###Senior Assistant Vice President of Operations
#####Q- What lessons and experiences can you share with women who are at the start of their career?
Surround yourself around greatness and then trust and empower them
Your attitude is chosen by you, choose positive
Be brave, be yourself
Step up and volunteer to assist when opportunities arise
Focus on what you can control
Be flexible and be open to change
Strive for improvement one step at a time
#####Q-Throughout your career, who were your biggest inspirations?
I have had many inspirations throughout my career but there are two individuals that I esteem greatly, Dr. Doris Collins and Ms. Sharon Rodie.
Sharon Rodie was my bookkeeper at University Pines on the campus of UT Tyler. I became her supervisor during my early years in the profession and end of hers. Ms. Sharon, as I liked to call her out of respect, became my stronghold. Despite being a young know it all supervisor, she stood by my side and supported me every step of the way. Her level of expertise, knowledge and experience outweighed mine but despite that she was my loyal supporter. I was a developing leader when my path crossed Ms. Sharon’s and I am so glad it did because I learned so much from her. She was and is wise, strong and inspirational because of what she stands for, what she believes and who she is.
My second inspiration is another wonderful women that I had the honor of working with at CLV, Dr. Doris Collins. In the world of higher education student housing, Doris is a bit famous. She is a past president of ACUHO-I and retiree of Campus Living Villages and Louisiana State University where she served as Vice President of University Partnerships and Associate Vice Chancellor. Doris is the epitome of class and expert. She is who I hope to become. She too is wise with a high level of emotional intelligence which I find fascinating. She is fun and not afraid of anything or anybody.
#####Q-What are some of the traits that you think female employees have that contribute to their success?
In my view, despite someone’s gender, grit is the main drive to someone’s success. How you handle the failures and what you choose to do at those times will determine your success. I believe that employees that persevere through the falls and use them as learning opportunities grow not only professionally but personally. Our own state of mind on how we perceive things can either motivate or de-motivate. What we allow ourselves to think and do, if negative, can destroy our potential to achieve greatness.
#####Q-Tell us about one lesson you’ve learned in your career.
A lesson that I have and continue to learn from in my career is the power of emotions/emotional intelligence. Understanding how others are feeling and having self-control of my own feelings is crucial in leading others. Failure to understand and address the various emotions in the work space, if negative, can be detrimental to a team. I have learned and continue to work on acknowledging and understanding my own emotions but also those of others I interact with at work. Identifying and being aware of emotions in oneself and others that have a negative impact is important as collaborations and partnerships are being formed.