Post-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University
What do you think is the most important attribute that enables a woman to successfully lead a community that supports women in STEM?
According to Contemporary Neurologists, women experience high activity in an important part of their brains called the prefrontal cortex. High activity in this part of the Cerebral Cortex is the platform for an incredible amount of thought flexibility and focus for abstract reasoning, discovery and creativity. An active prefrontal cortex also introduces strong impulses for teamwork and discipline. It is encouraging to know that the findings of our scientists undergird our long-held belief that women have the potential for distinguished careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Women have the capacity to bring colleagues together in the journey of innovation to improve the human condition.
What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why?
My career is founded on a three-pronged trajectory, namely to grow and deepen my understanding of abstract mathematics; to fulfill my potential in my field through research, and; to share my love of mathematics with my colleagues and students. For me Mathematics holds a brilliance and beauty which both engages the mind and inspires the heart. It is always a pleasure and honor to be able to share this captivating subject with others.
How do you define leadership?
The term leadership is widely accepted as referring to a constellation of personal attributes, such as, the capacity to guide, assist, counsel, support, and direct other individuals. These attributes in a “leader” produce a confident and energized team dedicated to their chosen task. But I would suggest that “leadership” involves more than this recognized understanding. Leadership recognizes strengths and gifts in others. It is that ability to welcome and encourage others to develop their unique talents and capabilities. Moreover, leadership should be that role which reflects a blueprint for conduct and aspiration in others. Setting a good example for those that one “leads,” and appreciating them and their contribution – as individuals, creates an atmosphere of heightened intellectual creativity, discovery, and fosters opportunity for manifold advancements.