Aidan O’Connor’s Impact Story

What does impact mean to you?

Impact to me means making a difference for the better in other peoples’ lives.

Can you tell us what your current role is?

I’m currently the YWIB-Seattle Chair (but I will be rolling off in June).

Thinking about impact, can you describe 2-3 projects or initiatives you were involved in that mark a major achievement for you in your role?

I started YWIB in the midst of the pandemic when everything was online and we were trying to engage students through social media and YouTube videos. I’m very proud that, alongside my YWIB-Seattle Team, we’ve been able to grow our committee and have now held three in person events, despite the fact that none of our volunteers, including myself, had ever put on an in person event throughout our time volunteering for YWIB. We’ve partnered with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and Mount Vernon High School to provide engaging science events, in and outside the lab. I’ve had a fun time empowering my committee volunteers and ambassadors to lead their own events and am looking forward to the events we have on the horizon. Keep an eye on our social media @ywibseattle for an exciting upcoming event with UW CoMotion and catch us at a local Seattle area farmer’s market near you to engage in some fun science activities!

How has your membership in WIB helped you in your professional growth?

Through WIB I’ve been provided opportunities to hone in on my leadership skills through various roles within YWIB and be a part of a National organization, working with women across the country and Canada!

How do you plan to further your impact in the future?

I’ll be starting medical school in July and I’m hoping to improve people’s lives through medicine.

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