69: Both Can Be True, with Hisani Madison, Ph.D., MPH, Senior Director, Precision Medicine, Franchise Lead, IMFINZI, AstraZeneca
Meet Hisani Madison, Ph.D., MPH:
Hisani Madison, Ph.D., MPH is the Senior Director and Precision Medicine Franchise Lead at AstraZeneca. Previously, she was a Senior Scientific Reviewer at the FDA and served as a Special Volunteer and Post-doctoral Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Madison received a B.S. in Biology from Hampton University, an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Pathology from Duke University.
Dr. Madison’s career highlights the importance of balancing strong technical skills with soft skills.
- Building Relationships. Dr. Madison emphasizes the importance of building and maintaining professional connections. These relationships create career opportunities or simply let Dr. Madison learn new and interesting insights about her industry. (6:38)
- Finding Common Ground. As a Black woman, Dr. Madison tries to find details that connect her with people that don’t necessarily look like her. For example, she once befriended a researcher over their mutual love of fashion. Connecting on our similarities, while honoring our differences builds a culture of trust and learning. (10:52)
- Building Resilience. In some situations, we feel confident and comfortable, and in others we can feel cowardly. Confidence is often talked about as all or nothing, but we can choose to channel our confidence when we need it. Dr. Madison acknowledges that we face daily challenges, but encourages us to ask “what else is true?” and reflect the daily positives. (17:45)
This episode is hosted by Kristi Ebong. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and Head of Partnerships and Market Development at Define Ventures.