The advice I share with young girls is to never be intimidated as a “woman of color” entering a predominately white, male-dominated field. Always keep your faith at the forefront and let God fight the battles you cannot fight yourself. No matter how much work you put in, there will always be someone there to attempt to undermine what you have done. Never let that deter you from completing your dreams. You were put here for a purpose. Go after that purpose and never look back.

What company are you currently employed?

I recruit and place healthcare professionals in various hospitals and outpatient facilities across the state of Florida.

In my previous position, I worked as a health and wellness coach for WebMD Health Services. I was responsible for working and brainstorming with individuals to help implement realistic lifestyle changes in efforts to improve their physical health and well-being. Together, we worked on specific health improvements such as diet, exercise, nutrition and improving health values (cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight) to promote optimal quality of life.

What educational credentials do you have that provides you the opportunity to work in your field?

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. I received my Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University in Miami, FL.

Special Awards 

Employee of the Month, promotion to Senior Associate Recruiter

How did you choose to pursue this field? 

I chose to enter the field of healthcare recruitment in order to connect with individuals in the healthcare field. My ultimate goal is to become a physician. My position has given me the ability to interact with a variety of individuals I will eventually work alongside when treating my own patients.

I worked in my previous position with WebMD for almost two years before attending graduate school

What was your desire?

My desire to become a medical doctor specializing in pediatric medicine or neonatology shaped my decision to pursue a career in medicine. From a very young age, I always knew that I wanted to impact the lives of others in a direct way. I really enjoy learning about the anatomical and physiological workings of the human body.

What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy the conversations I have with each of my candidates. I also love the direct impact I am able to have on patients. Each nurse, therapist, or technician that I am able to place in a hospital is contributing to better patient to nurse ratios and overall betterment of patient care.

What I liked most about my past jobs was the opportunity to combine my passion for medicine and having an impact on people’s lives. Those opportunities truly allowed me a chance to make a difference in the lives of others in a career that will truly challenge me and help me grow as a person.

What has been the most rewarding about your career journey?

The most rewarding aspect of my educational journey has been getting the place of completing my degree or graduation.  I have graduated two degrees from two different universities and it’s an incredible feeling of accomplishment.

Have you ever received any special awards?

While employed at WebMD, I was recognized several times for being in the Top 17 of all health coaches in the company for my overall performance in my health coaching sessions. I was also recognized for being in the Top 10 of all health coaches for the specific area of productivity. Lastly, I was recognized as the Outstanding New Hire for Team 1.

What have you found to be the most difficult about your career/educational journey?

The most difficult aspect of my educational journey has been the route that I’ve taken to complete my degrees. I have known that I’ve always wanted to become a physician so I always thought I would head to medical school after completing my undergraduate degree. I struggled with the decision to continue on to medical school and started doubting myself. Yet, through my work experiences, I gained a lot of experience and even received an additional degree in the process.

If you could change anything about your education or career, what would it be?

As I reflect on my educational and previous career journeys, the only thing that I would do differently is that I would have taken advantage of studying abroad.

What are your future goals?

My future goal is to eventually complete medical school and open my own private practice specializing in pediatrics. I would love to own a pediatric care facility covering multiple specialties. I would also like to eventually obtain my Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration.

What advice do you have for young girls?

The advice I share with young girls is to never be intimidated as a “woman of color” entering a predominately white, male-dominated field. Always keep your faith at the forefront and let God fight the battles you cannot fight yourself. No matter how much work you put in, there will always be someone there to attempt to undermine what you have done. Never let that deter you from completing your dreams. You were put here for a purpose. Go after that purpose and never look back.

Who or what was your inspiration?

One of my greatest inspirations is my uncle who currently works as an Internal Medicine Physician in the Chicago area. From a young age, I was exposed to the medical field through his experiences. Throughout his life, he has faced many challenges that could have deterred him from accomplishing his goals.

What do you find most challenging about finding work/life balance?

It is difficult juggling the pressures of school and pursuing my future career, but what keeps me going is my faith. I truly believe I have been put on this earth for a specific purpose and God is the author of my story. I am diligent about keeping God first in my life. When it does get difficult and hard to balance, I pray and seek God. I also try to have fun! That is very important as well! I currently live in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area so there’s always something fun to do. No matter where you are, find what you enjoy and what can help alleviate the pressures of school. We all need an outlet!

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is actually a Bible verse which comes from Proverbs 3:5-6. It says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.” I apply this quote to my life every single day. It reminds that no matter what happens in my life, I know that God has orchestrated a phenomenal plan for me. It reminds me to not worry when things do not go exactly as planned and to always trust in His plan, not my own.

What do you think is the biggest stigma for young girls?

Being a woman of color in STEM can be difficult. I remember the look of shock on classmates’ faces when I would introduce myself as a Pre-Medicine concentration student.  I had to work harder to prove myself to others. I experienced being treated differently by my professors. However, overcoming discrimination has taught me how to be strong and resilient which is absolutely necessary for the field.

What tips would you give about your career field?

For anyone wanting to pursue a career in medicine, I recommend shadowing a practicing physician as soon as possible. Ask for help. I cannot state that enough. If you are struggling in a course, find a tutor or a study group. Never wait until the last minute to get the help that you need. Find a mentor or someone who is already in the field who can help direct and guide you. A mentor does not always have to be a practicing physician; it could even be a current medical student. It’s important to have different people you can go to because each person has different experiences. Most of all, stay focused and goal-driven. It will all be worth it in the end; just keep your eye on the prize.

What additional training have you had to work in your career field?

I am certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist.

Words of Wisdom

For young ladies thinking about entering a STEM field as a career choice, I want to let you know that no matter what ANYONE says, you CAN DO it. STEM careers are fun, exciting, and most of all challenging. However, never let the challenge of pursuing a career in STEM intimidate you or deter you from your pursuit. You will stand out being a woman in this field.

Facts About Me:

I LOVE to travel. I can thank my parents for that!  I think it’s so important to immerse yourself in as many different cultures as possible. Currently, I have been to about 16 different places outside of the country (and counting). My favorite city that I have visited is Paris- I adore the French culture and language. I learned French in high school and as a French minor in college. My goal is to one day be able to become fully fluent in the language. I also love to dance. I studied pointe for a short time in college and absolutely loved it.

Family:

I am VERY family-oriented and I love my family. I moved over 1000 miles away from home last January and it was very difficult considering I had never lived more than 70 miles away from my immediate family. It was a huge transition for me, but it helped me mature and grow into the young woman I am today. My family is so supportive. My parents are truly my biggest fans. I would not be the woman I am today without their love, support, guidance, and most of all prayers. I love and appreciate them so much!

 

Contact Lacy: 

 

Email: lcwatts9479@gmail.com

 

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