers to the realities of this work. It means a lot to get that boost of support from Kemi but also from hearing the strategies and realizing oh yes, I can do this too. It helps to put into context all this hard work and effort -- realizing that I am responsible (and capable) for making it worthwhile.
Create a strong FOUNDATION, PATH and PLAN for your work.
To grow skills that will combat those feelings of imposter syndrome etc. that creep in. Most assuredly to answer the question - why should I stay in academic medicine when it crops up. To find community and role modeling to create community where they are. I usually say there is no such thing as a safe space, only brave spaces - This WAS a safe AND brave space. So unique, needed and pivotal to the experience.
There is no one thing that will change your MINDSET and your career strategy like participation in this program.
I am so glad that I did this as early in my career as I did because I cannot imagine having spun my wheels for longer before coming to this. incredible space and community.
Over the past 5-7 years I have tried and tried to implement some form of these tools taught (ex: purpose, vision, breaking things down, measuring energy and setting my schedule to map out, etc.) but was never able to put it into action the way I had with this program because I think it truly speaks to (1) the need for coaches that have traveled this journey and providing how all of these tools fit in, (2) step by step encouragement and (3) the community to see that the struggles are real and that I'm not alone AND to see how other's mindsets were shifted so that it helped shift mine (in some non-cognitive way -- bizarro!)
The ability to move from VISION TO ACTION.