My life’s novel is comprised of numerous chapters filled with twists and turns. I take full responsibility for the end results and know results and know any choice will determine the direction of my future. In review of my past, I identified situations wherein I should have made choices based on different criteria. Those lessons were learned and now I review with a critical eye planning for positive results.
In youth, I was Indestructible, willing to kick and scrape my way to success, working tirelessly with little sleep. The walls put up were not there to stop me, but to encourage and push me to find a creative way to achieve goals. A constant self-evaluation helps me determine how I can improve professionally. Human nature is to capitalize on our strengths but I strongly believe we should focus on improving our weaknesses to make us stronger.
Throughout the years, I chose mentors with caution, as each had their own goal and it didn’t always align with mine. Women were not always encouraging to others. Today, I am proud to be part of the movement that takes all philanthropic and mentorships seriously. This pivotal movement has resulted in women realizing they now have a powerful support system.
The lessons learned helped me to develop into a stronger and more confident leader focusing on team development and open communication. We all have a responsibility to encourage passion and guide others toward professional development.
Chief Executive Officer
Missouri Association of
1335 E Republic Rd Ste K
Springfield MO 65804
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