Episode 15: Unlocking the Secrets to Winning Professional Awards: Tips from Forty Under 40 Winners

Episode 15: Unlocking the Secrets to Winning Professional Awards: Tips from Forty Under 40 Winners

On this episode of eLABorate Topics, host Tywauna Wilson interviews past ASCP Forty under 40 award winners Stephanie Whitehead and Tiffany "Medical Lab Lady" Gill. They share their leadership tips and talk about their laboratory journeys. Tiffany talks about receiving the Forty Under 40 award and what she did to make her application stand out. She also talks about how she stumbled into the laboratory profession and found it fulfilling. Stephanie emphasizes the importance of not giving up and networking with fellow laboratory professionals. Listeners will learn about the non-traditional experiences that can lead to a career in the laboratory profession and the importance of advocating for the profession.

Here are some key takeaways from the episode:
  • Don't be discouraged if you don't get an award the first time you apply, as it's common to apply multiple times before receiving recognition.
  • Networking and making your application stand out by highlighting your impact and accomplishments are important steps toward growth in laboratory medicine.
  • Finding a professional support system is crucial for advancing one's career in laboratory medicine.
  • Keep learning and growing.
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Guest Bios:
Tiffany Gill a tenured professor and MLT Program Coordinator at the College of Southern Maryland. She is also the YouTuber and internet personality known as Medical Lab Lady Gill. Through her brand she spreads awareness of the medical laboratory's role in the Healthcare team while providing resources and support for laboratory educators, students, and practicing professionals. Professor Gill is an ASCP 40 Under Forty Top Five honoree of the 2022 class. She is an ASCP mentor, Social Media committee member, Hematology BOC Exam committee member, and founder of the Cell Bowl.

Stephanie Whitehead is the Executive Director of Pathology and Laboratory services, at a large health system in South Texas. Outside of this work, she is a passionate and active leader for several professional organizations. Stephanie currently serves as on the Board of DIrectors for the ASCP as the Chair Elect of the ASCP Council of Laboratory Professionals (CLP). She also serves on the  Mentorship, ELMC2 and Diversity Advocacy Committees for the ASCLS. She is a professional mentor through both the ASCP and ASCLS mentorship programs. Stephanie frequently presents at national and state conferences as an expert on advocacy and strategies relevant to the laboratory profession. 

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Creators and Guests

Stephanie Whitehead
Stephanie Whitehead
Executive laboratory leader with a warm and friendly demeanor always! Skilled at conflict resolution. Team builder who is acutely attentive to internal and external customer needs. Punctual problem solver and avid multitasker. Track record of being an essential part of the management and laboratory team and instrumental in providing effective solutions that produce immediate impact and contribute to the establishment’s long-term success. Co-host for the internationally streamed laboratory podcast, eLABorate Topics. This weekly podcast shares messages related to laboratory and leadership. In addition to her career in laboratory medicine, Stephanie plays an active role in the local community through her involvement with organizations such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Junior League of San Antonio and the Girl Scouts of America.
Tywauna Coach Tee Wilson
Tywauna Coach Tee Wilson
Leadership Maven , International Trainer, Author, Laboratory Mentor, and Career Success Coach for Professionals Who Are On the Move. Tywauna Wilson is a leading authority on using your strengths to stand out above the crowd. You want to be the best, but you feel like you can’t. Your career is stalled, and you feel like you’re in a rut. It’s time to get unstuck! Mentorship with Coach Tee can be the catalyst that you have been waiting for to ignite your passion, push you past your limits, and inspire you to achieve success!
Tiffany "Medical Lab Lady" Gill
Tiffany Gill MA, MLS (ASCP)CM is a tenured professor and coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Technology program at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, MD. She teaches immunohematology, microbiology, biochemistry, and mycology, parasitology, and virology while maintaining NAACLS program continuous accreditation status. Through ASCP, she volunteers as a mentor, Career Ambassador, Social Media Committee member, and an ASCP Board of Certification Hematology Exam Committee member. She was one of the top five ASCP 40 Under Forty honorees for 2022. Ms. Gill founded the “Medical Lab Lady Gill” YouTube channel, offering virtual learning experiences for medical laboratory science students, current professionals, and promotional material for the laboratory profession. She partners with Aaron Odegard, the ASCP Council of Laboratory Professionals, and other ASCP members each fall to offer the Cell Bowl hematology competition to MLT and MLS students across the nation. The competition requires participants to correctly identify up to 30 blood cells in 60 seconds.