Listen in as Dr. Corinne Devin, Navy officer, accomplished leader and passionate volunteer speaks about her experience volunteering overseas and gives timely tips for elevating volunteer manager leadership. In this episode, Corinne chats about:
- · The challenge in stepping outside our comfort zones
- · How volunteers can help other volunteers with real time advice
- · How volunteer mentors help the organization
- · Why listening to criticism is important
- · Why shifting communication styles depends on your audience
- · What to focus on when you can’t control circumstances
- · How options work when having difficult conversations
- · How to speak up the chain of command and advocate
- · The need for strength in numbers
- · Discovering new outreach avenues through a volunteer’s interests and passions
Corinne is an doctor, an officer, and a beauty queen. Specifically an orthodontist, Commander, and 2020 International Ms.
Corinne says, “My father, also a dentist, inspired my love of service and teeth, and I followed his footsteps becoming a Navy officer- a heritage that goes back to the Revolutionary War and earned me a Daughters of the American Revolution college scholarship.
While I continue my service as a Navy orthodontist based off-base, I have a passion for working with civilian kids and their moms. Whenever I can, I moonlight in private practices, using my strengths as a compassionate communicator (with a confidently feminine charm) to help improve the self-esteem of my patients, one orthodontic procedure at a time.
I have lived in and visited over 50 countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, including my deployment with the United States Navy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Al Asad, Iraq where I took care of the smiles of over 25,000 active duty, contractors and Iraqi security forces.
After practicing for three years as a general dentist, I was selected to attend the elite Tri-Service Orthodontics Residency Program at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
While in residency I competed and won the title Ms. Texas, then after graduating won Ms. United States 2012, and internationally won Ms. Galaxy 2014, Ms Earth 2018, and International Ms. 2020. The titles allowed me the opportunity get involved with local communities, speaking at events including elementary schools where I mentored young girls and showed them that they can be and do anything- from beauty queen to Navy officer to orthodontist. I continued to balance my two passions, serving as the keynote speaker at the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Conference to over 1,000 middle school girls for the Department of Defense in Japan.”
Thank you Corinne, for sharing your experiences, both as a volunteer and as an accomplished leader. If you wish to get in touch with Corinne, her contact information is:
Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/drcorinnedevin/
Youtube: Dr. Corinne Devin
Linkedin: Corinne Devin
The organizations (for volunteering overseas) Corinne mentioned are:
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program: https://step.state.gov/step/
Cross-Cultural Solutions: https://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/