Pick a board, any board.

I’ve always had a desire to impact my community. So, as I reached my late 20s, I was hoping to join a nonprofit organization as a member of their Board of Directors. I think back then I thought it was a smart career move—I’m a huge fan of networking and meeting new people (hello from a high “I”). But joining a board isn’t that easy, or, it shouldn’t be. Let me explain. Updated: As of September 2018, I am no longer serving on the Board of Directors for ProAct Indy. Continue reading

Meaningful mock interviews.

I’m just over my first ninety days in the agency world, and I’m loving almost every minute. The diversity in my clients and work that I’m doing ensure that no two days are ever the same. Take today for example, five coworkers and I got to host mock interviews for teenaged students participating in a summer workforce program. Little did I know, I’d be impacted just as much as one of the teens. Continue reading

hcla class of 2018.

I’ve done pieces of life a little backwards. It started around 8 years old when I decided to sign up for dance class. Did I enroll in the class that would build my foundation as a dancer for years to come? No, I hated ballet. I started with jazz *insert jazz hands motion here* before continuing with hip-hop, tap, modern, and ballet—in that order. This backwards decision-making followed me into college, graduate school specifically. My graduate program included two required classes: communication theories and qualitative research methods. I took both classes in my last semester. Whoops! Did I mention I also became a mother at 17 years old? Luckily, these decisions worked out for me, but they each strayed from my original, forward-thinking plans. Now here’s the real question: how could a backward decision-maker ever call herself a leader? Continue reading