“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Willaimson
CAREER: FROM RESEARCH TO LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
I began my academic research career at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, in Pittsburgh PA. After about eight years I transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry as a drug discovery scientist holding positions in chemistry and metabolism and pharmacokinetics. As a drug discovery scientist in the department of Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) I was responsible for conducting scientific research to support several drug discovery programs and served as a member of a Drug Discovery Working Group.
Over the course of time I discovered a passion for the growth and development of people and my career evolved from a bench scientist to a learning and development specialist for the R&D community where I managed the BMS Center for Science Education (CSE). In this capacity, I served as internal consulting to meet the learning and development needs of individuals, teams, and departments. Under the CSE umbrella programs I developed included
- The R&D New Employee Integration
- Scientific Writing and Editing
- English Language Development
- The Annual R&D Scientific Symposium
CAREER: BEYOND THE OBVIOUS
While at BMS, I served as Chair of the African American Affinity Group (AAAG), a BMS Employee Resource group supporting the company’s diversity strategy. The highlight of this work was a trip to South Africa to implement a breast cancer awareness program for women in 2008. I retired from BMS in 2013.
I also have a passion for providing learning and development opportunities for youth. I am a former President & CEO of Granville Academy Trenton, Inc., and a former science instructor for the Young Scholars Institute High School Enrichment Program; both programs serve youth in Trenton, NJ. I managed the science and math curriculum in a home school co-op for four years and was very involved in the science education reform movement at the local and national level through the BMS foundation.
In 2017 I became a John Maxwell Certified Coach, offering Mastermind Groups, Speaking and Workshops, Coaching Services, and Leadership Assessment. I also participate in the John Maxwell Team Global Youth Initiative
In 2015 I became a Certified Life Coach through the Life Coaching Institute of Orange County (ICF Approved). In 2011 I earned a Masters Degree in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership from Capella University.
Today, my coaching practice includes the SOAR Coaching Academy, which includes one-on-one coaching, group coaching and mastermind groups for adults. I also offer the SOAR Youth Empowerment Program (SOAR-YEP) offered primarily through nonprofit organizations.