Dr. Lisa Cain, Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs, and Professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, presented for Session 3 of the UCSC Annual Workshop. Her presentation, titled “Emerging by Influence & Impact” focused on the long-lasting impression people around her have made in both her personal life and professional career.
Growing up in Canton, Mississippi, Dr. Cain reflects on how growing up with her parents and grandparents served as a foundation for who she is today. Her grandmother taught her how important it was to love others, and how important it is to make others feel good and cared for. Quoting poet Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”, Dr. Cain emphasizes how you inspire and make others feel leaves an imprint.
Throughout her career, she has led initiatives within various environments throughout the world. From her work within the Montreal Neurological Institute in Quebec, Canada, to the United Nations in Paris, France, to establishing a collaboration between Vancouver, Canada and Ghana, one thing she has found to appreciate is diversity. She remarks that diversity creates knowledge and creativity, “Diversity is beautiful. Diversity is inspiring. Without diversity, the world would be boring.”
During her presentation, Dr. Cain reflected on the time period while she was completing her post-doctoral fellowship within the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Those who left a lasting impact were the faculty and staff members who shared stories of endurance, effectively encouraging her throughout trying times. Dr. Cain notes “I emerged because of the impact and influence of individuals from all walks of life, from all backgrounds and ethnicities. They were the wind beneath my feet.”
What Dr. Cain wants people to learn about her is not only her notable and distinguished academic and professional accomplishments, but that she continues to emerge by the influence and impact others have had on her life.
You can watch the UCSC Annual Workshop Session 3 with the link below.