Dr. MGD has amassed an eclectic set of speaking experiences. One day, you might find her speaking to a group of academics. Another day, she can be seen sharing her story to donor families and funeral directors. She is able to speak to such a wide array of audiences because of her diverse life experiences, including but not limited to the following:
- Dr. MGD was born and raised in inner city San Francisco (pre today’s gentrification). This allows her to connect with inner city youth because she was faced with the same tough choices and chose wisely.
- At the age of 19, Dr. MGD was diagnosed with keratoconus, degenerative condition characterized by conical protrusion of the cornea and irregular astigmatism. Suffering from progressive blindness, requiring two corneal transplants by the age of 27, allows her to connect with the disabled and those who want more information about organ, eye, and tissue donation.
- Dr. MGD was the 4th Black graduate student to successfully matriculate through Northwestern’s Department of Material Science and Engineering. This allows her to relate to both STEM undergraduate and graduate students as they progress on their STEM journeys. She has seen it all.
- Dr. MGD led Doctoral Recruiting at a Fortune 500 company as the youngest and first female to have such role. Setting the talent acquisition strategy for a large R&D organization afforded her many opportunities to speak on behalf of the company at external recruiting events and to key stakeholders/influencers internally.
Dr. MGD has a unique ability to weave data with a little humor to tell a story that will leave her audience inspired. Don’t believe it? Check out the testimonials section.