What do you like best as a member of the ABWA and NDBW? The overwhelming support I receive every day from my ABWA sisters. After every interaction with this wonderful group of women, I feel energized and inspired. They make me believe I can take on the world!
What is your involvement in the NDBW? I am a charter member, the DACA delegate for NDBW and I consistently seek out other opportunities to get involved and help grow our newly formed chapter.
Which was your favorite event & why? Hands down, the Regional Conference held in Sugarland has been my favorite event. It was my first conference, which will always make it a special and significant ABWA experience for me. This event was a lot of things all rolled up together, but my favorite part was getting to know my fellow NDBW sisters and becoming fast friends with each of them. The connection and bond we built during the caravan down to Sugarland has continued to get stronger every time I see these wonderful women. It makes me proud to be part of such an amazing group. I can’t wait to attend more conferences and build relationships with more ABWA sisters that I know will always support me!
Tell us how membership has helped you? Being a NDBW member has helped me realize that I don’t have to do everything on my own. My fellow members have supported me in big decisions in my life and have given me the self-confidence and strength to move forward and know that they are there to hold me up, pat me on the back and even give me a shoulder to cry on. Being a part of the ABWA family has positively influenced every aspect of my life both personally and professionally.
What do few people know about you? Few people would believe that I am an introvert. I get extremely nervous in large crowds, not because I am shy but because I easily get overwhelmed with so much activity going on around me. I, however, often seek out these situations so that I can try and overcome my fear.
What is your proudest moment? To this day, my proudest moment is still the day I walked across the stage and received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. I am the first in my family to get a college degree and I will never take that for granted. My parents sacrificed a lot for my dreams and I will forever be grateful for this selfless act of love.
What was the best advice you ever received? People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.
What is your passion beyond business? My passion is to educate, help and mentor ones who need my help. This passion also happens to coincide with my professional career! I am a CPA specializing in non-profit accounting. You will often find me educating board members of small non-profit organizations on understand their financial statements and also helping train their staff in non-profit accounting. Although my work in this area is pro bono, I would one day hope to do this full time (sshhhh don’t tell my employer!). The non-profit world holds a special place in my heart. I respect those who are philanthropists but I admire the ones that sacrifice their time and energy every day trying to make a difference in the world.