This Women's History Month, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University asked four Winship women faculty members to share their perspectives on working at Winship and advice for other women in the workforce.
Ludimila Cavalcante, MD, joined Winship on March 1 as the new medical director of early developmental therapeutics. Cavalcante, an assistant professor in the Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, specializes in early drug development.
What do you love about your job?
The opportunity to offer something new and perhaps a glimmer of hope to patients who have no other standard of care options for their cancer.
Which female public figure (past or present) inspires you and why?
Razelle Kurzrock, she founded the largest phase one clinical trials department in the country and took precision medicine to another level, all while raising her family and children. She is a true inspiration for all of us in the field.
How can one create a good work environment for women colleagues in the workplace?
By making sure we are listening to all our female colleagues and always keeping an open-door policy.
Do you have advice for other women scientists early in their career? What do you wish you knew when you were starting out that you have learned since then?
Self-confidence is a tool that should be acquired or learned early on, and persistence will pay off without a doubt. It might be trite, but it holds true.