Background & Challenges
I am a 2005 graduate from Towson University, with a B.S. in finance. Five years later, I earned my MBA from the University of Baltimore. At a young age and throughout my life, sports, in addition to my family, have really played an integral part of shaping the woman I have become. While I love all sports, basketball was the sport that I played most and have a deep passion for. It really opened up so many doors for me in terms of opportunities and friendships. And its where I learned so much in terms of work ethic, teamwork, and handling victories and defeat.
Who inspires you?
While I have been surrounded by very successful and admirable women at SURVICE, my grandmothers, mother, and sisters (one older and one younger) have really been the most inspiring. The older I get, the more I admire them and their accomplishments (both personally and professionally).
Who is the most influential woman you know? How does she inspire you?
I don’t necessarily have someone that fits the mold as a woman I looked up to. But my father coached me for much of my life. I now help coach my daughter’s basketball team and hope that they both have the same experience with basketball, or any sport, that I have been so blessed to have.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women in the workplace today?
While so much has been accomplished by both men and women in history to lead to the current landscape, I think, in general, women still tend to have to prove themselves more than men to gain the respect of peers and colleagues. The one thing I certainly appreciate about working at SURVICE is that our leadership has a mix of backgrounds and genders, and all are treated equal, which creates a solid foundation and an enjoyable work experience.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
I have been so blessed to have the opportunities that have been made available to me by women throughout history. While I am thankful day in and day out, this month really provides further opportunity to reflect on this. And in terms of Women’s History Month, I hope that we continue down this path, as I look forward to watching my daughters grow with even more opportunities and potential.