Is your career based on considered choices you planned or has it unfolded as part of a process you didn’t necessarily foresee?
My career has unfolded based on conscious decisions and allowing myself to be open to unforeseen opportunities. I encourage others to have some sense of what they want and, at the same time, be flexible. This way of thinking has proved both exciting and satisfying.
What do you enjoy most (and, if you’re willing, what are the least enjoyable or hardest parts) about your current role?
What excites me everyday is knowing that the possibilities are endless. I love brainstorming and being strategic.
What skills and personality traits lend themselves to success in your field?
I have had success because I am a bulldog ballerina – graceful, strong, and persevering. I am passionate, persistent, disciplined, and willing to take risks. I communicate effectively, can influence, have a savvy business/marketing sense, am precise, have a sense of humor and cross-cultural competency.
What advice do you have for someone who hopes to find a job similar to yours/in your field?
You are your best advocate. You know best what you want; say it out loud.
What has been the best surprise in your career?
I was nominated for (and won) an award that recognizes the top 20 young professionals in Maryland by the State’s leading business and legal publication for my professional accomplishments, civic involvement, and impact of achievement. Also, the U.S. Department of State invited me to speak on the advancement of women in the workplace.
What might you do differently, in hindsight?
I would have acted sooner when a member of organizational leadership used their power to exert inappropriate, or even unethical, behavior. My advice for others is to not dismiss conduct that, in your gut, you feel is wrong, even if that means management might view you differently.
What do you do outside of work that helps you be successful?
I run, travel, compete in games of all kinds, and read voraciously.