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#ModernMuse: “Power Broker” Carmin MacMillan

Modern Muse Carmin MacMillan
When you think “power broker,” you probably think politics or economics. But when we talk about Carmin MacMillan and her work as Executive Director of the Wesley Mission Center in Mansfield, Texas, power broker takes on a whole new meaning.
Carmin builds strategies and leads a team that is committed to helping their neighbors who are experiencing financial hardship. With the help of the Wesley Mission Center, families work through their financial crises so that they can move ahead in their financial future. Coaching, employment help and supportive social networks are the tools to making this happen.
Carmin says that, in particular, they serve single moms most often who struggle to work and care for their children. By providing free childcare and meals during their courses, these single mothers can participate fully in the program, removing some of the many barriers that they face. The goal is to prepare these women to be equipped to take care of their families financially so they can inspire their children and create hope for a better future for them.
You can’t get more empowering than that!

 

What inspired you to do the work that you do/motivates you today?

“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!”

“When you share your ‘authentic self’ with others, you can have a tremendous impact. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and share your story – when we learn about others we begin to see how much more we have in common.

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!”

Learn more about Carmin:

Do you know a #ModernMuse who has an amazing story to tell? Send us her story to info@ugaugrrl.com. We’d love to know her: 1) Name, 2) Age if under 25, 3) Ethnicity, 4) Location, 5) Relationship to you, 6) Why you think she is a #ModernMuse (what is she doing or has she done to make Inspire, Empower, Impact the world or the community around her?). We’ll let you both know when we’d like to publish her story, send her a few more questions and will share it on our social media channels. Looking forward to your submissions!

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