Company: Hearst Corporation
How did you get involved with Charlotte Works?
I was introduced to Charlotte Works by Eric Lewis, Chief Strategy Officer. After speaking with Eric about the vision of the company, he thought that my background and experience would of value and suggested that I consider filling a vacancy on the board. After subsequent conversations with President & CEO Danielle Frazier about the vision of Charlotte Works, I was excited to join.
Why is workforce development so important to you?
Workforce Development is important because I believe that every individual should have the opportunity to obtain skills that allow them to earn affordable wages. This organization helps individuals assess their earning potential by providing training opportunities to learn a trade. Charlotte Works provides opportunities for individuals to obtain essential skills that also contribute to the economic success of the Charlotte region by providing resources to the business community based on the needs of the current labor market.
What excites you most about the direction of Charlotte Works and how will you contribute to it?
What excites me most about Charlotte Works is the energy and passion that the team demonstrates in their commitment to provide training and skills for individuals by planting that seed early to those in high school to help them assess their career path. They are committed to providing the right skills through their collaboration and commitment to working with the Charlotte business community for today and looking to the future. I will contribute to the success of Charlotte Works by bringing my industry experience to contribute to the vision and mission of the organization. As my background is in accounting and auditing, I will bring those skills to ensure that financial accountability continues to be a focus to ensure that program services continue to be supported.
Best piece of career advice you have received?
Anything worth having, you have to work for. Know that there will be failures that will ultimately lead to success.
What are your hobbies/interests?
Although I travel for my job, I enjoy traveling with my husband. I enjoy reading, visiting art museums and spending time with my family and friends.