What’s your day job?
Brand ambassador for Organicblood
Why’d you choose to get involved in the Elevate Women’s Event?
My very first online customer service job led me to picking up Sarah Hatter’s book The Customer Support Handbook. After I read it I knew that I needed to meet her. Our visions were so similar. At my very first Elevate Summit I asked her to sign my book and we ended up having a conversation about what it means to be a woman of color in the tech world. That same day she told me to prepare a talk for the next conference. It was my first experience where I really understood the need for me to stand up and share my experience.
Elevate Women speaks to me on a holistic level. I knew from working many years in service and sales that women needed a place to connect and find support in each other. It’s important to share point of views since we’re all so unique. This conference is a great step to giving all of us a platform to build on. It’s an event where women from many backgrounds can get together to learn and uplift each other. I want other women to see that there are many ways to get the job done. It’s ok to break the mold.
What was you biggest ah-ha moment as a woman?
I once thought that in order to succeed I had to be better than every man I encountered. Throughout the course of my career I realized how wrong I was. I didn’t need to try to act like a guy. I needed to completely surrender to the fact that I was a woman. My softness and nurturing nature are necessary for cohesive work environments. I had to learn to be ok with honoring who I was.
This is especially true as a woman of color. I’m already different. It’s not that common to see an African American woman in a position of power in tech companies. I was nervous that I wasn’t going to be accepted. When I started getting promotions and new contracts I knew that my voice was special. I just needed to embrace the fear and show that I could handle the attention and responsibility. I didn’t have to pretend to be someone that I wasn’t.
What do you wish you could tell your younger self?
Go bigger. Don’t shrink and try to hide your personality to try to fit in. There is always enough room for you. You have an obligation to the world to shine brightly and encourage others through your story.