I was born in the fifties in the Cherry Hill area of Baltimore City which was poor and black. My parents were hard-working and struggled to the four of us despite the economic struggles and racism of the time. We later moved to the suburbs where we were faced with the were bused to integrate white schools, watched the riots of the sixties and 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). While continuing my love of dance, I returned to college to get a degree in business administration. Eventually I became the Assistant Vice President for Administration Services at UMBC and developed reputation as a nationally recognized expert in contracting and public procurement. This led to traveling the country conducting workshops and giving presentations to professional organizations and university professionals as well as influencing the procurement rules and regulations for the state of Maryland. Always the student, at the age of 42 while working full-time and going to graduate school full-time, I received 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 the University in 2008 and became Senior Counsel for Constellation Energy Corporation which later merged with Exelon Corporation, a Fortune 50 corporation, where I became Assistant General Counsel specializing in contracts and intellectual property. I traveled 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. 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 rose up and 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 and I led with it when I stepped into each room and showed them what a black woman could do. My mission is to pay it forward by inspiring, mentoring and encouraging women of color and all women so that we could see, be seen, listen to and be heard by each other and the world. Now in retirement, I am a volunteer mentor for Girls, Inc. of Sarasota and elementary school girls an elementary school in Sarasota. True to my love of dance, I am a board member and friend to the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. I also act as a mentor at the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota.
After two divorces and more than 20 years of being single, I found love again with my husband, Frank. As president and CEO of my own company, Powering Journeys, I strive to uplift and inspire other black women especially but also people of all colors by sharing my experiences, struggles and successes through this blog “60ish Love the Journey.”