Ana Luisa Silva talks about resilience and keeping your eyes on the prize when everything falls apart

About the speaker

Ana Luísa Silva was born in Monterey, California. In 1998 she started her Biological Engineering degree at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon and in 2007 obtained a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology. The same year, she received a grant for a 9 month internship at Genentech, Inc., in San Francisco, USA. In 2008 she started her PhD project on cancer vaccines at Leiden University, the Netherlands, defending her thesis in 2015 and authoring several publications at peer reviewed international journals. Returning to Portugal was granted a position as Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pharmacy of Lisbon in 2017.

After not being awarded another postdoc grant, Ana started as a Service Desk Agent at Fujitsu in 2018, shifting careers entirely to begin providing IT support.

Ana Luísa has done it all and seen it all. When life happened and circumstances changed, she had to adapt her entire life to a new reality.

How do you keep your identity intact when everything around you seems to be crumbling? How do you remember your value when the market doesn’t seem to recognise it?

Tune in to see how vulnerability and honesty can go a long way in helping us maintain our sense of purpose, even if our identities change along the way.

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