Mentor, sponsor, and lifelong friend
Mentorship changed the course of AAD member Olayemi Sokumbi, MD, FAAD’s career.
Dr. Sokumbi’s story
The Academic Dermatology Leadership Program (ADLP) was career changing for me. I was fortunate to have a friend who had participated in the program the previous year suggest that I apply for it. At the time, I was lacking career direction and particularly struggled as a minority in dermatology trying to find her voice. I hit the jackpot when I was able to choose Dr. Tammie Ferringer as my ADLP mentor. Although I had chosen Tammie because she was someone I admired from afar for her academic achievements, I got so much more from her.
In Tammie I got assigned to someone who became a mentor, sponsor, and lifelong friend. Things began to change very quickly for me! We discussed my goals and vision for my career, and I was able to quickly realize the breadth of opportunities available to me within the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). During the Leadership Forum I interacted with AAD leaders who I would have never dreamed of interacting with. After that weekend, it was clear to me that anything was possible. That weekend also created a yearning in me to commit to a lifelong journey of working on my leadership skills to expand my capacity to serve others.
My leadership opportunities have expanded beyond the AAD to other professional societies and my institution. I continue to nurture the skills I garnered from this program and use them in my personal and professional life. Although I completed the program years ago, Tammie and I continue to have check-ins and planned “sessions” at meetings. There are no words to express my gratitude. For those looking for a mentor, please take advantage of the mentorship programs offered by the AAD. In addition, demonstrate your commitment by leaning into the experience of being a mentee. I am certain it will change the course of your career.
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