Purpose, passion, and love can propel us to places where we achieve what previously felt impossible. In service of something bigger than ourselves, we can be empowered to endure circumstances that seem unbearable. Living boldly is not about acquiring accolades or material possessions; it’s about being brave enough to be true to ourselves. It’s about taking full ownership of whatever contribution we want to make to this world. Our accomplishments don’t define us, but they are tools we can use to carry out our life’s mission.
A KID FROM AKRON
Born in Akron, OH.
Graduated from Kenmore High School as Valedictorian. Received a full-ride scholarship to Clark Atlanta University to study chemistry in an accelerated 5-year BS/MS program.
Elected 1st Attendant Miss Clark Atlanta University.
Graduated with honors from Clark Atlanta University and began a PhD program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard University.
Took a leave of absence from Harvard after one semester and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Quickly discovered I was not about the “starve to be an actor” life, and decided to work as a substitute teacher.
After a transformative experience teaching in LAUSD for over a year, I returned to Harvard with a new perspective.
Completed my PhD and was selected to serve as Commencement Marshal in recognition of my work as a student leader. Began a postdoctoral fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center while applying for science policy programs.
Obtained a 2-year AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship at the White House Office of Science and Technology with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Gave my parents their first tour of the West Wing. Had to cut it short because President Obama needed to use the Oval Office, which was simultaneously amazing and disappointing.
AAAS Fellowship ended, and I decided to take a leap of faith to pursue my media and STEM passion, pitching my idea to several media companies.
After over 100 informational interviews (which helped me amass an extensive media network!), I returned to the White House as a Senior Policy Advisor to incubate and implement what became known as the “Image of STEM” project.
Had the honor of meeting Katherine Johnson when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Co-hosted live desk for final Obama White House Science Fair.
As my last official event as an Obama White House staffer, I co-organized a historic screening of the film Hidden Figures and moderated a panel with the cast and creative team.
Nominated for Shero award in inaugural Women’s Choice Awards.
Received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Regis College.
Featured in CBS Women’s History Month PSA.
Selected by U.S. State Department to participate in the international speakers program, going on a 2-week speaking tour in two countries in Africa —Namibia and Swaziland.
Served on Barbie Global Advisory Board.
Was a SeeHer silver carpet correspondent at the 2020 SAG Awards.
Featured in Wondrium “STEM for All” series.