Kristina Herbert’s Impact story

What does impact mean to you?

Impact is the impression you make through your actions and interactions with others.

Can you tell us what your current role is?:

Director of Grant Development and Project Management at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

I am responsible for coordinating large multi-project collaborative grant proposals to secure funding for team science. I lead a small team of science writers and scientific illustrators that assist researchers with these proposals.

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?

As a leader with Young Women In Bio, I have worked on so many terrific projects.

This past weekend we finally realized our pre-pandemic plans to hold a STEM-themed jewelry-making booth and fashion show in Barrio Logan. We coordinated over 20 volunteers between the models for the show, our designer (Beata my co-chair of YWIB SoCal), the show moderators, and the folks leading activities at our booth. I love working with the students and teaching them something new, but having so many volunteers come out was also really satisfying. Especially having bilingual volunteers that were able to reach some of the students we usually can’t connect to was really impactful!

Our Bio-influencer series that we held during the pandemic was another great project. The information we were teaching them about STEM careers, personal branding, and informational interviews was all very important, but I think the greater impact was just giving the students the opportunity to make connections at a time when they were feeling so disconnected.

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

I am bolder. While I still consider myself an introvert, because I dread networking, when I get to an event, I feel like a different bolder person, that speaks up to ask questions and proactively initiates conversations with people.

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

I hope to inspire some of the volunteers I have worked with through these years to step up to lead and leave their own mark on YWIB SoCal. There is so much great work yet to be done and so many students to reach!

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