Member Spotlight

Captain Shannon Richmond

U.S. Army Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Professional Member since 2015


“I love to see women empowering women and helping each other succeed—that is the heart of AWIS.”

What do you think is the most important attribute that enables a woman to successfully lead a community that supports
women in STEM?

I truly believe that there are different attributes that can make women successful in leading within their communities. For me personally, determination is the biggest thing to my success. Once I set my mind to something, I am determined to see it through. I don’t allow setbacks or my own self-doubt to stop me.

What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why?

I want to help everyone whom I come into contact with—that’s the nurse in me. I want to ensure mental health and wellness in entire communities, particularly those torn apart by war and conflict. I want to advance my education into more of a research role so that I can start producing new information on how to better serve the world around me. Eventually, I would also like to go to law school and apply my STEM education toward policy for improvements in quality of life and healthcare.

How has AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?

I am fairly new to AWIS, but I have to say that just meeting the incredible women who are part of this organization is so inspiring. I love to see women empowering women and helping each other succeed—that is the heart of this organization, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it. Thank you to all the members I have met, and will meet, who have already pushed me to be and do more!

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