Lauren Smith, MD, MPH, is the Chief Health Equity and Strategy Officer for the CDC Foundation, a newly created role for which she brings over 25 years of experience in healthcare delivery, management, public policy and public health. In this episode, Dr. Smith describes her early interests in science and the social determinants of health, which influenced her career pursuits in medicine, government, and public health. She shares her experiences working in government, and the transition to working at a social impact consulting firm. She shares her process for choosing leadership opportunities: figure out your calling - the highest and best use of your skill set, along with what you are uniquely situated to do. Additionally, Dr. Smith describes the challenges of the pandemic and racial injustices as core issues facing leaders today.