What is the best advice you received when you were beginning your career? Never stop learning.
How do you use social media to grow your network? I have Facebook and Twitter accounts personally and for political campaigns (city council). At Amarillo College and Panhandle PBS/FM90, we also use both Facebook and Twitter. My neighborhood association has an active Facebook account, too. I have a Linkedin account but I don’t really use it. So if you’ve asked me to join you and I didn’t respond, I’m sorry. I’m just not there!
How do you maintain balance? I’ve never liked sitting still. I cherish my husband and children, my family and friends, and my work – so I consider every moment I spend engaged with people I adore time well spent. I’m answering these questions at 6:15 a.m. on a Sunday morning, though, so maybe I should reconsider my schedule!
What has been your wisest investment? Spending quality time with people I love and admire.
How has your past work experience shaped you into a leader? Journalism opened a lot of doors for me early in my career. I’ve interviewed three U.S. Presidents, many state, business and religious leaders, celebrities, philanthropists, and best-selling authors. I’ve had a front-row seat in life’s classroom and I’ve learned a little from each person I met. Life in general and leadership in particular is a messy business, but I’ll keep trying to do the next right thing.
What is the best part about your job? The people I work with and the students I mentor.
How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and private life? I can point to people who have had a major impact on my life. Those mentors include my mother, my second grade teacher, a professor at UT and another at WTAMU, two extremely creative co-workers and a really difficult boss – I learned so much from each of them. I have personally mentored two AC students and learned as much from them as they did from me – probably more!
Which living person do you most admire and why? U.S. documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns. He and his film crew, Florentine Films, are creating a treasure-trove of work that future generations will find priceless.
Which over-used word or phrase makes you cringe? “Like.”
What is your business philosophy? Work hard, show up, and surround yourself with creative, talented people who want to achieve great things.
Which quality do you most value in an employee? I hire for attitude and intelligence – most skills can be taught.
What personality trait has most helped you succeed? I’m a quick learner.
Who is your favorite author? Right now? Daniel Pink. Of all time? Harper Lee.
What did you learn from your best boss? Your worst? How to treat/value others.
How can Amarillo improve its business environment? Investing in education and quality of life (a park downtown, a swimming center, ballparks for our children, streetscapes, walking/biking paths) is pro-business. Creating a community where successful, intelligent young people want to live is the best way to keep our best and our brightest and to attract employers who pay a living-wage.
Most important tech tool: iPad/iPhone.
Best time management tool: iPad/iPhone.
I can’t live without my: iPad/iPhone.
My favorite thing about Amarillo is: My husband lives here and the weather is fabulous!
Most unusual job or task: Applying television studio makeup to the faces of people like Ken Burns, Susan Combs and Barbara Bush.