Meet Joseph Powe and Shaquetta Ware

Photograph of Joseph Powe, African American man on left, and Shaquetta Ware, African American woman on right
Joseph Powe and Shaquetta Ware

Joseph Powe

What is your current role at MUSC? How long have you been with the enterprise?

Currently, I am a Supervisor for Telepathology and Information Solutions in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. I have been with MUSC for 4 years and plenty more to go!

How has your participation in the BRIHTE Leadership Academy impacted/shaped your development as a leader thus far?

The BRIHTE Leadership Academy has impacted me by making me uncomfortable in areas where I was ready to settle in my leadership characteristics and therefore has (and continues) to shape me into what I would I call a multi-generational leader. Leading from past experience of others to using my experience to develop and change processes and mindsets.

Now that you have completed Year 1 of the program, what are the most looking forward to for Year 2? What did you enjoy most from Year 1?

Year 1 set the bar high and pushed me out my comfort zone and I am looking for Year 2 to be even higher a year, soaking in every presentation, word, and opportunity given to be where I can reciprocate what I have been taught.

What do the words ‘transformation’ and ‘growth’ mean to you?

The word transformation means to me that you have to be able to be like the movie Transformers, being able to change your leadership style to fit the team you are leading. With Growth, it means to me being able to use both good and bad experience in order to move forward, not holding grudges and treating all with respect.

 

Shaquetta Ware

What is your current role at MUSC? How long have you been with the enterprise?

Currently, I am an Administrative Specialist II, located in the Dental Faculty Practice within the College of Dental Medicine. I’ve been with CDM for 2 years and spent 4 years with Parking Management prior to working in my current position. So a total 6 years now.

How has your participation in the BRIHTE Leadership Academy impacted/shaped your development as a leader thus far?

BRIHTE has begun to open doors that I previously only dreamed of seeing opened. I am meeting some truly wonderful, kind and caring people that share the same views and goals for our future within the MUSC enterprise. It’s helping to shape me into a future inclusive and transparent leader, whether in the work - place or my personal life.

Now that you have completed Year 1 of the program, what are you most looking forward to for Year 2?

I’m looking forward to meeting more people that can help mold me in a positive way. I am excited to begin applying the knowledge I’ve gained from my professors: Dr. Burnham-Williams, Dr. Fleming, and Ms. Dantzler, concerning Diversity and Inclusion. 

What did you enjoy most from Year 1?

I truly enjoyed getting to meet and know others who share a desire to promote camaraderie among co-workers and make positive strides and changes in the work - place. The changes not only benefit us as employees but will impact the care delivered to our patients as well.

What do the words ‘transformation’ and ‘growth’ mean to you?

I compare a “Transformation” to the life of a butterfly. There are 4 stages:

Stage 1: Egg/Birth

Stage 2: Caterpillar/Childhood

Stage 3: Chrysalis (Cocoon)/Teenage years through adulthood-this stage has different lengths of time for everyone, and will eventually determine what route we may choose based on previous life experiences, choices, and what our mindset becomes; and finally

Stage 4: a Beautiful Butterfly/Matured adult – it can not fly immediately, but with time and patience the wings will spread, and we get to see the beauty that has emerged from the cocoon. We mature at our own pace, but when we do, the life experience and how we overcame can be shared with others to help them in their own personal growth.

Since I’m a little too old to get taller, “Growth” is the continued development of my spiritual beliefs and positive changes in my mentality.