Erin Muston-Firsch spent the year with her mentor, Coralie Glantz, OT/L, BCG, FAOTA, pursuing and receiving grant funding for a clinical research project. Erin presented at the 2010 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando and at the 2010 Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Conference.
Erin learned from her mentor how to advocate on a daily basis, and she received an inside look at how AOTA works and what it does for the profession. “My experience with this program has been phenomenal,” says Erin. “Many of the skills I learned through this program have translated to my day-to-day practice and contributed to my overall professional development.” Erin’s confidence has grown, she’s gained the ability to seek out opportunities for growth, and she has learned how to challenge herself.
How did Emerging Leaders help you to live life to its fullest?
“[My mentor] emphasized the importance of maintaining a personal and professional balance. I think a lot of people are intimidated by the idea of leadership because they think they don’t have time or that it will come at a personal cost. This program has helped me prioritize and begin the pursuit of both my personal and professional goals. I was able to develop the foundational skills needed to live life to its fullest,” says Erin