When did you start your journey? I initiated my professional journey in 1991 when I stepped into my initial leadership position at AT&T. It was then that I discovered an innate passion for leading and nurturing talent. Many years and countless experiences later, I took the plunge and established my present venture, Turning Point Training & Development, LLC.
Did you get any time to reflect on how far you came? Absolutely. At least bi-annually, I engage in a deliberate break that allows me to analyze the company’s standing and determine necessary recalibrations for driving us to the next level of success.
What’s the hardest part of your job? The most challenging part of my role arises when we’re tasked with tailoring a program for a new client without the benefit of immersing ourselves in their unique company culture and existing climate. Although we always find a way to meet this challenge, scheduled interactions with the client’s teams is always preferable.
Do you have anything new to tell the upcoming professionals who do what you do? It’s essential to embrace change and make adjustments that allow you to maintain your authentic self. Encourage your personal style and individuality to shine through in your coaching, training, and development. Rather than viewing your peers as competitors, see them as potential collaborators who share your silent partnership.
What does collaborating mean to you and how does it relate to you and your brand today? Collaboration for me extends beyond casual networking. I frequently engage with my professional colleagues, and we actively collaborate on joint coaching and training initiatives. A testament to this collaborative philosophy is our recently launched Empower360 Coaching Program, which aims to inspire professional women. For this endeavor, I’ve joined forces with a talented therapist and trainer from my team to deliver a comprehensive program tailored to women.
Why did you get into your niche? My niche was found through a process of experimentation and maturity. Our training programs go beyond industry boundaries and excel in the enhancement of leaders and their teams, regardless of the organization’s size. However, I’ve observed that women and minority men are particularly receptive and committed to the long-term coaching process, which has carved out our focus.
Where do you see yourself/brand in the next 5 years? Over the next 5 years, I anticipate our influence expanding beyond national borders and gaining a strong position in the international arena, particularly with a focus on empowering women and minorities. The objective is to scale our virtual programs across the United States and in at least five international markets, as well as host exclusive, quarterly retreats for executives and their teams.