What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?
I was the kid on the front row, not because I loved school so much, but because I had to listen and listen intently. Back then, we didn’t test for dyslexia. It wasn’t until I was an adult with a dyslexic child that I saw my struggles for what they were. I was able to learn a new way to embrace my learning difference, went back to college, graduating top of my undergraduate class, and then on to graduate school. This struggle propelled my ability to listen to others with real intent, never take education for granted, and see the nugget of brilliance in others. (Sometimes diamonds just need to be polished)
My teenage self would NEVER believe that I’m an author, podcast host, and CEO of a thriving business.
What message do you promote?
Celebrate your struggles. Embrace your differences. Never let anyone else define who you can become.
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
I’m big on mentorship. If God gave you the ability to master something, you’ve got an obligation to share. I frequently speak to women’s groups and youth groups.
In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to
In addition to being dyslexic, I’m short (under 5 feet) and opinionated. I had to tame my inner lion so that my insecurities didn’t get in my way of success. It’s ok to have an opinion, its how and when you share it that counts.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
As the CEO of Executive Medicine of Texas, I am part of an amazing team that helps people achieve greater health. This, coupled with leading others in our organization to succeed in their own careers is extremely rewarding.
How do you SHOW UP?
I believe you can be part of the problem or part of the solution. I choose to be part of the solution. That doesn’t always mean telling people how to do it right or better, but mentoring those that ask and helping them come to better solutions and conclusions on their own.
If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be?
A business without customers is just an expensive hobby. Treat your business like you would if you were an employee, and your life depended on that job—Hard work and discipline equal success. And sometimes, even with hard work and discipline, some things don’t pan out, and then you need to know when to chalk it up to an educational experience.
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