Staff Spotlight: LaShonda Thomas Butler
Posted in Staff Spotlight
August 13, 2021
LaShonda Thomas Butler
Deputy Director of Operations, Clinical Research
- How long have you worked at GUMC?
- What led you to your position here at GUMC?
Actually, I kind of fell into my position at GUMC. In fact, I interviewed for the position, and I didn’t know what it was until my boss at the time basically offered me the job on the spot. Although I had several years of experience working in higher education, my professional experience had hardly prepared me for clinical research. There were so many things to learn. So, I jumped right in, eager to learn as much as I could.
- In your role, how do you interact with the GUMC community?
My role primarily supports the biomedical graduate research. It is the largest sector within the medical center. My team and I handle all of the purchasing, contracting and procurement needs within our sector.
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
I am very much a solution-driven individual. I really like resolving problems. Some problems are harder than others, but the end result gives me personal satisfaction knowing that I was able to help someone.
- What is a skill you have that might surprise people?
I guess one skill that I have that might surprise people is that I’m a great performer. I love performing in musicals. I bet you didn’t know that one! In fact, I usually perform in a musical almost every year.
- What did you learn about yourself as a professional during the pandemic?
Although this has been an unprecedented experience for us all, it’s really important to keep up with the meaningful connections we’ve had pre-pandemic. It’s easy to get into a new groove of not seeing colleagues, but a quick Zoom meeting or Google Chat to say hello can mean the world when missing social engagements.
- What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I really enjoy going on adventure drives, at least that’s what I like to call them. Exploring areas that I never knew existed is a favorite thing and a must-try for anyone willing to explore.
- What is your greatest achievement (personal or professional)?
My greatest achievement was my 45-minute uninterrupted presentation of my Master of Science thesis in Organizational Leadership. I got through it and earned my MSOL. Yes indeed, I’m still proud of myself.
- What is the best lesson you have learned from working at GUMC?
My colleague Jasmine Rogers said it best, “making meaningful connections” has been a treasure in my growth here at GUMC. It is imperative that we use our connections to build morale, improve quality of work and to just find balance within ourselves.