What keeps you up at night?
“Thinking about how to fit many things into a sometimes short period of time can keep me up at night. When I have a trip coming up and it is one of the times my husband is also traveling, making sure I have all of my work deadlines met as well as making sure I have plans for the kids to get to and from where they need to be. This means making multiple calls depending on how busy their activities are for that week—school, practice, games, religion, etc. Prioritizing and planning are of the utmost importance to help keep these types of situations at bay.”
What makes you feel powerful?
“Accomplishing goals I’ve set for myself makes me feel powerful, especially overcoming the challenging ones. It gives me the confidence to know I can accomplish anything once I’ve set my mind to it. Nothing feels better than finishing a big project or going above and beyond to exceed goals. In addition, helping others develop and improve their skill sets is a great sense of accomplishment. In a leadership role, some people don’t always realize the impact they have on others. Every decision I make will shape a person’s perception of me and impact how that individual leads. When someone tells me they hope they can be as good of a leader as I am, that is a wonderful feeling, and something I don’t take for granted as it makes me aspire to be even better. Keeping in mind, Milady is celebrating its 85th birthday this year. There has been fantastic leadership before me, and I have no doubt there will be fantastic leadership in the distant future after me, so sustaining the legacy and making my own contributions to one of the most successful businesses in the industry is quite rewarding. “
What’s the best thing anyone’s ever told you about yourself?
“That they’ve learned leadership skills by watching and experiencing my work ethics. They’ve commented on the fact that I am able to build loyalty by completing tasks I could easily ask others to do, developing employees to prepare them to take on new roles and building confidence in others while challenging them to excel. I take this as a huge compliment, because I perceive the person who told me this as an extremely effective leader.”
What do you hope to achieve in the next five years?
“Professionally, over the next five years, I’d like to continue to develop the skill sets of both myself and my team. In addition, I’d like to help Milady continue to grow and evolve in this ever-changing education environment. We will continue to expand providing educational resources, not just for students that are in school, but to also provide resources and education to them once they are in their career. In addition, we will continue to expand our reach in the global market since this industry includes individuals all across the world who are hungry for education and are striving to be successful. Personally, I would like for my husband and I to help our children successfully navigate their teenage years by instilling in them a good sense of values and helping them as they prepare to find careers that will be as rewarding as the one I’ve worked so hard for.”