Education will always be the foundation of my career. After earning my business degree, I found myself simultaneously managing the accounts for two different nonprofit organizations. From that experience, I developed the leadership skills necessary to make difficult financial decisions and manage budgets; these skills would aid me for the rest of my career. I also learned that through my interpersonal skills I can inspire others and allow them to realize their value and full potential.
By surrounding myself with great mentors, I have not only learned the importance of developing personally as a professional, but also being committed to promoting leadership development in others. Discovering this passion has been a key to my success and new opportunities during each stage of my career.
No matter what stage you are at in your career, choose to be a mentor and a mentee. Never forget to teach what you have been taught. One of the greatest gifts we can give as mentors is confidence—helping others build their strengths while also teaching them how to improve their weaknesses.
A story that has always endured with me is about a young woman who thought she needed to be a man to make it in the workplace. Her boss reminded her that he hired her for a reason and that it is acceptable to not fit in. As women we can bring a different perspective and a competitive edge—it is important to never forget who we are.
What does it take to succeed and stay competitive in your position/field?
Stay current and keep an open mind.
What advice would you give young women building/preparing for a career?
There is no special secret to maintaining a work/life balance, the key is to manage your priorities day-by-day.