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Instructor Spotlight: Dr. Erkeda DeRouen


Dr. Erkeda DeRouen loves conversation. In fact, it’s her favorite tool. “It’s amazing how much you can learn from chatting with a perfect stranger,” she notes. And she believes through conversation, you can inspire those around you to be their best selves.

Conversations are a big part of Dr. DeRouen’s personal and professional life, and not just because she loves talking. She relies on conversation to learn, heal, and grow. In her work as a triple board-certified in Family, Diversity, and Lifestyle Medicine physician, in her volunteerism with service and mentorship programs, and in her public speaking and consulting business, her success and progress rely on her ability to connect through conversation

The conversation she is striking up now is about her own story – and this time, it’s also in print. A budding author, Dr. DeRouen recently published a chapter entitled “Adjust Your Crown,” detailing her journey in medicine plagued with micro and macro-aggressions in an anthology series highlighting women in medicine from all over the globe. This story was written to remind others that imposter syndrome is something that has no place in your life. And Dr. DeRouen is going to say it as many times as it takes to sink in

She’ll be sharing this message and other experiences that will inspire and empower you, during her GDI Lunch and Learn later this month. Join us to learn from Dr. DeRouen as she discusses her journey and takes aim at the imposter syndrome holding you back. This inspiring and free event will be held at 12p ET on Wednesday, September 22nd. During this time, she will share tips and recommendations from her experiences. You are invited to attend and ask questions, learn, and get inspired with us! 

No stranger to GDI and tech (as an active member of the GDI Board of Directors and her work in telemedicine), Dr. DeRouen has a holistic understanding of the GDI mission, the value of including women and non-binary individuals in tech, and an overabundance of advice on making your own way in the world. You won’t want to miss this. You can secure your tickets to this event on the GDI website. And be sure to follow Dr. DeRouen on her website and on LinkedIn