What is the best career decision that you have made?
I pursue my passion, stay true to my values and am not hindered by the obstacles of gender, race or socioeconomics. Whenever I was told that I couldn’t or shouldn’t, I did. I made sure that I had the education and experience to prepare me for any opportunity that presented itself or that I would need to initiate.
If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently?
I would not do anything differently, because each experience on my career journey has led me to the place where I am today. Perhaps an earlier appreciation that though good work speaks for itself, networking and self-advocacy are equally important.
How have women helped further your career?
Directly and indirectly. I have been inspired by women who made a difference, persevered, been trailblazers and made contributions to the greater good while struggling to balance family, career and social obligations. I have had mentors and role models from all walks of life, beginning with the women in my own family and including men who believed in encouraging women in leadership positions.