Episode 15

Episode 15: Insights on Navigating Impostor Syndrome (featuring Marisa James, CEO)

In this episode, cohost, Stephanie Whitehead, explores the quiet battle of impostor syndrome with our special guest, Marisa James, CEO of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Impostor syndrome, marked by self-doubt and feeling inadequate despite achievements, impacts people in various professions, even CEOs. Marisa shares her personal experiences, challenges, and strategies for overcoming impostor syndrome in leadership roles.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Understanding Impostor Syndrome: Marisa shares their journey of recognizing and grappling with impostor syndrome, highlighting its prevalence even among accomplished professionals.
  2. Impact on Leadership: We explore how impostor syndrome can manifest in leadership positions, affecting decision-making, confidence, and relationships within organizations.
  3. Coping Mechanisms: Marisa provides valuable insights into coping mechanisms and strategies they have employed to navigate impostor syndrome, offering practical advice for listeners facing similar challenges.
  4. Empowering Others: Marisa emphasizes the importance of mentorship, open communication, and self-reflection in empowering individuals to overcome impostor syndrome and realize their full potential.

Special Guest Bio: As the recently appointed CEO of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), I bring nearly two decades of professional experience as an educator in an accredited Medical Laboratory Science program. My tenure as CEO coincided with NAACLS' 50th anniversary, an occasion I have been thrilled to commemorate. I am a passionate advocate dedicated to showcasing the brilliance of those working behind the scenes in healthcare. My volunteer service with ASCLS, ASCP, and NAACLS has played a pivotal role in my career journey, culminating in my current position. An engaging, authentic, and enthusiastic leader, I prioritize mentorship, lifelong learning, and the development of strong interpersonal relationships. I am committed to advancing the standards of accreditation and fostering excellence in clinical laboratory sciences.

Connect Marisa James:

Email: marisajames@naacls.org

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marisa-james-naacls/

Connect with Stephanie Whitehead Click on the link to connect with Stephanie for more on this and other leadership and personal development topics.

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Tywauna Wilson

Tywauna "Coach Tee" Wilson is an accomplished medical laboratory leader, author of "Some Leaders Wear Lab Coats," and co-host of the "eLABorate Topics" podcast. As founder and president of Trendy Elite Coaching and Consulting, she develops best-in-class leaders through coaching programs and leadership training. With two decades of experience, including as a lab manager and technical director, Tywauna leverages her clinical expertise to mentor laboratory professionals. Through Trendy Elite's Standout Leader Academy and her own initiatives, she empowers professionals to enhance their leadership skills, expand their influence, and excel in their careers. Tywauna is committed to guiding the next generation of confident, competent laboratory leaders
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Stephanie Whitehead

It isn’t every healthcare leader who can seamlessly lead through the chaos of managing a large healthcare operation while navigating the rapid changes in healthcare. But this is exactly the environment where Stephanie Whitehead not only shines but thrives!

Stephanie is an executive-level leader that fueled by her passion for helping others in the medical profession achieve operational excellence. Intrigued by the evolving nature of the laboratory field and its strong impact on patient treatment, she had an early determination to leave an indelible mark on the laboratory profession.
Stephanie is a co-host who offers a unique blend of clinical knowledge, practical advice, and personable humor. Stephanie’s niche has always been the ability to see problems with a wide-lens view and then, narrow them down to connect the dots, take action, and drive results.

Contact her at stepanie.y.whitehead@gmail.com or StephanieYWhitehead on all social media

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