Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I am a human bent on living a Life by Design. I am a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a confidant, a community builder, a connector, a business owner and student of life. My current focus is my family and my Real Estate Business.
How would you define your professional mission?
My professional mission is to guide and support my clients through one of the most expensive investment of their lives — buying, selling or investing in real estate. I am your connection for your real estate needs and beyond because I am often connecting the dots for my clients in various aspects of their lives beyond real estate. For me, real estate may be how we meet, yet my intention is for a long lasting relationship where my clients reap benefits of working with me long after the closing of a transaction. I believe information is the single most powerful tool anyone can have; as such I like to share it in hopes that it will propel the next person to the next level. I am the connector of dots between ideas, people, and resources.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
Helping a client close on his home just before his wife and baby came from abroad so he could welcome them in the new home and start their new lives.
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
Fundraising for the Hamlin Fistula Foundation — we raised enough funds for 20 women to receive repair surgery which gave them their dignity back and allowed them to acclimate into society without shame caused by injuries from prolonged labor. As a woman, playing a part in restoring dignity in other women filled my soul with joy and gratitude, because helping one woman is helping a family, a community.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
I made a few pivots in my career. I graduated college with a Biology degree with pre-med intentions. After taking 2 years after college and exploring options, I decided to pursue the business world and earned an MBA which served me well not only in 12-year corporate career (ranging from retail operations, Business to Business sales and support, e-Commerce expert, Finance, Product and Budget management and contract negotiations) but also in my personal life as I have become a much more savvy and informed consumer. After starting a family and reassessing my values, I decided to pivot once again and become a licensed real estate professional and start my business. This decision required immense courage and faith and I am happy to have made it. I entered the real estate profession after my own experience of purchasing a home. As I was considering a different model of life that supported my current values, going through the home buying process opened up the possibility for me to pursue it, and I did! I have since helped friends, family and clients through the important milestone of buying, selling and investing in real estate while prioritizing my family.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Knowing that I own my time 100%, knowing that every ounce of energy I choose to invest is going towards building my business and taking care of my family, knowing that I am playing a role in one of the most important decisions of my clients, knowing that I can experiment with and implement any idea into my business right away, knowing that I get to connect with and exchange unique stores with my clients, knowing that I control my professional destiny, knowing that I know my value.
What does success look like to you?
Success is living an authentic life where my values are aligned & honored and I am in a mutually benefiting environment with people around me where I get to contribute as well as learn from them.
Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?
Drop anything date-driven on the calendar. I call it manually automating. Its a beautiful thing! I even conducted a Jam Session on this. Check it out!
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
It is not a job, it is a business! You are your own admin, sales, marketing, PR, vendor manager, customer service, CRM. My advice to anybody starting their own business is to "try it on" so that most of the kinks are worked out when fully committing therefore cutting the learning curve short and focusing on delivering value.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
The 65/35 rule. If I can have 65% of the qualifications, then I can learn 35%. There needs to be opportunity to learn and grow in a new role/business.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
Strive to create a Work/Life Harmony as opposed to balance. Decide which balls in life are glass, and that you cannot afford to drop (i.e. family), and stay true to that. Let your values be known and honor them. If your current environment does not support that, this is a good time to consider options that may. When we live authentically where our whole self is honored, we can then focus our energy on delivering results in each of our buckets-family, work, etc. I am happy to chat or grab coffee about this topic as I am passionate about it.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
The StoryBowl event we held in Montclair, NJ is one of my favorite events. It allowed us to share our unique stories, connect with each other on a deeper level, support our personal and professional goals. Every single participant spoke and was heard, it was an intimate and powerful event that has created a bond and lasing relationships.