What does a day in your work life look like?
Shower, make up, dress up, hair appointment, nail salon......
Just kidding! It’s more like a cup of coffee in the morning spilling all over as I rush to say goodbye to the kids and run out the door!
What made you start doing the amazing things that you do?
The support and motivation from my mentors who pushed me to aspire for goals that were out of my reach. This shaped the choices I have made to pursue my career.
What do you want people to know about being a woman in your field?
No field is unattainable, no challenge is impossible, and the women that do survive this career all have one thing in common. They are fierce and uncompromising, loving and caring, powerful and commandeering. But most of all, they share a passion for what they do, and how they get the job done.
What's the biggest challenge you have faced in your work?
Not enough hours in the day!
How do you encourage other women to start doing what you do?
Have initiative, be affirmative, and believe in yourself. Even when no one else believes in you. Don't wait for someone to give you the answer, look for it, find it, then ask, knowing the answer already. Always look for a solution, never freeze up and let your emotions take over.
Who’s a role model who helped you in your journey to where you are?
Avelyn Warren, the first person who took a chance on me, and saw potential that I did not know that I had. She taught me how to be strong, stand up for yourself, and back up your back up.
If you could give your 20-year-old-self advice, what would it be?
I would give myself a hug, and tell myself to enjoy the next few years. I would not change anything I have done.
Living life with no regrets has allowed me to live life to the fullest and my experiences have made me who I am. I would not divulge the future, but rather allow myself to make the same mistakes.
What are you doing when you’re not working hard?
Enjoying spending time with my husband and two kids. The weekends are never long enough, and there is never enough places to go, or things to do, or see together. Family time is important, to keep your sanity!
What does workwear designed for women mean to you?
Physically, to me this means a pair of jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers. But diving deeper, this is a male dominated environment, in an era of political correctness. It is important to be dressed appropriately at all times. This could mean going into an executive meeting, conducting interviews, or a full day sorting through boxes in the warehouse.
Cindy's pronouns are she + her.