There is no doubt that navigating through the complexities of a multi-track academic career is challenging. The challenge is even bigger for a woman and especially from a different ethnic background. However, the reward of enduring these challenges and moving forward is endless as well. In this talk I will discuss how I get my reward by making my own mark in the profession. Getting immersed into the endless possibilities of statistical research involving ‘Omics data, preparing the next generation of students, especially women and minorities pursuing a research career and above all, practicing to be a kinder human being is my way of making a mark in my profession.