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Lessons — and inspiration — from a trailblazer

This career advice from Dr. Velma Scantlebury — the first African American woman to become a transplant surgeon in the U.S.  — is bound to lift you up, no matter what profession you’re pursuing


“I DEVELOPED THIS MANTRA of ‘Yes, I can. I can do this,’” says Dr. Velma Scantlebury. In this interview with Jen Auerbach-Rodriguez, head of strategic growth markets, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Scantlebury, author of “Beyond Every Wall: Becoming the First Black Female Transplant Surgeon,”  shares advice on overcoming barriers, coping with bias in the workplace, juggling family and career and, above all, the importance of determination and sticking to your dreams. “Failure is not fatal,” Scantlebury says. “Failure can be used in a successful way, as long as we learn from it.” Watch the video below for more inspiration and insights from this remarkable woman.


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