career management

Kim Darpoh Leads Beautifully

 
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I had to realize that confidence comes with experience and we should never compare ourselves to others. Everyone learns at their own pace.
 

As a woman and leader in your industry, how do you prioritize your many roles? 

I currently work as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the ER. What brought me to nursing is my naturally kind and nurturing personality. The career of nursing honestly fits me perfectly and it just comes naturally. I truly cannot see myself in another career besides the one I'm in.

When it came to building my brand, it really wasn’t planned. I literally had a friend tell me one day that I should make an Instagram page geared towards nursing. Initially, I hesitated and thought I didn’t know if that was good for me. After much thought and prayer, I felt that God called me to do it. So, I literally asked for some advice on how to build a brand from a fashion Instagram influencer and it literally took off from there. It’ll be 2 years in May since I started my Instagram page geared towards nursing and I have over 8,000 followers (and counting). Instagram allowed me to have a platform to help inspire, encourage, and educate others. I wake up every day grateful for the opportunity that God has given me, and all the doors that have been opened because of it. I’m honestly amazed at the growth and the love from those who support me!

When it came to me blogging, I initially only had written one blog—and it was tips on how to prepare for nursing school. In the year of 2019, I decided that I was going to launch my own website to provide another outlet to reach more people. In addition I also wanted an outlet to blog and my website provided me a space to do that. Now, I currently I have several blog posts about different topics that include my NCLEX experience and even traveling.

As a woman and leader in your industry, how do you prioritize your many roles? 

The way that I prioritize is by trying to have a balance in everything I do. I make sure to spend time with my family and God. Family and faith are my top things, so when those things are in order, everything else falls into place easier for me.

What is your proudest professional achievement and why? 

My proudest professional achievement is when I had a patient who felt that I gave them such amazing care, that they went out of their way to call my manager and rave about me. That made me feel so great and it reminded me that I'm definitely in the right profession.

Have you ever felt like an "impostor" during your career? If so, tell us about the experience. 

I personally have never felt like an impostor. My journey to become a nurse was by no means easy. I know that God helped to lead me along the way, and to me, nothing happens by accident. I know for a fact that where I am today is meant to be and was a part of God's plan.

Tell us about a time when you felt that your career had stalled. How did you get unstuck? 

A challenge I initially had to overcome as a new grad nurse was having confidence. I think often as a new nurse, we may question if we are really doing things correctly and try to compare our skills to nurses who have been in the field for 10 years or more. I had to realize that confidence comes with experience and we should never compare ourselves to others. Everyone learns at their own pace.

What habits have you followed that led to the overall growth of your career? 

A habit that I use daily and helped me to become a better nurse is that, before every shift, I claim that it will be a good one. By doing this, it helps me to prepare mentally for my shift. I also stopped comparing myself to other nurses and went into every shift determined to be the best that I can be.

 
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How do you embrace femininity in your professional and leadership roles? 

The way I embrace my femininity is that I make it a point to come to work well groomed and smelling good. Sometimes, I wear my hair down or in a ponytail. I don't wear much makeup, but when I do, my makeup routine consists of blush, eyeliner, and lip gloss.

What is one interesting fact about yourself that you can share? 

I love to sing and have performed in talent shows in high school and college.

What is one piece of advice you would share to a woman who has fallen into complacency at work, but knows she could be doing so much more with her career? 

I would say to that complacent person that it’s important that you follow your heart. You don't want to look back and regret not going after your dreams. Don't be afraid and just go for it. You never know what you can do until you try.

This article has been edited and/or condensed for clarity.

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Baindu L. Bayon, PhD Leads Beautifully

 
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Once I became a “Ph.D. Candidate”, there was no convincing me that I didn’t belong anywhere. I knew that my parents worked too hard and struggled for long for me to have the opportunities I had.
 

