I am Dr. Portia Jackson Preston, and I am here to help you avoid burnout by developing a plan for self-care and defining success on your own terms. I have worked with health care professionals, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and engineers to develop a personally customized, holistic approach to success.
My Business Philosophy
The principles I use in working with professionals are based upon my own journey and research. While I dealt with symptoms of burnout as a doctoral student, it wasn’t until I was juggling a chronic illness and a career as a management consultant that I stopped asking, “How hard can I push?”, and instead got serious about defining and achieving success on my own terms.
As a speaker, I address professional organizations and college students alike on the keys to success without burnout. The audiences I have addressed include universities such as UCLA, Spelman College, and San Diego State University. Conferences I have spoken at include the G3 Women’s Conference, the Black Women’s Life Balance & Wellness Conference, the National Society of Black Scientists and Engineers Annual Convention, and the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research.
Public Health Work
As of Fall 2016, I will be an Assistant Professor of Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles, teaching courses on health services, policy, and urban health. My research will focus on self-care, burnout, and resilience in professionals of color. My public health career includes work with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, where I managed the Circle of Promise California Initiative for Susan G. Komen of Orange County, a breast health partnership for African-American women. I worked as a Strategy & Operations Consultant for the Life Sciences and Health Care practice at Deloitte Consulting, where I managed the grants review process to improve health science methodology at a major non-profit. I completed the Department of Health & Human Services Emerging Leaders Program at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, where I focused on resource allocation to states as well as global health. I also worked in Consumer Business Development for Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology, with a minor in Spanish, from Stanford University, my Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and my Doctorate of Public Health from UCLA. I have received training in coaching and emotional competence from Equilibrium Dynamics as well as MentorCoach.