I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award & thank you so much to @carrie_haverty for the nomination. Having you as a mentor, colleague & ally has meant so much.
But if I can say something else, I am also incredibly frustrated at our NSGC community #NSGC20#GCchat
To see people make excuses & provide reasons as to why they may not have participated in the membership DEI survey is ridiculous. Yes, we are in the middle of a pandemic. We ALL are. & everyone has been impacted in some way or another. That is not an excuse. #NSGC20#GCchat
People that are BIPOC are doing more of the work than ANYONE in the majority with not only a pandemic going on but also fearing for their lives and safety due to the environment we live in. #NSGC20#GCchat
What are things you wish other GCs knew? Or misconceptions that you want to correct? @shreshthaGC#NSGC20 1. Ambition is not a bad thing. Ambition should be valued as a positive. 2. We tend value loyalty over innovation or over growth and we need to change that.
@twitherington#NSGC20 I am not my company. You may disagree with some policies but at the end of the day we are all trying to do good work.
Psychosocial counseling is still a part of what I do. Even if I don't have direct face-to-face patient interaction I still am utilizing my GC skills and it doesn't make me less of a counselor by moving from clinical to non-clinical.
Gillian highlights the challenges of this year with COVID, social and racial injustice and general uncertainty. And we've had to face all of this head on knowing that inaction reflects the biggest mistake we could make. #NSGC20
But it's been a test of our skills and training. We've had to shift, pivot, flex, and understand what we can and can't control. Through it all, our strength has come from our incredible growing energetic community of GCs. #NSGC20
What's at stake here? Black women are less likely to participate in genetic risk assessment & counseling. Less likely than white women to know about risk reducing therapies. #NSGC20
Black women also have less knowledge about risk factors for breast cancer & perceive themselves to be at lower risk for developing it. All of this contributes to the fact that Black women in the US are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. #NSGC20