Chelsea M. Weldie
US Air Force Veteran
Student at Drexel University
What do you think is the most important attribute that enables a woman to successfully lead a community that support women in STEM?
To be unapologetic of who you are is a rare and very important attribute that enables women to successfully lead. From my experience, the most outstanding women leaders, in STEM career fields, are the ones who are quirky, speak up, and really own what they do for science. Those are the women I look for at events to talk to and learn from. I hate being told, “Oh what I do is boring, you don’t want to know,” because I do want to know!
What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why?
I would like to go back to a Hospital Administration setting, primarily in Public Health. I want to develop, implement, and fine tune programs to improve the quality of care for patients. I am currently working on tracking risk factors of Clostridium Difficile for Dr. Michele Kutzler’s lab, at Drexel University, and really enjoy looking for potential correlations with other preexisting conditions along with patient demographics. We hope to improve our understanding of who has a higher risk of developing a C. Diff infection and how we can potentially prevent, and stop the spread of, the infection.
How has AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?
I am still very new to AWIS, having joined only a month ago, but I have already had the opportunity to meet some great women in science at an event of theirs. Ellie Cantor from the AWIS Philadelphia Chapter spoke for one of my classes at Drexel and recommend I join. We recently had a speed networking event at the University of Sciences, in Philadelphia, where I met women in industry, academia, and other students from all areas of STEM. It was a fun night where I was able to network and gain confidence in my future in a STEM career.