Technical Consultant

College/University attended?

Chattanooga State

Tell us about yourself:

I am a mother, auntie, sister, leader, and eternal learner. I have worked for my company for 20 years and appreciate that we are active participants in our community. I am passionate about learning about and understanding people. The “why” we do what we do is fascinating to me.

What does leadership mean to you?  

Encouraging others to do their best by working together and doing what is right.

What advice do you have for women aspiring to be leaders in their field?

I have a Brene Brown quote that sums this up. “Courage is not staying quiet about things that make us uncomfortable.” Learning to be ok with being uncomfortable allows you to truly hear others.

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?

My Mother. I didn’t understand what a strong leader she was until I was in a leadership position. Hearing how she handled situation, and how she always did her best to put the needs of her students first stuck with me. When people feel you

What has been your proudest moment in your career?

When I graduated college, my daughter was 18 months old. It was a huge challenge being a single parent of an infant. Once I completed my degree, I knew nothing could stop me!

What steps do you think members can take to make more of a difference in women’s leadership issues in the local community?

I would say remembering that we are examples even if we don’t see ourselves that way. Younger coworkers, and young women and girls we associate with see us as examples. Showing them that we know our value and actively working to get real solutions for women’s issues helps our young ones to feel empowered to do the same.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I am exploring the idea of a hobby right now. I am attending a wide range of classes to find out what I enjoy most.

What have you gained most from your CWLI membership?

Connecting with the women of the CWLI has helped me to understand and embrace my strengths and abilities.