What book or film changed your life?
The film Pay it Forward changed my life. It’s about a social studies teacher who gives an assignment to his junior high school class to think of an idea to change the world for the better and then put it into action. This film inspired me to use my blessings and good fortune to help others – in other words, to ‘pay it forward’ – and I encourage those around me to do the same.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
My cell phone. It offers me three essential things: convenience, communication, and entertainment.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
My father used to tell me: “No one can take your education from you. If you want to be powerful, you must pursue your education.”
If you weren’t working in your current role what would you be doing?
I’m not sure what I’d be doing. I’m very purposeful in the steps I make in my life. I’m not one for complacency and I’ve always ensured that I have more options than no options. Right now, I’m an attorney, a professor, and an entrepreneur (I’m the CEO of a media tech start-up company). These roles make me happy and I’m learning something new every day.
What woman inspires you most and why?
My youngest sister Leslie inspires me daily. She’s one of the smartest and most kind-hearted people I’ve ever met. She went to nursing school while working full-time for a Fortune 500 company. Her hard work paid off, as she was recently recruited by one of the largest hospitals in America to work in their neuro intensive care unit – a rare achievement for a graduate. And she did this all while supporting me through law school. She’s a superstar!
I’m taking part in What A Woman because… I want women to know that the sky is the limit. Having an education is cool. Traveling is cool. You can have more than one profession. You don’t have to choose.
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