Today’s topic is How to Overcome your Fears and become a Leader in Your Field and hopefully by the end of the show you’ll be inspired to understand and create your own leadership style, have the knowledge and power to connect to leaders and mentors who can help you and use your experience to support and encourage other women.
My guest today is Dr. Christina Salas, an engineer and assistant professor in orthopedics at University of New Mexico. In this episode, Dr. Salas and I talk about how New Mexico is leading in the field of orthopedics and engineering, how she overcame agoraphobia, and why it’s important to delegate in order to find balance between work and home life.
Talking about her interdisciplinary team at UNM, Dr. Christina Salas says she’s been trying to bridge the gap between engineering and healthcare and does a lot of outreach to encourage girls to pursue careers in engineer and medicine.
What you’ll learn in this episode:
How 3D printing is being used to help orthopedic patients
How a 3D printer at UNM is the first in the country to tackle the problem of
How Dr. Salas plans to use bio ink to print the exact configuration of a patient’s bone
How Dr. Salas is brings an interdisciplinary team together to solves health care problems
How she is addressing the gender disparities in engineering and medicine for girls in NM
How the Perry Initiative Outreach program supports 40 girls to perform mock surgery with female surgeons and female engineers
How a you can have an impact in healthcare without being an engineer or a doctor
Which female pioneer Dr. Salas wanted to be like when she was in fifth grade
How early mentorship influenced Dr. Salas to pursue her career in science and engineering
How her leadership style and understanding of personal and professional stressors supports her team to reach their full potential
How she prioritizes finding a healthy balance between home life and work life
What advice her graduate advisor gave her that made a big difference in her ability to work and have a family
How Dr. Salas uses delegation and team management to maintain balance in her life
How she overcomes fears and challenges
Her thoughts on feminism
More about Christina Salas, PhD
Dr. Salas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation with a joint appointments in the Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She oversees biomechanical and laboratory research and serves as a faculty advisor for engineering and medical students, residents, and fellows. Some of her academic accolades include receiving her MS in Mechanical Engineering with Distinction for Exceptional Research and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering with Distinction for Exceptional Research both from the University of New Mexico. She also completed a doctoral fellowship with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Salas is published and receives regional funding for her work in biomechanics. Through community outreach programs like the Perry Initiative and NanoDays, Dr. Salas fosters interest in science and encourages female high school students to pursue careers in engineering and/or orthopaedic surgery.
Sally Ride – Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983.
Books: Grunt by Mary Roach and Ruth Bader Ginsberg RBG
I’m going to speak with a successful social entrepreneur who will help shed some light on a recent study naming Albuquerque the number one city in the country to close the gender gap in pay, homeownership and education.
The recent study by Trulia showed that in Albuquerque, the pay gap between men and women decreased by 25% from 2008 to 2015. Meanwhile, women are slightly more likely than men to have 4 years of college or more and to be homeowners in the city. And Albuquerque’s city council just passed new legislation giving companies that want to work with the city an incentive if its pay gap is less than seven percent.
As women, we often juggle many aspects of our lives and on the Well Woman Show we look at women’s live through three lenses – first, personal, like family or health second, career building and entrepreneurship and third, community, such as sitting on boards or doing volunteer work. So I’m interested in how these three aspects of our lives have impacted the success of women leaders and entrepreneurs in Albuquerque and specifically how particular resources and networking opportunities have impacted the success of women entrepreneurs here.
Birth is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life and I believe the caregiver, whoever the birth attendant may be, should nurture and empower a woman in that moment. I am passionate about all women receiving care that strengthens them as individuals and gives them the power to make informed health decisions about their own care, as well as their family’s care. I attended deliveries at Lovelace Women’s Hospital from January 2004 through July 2009, but have always had a desire to attend women in a birth center. I fiercely believe that women need as many options as possible to birth their babies, and the birth center option has been missing too long and is greatly needed in our community.
