I started my first business when I was 26 and pregnant with my first child. Over the last 20 years, I grew that first business with awards and recognition for being a top performer in the system until I sold it in 2015.
During those 20 years, I expanded with additional locations, competitor acquisitions, and opened other businesses with synergy to my senior care business. It turns out my passion is building business and helping others do the same. I am now a business advisor doing just that!
What do you want our readers to know about you?
I love working with driven women who are passionate about helping others.
What would you like to see more of in the workplace?
I would love to see more workplace balance and workplaces to be open to new ideas – the old way is NOT the only way.
What characteristics and/or qualities do you admire in the women you work with?
I love working with women who have drive and the same attitude I have – there is no option to fail. If you don’t succeed, it just means you learned something, so get back on path and keep going.
What advice did you wish you were given earlier in your career?
Don’t be afraid to spend money to grow your business and realize that you don’t have to be in charge of everything.
How do you think COVID-19 will change the future of work for women?
I have already seen COVID-19 changing workplaces and have noticed how businesses are becoming more lenient and understanding of families with children. I see more opportunities online, opening doors for women who want to work from home because of children or even those who want to travel and also have a career.
How do you think we can increase diversity in the workplace?
I think the shift to remote and virtual work should reduce some of the typical excuses for not having a diverse workplace (for example, areas that don’t have diverse culture in a certain office radius). Education and societal pressure to be more diverse will also continue to help.
What is one example of a positive, memorable experience you’ve had in your career?
When I joined (reluctantly at first) a mastermind group with my successful peers, it made a world of difference in how I looked at my business. I realized at that moment that it’s crucial to surround yourself with people who are different and successful to learn and grow. Now I position myself as that person for others too because it meant so much to me.
What was one belief you had that you later realized was a myth?
That you have to be smart and have experience to be successful. The truth is, you just have to want it bad enough to make yourself smart and successful.
Why are you fabulous?
Because I am unique, genuine and do what’s right for the people in my life.
Do you have a mantra or quote that inspires you?
Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people.
Where can people find you online?