I was born in the fifties in the Cherry Hill area of Baltimore City. My parents were hard-working and did everything they could to raise the four of us despite the economic struggles and racism of the time. Despite the challenges, I learned from the examples around me to be a strong, independent black woman who feared no one and would let nothing get in the way of my success.
I received an undergraduate degree in Theater and Dance at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and continued my life long love of dance by performing and teaching dance while working full time at UMBC. To further my business career, I returned to college and earned a degree in business administration and after several years became the Assistant Vice President for Administration Services at UMBC which led to my developing a reputation around the country in contracting and public procurement. This enabled me to travel the country to conduct workshops and give presentations to professional organizations and university professionals. Always the student, at the age of 42 while working full-time I returned to the university again to earn my Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Hungry for more responsibility and the lure of the corporate world, I retired from UMBC in 2008 to become Senior Counsel for Constellation Energy Corporation which later merged with Exelon Corporation, a Fortune 50 corporation. There I became an Assistant General Counsel specializing in contracts and intellectual property travelling between Exelon’s headquarters in Chicago and locations in Philadelphia and Baltimore to work with my utility clients ComED, PECO and Baltimore Gas & Electric Company until I retired at the end of 2014.
For me retirement is an opportunity to pursue activities about which I am passionate giving back to my community and women everywhere. I have always been proud of who and what I am. I survived cancer, discrimination, poverty, sexual and physical abuse. I have been the only black woman, the only woman and even the only minority in the room for almost all of my life from high school through my corporate career. That never frightened me. It only challenged me to do better and greater things. My mission has always been to pay it forward by inspiring, mentoring and encouraging all women especially women of color so that we could see, be seen, listened to, and heard by each other and the world. Now in retirement, I am a volunteer mentor for the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota, New College in Sarasota, Florida, Girls, Inc. of Sarasota, and elementary school girls at Alta Vista Elementary in Sarasota. True to my love of dance, I am a board member for the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School.
As president and CEO of my own company, Powering Journeys, I strive to uplift and inspire women by sharing my experiences, struggles and successes through this blog “60ish Love the Journey.”