Coming home recently after spending time with some amazing people in my network, I felt particularly blessed. Somehow, I find myself at this point in my career surrounded by people I admire, respect and value. They have all contributed to my success and my happiness in different ways. I want to acknowledge just a few of them, though anonomously for their privacy. They will know who they are.
One of the first, most important of these, is the first manager of my professional career. She believed in me when I didn’t have any experience in the field of HR. All I had was a bit of education and part-time experience in the legal industry. She saw something in me, and took pride in bringing it out. Thanks to her, I learned a LOT, and gained confidence in my abilities. I also got promoted, based in part on her recommendation. Working with her was the springboard for my career.
Second were my leaders at SunTrust. Without fail, they were leaders of the highest quality. Ethical, encouraging and always pushing me beyond my comfort zone, to my benefit. Though they were my managers, they were also my mentors.
Another is a woman with whom I’ve crossed paths many times in many ways, first as a graduate student, then as a trusted network contact and confidante, then as a colleague and leader, and as a mentor. She taught me the true nature of networking and allowed me to get my feet wet in business development. Her spirit and competitive zeal motivate me.
I am also thankful for those current and former colleagues who referred business to me as I was just getting started in my consulting practice. All of my business has come from referrals, so what they did for me cannot be overstated.
Last but not least, my students who I taught or coached. It’s a joy to be involved in your journey. I am inspired by all of you.
Thank you again to all those named and not named who touched my career. You made a difference!
Now, who do you need to acknowledge and thank in your career?