Baindu L. Bayon, Ph.D. is a health scientist and AAAS Science and Technology Policy Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) in the Division of Clinical Innovation (DCI). She was born in Indiana to parents from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Before joining NCATS, she worked as a scientific field sales representative for STEMCELL Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her interests lie in science policy related to translational science, innovation, technology transfer, and global STEM entrepreneurship. Baindu is passionate about STEM outreach and pathways driving youth toward solving problems with science. She’s earned a myriad of awards throughout her career, including the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40. Baindu serves as vice president of the IU Neal Marshall Alumni Club’s national board of directors and has served on the board of directors for Adult & Child Health. She has also served as a mentor with the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis and was named among the United Way of Central Indiana 100 Heroes. Baindu received her Ph.D. in Medical & Molecular Genetics from Indiana University School of Medicine with a focus on the neurogenetics of Alzheimer’s disease and transcription factor regulation of beta-secretase.

As a woman and leader in your industry, how do you prioritize your many roles? 

I always think about what best serves my end goal or the outcome that I would like.

What is your proudest professional achievement and why? 

My proudest professional achievement is probably seeing my bound dissertation in person. It is the single most difficult task I've yet to complete, and it was just amazing to see it in that form. I was most proud to be able to present it to my father, who I dedicated it to, on his birthday.

Have you ever felt like an "impostor" during your career? If so, tell us about the experience. 

I get asked about this often, and honestly, it's not a feeling I've dealt with for a very long time. I think the last time I felt like I suffered from "impostor syndrome" was during early on in graduate school. Some of my coursework began to get difficult, and I began to wonder if I'd made the right decision to go from medical school to graduate school. Some of the coursework was similar, but questions were being asked in different ways. I wondered if other students were having an easier time with the material because their minds were sharper, they were younger, or that it was more suited to their learning styles. All of these feelings went away when I passed my qualifying exams. Once I became a "Ph.D. Candidate", there was no convincing me that I didn't belong anywhere. I knew that my parents worked too hard and struggled for long for me to have the opportunities I had. I guess that's why I never chalked it up to luck or chance. I almost feel like not being secure in earning and deserving my merits would be disrespectful to them.

Tell us about a time when you felt that your career had stalled. How did you get unstuck? 

Although it was a very short time in hindsight, the time between dissertation defense and finding that first job opportunity felt like ages. In actuality, it was only a few months, but I had to think about the direction I wanted to take my career. I knew my future was not in academia, but I certainly had to decide between opportunities in government or the private sector. I got "unstuck" by continuously looking for chances to build my professional network and to speak with people about possible career paths. I made it my job to learn about jobs.

What habits have you followed that led to the overall growth of your career? 

I have really prioritized mentorship in my career- both being a mentor to others and finding mentors. Having people who have believed in me and supported me has made all of the difference in my career. Providing mentorship to others, especially young Black students, helped me to better shape what I want in a mentor for myself. Each time I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with people who I find to be both personally and professionally successful, their story always involves being guided toward those things. I have yet to meet that "self-made" man or woman who has it all. Humility, willingness to listen, and the ability to follow through are just a few things I've learned from mentors and carry with me daily in the workplace.

 
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How do you embrace femininity in your professional and leadership roles? 

As with other visible identities, I don't think there is a way to separate one's femininity from your professional or leadership roles. You are who you are and you bring each part of you to each new experience. I choose not to dilute nor downplay how my identities influence my decisions.

What is one interesting fact about yourself that you can share? 

My favorite type of music is hip-hop music. For whatever reason, people associate a certain type of woman with a particular genre of music (neo-soul, pop, R&B, etc.). When someone asks me what my favorite type of music is, and I say rap, I get mixed responses sometimes. I think it's odd that some people associate classical music or jazz with sophistication and cannot do the same with hip-hop music. If rap were so easy to do, you would be able to do it well, and you probably can't. If you could make beats like Havoc or Pete Rock, you would, but chances are, you can't. There's a rap song for every emotion and nearly every experience I have had, so it remains my favorite.

What is one piece of advice you would share to a woman who has fallen into complacency at work, but knows she could be doing so much more with her career? 

You need to be honest with yourself. Whatever the things are that you never procrastinate in doing, those are the things that you should be building a career around. If there are things that you are constantly putting off and cannot bring yourself to prioritize, those things are not your passion and likely can't be a path to your long-term success. Before you make drastic decisions, get out and talk to women who have the career that looks the most like what you'd like to be doing. Find mentors who have advanced their careers in ways that are impressive to you.

