We are all on a journey of discovery
The journey we take to discover ourselves is one that lasts a lifetime. The road is not straight nor is it without challenges. It is full of highs and lows, wins and losses, tremendous joy and profound sadness. Yet each experience, each challenge, each and every decision we make or chose not to make every minute of every day helps to form the person that we are at any single moment in time.
What it took to reach this point in the journey
Growing up, I always dreamed of being so many things but the ones that always rose to the top were dancer, performer, lawyer, businesswoman. I know, several seemingly random careers but I have been able to accomplish all of these things. After high school, as one of four children, using a combination of student loans, a few small grants and working various jobs on and off campus, I was able to go to college. My majors and minors reflected my interests from high school – theater, dance, French. I fought with everything I had inside me to resist becoming an attorney. I studied dance and loved every single moment of it. But injuries set in and I learned that a long career of dancing professionally was not to be and that was OK. I continued my love of dance by joining a friend who had a dance studio and taught dance for many years.
Changing directions along the way
I continued my education by completing a business degree. After graduating from the University of Maryland at Baltimore I started as a buyer for UMBC which lead to becoming the Manager of Purchasing. I later moved to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) as Director of Procurement and later Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services. It was then that I had an epiphany – I was ready to go to law school! The President of the UMBC, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, become a friend and mentor to me. I discussed my plans with him and he encouraged me to follow my dream.
Even though it was one of the most difficult things I have ever done it was one of the most exhilarating and challenging things as well. I loved every minute of it! For three years and a summer, I lived and breathed work and school. After law school, I was able to incorporate my law degree into my work at UMBC and was soon adding University Counsel to my title of Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services. Later, I was introduced to the General Counsel at a company that was headquartered in Baltimore and was soon hired into my dream job as corporate counsel at Exelon Business Services, Inc. I will never forget the first day in my new office on the 17th floor of a downtown office building with a view of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and the feeling that I had. It was all I could do to keep my new colleagues from seeing me tear up at the thrill of it.
Where I am today
Despite facing challenges including growing up in the projects, lung cancer, racism, sexism, after seven years and having accomplished what I set out divorce and more with the help of friends, family and mentors, I was able to succeed and the journey continues. Now retired and following my passions by being president and CEO of my own company Powering Journeys, I am give back by being part of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, volunteering at Girls, Inc of Sarasota, mentoring at Alta Vista Elementary School and the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota and have fun by pursuing a career as a senior model, traveling the world and spending time with my husband – so the journey continues and I look forward to each and every day!