National Sales Director
National Sales Director
I talk to people all over the country and get to help them solve problems and inspire others.
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.
Most of my work boils down to communication and interpersonal skills. This is simply not taught in school. You get chances to try it out but there isn't a class on it. So, my experience and reading and talking with others and watching videos and watching other professionals (from comedians to CEO's to baristas) has educated me in how best to relate to others and make a connection. These non-cognitive skills are so critical in life (not just my job) & are really learned through trial & error.
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.
"'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)."
I had done my research and I learned that West Point DID allow women to attend the academy. They had done so for about 11 years when I went to my HS counselor. So, I knew he was wrong. I also had other people, who had served in the military, support me in my decision. They asked me why I wanted to go there and what I hoped to accomplish. I chose to listen to them because they sought to understand my motivation vs my counselor who sought to simply say "No."
My parents divorced (incurring costs) and we had no money because my parents had good jobs but not ones that allowed extra savings. I knew I would need a scholarship or significant support so I investigated ways to do that.
My parents had both gone to college but never graduated. Also, their advice was, well, dated/old/not relevant. I had A LOT of trouble in my years at college but I kept asking for help & advice from others. I listened and worked hard and I graduated.
I figured out I was gay/lesbian later in life and when I did I worked for a corporation that I felt would not be very supportive of me. I stayed for another year but eventually found a position that allowed me the space to be out and comfortable.