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Game Changer: Colin Fraser

Game Changers

/gām/ /‘CHānjər/

noun
An individual, group, or organization that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.

Game Changers are institution builders. They forge partnerships to revolutionize organizational culture and procedure. They encourage decision makers to go beyond the “strategic” towards the “tactical." They cultivate and harness the creative ideas that inspire new paradigms throughout the Agency, fueling innovation and advancing its mission. They uphold equity, diversity, and inclusion are true business imperatives that make up our organizational fabric and operationalize these concepts as part of their overall leadership strategy.

game

/gām/

noun

  • a type of activity or business
  • an organization’s (or person’s) standard or method of play
  • a mode of performance

changer

/‘CHānjər/

verb

  • one who makes something different
  • one who alters the terms or transforms them entirely
  • one who arrives (or makes others arrive) at a fresh phase; become new
Do you know a game changer?
Colin Fraser

Colin is nominated for his role in creating the Partners in Review Committee (PRIC). The goal of the committee is to enhance the communication and working relationships between Extramural Support Staff (ESS) and scientific staff. This committee is made up of senior staff, administrative staff, HR Staff, and scientific staff.

What led you to your career? Did you choose it? Did it choose you?

I would have to say this career has chosen me. NIH is full of diversity and we play a big role when it comes to helping others in need.

Of what professional accomplishment here at the NIH are you most proud?

One of the professional accomplishments of which I am most proud of is forming a committee I chair called PIRC, the Partners in Review Committee. The goal of the committee is to enhance the communication and working relationships between Extramural Support Staff (ESS) and scientific staff. This committee is made up of senior staff, administrative staff, HR Staff, and scientific staff.

What advice would you offer someone just starting their career at the NIH?

One piece of advice I would offer up to anybody new starting a career at the NIH would be to collaborate and get involved. I have found that working with others who have a different outlook on things than me and getting involved in making the organization work better for all of us has helped me to grow in my career.

Why is diversity important at the NIH?

Diversity is very important to me at the NIH because seeing others who look like me have the same chance and opportunities as everybody else is motivating.

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