Tell us a bit about yourself! How did you get started with your current career path/business journey?
I started my current career path about 7 years ago, from an immediate interest in healthcare during my time as an undergrad & continued on to working for a large health system in NYC & obtaining my Master’s in Public Health. Healthcare is a vast field, with many avenues of opportunity to build an extensive career, but my personal commitment within the field is centered on supporting underserved patient populations. I’m at a point where I don’t see myself necessarily staying in healthcare for my entire career – but I do see my work always being of service to those in need.
How are you overcoming challenges during the pandemic as a business owner?
As an aspiring business owner, I have made an effort to try to gain some insight from observing current business owners as they confront today’s challenges. I have always had a deep reverence for women who have the courage to set out on their own business ventures, but watching them continue to embody courage & resilience through these times has been even more of a testament to what we are all capable of.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
My optimism. I am a firm believer that mindset is very powerful. I like to believe that life’s challenges & obstacles always turn out to be opportunities- a chance to reflect, re-evaluate, course-correct- but only if we allow them to be, & only if we are willing to believe that there is always the chance to come out the other side better.
What’s a mistake you made early on in your career, and what did you learn from it?
Assigning my self-value to a job title or salary. I think this is something that is common for early-careerists, but I’ve also seen people make this same mistake with their business revenue. Of course fair compensation & financial returns for your work or brand are important (& necessary to keep the lights on), but I think sometimes it is easy to allow ourselves to be defined by these numbers or titles – as opposed to the actual value we bring to our jobs or the marketplace.
What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?
In what ways are you taking care of your personal well being and what are your #selfcare tips?
Recently, I started water coloring – maybe about 1x a month I actually sit down to do it. It might sound silly, but I think in today’s world where it feels like we are always on-the-go, making the time to do something where you can slow down, get creative, & be fully present is important. My #selfcare tip is to politely dismiss the voice in your head that sometimes tells you you’re being “lazy” or “unproductive” when you choose to self-care. In the end, allowing ourselves the time to recharge, recalibrate, & re-center, ultimately helps us bring the best version of ourselves to both our professional & personal lives.
How are you inviting others to take a seat at the table #virtually?
By being a better listener & inviting honest discussions. It is one thing to be invited to sit at the table, but it’s a whole other thing to be feel like your opinion & ideas are valued & heard, without the risk of judgement.
What impact has Luminary made in your career? eg: Business Generated, Revenue, New Clients, Career Connections, Advancement Opportunities
I joined my first Whisper Network event in June. It was with this very group of women that I shared my dreams of starting my own business one day (& even more that I don’t see it having anything to do with healthcare). I had only shared this with one other person in my life up until that point. This single moment speaks to the inclusive, safe, encouraging, & energizing space that Luminary creates & holds. In the short time I have been a member, Luminary has already given me the encouragement I needed to start thinking about this next chapter.