On the Importance of Mentors (and Mentors Who Become Friends)

The best mentors not only provide a sounding board to try out new ideas and thoughts, they also give you the confidence to ride new waves of opportunity. But sometimes mentors become something more: They become your lifelong friends. That’s the way it’s been for me with Jon White, MD. I’ve been blessed with many … Continue reading “On the Importance of Mentors (and Mentors Who Become Friends)”

The Power of 10: Women Leaders of NIH

For the first time in NIH’s history, we have 10 women leading institutes and centers. Now, when the directors of NIH’s 27 institutes and centers meet, more than a third of our voices are female. Individually, we bring to leadership our personalities, professional expertise, and personal power. Together, we bring what I call the “Power … Continue reading “The Power of 10: Women Leaders of NIH”

Celebrating the Contributions of African American Scientists at NIH

The National Library of Medicine is proud once again to partner with the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to celebrate Black History Month.  This year, we’re marking the occasion by hosting a photographic display celebrating African American scientists at NIH.  The exhibition will be on display through the end of February. I was … Continue reading “Celebrating the Contributions of African American Scientists at NIH”

Communicating and Leading in a Time of Change

Every change management book I’ve ever read stresses the importance of communication during periods of organizational change. Talk to staff often, express your vision, share your excitement, listen to others on the journey. All sage advice. And we’re certainly following it. All NLM leaders, from group supervisors to branch chiefs to division heads to me, … Continue reading “Communicating and Leading in a Time of Change”