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74: Boosting Career Potential Through Mentorship, with Renee DeSilva, Melinda Buntin, Ph.D., and JaeLynn Williams

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74: Boosting Career Potential Through Mentorship, with Renee DeSilva, Melinda Buntin, Ph.D., and JaeLynn Williams

This episode is a mash-up of interviews featuring Her Story guests speaking about the importance of having mentors, good advice they received from mentors, and more. Guests include Renee DeSilva,…
May 11, 2022

74: Boosting Career Potential Through Mentorship, with Renee DeSilva, Melinda Buntin, Ph.D., and JaeLynn Williams

Meet the Guests:

This episode features three leaders previously showcased on Her Story and the powerful advice they received from mentors. Renee DeSilva is the CEO of The Health Management Academy. Melinda B. Buntin, Ph.D. is a Mike Curb Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University. And JaeLynn Williams, the CEO of Air Methods.

Key Insights:

Mentors play an important role in career trajectory by providing advice, perspective, and direction.

  • Personal and Professional Development. Renee’s mentor provided an outside perspective, helping her understand her unique strengths and areas for improvement. (1:07)
  • Maintaining Job Opportunities. Dr. Buntin’s mentor pointed out that too many consecutive roles in government would limit her job opportunities in academia. Due to that advice, Dr. Buntin maintained her connections and continued to publish research to keep those doors open. (3:21)
  • What is Your Ideal Job? Jaelynn was given the advice to start with the end in mind. To think about her ideal job and work backwards to determine the experiences and skills necessary to achieve that. This informed her choice to leave a company she worked at for many years to pursue a new opportunity. (4:51)

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