1) Who has inspired you?
My grandmother, Dorothy, inspires me. I have witnessed unparalleled love for her children and grand-children and complete selflessness. My grandmother inspires me to grow in my faith and to this day, I have never heard her speak poorly about another person. Further, the recent focus on women in Lincoln is inspiring and I am happy to be a part of it.
2) Whom do you hope to inspire?
I hope to inspire my daughter and future children in a variety of capacities. I hope to teach them to be kind, treat people fairly and work really hard to achieve their goals. Additionally, I hope to inspire the people I interact with each day. My family, friends and colleagues are who I interact with most, and I hope to be a light to them as often as possible.
3) What does leadership mean to you?
I believe good leadership requires leaders who understand people. Leaders must understand their space, but ultimately, they should understand the people they are leading and all of their intricacies. I believe when an organization builds great people and teams, the rest of the goals are achieved organically. Smart people can figure out the paths to success in most environments, but the best of the best understand people.
4) What is your favorite quote or motto?
There are two quotes I remember on a regular basis, depending on the situation at hand.
• “Begin with the end in mind.” – Dr. Stephen R. Covey
• “In light of your past experiences, current circumstances and future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?” – Andy Stanley
5) How would you describe a great day at work?
It consists of a high level of productivity, happy colleagues and contagious energy. I am happy to be able to say my career has consisted of time with two companies, and to this day, I love what I do and each day is a challenging joy.
6) What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, and who gave it to you?
My first manager always told me to work harder than anyone else. He always said, stay late, arrive early, be involved and always teach yourself what you do not know. My career since then has been quite demanding, but I am very grateful for the opportunity to be taught and learn so much at a young age. To this day, if I hear something I am not familiar with, I write it down and study it later.
7) What’s the highlight of your career (so far)?
I have always found great joy in creating relationships and building and rebuilding teams. When a team is operating at its best and people are genuinely happy in their roles, I feel like something great has been accomplished. Also, at a young age, leaders of two companies believed in my abilities to lead and I am forever thankful.
8) How have you changed over the course of your career?
I have learned that with experience comes wisdom. I am now able to make better, less emotional decisions, and a good portion of that evolution is based on my past experiences. To this day, I always remember challenging situations and use them for good.