Contract Administrator, MediTract
“My husband snapped this photo of me on one of my first paddle boarding experiences a few years back. Although it is not the clearest picture and I was not prepared for it, it perfectly captured the fun I was having exploring the water underneath Chattanooga’s bridges. In the years that passed we purchased our own boards and try to get on the water throughout the area as often as we can. We are so thankful to live in an area that took us out of our comfort zone, and provides us with many outdoor opportunities to relieve stress and enjoy life.”
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).
A: There are people who have always known the exact career they want. I am not one of those people. Sure I had interests in college, but I could never pinpoint a specific passion. After school, my Aunt Jackie mentioned a mass hiring event at the corporate insurance company where she spent decades building a successful managerial career. Although insurance is not the most glamorous industry, I decided to throw in my application and ended up with a solid position that took me through six professionally formative years. Though my career path has since changed, I will always be thankful for the foundation that first job out of college gave me and for my Aunt Jackie’s guidance.
Q: Is there something you learned as a child that taught you something profound that you carry with you as a young professional?
A: Sharing is caring. As children we are taught to share; share with your siblings, share with your friends and classmates, etc. This concept is undoubtedly helpful in our young professional lives as well. I find that typically when I share information, I receive information in return. When we are open with others about what we know and who we know, and others are open in return, all parties benefit from a wider knowledge base and larger professional network.
Q: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned in your career so far?
A: Everything can be taken from you, but your integrity. If you do not have the integrity to begin with, you stand to lose it all. During my career, I’ve seen all sorts of underhanded moves, by peers and leadership alike. Some will succeed in pushing you down in order to get ahead themselves. Always keep your head up and stay true to high moral and ethical standards. Even if you do not see the fruits of taking the high road immediately, you will always win out in the end and earn the respect of others for your efforts.
Q: If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be titled?
A: Try on Every Dress! Just because a dress is on display front and center in a store window and every lady you know owns it, it may not be the dress for you. The dress that is in the back of the store hanging loosely off a hanger on the sale rack may just be the dress of your dreams, but you will never know if you don’t try it on. Okay, so guys may not entirely relate to this idea, but the notion is universal. What works for some, may not work for others, and you cannot know what works for you without building a frame of reference. Get out of your comfort zone, stop following the flow, and try on every dress! This philosophy has worked for me throughout my life, and it would be the overall theme of my autobiography.
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: In addition to tackling every one of Chattanooga’s hiking and paddling trails, I would hope to have made a significant network of friends and acquaintances that would continue to embrace newbies to the area and ensure Chattanooga’s growth and success as an extremely desirable place to live. Chattanooga has allowed me a high quality of life that I would miss dearly if forced to leave. I would want to know that its magic was being well maintained.