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Trained as a molecular oncologist with a focus on genetic susceptibility to cancer, I discovered during my PhD training that my passions were not at the laboratory bench. Yet, my experience in collaboratively pursuing of the localization of and characterizing the human BRCA1 gene, set the stage for my future. It was true then, and I believe it is even more true today, we can accomplish more together than any one of us can accomplish alone. 

I spent two years as an independent researcher before heading to the National Cancer Institute to support a newly formed organization that brought basic scientists together with clinical researchers into a single organization. The goal of this novel merger was to facilitate translational research. It was there that my interest in what was contributing to successful team functioning was sparked. What led teams to flourish or fail? What were they doing differently? How could those secrets be shared?

Over the course of my journey, two experiences further fueled my interest in helping people – especially scientists or those working in scientific organizations – attain their personal and professional goals. This included becoming a Certified Executive Coach followed by certification in guiding others to understand the essential role mindset plays in both our relationships and the work we do together. 

These are the major milestones that have brought me to where I am today and may provide some insight into my interest in helping others achieve their goals.

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Kalamazoo College, BA in Biology and French
Upjohn Company, Research Assistant
French Governmental Internship, Lyon France
University of Wisconsin - Madison, PhD in Oncology

National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, Postdoctoral Fellow

2000-2002 | Independent Investigator, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

2002 - 2010 | Deputy Director, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute

2008 | Certified Executive Coach, Hudson Institute of Coaching, Santa Barbara

2010 - 2015 | Deputy Scientific Director, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH 

2015 - 2021 | Director, Center for Research Strategy, National Cancer Institute

2020 - 2021 | Chief Innovation Officer, Acting, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

2022-2024 | Sr. Vice President, Roger Schwarz and Associates, Chapel Hill, NC 

2021-Present | Owner and Chief Executive Officer, L.M. Bennett Consulting, Potomac MD

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