I want to live in a world where everyone can achieve their highest potential and women and girls are recognized for their contribution. I believe that this will create a supportive and respectful world where all people can contribute their best to thrive at work and in life.
After years of trying to find purpose and passion in my work I finally feel like I am using my best skills to make a difference. This was not always the case.
I spent years pursuing recognition in Biophysical Chemistry, getting a PhD, and working for a nobel prize winning professor at Stanford. Yet, I continually got dismissed by my peers. I was unhappy and unfulfilled and while I knew that my ideas and contribution was valuable and I felt like an imposter.
I got home exhausted and unfulfilled and started a cycle of working harder and longer and one day I started crying in the middle of the lab. I had gotten up at the crack of dawn to do my work so I could pick up my baby from daycare on time. I realized I wasn’t enjoying my life and my daughter at all and I wasn’t working for my purpose.
After having my daughters and leaving academia, I had to reinvent myself, and the work I did, many times as my children grew so I could be who I wanted to be as a woman and mother. I created science visuals, websites, preschool curriculum, made business decisions, ran art programs and designed and ran a Nature Journaling program for elementary school kids.
When it came time to go back to paid work, I was confused about what I did and what I could do. I realized I couldn’t go back to the world of research. I lacked confidence and remembered how unhappy I had been. It was when I got clear on my purpose, my unique skills and what I enjoy doing that I was able to create work that I love. I have since helped women become confident in who they were, and develop a strategy to be recognized for the contribution they are making.