Home: Clover, SC. Age: Older than I look. Birthplace: Great country of Texas. Profession: Sales and service of compressed air, gas and vacuum. Organization: Sullair, LLC. Title: Vice President of Sales. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Significant other: My biggest advocate, supporter and best friend, Brandon Ramirez. Alma mater: Wayland Baptist University (B.S., M.B.A.); Stockholm School of Economics in collaboration with Duke University (International Management Program).
Current project: Active member of CHIEF and of a small group of females in leadership in the compressed air, gas and vacuum industry. Recent professional development: Diversity and inclusion advocate within the Hitachi group. Latest contribution to others: Supporting the advancement of young Latin American women, from plant or crop workers into the professional business community. More generally, supporting the advancement of women in leadership. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Expat assignment in Belgium with my husband and two teenage sons. Hobbies: Running and gardening. Recent travel or adventure: Marrakesh, Morocco. Last book read: The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. Recently viewed and recommended: God’s Favorite Idiot. Recent unique acquisition: Just bought a tractor for our 25 acre property.
Personality profile: Extroverted, witty, friendly. Living a life of substance. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Relatable. Moral compass: The Golden Rule. How do you define a perfect friendship? Able to pick right up where you left off after not speaking for years. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Transparent and honest. What is your greatest joy? My children’s laughter. What is your greatest fear? Losing my husband. What is your guilty pleasure? Shopping for handbags.
What word or phrase do you use far too often? Literally. What natural talent have you neglected? Public speaking. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Fashion designer. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Traveling. What is at the top of your bucket list? Greece. How do you relieve stress? Walking outdoors. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Water.
What was your first paying job? McDonald’s. What was your favorite college course? Economics. What book have you repeatedly read? The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Pitch Perfect. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? The Alamo. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Try harder. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Always think of where you want to be in the future and prepare the organization / team for that. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Alexa. What is your go-to source of news and information? Fox News. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Design shows. What company or organization do you most admire? Tesla. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Obtaining my master’s degree despite having been a teenage mother and a high school dropout.
What change would you like to see in the world? Understanding of all cultures. In particular, an understanding that the Latin American community is comprised of many cultures and not all Latinos are the same. What message do you want to send out into the world? No matter the circumstance, people can only be victimized when they allow themselves to be. Don’t become a victim of circumstance. What mega-trend most excites you? Working remotely. What mega-trend most concerns you? Working remotely.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? When Everyone Said She Couldn’t, She Did. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My grandmother. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A lawyer. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family, enjoying a family picnic. What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t give up; it’s not as bad as you think it is.
Personal mission: Empowering young disadvantaged women to be able to support themselves. Personal motto: It could always be worse. Favorite quote: “It takes all kinds to make the world go ‘round.”