Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I recently graduated with my MBA with a focus on Data Analytics. I’ve been working on transitioning into a position to a data analyst and have been working diligently with mentors and sponsors at my current company to advance my career and make a complete shift. I have a diverse background from working at Finance company right out of undergrad and then taking a step back and working as an Executive Assistant for the past 4 years while focusing on my family. I’m now really focused on restarting my career, networking, and garnishing support for other women in the workplace who may be facing similar challenges
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I just joined the Ellevate Network and I’m looking forward to creating memories and looking forward to major milestones that I can pass forward and share.
What are some career challenges on your radar?
Navigating the workplace as a woman of color and being heard and seen. I’ve had a very hard time being heard and seen. I’ve consistently worked and over-performed and worked harder in many of the positions I’ve been in and I’m always overlooked. This happens even when I’ve excelled at everything asked of me within my job description and that wouldn’t necessarily be in my current job description.
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
I’ve been apart of a couple Black Belt projects as a Six Sigma Greenbelt. I’m most proud of those projects because I was able to really spot light my analytical skills and leverage them to collect the data we needed to save money on major initiatives for our team at the time. I’m also very proud of some of the visualizations that I’ve created within my current role that were outside of my job description that assisted my manager to take a look at their operational budget and evaluate each item line by line to better strategies for his team’s spending.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
I really stumbled upon data analytics. For a while, I had a hard time finding a true passion. I knew that I was able to look at data, digest it and present it in a way that made sense to others, but I didn’t know I could make a career out of it. It allows me to utilize my creativity and mind in a different way. Once I started my MBA, program and selected the Data Analytics focus, I knew I was on to something. I started to connect with some others that are in the same focus at work and realized I loved talking about data and seeing how others were building reports and being creative on different platforms.
What is your morning ritual?
My morning ritual is to wake up early prior to anyone in my family and get a cup of coffee and just breathe. I’ll sit in complete silence and just take time for myself for 30-45 minutes.
What would you say your personal superpower is?
Empathy. I really have good discernment and I am able to connect and communicate with people based on where they are. I think this is a superpower because it’s allowed me to navigate and help others in the workplace.
What does success look like to you?
Success looks like getting into a data analytics position and progressively growing in skill set and career. I also think success would be passing on the knowledge that I’ve attained on my journey that may be helpful to other young women.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
Breathe. Always do your best, nothing more. I think we do our absolute best and then we want to exceed that. Sometimes we just need to take a deep breathe and evaluate… was this my very, best? And if it was… then that’s always enough.
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