Pamela Petrease Felder
Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania
MY GREATEST STRENGTH
One thing I find to be a constant part of my daily practice is reflection. Journal writing, meditation, and spending some quiet self-reflective time have been useful in supporting my interactions with colleagues and constituents.
Individuals who achieve their goals with odds against them. They motivate me to continue on my journey in search of strategies to best support people challenged by adversity.
HOW I MOTIVATE OTHERS
I motivate others by highlighting achievement and best practice strategies for attaining success.
OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE
I think the greatest challenge facing the African-American community is finding more opportunities for evaluating our success and achievement as a strategy for continuous advancement and uplift.
I give back to the African-American community through my research and mentorship.
The most important lesson I’ve learned is to value collaborative research opportunities and to provide mentorship within the community.
Maintaining balance is a constant challenge. However, daily meditation is one strategy I use to strive towards balance.
On a daily basis, I’m reminded about the great lessons shared with me by my ancestors. These lessons continue to remind me about faith and resilience.
My advice would be to find a career where you will be able to love what you do. Opportunities will come and go. But doing what you love to do will transcend these opportunities in ways that will sustain you.