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Delania Barbee Leads Beautifully

 
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... when I am sitting at any table, irrespective of the age, gender, or ethnicity of the others at the table, I feel that it is because I earned it.
 

Tell us a about your current professional role(s) and what brought you to this line of work?

I am currently an attorney at a law firm with 300+ attorneys and with offices along the east coast. My primary practice area is technology law, which I discovered after graduation! I actually went to law school with the goal of opening my own law firm after graduation to serve small businesses in my community. However, during law school, I was discouraged from "hanging up my shingle" without having practiced. Therefore, I searched for a job later than my peers in my class, but thankfully, I obtained and worked in a wonderful position in the Corporate Law Department of a Fortune 500 financial institution for over two and a half years before joining my current firm. The Corporate Law Department is where I discovered technology law. I also provide general corporate services to clients.

As part of my efforts to address the under-representation of Black legal professionals and advance the progression towards a more inclusive legal profession, I founded and host the Practicing while Black podcast, which shares the experiences of Black attorneys in the U.S. and provides career strategies and inspiration. I also work towards similar goals through my role as President of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, which is a volunteer state-wide organization of attorneys, judges, and law students in the State of Connecticut.

I received my B.A. cum laude from Smith College and my J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. I am licensed to practice in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

As a woman and leader in your industry, how do you prioritize your many roles? 

I prioritize my roles, first, by scheduling my responsibilities. Generally though, I check in with myself often to ensure that I spend my time on activities that align with my vision for my life.

What is your proudest professional achievement and why? 

My proudest professional achievement happened before I became a lawyer. I took a year off from school between undergrad and law school. During that time, I served in the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Program at a nonprofit in my community, which provided financial aid advice to local students to help them get to and through college. I was brought on to build a community engagement program to assist non-traditional students, such as those who were pursuing GEDs, with college access. Before the end of my year with the nonprofit, I received a 40 under Forty award for my work. The award only served as additional validation that the work that I was doing was making a difference.

Have you ever felt like an "impostor" during your career? If so, tell us about the experience. 

No. I do not feel like an impostor, because I recognize the amount of work that I had to do to get to where I am today. Therefore, when I am sitting at any table, irrespective of the age, gender, or ethnicity of the others at the table, I feel that it is because I earned it.

Tell us about a time when you felt that your career had stalled. How did you get unstuck? 

Although I enjoyed working at my prior job, I knew that I would be limited in my ability to advance within the company, because I did not have the traditional experience of working in a law firm environment. It was very difficult to leave my role, but I ultimately decided to leave to join my current firm. Though it was a difficult decision, it was the right decision because I have learned that I like working as outside counsel and have had the opportunity to work on a greater variety of matters with multiple clients.

What habits have you followed that led to the overall growth of your career? 

I believe my career has grown because I seek out the advice of others, and then based upon a variety of thoughts and perspectives, I make my decision. While the advice can be from people that I know, I also get advice from podcasts and books.

 
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How do you embrace femininity in your professional and leadership roles? 

I just do what I like!

What is one interesting fact about yourself that you can share? 

I never wanted to become a lawyer. However, in high school, my mentor—a lawyer who no longer practiced—convinced me to be part of a youth program that introduced students to law and government. Still, upon graduating from high school, I had no idea that I would become a lawyer. Several years later, that mentor helped me to choose which law school I would attend.

What is one piece of advice you would share to a woman who has fallen into complacency at work, but knows she could be doing so much more with her career? 

I would want her to ask herself why she feels that she cannot do more and think about what her life will be next year, in five years, and in ten years if she does not begin to work towards achieving what she knows that she can achieve. Then, I want her to imagine what her life will be next year, in five years, and in ten years, if she does work towards achieving what she knows that she can achieve. Then, she should determine, which she wants more.

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Introducing... Women Leading Beautifully Spotlight Series!

Introducing... Women Leading Beautifully Spotlight Series!

Women Leading Beautifully is a new series that will showcase women who are making major moves in their careers. Despite the hurdles that have come their way, these women continue to make BIG strides towards growing their careers beyond their current job title—all while doing so with style, charisma, and grace.