Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
My name is Cynthia Jones and I have spent the last 10+ years growing my IT career. I was blessed to obtain a double master’s in CyberSecurity. I then went on to get my dream job as an Information Assurance Officer and a Informations System Security Officer ISSO only to find out I was to start over yet again as an entrepreneur.
I have been married for 18 years and have two beautiful children. I am very excited to start my journey in this next phase of my life .
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I am a new member and other seasoned members have been reaching out and letting me know they are available to assist me. I think this is good because I was not sure how to start. I actually wanted to join because I saw a member post in a mutual group she was featured in Forbes and was hosting a conference with thought leaders and she gave credit for all that happening to Ellevate. I thought, what networking group is this and how do I become a part of it! I still have a lot of connecting to do but I honestly feel it's one of the best decisions yet.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
My most memorable career accomplishments would be getting my double Master in CyberSecurity. I started this journey due to frustration as I was new to the IT world and desperately wanted to become a System Administrator, then a System Engineer. After a year trying to become a System Administrator I realized this path would take a lot of ground work. So I took to Information Assurance and thought I could seal the deal with a Master. I am truly grateful I started on this path as it has been rewarding to accomplish my goals.
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
The legacy I hope I leave through my work is for my family. I am an African American female with a lot of odds against me. I am from a lower class single family household, I was not the brightest in the class, I did manage to finish undergraduate only to realize I had no clue what to do.
But through it all I always hoped for a better life, first for me and then my family. With this better life I have hoped and prayed for a genuine start for my children meaning they start life with more positives then negatives. Meaning they go to the best schools, take vacations, don’t have to worry about adult things and go through life knowing they already have what it takes to be successful. My legacy means my children will start life at my glass ceiling being their ground floor.
Who are your role models?
My role models are Jim Rohn and Steve Harvey. Jim Rohan had such an intriguing insight to how to become successful developing yourself that cannot be denied. I personally enjoyed his book “7 Strategies of Wealth and Happiness.” I particularly liked how he stress the importance of self development.
Steve Harvey; I love how he reveals so much of himself through his talks. He shares what has worked for him and what has not and he always give credit to God. Lastly, he encourages you to go after your dreams regardless of what others think.
What is your morning ritual?
My morning ritual consist of, upon waking in the morning, First I: Thank God for another day. Express what I am grateful for. Say my statements for the day “I will feel love,” “I will only see the light in others and treat them as if that’s all I see,” “today I will judge nothing that occurs." I will read for about 30 minutes, mostly self development. Lastly, I take my dog on an 30-45 minute walk. After all this I am ready to start the day.
What does success look like to you?
Success to me is the ability to do what you want, when you want, how you want, and why you want. I once believed for a long time that success meant you earned six figures or better but then when I achieved this goal and did not feel successful I started wondering why? I then came to the realization that success for me will come from within and consists of me being able to do what I want, when I want!
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
Future leading ladies wishing to break into the IT or entrepreneur world I would encourage you to believe in yourself and your dreams. I started IT with no prior knowledge and grew into the field with the hopes and dreams of a better life for me and my family. It was very overwhelming at times as I knew no one and this field is male-dominated. I wish I had someone to talk to share their experience with me but through it all I just held tight to the vision knowing I was going in the right direction.
With entrepreneurship it’s very similar to my IT experience but this time around I am a little more proactive in making connections as I know this is key. I know from previous experience I will achieve the goal of my own successful business. So I do know that once the desire is given to you, you already have everything you need to achieve it.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
If I could offer one piece of advise to working Moms it would be “its ok”. It’s ok you don’t make all school activities, It’s ok if you don’t make all the soccer games”, it’s ok to have fast foods because you don’t have time to make fresh home meals. The most important thing is to remind your children how much you love them and how proud you are of them. Take time to talk to your children and become concern for their biggest issues. I spent a lot of time trying to do everything but quickly realized I was the biggest prize for my children! So hug and kiss them often and know how much they love and trust you.
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Hi! My name is Cynthia and I have worked in corporate for 30+ years longing to get in the C-Suite but I always had a calling for more and wanted to give all I could which ultimately took me to start my own business. I have started my coaching business Royalty Mindset and I have a new course starting soon where I help startup entrepreneurs grow and scale their business. I am a proud mom of... Continue Reading
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