32, STEM Promise Program Coordinator, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach
Business and Civic Involvement:
American Association for Women in Community Colleges LEADERS Institute 2019 Graduate; American Association of University Women Scholarship Committee Member; City of Virginia Beach Innovation Academy 2017 Graduate; Youth Partnership of South Hampton Roads Member; STARBASE Victory Launching Futures Committee Member
What is something that makes you stand out professionally?
As a former journalist, I learned early on how to comfortably interact and connect with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds. In my roles as a community career coach and student advisor, I’ve effectively supported students as young as middle school, all the way to C-Suite executives, with job search and career exploration.
Who or what keeps you motivated or inspires you?
The “who” would definitely be my amazing husband and my two beautiful daughters. The “what” is the extreme passion that I have for helping people with their career goals. Learning that one of my students landed an internship or got accepted into their first-choice university literally makes my day.
Tell us about an accomplishment that you’re proud of.
Earning my master’s degree in urban education from Norfolk State University was a huge accomplishment for me. While pursuing my degree, I had a full-time job, a part-time internship and a brand-new baby! I couldn’t have done it without my family. It was all worth it.
How do you feel your industry can best respond to the effects of COVID-19?
Educational institutions should continue offering a plethora of virtual student resources such as tutoring and career advising. Also, continue to act as “connecting points” between students and community resources such as mental health counseling, food and housing assistance. Lastly, remain emphatic when establishing new policies as students face barriers. We are all going through various struggles as it relates to the effects of COVID-19.
What new idea or development are you excited about in Coastal Virginia?
As a millennial, attending the first annual Something in the Water Festival was refreshing. Being able to share our culture and beautiful beaches with people from across the country was simply amazing. It definitely brought a new and exciting energy to our region. Hopefully it can continue to grow as a staple in Coastal Virginia.
What’s the most important aspect you look for in a workplace?
An environment where I feel appreciated, valued and trusted. It is also important for me to work somewhere that allows me to enjoy my life outside of the office.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current position?
I know I’ll spend the rest of my life supporting and encouraging individuals with their career goals—it’s what I was meant to do. So, I know I’d be in a role where I was guiding people through their career journeys.
What’s your favorite spot to relax in Coastal Virginia?
I am a huge beachgoer. In the summer months, you can find my family and I at Oceanview Beach in Norfolk listening to live jazz bands. Or, if I want a more lively crowd, I love going to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to experience the nightlife.