How did you come to work at the Fort Worth Chamber?
I decided to put my career on hold to pursue my bachelor’s degree. During that time, I accepted a temporary assignment to help the Chamber out with a project. Once I was in the midst of all of the great people here and the things they are doing to help build our community – I knew I wanted to be a part of the magic.
What is your role at the Fort Worth Chamber?
I am on the Investor Relations team at the Fort Worth Chamber. I focus on letting our member investors know what resources are available to them, as part of their investment package, and how to utilize those tools to really maximize their exposure online and in the community. Another one of my favorite tasks is helping to coordinate and getting to attend our Business After Hours and Chamber Engagement Insight events – it is incredibly rewarding to see the Chamber staff’s hard work come to life in the community and to know that I was a part of something so big.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
Connecting people. It is fulfilling at the end of the day to know that you may have helped changed the trajectory of a business’s path because you introduced two people to one another.
How do you balance your career and family?
I suppose that depends on your definition of balance. I use a calendar – it is color coded. We have a command center hanging in our kitchen (next to the on-going magnetic scrabble game on the wall) where everyone’s everything gets posted. If it doesn’t go on the calendar – it doesn’t happen. Then I put it all into my Google calendar so I have it with me all the time.
What are some random facts about yourself?
Mom of 3 (4 if you count the schnauzer and 5 if you count the Mr.); Hold three HIM certifications with the AAPC in Medical Billing, Coding, and Auditing; My favorite colors are coral and turquoise; I one won a contest and got to fly to New Jersey to play a walk on role in a movie, I have a ridiculous obsession with subscription boxes and stationary and I LOVE tacos!
What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
Know your worth and respect it.
What is your favorite quote?
I have 2. My absolute favorite: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou; and a very close second is: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer
How do you define success?
I feel like success is not a point in your life where you find you are finally there or you’ve made it. I think true success is a constant work in progress and for me that keeps me motivated. I create a goal. I plan the steps I need to take to reach that goal. I work hard to follow those steps and either meet my goal or learn from my experience. Either way – I call that success. Then I always reward myself. (Mostly with tacos.)
If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I bet you can guess. #tacos
What are 3 career lessons you have learned so far?
- Success is not an accident.
- Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for life.
- Understand the importance of social media and value it.
What is on your bucket list?
Simple. For each of my three children and myself to visit every state in the US and go out of the country once. To claim a state or country we have to visit a national monument or eat at a hole in the wall restaurant that a local town is known for. If they happen to serve tacos… it’s a bonus. Did you know that TACO-CAT is spelled the same backwards and forwards? I feel like that is fate.