Senior Educational Consultant, MediTract
“This photo represents my love for travel & companionship.
This photo was taken in St. Louis, MO at the base of the Arch while exploring
good food, views & new experiences with friends.”
Q: Is there a person that you look up to that inspires the career moves you’ve made so far? This can be a person you know, or a public figure (dead or alive).
I have both a fictional and real person that inspire who I am and the way in which I have settled into the career I’ve chosen to this point. My very first and most obvious inspiration is Leslie Knope. Beyond her natural passion for the seemingly monotonous day-to-day of working for the Parks & Rec department, Leslie has a genuine love for the people she spends her time with. The way people respect her, rely on her, and look to her for leadership – despite when she’s got the formal title or not – is something I admire. She’s the biggest reminder to me that we are all living, breathing humans, so we need to act like it – even in our careers. The second person that I look up to is someone that probably does not know it. This is a friend of mine, who shared with me a few years ago about her experience counter-offering in the job interview & offer process. She was considering two offers, and like a complete boss of her own destiny – she spoke her truth and her desire. And you know what? The company that she countered with was more than happy to oblige. This friend of mine taught me the fundamental lesson to identify your desire, communicate your need – and settle for nothing less than the absolute best.
Q: Is there something you learned as a child that taught you something profound that you carry with you as a young professional?
A: My dad is very much a “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” kind of person. I would say that this is applicable 99% of the time and something that translates seamlessly into every area of life.
Q: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned in your career so far?
A: I would say that with very few exceptions, work boils down to a series of group projects. You won’t always have control over who’s on your team, who your clients are, or who’s critique your report is subject to at the end of the day. The problem is that again, with very few exceptions, most people would not admit to liking group projects. Understanding the reality of this in both where I choose to work and who I don’t get to choose I work with has helped me to find content. Another weird lesson I’ve learned in the last 2 years surrounds my preconceived notion that my career had to be dedicated to one field, one type of work, one mission. I struggled a lot to see where I brought value to the table given my approach and flexibility when it comes to what career means.
Q: If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be titled?
A: Lifestyles of the Thrifty & Glamorous
Q: If you knew you would be forced to leave Chattanooga in 1 year from today, what would you like to accomplish here before you go?
A: I’d probably learn how to rock climb! This area is known for its climbing & bouldering and I’ve never taken the plunge. In terms of my legacy within Chattanooga, a huge passion of mine is empowerment for women: not just those who are on the constant pathway to success, but also those that have experienced significant trauma or steps back in life: loss of a job or a child, abuse in her job or personal life, among much more. There are several organizations in town (ie. Homes & Havens, The Partnership, The Next Door) that need our support more than your average person realizes on a day to day basis. I would throw myself into those.