Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Knew that I wanted to serve my country and serve in the military. I wanted to learn how to lead.
I felt the best place to do that was at the United States Military Academy West Point.
I served in the US Army and learned, often times the hard way, how to be a good leader.
My family underwent some change & I did too. After 11 years, the military was no longer for me.
I joined corporate America in sales. I didn't want the job but an advisor said I'd be good. I was.
I went into nonprofit fundraising & leadership (sales&mgt w/ a greater purpose). I loved that too.
I learned a great deal in the non-profit sector & wanted to refine my work and my environment.
Took 1.5 years off. Did some reflection and relaxed. I then found a home at Roadtrip Nation.

Career

National Sales Director

I talk to people all over the country and get to help them solve problems and inspire others.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Numbers
Entrepreneurship
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

A great day for me is meeting with someone, who I have researched as needing our product, and then inspiring them to invest in their clients via the Roadtrip Nation curriculum. It's so much fun to connect with people, understand their needs & "pain points" & do my best to alleviate that pressure with tangible solutions. I also love building & leading teams which is also a big aspect of this role. There is nothing like working with a great group of people toward a common goal. It energizes me.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start to put yourself "out there." Volunteer for things. Meet people. Listen to their stories and understand their needs. Get into great discussions with them with the sole intent to learn more about them. Then, reflect on that conversation. Ask yourself what commonalities you may have (or not) and discover how you can work together to make your environment better. Ideas are: Student Council, 4H, sports clubs etc.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

certification
Associate's Degree

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"'Girls can't go there. You can't go there.' This was the response I got from my HS guidance counselor when I told him I wanted to go to West Point (the United States Military Academy)."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
First-Generation College Student
LGBT