Like most women, I’ve faced my share of challenges in my professional life. I’ve learned not to let other people’s expectations of me limit what I believe I can achieve. Remember that you have the right to be ALL the women you want to be: a daughter, a mother, a spouse, a partner, a manager, a director, a teacher, a student, a leader… you are the only limit to the goals you wish to achieve.
| Emotional Story
Working with teenagers can be an emotional roller coaster, but the good far outweighs anything else. Every time my team delivers an entertaining and educational live animal outreach program, I’m always proud of the hard work they and I’ve put into creating and executing their performances. It is especially heartwarming to see the teens get a shout out on our social media or receive positive reviews from guests. It’s a powerful reminder of the progress our team has experienced, and the leadership roles they & I’ve discovered over the course of their program. The most rewarding part is knowing that we’ve made a positive impact on their careers and their academic futures. Six seniors are graduating out of our program this year. It makes my heart happy every time they ask for a letter of recommendation, or tell us that they and I’ve been accepted to their top choices for college, or are awarded a scholarship. I have been so lucky to have them on my team and in my life!
| Conservation Tip
Get an education, stay in school, pursue knowledge and grow a love of learning. Learn to think for yourself. Learn how to investigate a problem and generate potential solutions. Explore things that hold your interest. Gather evidence to make informed decisions about yourself, your life, your planet. Never stop learning.
1. Conscious self-assessment is the greatest tool you have in your toolkit. Seek to understand yourself so that you can better understand others.
2. Passion takes WORK. Don’t try to do it all by yourself. It’s okay to rely on a trusted support network to help you accomplish your goals.
3. Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.
| If You Could Be Any Animal, What Would You Be?
Lemurs have always been my favorite animal. I guess I can identify with their strong female leadership and family ties. Plus, I love resting in the sun, taking in a warm, summer day.
Here’s a little insight into the W.I.L.D. Program and my amazing team of staff!