Dr. Wizdom Powell discusses her path to health equity work, starting from a very young age growing up in a housing project. Recognizing early on the power and the impacts of losing men from families, she talks how that has propelled her work to examine health among men of color. She shares her appreciation of integrating creative modalities with data and advice for rising leaders in these times.
Dr. Powell is the Director of the University of Connecticut Health Disparities Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UConn Health. She serves as the President-Elect of the American Psychological Association, Division 51 Men and Masculinities, and is an honorary professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban South Africa. Her global health research investigates the interplay between stress (e.g., race-related), social constructions of masculinity, and Black male health disparities. In 2011-2012, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. In addition to being a White House Fellow, she is an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Burch Leadership, Institute of African American Research, and Ford Foundation Fellow. Dr. Powell was awarded a 2017 academic writing residency at the Bellagio Center from the Rockefeller Foundation.
TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Quote (02:03) | Leadership Journey (03:37) | Vulnerability (14:56) | Presidential Initiative (13:41) | Perspective of the Present (19:47) | Advice for Leaders and Authenticity (28:15) | Self-Care (32:37) | Book Recommendations (36:34) | Reading/Listening to Now (38:36) | Good vs. Great Leaders (40:05)
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