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Meet Luminary Member, Delores Connors

   

Tell us a bit about yourself! How did you get started with your current career path/business journey?

I wanted to be a social worker. I wanted to provide people in need with emotional support and resources, but during an internship I realized that I wanted to give those things to people, but not in that format. I was trying to choose from all the careers where I saw people being of service, and to be honest , I wanted a career in which, as I matured in age, my voice would become more respected. I became a teacher, and I love it. I am also the author of two children books. I Don't Want to Go! and You See, Mom. I am also the cofounder of a specialty greeting card company Write to Matter.

How are you overcoming challenges during the pandemic as a business owner?

As a teacher asynchronous learning is new. There are many challenges, but I realized that different doesn’t have to mean bad. I present my material very differently than I did in the past, but the fundamental parts of my lesson are the same. I asked myself how I can make this period/class the best part of a students day. It’s a great feeling to bring a sense of normalcy, and joy to a student.

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?

As a teacher, I believe my “magic,” and what attributes to my success are these two things: I am very good at highlighting students’ strengths publicly and supporting their deficiencies privately. Students feel welcomed and safe in my classroom, and, with that, learning with curiosity and joy can take place.

What’s a mistake you made early on in your career, and what did you learn from it?

The one lesson that I learned early on in my career that has helped me, and I apply it to all of my relationships is that you can not shame someone into changing. When you want someone to improve in an area, you have to be gentle with them and grant them grace.
 

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

A professional skill that I am currently working on is reading something outside my comfort zone. When we challenge ourselves to read something that is outside our interest, we have to apply all of those reading strategies that we learned when we were in school. It’s a reminder that reading requires strategies and skills.

In what ways are you taking care of your personal well being and what are your #selfcare tips?

I enjoy yoga, and I used to do it on occasion, but I started following ten minute yoga practices online. It has been a tremendous benefit to my self care. It gives my body a few moments of silence. The flexibility of peace is something that I treasure. I would recommend yoga or a few moments of meditation to anyone.

How are you inviting others to take a seat at the table #virtually?

I love dining. Someone having a seat at the table is so important to me. I invite people by sharing my joy. It is so powerful to witness someone’s joy. To have joy, not from materialistic things, but from things we all have in common. Nature, Art and literature. We all get to enjoy and discuss at the table.

What impact has Luminary made in your career? eg: Business Generated, Revenue, New Clients, Career Connections, Advancement Opportunities 

From the moment I stepped off the elevator, I knew I would it was going to be a special place. In just a few months I have met strong and beautiful women from so many different fields. As a teacher, author and entrepreneur I am looking forward to making connections. We all want to do well. I think working together we will all make advancements and meet our goals.

 

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