Accountant, Controller's Office
It represents a time to appreciate and recognize the awesome contributions of women in our society, past and present.
I think early on in my working career I struggled more with always trying to prove my worth in the workplace. As a woman, and especially as a minority woman, oftentimes you feel like you are under a microscope. I’ve since learned that it’s just important to always do your best in whatever you do and that eventually your hard work will pay off.
To always give it their all. But most importantly, to not allow others to put limitations on their dreams and aspirations. Shoot for the stars.
I have advocated for other women in the workplace and have also encourage other women to advocate for themselves in certain situations.
My mother is my role model. Although she didn’t attend school beyond high school, she stressed early on in our lives, the importance of education, and of being self-sufficient. My mother also had a strong sense of community and was a ‘mother’ to many of my friends, and to others in the community. She was a very active and supportive mother, who never missed a school event. She continues today to be that support for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
I would have to say the late Cicely Tyson because I’ve always admired her grace and resilience.
My hope for the next generation is that the road to success for them comes with less obstacles/ceilings than the generation before them. That they look at the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices of the wonderful women before them as stepping stones to their success.