Today we’d like to introduce you to Myla Duane.
Hi Myla, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I launched my brand Satori by Myla Rae in October 2021 when I decided to work towards becoming fully self-employed while in my graduate program. Many graduate students and other professionals do not find enough time to celebrate themselves and prioritize their self-care needs in a luxurious way. This is the vision I had when I founded Satori by Myla Rae. I wanted to create a brand where luxury and quality meet education and awareness. All clothing items are individually hand-dyed and embroidered. All candle purchases come with a brochure that explains more about each disorder/disability and general information about the field of speech-language pathology. 5% of online sales go towards Smiles for Speech – a nonprofit organization that empowers children with communication disorders living in globally disadvantaged communities.
I also recently created an online course titled Speech Niche Headquarters (HQ). This is an affordable course for multi-passion Speech-Language Pathology graduate students to find their niche prior to completing their graduate program. This profession has so many niche possibilities, and only a very narrow selection of these career paths are discussed with graduate students. As a minority student who lacked resources and information regarding where to even begin my academic career, I would not have made it this far without the help of my mentors and peers who taught and supported each other along the way. This is one of my biggest motivators behind the creation of my course.
I was almost entirely independent by the age of 16. Being a young independent, adoptee, and minority student pursuing higher education, I had no idea what resources were out there to help me accomplish my goals. I knew that if I wanted to be successful with my dreams and aspirations, I had to find strength in networking and leverage my strong social communication skills. Beginning in high school, I took advantage of every opportunity to be involved in extracurriculars to boost my resume, prepare me for professional development, and connect me to possible mentors. As I continued to remain very actively involved, I realized that I wanted to give back to other minority students and students who were also lacking academic resources.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My journey to get to where I am today was not easy. I think many of my personal struggles came from the combination of being an adopted minority student pursuing higher education. Growing up, I always felt like I was in the middle of all of my identities. I never felt like I fully fit into one group more so than another. My academic journey has really allowed me to create my own community and surround myself with like-minded individuals. This has brought so much more color into that gray area space that I lived in for so long. I’m truly so appreciative of everyone that I have connected with so far on this journey, and I’m excited to see where this continues to go.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a full-time graduate student working towards my master’s of science degree in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences. There are so many settings that you can work in as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). The settings that most people are familiar with are the school, medical, and private practice settings. What many SLPs don’t know about is the corporate SLP setting. It is my hope to become a corporate SLP after the completion of my graduate program and clinical fellowship year.
I’m known for being very active on social media (specifically on my Instagram page @speechsleeprepeat). This is my professional page where I connect with other future and current SLPs, advocate for diversity and inclusivity within the field, and add an entrepreneurial twist to the field of Speech-Language Pathology.
I’m really proud to say that I am part of the 3%. Only about 3.6% of SLPs identify as Black, which definitely adds an additional layer of isolation and intimidation on top of the stress of grad school. While this makes pursuing the field very daunting at times, it has also pushed me to pave my own path, and hopefully inspire a few others to do the same as well.
I believe what sets me apart from others is my determination and passion to make a change while still in grad school. There are so many Speech-Language Pathologists out there who are doing amazing things for the field, but as students, we aren’t told enough that we can also begin to make a change prior to graduation.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
The field of Speech-Language Pathology is a newer field (it’s still just under 100 years old). While this field has many pros and cons (as do many other professions), it currently ranks as #3 best healthcare jobs and #10 in best U.S. jobs. I see the SLP industry continuing to grow extremely quickly over the next 5-10 years. I also really think that the corporate SLP setting is going to take off within the next few years as more SLPs learn that there are ways to be an amazing SLP while still being multi-passionate and thinking outside the box.
- Website: satoriscents.com (my website for the Luxury Candle and Lifestyle Brand)
- Instagram: @speechsleeprepeat