When we set out to achieve a lifelong dream, we want to be in control. We have an idea of how we want things to look, and we know that we have the tools to turn our dreams in reality. As much as we may want to have full control over how our dreams are realized, sometimes this need for control can be disastrous. A difficult lesson that many of us need to learn is that we need to relinquish some control in our lives and seek out help from others. If we don’t do this, we risk burnout, and the possibility that those goals will never be achieved. For New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse, experiencing failure was exactly what she needed to be able to relinquish control, delegate, and ultimately achieve her political aspirations.
My guest today is Maggie Toulouse. Maggie is Secretary of the State of New Mexico. She has served as Bernalillo County Clerk since 2007 and has made protecting the right to vote, improving the integrity of the election process and ensuring accountable leadership her top priorities. Maggie is a 2009 recipient of a New Mexico Technology Excellence award. In 2011, Maggie received the Distinguished Service Award from United Voters NM and Verified Voting NM for her work in promoting election integrity and in 2012 she was named one of NM Business Weekly’s “40 under 40” young professionals. Maggie grew up in New Mexico and currently lives in Albuquerque with her two sons. In this episode Maggie and I talk about the struggles she faced in her first fun for Secretary of State, what she learned about delegating tasks and relinquishing control through that experience, and how her perspective about balance has changed over time.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode
- How you can achieve more by letting go, delegating, and prioritizing
- Why it is important to reach out to those you trust for help instead of trying to do everything on your own
- Why Maggie doesn’t believe in balance, and what she strives for instead
More About Maggie
Maggie has always been a go getter. She was a high achiever in school, always “trying to be the teacher’s pet.” As is often the case, this high reaching behavior resulted in unkind behavior from other students, damaging Maggie’s interpersonal relationships. As she got older she developed “a strong amount of humility
and some emotional intelligence” and began placing more value on interpersonal relationships and connections.
While she handles her successes with more humility now, that doesn’t mean she is not a high achiever. When she made the decision to run for Secretary of State of New Mexico, she put her all into it. In her first run for office, she “burnt the candle at both ends.” She discovered she was not able to be responsible for every aspect of the campaign while also maintaining some sort of balance in the rest of her life. Maggie was not elected in her first run, but she took away some useful lessons.
This experience reminded Maggie of the importance of letting go of full control. It also changed the way she thinks of ‘balance.’ trying to achieve this life of perfect balance is something we get caught up in and something we’ll never fully achieve,” she explains. With this mental approach in mind, Maggie went on to successfully reach the position of Secretary of State. “Stop beating yourself up,” she advises, and instead focus on organizing your times in smart ways.
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When we think of success, we often visualize ourselves at the top. We’ve made it, we are the best at what we do, there is no one better than us. Realistically, though, no one makes it to the top without the help and mentorship of others. According to Southwest Women’s Law Center Director Pamelya Herndon, we can truly feel a sense of success if we flip that notion of ‘being the best’ on its head. Instead, she suggests, success comes with the more people you can bring along with you.
In today’s episode I talk with Pamelya Herndon. Pamelya is the Executive Director of the Southwest Women’s Law Center, where she fights to eliminate gender bias, discrimination and harassment; lift women and their families out of poverty; and ensure that all women have full control over their reproductive lives through access to comprehensive reproductive health services and information. Pamelya is a long time member of the National Council of Negro Women and sits as a member of the Board of Directors of Emerge New Mexico. She has received a “Community Service Award” from the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs, was named as the 2012 “Public Lawyer of the Year” and the 2013 “Outstanding Lawyer” by the Albuquerque Bar Association and, in 2015, was named as a “Woman of Influence” by New Mexico Business First and “Outstanding Business and Professional Woman” by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority. In this episode Pamelya and I talk about the work she does and why it is so important in America, her visit to the White House, what she does to make a difference in women’s lives, and why it is so important to collaborate for greater outcomes.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode!
