Allison Augustus-Wallace, PhD
Associate Professor-Research and Director,
Undergraduate Pathway Programs for Diversity
AWIS member since 2016
“Be your best self.”
What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned?
Use the role of leadership to develop others, especially your team, to become leaders. As an individual, to be accessible and to be accountable.
What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why? What obstacles will you overcome?
I want to reach leadership positions that allow me to serve and generate positive outcomes in academic medicine and biomedical education.
What do you consider the best professional or personal advice you’ve ever received?
Some of the best advice I’ve received has been to be my best self. Also, keep my personal and professional circles relatively small, with genuine, honest people, where mutual support is generated. And remember that effective, genuine support doesn’t always arrive from those individuals that look me.
Allison Augustus-Wallace, PhD, is a Baton Rouge, LA native, wife of 23 years, “Bonus” mom, mom-in-law, grandmother, and aunt. What has driven her throughout her career has been generating greater educational access for, and equitable inclusion of, individuals from historically-excluded backgrounds in biomedical research and medicine, promoting health equity, and improving health outcomes of marginalized groups.