Fresno State University
Tell us a little about you (short bio ~150 words).
I have a passion for commercial real estate. I enjoy being able to connect people and businesses, big or small. I hunger to take part in the growth and development of our city, and I have a thirst for philanthropy. I was honored to become a board member for the Junior League of Chattanooga as their VP of Finance. Recently moved from California, and I have fallen in love with all that Chattanooga has to offer myself and my family.
What motivates you?
My faith. my beautiful and spirited children, Bennett, Tybee, and Huk, and my wonderful husband, Lawrence. Combined, they are my foundation and my wings.
When you’re not working, where and how do you spend your time?
Discovering new things in and around Chattanooga with my family.
What advice do you have for women aspiring to be leaders in their field?
Find what motivates you; let that become your confidence, it will help you get through the rollercoaster of life in your career. Remember, what is happening now can be used as building blocks to a better and more successful future.
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?
Easy, my mom. My mom had me at the age of 18. We lived in HUD housing and needed welfare as my mom put herself through college to become an elementary teacher. She not only taught, but she also speaks and mentors young moms on how to turn their life around for a better future. I am proud to be her daughter
What has been your proudest moment in your career?
When I became the first woman to enter my field in California and soon to follow receiving an award as Rookie of the year from my CEO and peers.
What strides do you think members can take to make more of a difference in women’s leadership issues in the local community?
Getting involved. That is key. Educating yourself in areas of the community that mean the most to you. I am brand new to Chattanooga, and I have found that there are so many resources at our disposal and so many women that are willing to help. Remember, “a rising tide lifts all boats” (John F Kennedy) we all succeed together.
How would you best describe the benefit found in joining this organization?
Education, connections, support, training, encouragement, and the network of women in all fields of leadership. It has truly been a gift getting involved with CWLI.