Q: When did you join the Partnership and what initially encouraged you to join the team?
I joined the Partnership in March 2021. What encouraged me was the regional aspect of GWP and of course, the impressive Board. Also, I love working with small organizations that can quickly make changes, make an impact. I also love using many skill sets – accounting, operations, process improvement, compliance, etc. I just love wearing many “hats.”
Q: What motivates you to jump out of bed and get to work each morning?
That everyday is different!
Q: The theme for International Women’s Day on March 8 was “Break the Bias”. How have you helped to break the bias through your work — either at the Partnership or in another role/environment?
In many ways, such as – “you don’t act like an accountant”, “you don’t look like an accountant.” When I made partner at Deloitte, only 4% of the partners in my area – (Financial Advisory Services) were woman. The ratio of women to men at the entry level was 50%/50%, and then increased to almost 60%/40% women to men.
Q: Looking back at your accomplishments, what is your biggest personal highlight during your tenure at the Partnership?
The budget meeting – I felt like the leadership team came together to figure out a solution. We work well together – everyone was willing to give out a little to reach our overall objective. I love seeing a team work together and be productive where everyone is part of the solution – we own it together!
Q: What has surprised you about working at the Partnership?
Our resilience as a team and our ability to work through any challenges! There have been many changes and obstacles this past year and we have become better because of them.
Q: How have you evolved as a colleague/leader/professional since joining Partnership? How has the pandemic impacted your work or leadership style?
Having to work on my patience. I see everything that needs to be done and a pathway to get there, and I realize we are a small team and things take time. Regarding changes due to pandemic, I work best side-by-side, quick pace – having to Zoom and share screens is never as quick as sitting side by side and getting a project done together. Additionally, I am a people person, so I missed the personal interaction from just being in the same room with someone.
Q: If you could snap your fingers and solve any issue or hurdle you’ve encountered in the Capital Region, what would it be and why?
The traffic to/from Tysons, I feel it creates a division. Why can you get to Tysons in the morning from MD or DC in 20-30 minutes, but the nightly commute is 1 hour to 1.5 hours!
Q: What is your favorite activity / place around the Capital Region?
So many! 1) Nats game 2) Caps game 3) walking the Mall and seeing the monuments 4) driving on Rock Creek Parkway.
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