What do you find most challenging about your job?
The most challenging aspect of my job is that I don’t have a lot of time for planning out more than 3 months. Things are always changing at the college. For example, one curriculum change can take up an entire afternoon deciding how to market it, where it needs update at the college, and on the university level. Keeping all the audiences informed about a change can be challenging. Then, of course, keeping ahead of the market is always a challenge.
What are your other interests?
I love football and have been involved with youth football/high school football boards for the past 7 years.
Last year I was president of the Voorhees Vikings football/cheerleading association. All my work experience of management, organization and delegation really paid off that year as I was able to run an organization of 250 kids and 70 some coaches and volunteers. I really love football and enjoy watching my son now play High School football.
How do you achieve work life balance?
When I leave at the end of the day, I throw myself into my evening activities and try not to answer any emails until the next day. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. I’m still working on balance!
What is the greatest challenge you overcame to become a successful professional?
I’m still working on my challenges. Sometimes, I just want to close my door, sit behind my computer and answer emails all day long and not be bothered with outside meetings. But in order to excel as a professional, you must turn away from the computer and go out into the world and met people. You must travel and enjoy people. I work on that each day.
What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
Certainly raising 1 teenager and a pre-teen is important to me and what I’m most proud of each evening when I go to bed. Professionally, it was completing my work on my doctoral degree and defending it among colleagues. That was a highly stressful time in my life and I’m glad it is over!
Who has been the greatest influence in your life?
I’d say right now, my children and husband hold that title. I work hard so that they can see the rewards of it and know that nothing in life is free. They push me indirectly to do my best here at Drexel.