"My favorite thing about my job is the people I work with and help. They have shown me over and over again that this mission is bigger than myself. I am 100% happy with everything I’ve been able to accomplish and happy that I’ve been able to be a source of inspiration to others. This keeps me going when things get rough"
"GO FOR IT!!!! If you truly have the passion and love for it. Go for it! Find your niche and conquer. Your only limitation is you. Trust me, it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be painful, It's going to be draining. YES, there DEFINITELY will be obstacles and hurdles trying to hold you back, that is why it’s very important you love it and do it with the right intentions, but persevere, push through, and build. Take your time to find your purpose and let that be your driving force. Be kind to yourself, celebrate yourself and most importantly always be open to learning and expanding your horizons. Don’t put any limits on yourself . Your colour, your size, your sex is not a limitation, its an allowance, a way to allow people to see your creativity, talents and beautiful things that you can add to fashion history. Make them NEED YOU, what YOU bring to the table. Build your own table. Like I always say “We Do What We Want”, make your own rules. So try and fail but keep trying, keep going and WIN!!!!"
You can have any background and work in this field. Math, physics, computer science, social science, anthropology, history. In fact we are in dire need of people from different backgrounds and perspectives. I'm currently collaborating with a history student. Don't let people intimidate you. Try to see how you can apply your expertise to the field, or if you want to learn, start from some coursera classes, or some of the classes offered at e.g. Sanford (like CS231n) where all the material is online. fast.ai has a great program and resources. Try to work on a personal project and have a study group. And don't be afraid to start from scratch.
"Focusing on your why will lead you to breakthrough moments in your career. You can only impart through seemingly daunting barriers if you stay true to your purpose"
"Have a voice and be assertive. Ask for what you want, usually no one knows that you want something until you are vocal about it. Also, people will respect you if your speak up and voice your opinion versus you conceding with everything. Those are a few pieces of advice I would give someone who wants to pursue a career in the financial services industry"
Being Black in Medicine is an interesting position. As a physician to non-black patients, sometimes your ability and position is questioned. Unfortunately, this is not too different from treating many black patients. "The truth is, older black female patients tend to be excited and proud of me and my accomplishments. Many have heralded me as their daughter. They are proud"
"I think it is important to be able to inhale and exhale. Learning things is a form of inhalation, teaching what you learn is a form of exhalation. They go hand in hand. Sometimes we learn better as we teach. This goes for all students of the sciences"
"Supporting women is everything to me. I love working with, partnering with and collaborating with other female owned businesses. When we support each other we are stronger. Everyday I’m inspired by the strong rural women in Northern Ghana who process all of the raw ingredients that R&R uses in product formulations. These beautiful women work from sunrise to sunset processing the raw ingredients by hand and stop at nothing to ensure that they can provide their children with an education and a good start in life which is something I can relate to"
"I think having to prove your value as a woman in a male dominated field can be difficult considering men are often valued off the bat .I have on many occasions said exactly the same thing as my male counterpart but it seemed to not be received until a man said it. It makes me laugh now but at the time it was frustrating to say the least. I have a “anything a man can do a woman can do better” mentality"
"Don’t box yourself into long-term goals. It’s great to have a vision for the future you want for yourself but you run the danger of being stuck in tunnel vision. Allow yourself to be flexible and open to opportunities or experiences that don’t always look like they’ll take you where you want to go.They might take to someplace even better or to your original goal but through an unplanned route. I’m always open to change and I’ve learned to move with the tide, it’s taken me places I never could have imagined"