“I stand on the shoulders of giants — my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family, teachers, mentors and sponsors, all who believed in me and instilled in me the importance of purpose, relationships, connectivity, and being bold and courageous in the face of adversity.
I believe the roots of our tree give us a foundation and footing and change gives us branches that allow us to grow, stretch, reach new heights and connect with others.
These guiding principles are a part of my DNA and they have shaped how I lead. I’ve often taken the road less traveled. Finding my niche meant taking on leadership roles in areas that were new to me and, often, entrepreneurial within an organization. By taking those roles, I have often been one of very few females, and, in most cases, the only woman of color, in the room.
But being ‘the only’ hasn’t deterred me and I haven’t seen it as a disadvantage. No matter the challenge, I believe there is always enough room at the table for excellence.
When mentoring and sponsoring others, I share my strong belief that I may be ‘the only’ in the room, but I won’t be the last! On purpose and with intentionality, I will bring others with excellence along by connecting and partnering. When you are the only one or one of a few, it is even more critical for you to speak for those who do not have a voice. Show the way and inspire others to believe that with every obstacle, there is an opportunity – even if you have to create it!”