Kimberly Weigle-Reese participated in a project with her mentor Anne F. Cronin, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, on networking within the national and international community of occupational therapy. Kimberly helped identify U.S. students’ needs, wants, and experiences for international fieldwork placements. She also gathered feedback from the international community about the benefits and challenges of cultural boundaries and about U.S. students’ cultural awareness and need for reflexivity.
The program has been an amazing experience for Kimberly. She learned that communication is a crucial asset to leadership and, although there are many ways to communicate, a leader must find communication strategies that work. Kimberly discovered that an idea is only powerful if it is expressed and negotiated in a way that people will be motivated to join and achieve a common goal.
How did Emerging Leaders help you to live life to its fullest?
“This program helped me live life to its fullest through ‘being’ and ‘doing’ the heart of our profession. If our ‘being’ is shaped by the culture within which we are situated (Watson 2006), the energy and passion this emerging leaders program has positively affected my ‘doing’” says Kimberly.
Watson, R. M. (2006). Being before doing: The cultural identity (essence) of occupational therapy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 53(3), 151–158.