- What you can do to to advance women’s rights
- How you can foster a feedback loop to ensure that you are making an impact on others’ lives and they are growing and developing as well
- How you can reach out to those that work in the same areas as you so that you can both get farther ahead
- How to change your perception of success to be more inclusive and farther reaching
More About Pamelya
At the root of what Pamelya does is collaboration. She works with women (and men) to help women to become empowered and reach financial equality so that they can live their best lives. She explains that she does this by focusing on “trying to increase women’s economic security while at the same time trying to reduce child poverty.” These two issues are intimately connected, as women head almost half of households in New Mexico, and still are not receiving equal pay. “Women are heading these households, they’re not paid equally; of course women are in poverty.” One of the most impactful way that Pamelya is able to help women is through education. Women often find themselves in positions where they are paid less for equal work, or that all childcare responsibilities fall on them, and Pamelya wants women to know that this does not need to be the only way. “We try to instill in women: the value you bring is worth something, its worth being paid for.”
For Pamelya, collaboration doesn’t just mean working with the women that she serves. To truly get ahead, it is essential to “recognize that you must collaborate; you cant do everything you need to do alone.” In this way, you know that you are making an impact on a larger group of people as it is not just you working alone. Also, your partners are able to use their unique ways of thinking to find new and different solutions and continue the network of connections. This is important for making a difference in the future, as well. Pamelya takes pride in the fact that she can “pick up a phone and people are willing to work with us.” Because she has a reputation for doing important work and working well with others, she has come to be trusted as a reliable resource with whom people want to work and for whom they want to help.
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Many of us can recall a time in our lives when we felt purposeless. Perhaps we lacked direction, or we weren’t sure what steps to take in our career. In these moments of uncertainty, the words of others can be very influential. Sometimes that’s a a great thing; when we receive encouragement and reminders of our strengths, though sometimes we receive advise that leads us down a negative path. For Lexi Palmer, the negative advise she received ended up being positive. Without having received advise to settle and not take risks, she woulnd’t have been able to discover her inner strength and worth and reach her goals through internal motivation.
In this episode, I speak with Lexi Palmer. Lexi is the CEO of Equisec, a research based company whose goal is to share research and help horse owners learn as much as possible about their horses, primarily through genetic tests and continuous scientific discoveries. An avid equestrian from birth, Lexi has most of her life immersed in various aspects of equestrian life. Lexi was a member of Palos Verdes Pony Club as well as a top competitor for the Palos Verdes High School Equestrian team, winning numerous championships for her school. In the show arena, she has earned many accolades including a top ten spot in the California Professional Horseman’s Association medal finals. Lexi is a graduate of The University of New Mexico and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal Communications. She is also well known in the Albuquerque Public School district for her inspirational presentations on goal setting for avid students. In this episode, Lexi and I talk about the importance of included women in the tech industry, listening to your inner voice instead of criticism from others, and for only accepting what you are worth.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode
- How you can find internal confidence and strength when no one else is showing you support
- Ways to recognize who in your life does not have your best interest in mind
- Tips for building the internal strength to leave a situation that doesn’t serve you and start out on your own
More About Lexi
Following college, Lexi found a traditional 9-5 job. She reflects that “I was never the over achiever, not the smart kid.” Feeling uninspired and directionless, she followed the advice of others and “did the things society tells you to do when you’re twenty-two.” After a year of working a job she did not enjoy, she realized she could not continue down that path. “No one told me I could do anything amazing, so I never believed I could.” Lexi lacked encouragement from her peers, which left her with one source of motivation; herself.
Soon after leaving her job, Lexi accepted a position with Equisec. Having nothing to lose, she threw herself whole heartedly into her work. “I had no option but to keep moving forward.” She knew that she had greater potential than others told her, and she recognized that hard work and faith in her own abilities would be the way to get there. She recalls, “I had no idea what I was doing, but this is better than what I would be doing with a nine to five.”
After less than a year at Equisec, Lexi’s boss approached her and asked where she would like to see herself in in the company. “CEO,” she responded, and soon enough she was offered the position. Lexi explains that it is her sense of internal motivation and commitment to her values that has brought her to where she is. No matter what hardships she faces, she knows she’s “worth everything I decide to be worth” and has confidence in “what I am worth and know what I stand for.”
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