“In my early twenties, I was a marketing and sales professional who volunteered most of my free time to cook meals at a refugee settlement home and did laundry for a homeless program. At some point my ‘paid work’ – while I enjoyed it – just seemed less fulfilling than my volunteer work. So, I started looking for ways I could do what I loved full time!”
How did you get to where you are and what challenges did/do you face?
“I grew up in a low-income family in East Texas and was fortunate enough to work for organizations that nurtured my learning and gave me the opportunity to travel. Once I began working full-time in a community development context, I began to see correlations between the family/community dynamics of my childhood and these new places. I’ve spent a large part of my career and personal development trying to better understand what it means to ’empower’ people. I’ve been blessed to have learned from so many along the way.”
Who is your she-ro?
“I don’t want to choose just one! My mom Donna taught me early on the importance of hard work and sacrificially living for others. My stepmom Lori taught me the value of education and not shying away from opportunities. My friends have taught me to take my work seriously – but not to take myself seriously!”
What does the term”UGauGrrl” (“you go girl”) mean to you?
“It means not being afraid to be yourself!”
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