What do you think is the worst misconception generally believed about millennials?
The worst misconception is that we only believe in instant gratification and are not willing to work hard for what we want.
What is your definition of a leader?
A leader is someone who sets the example of what they want others to be. They're not afraid to take risks and they're definitely not afraid to step in and help where needed.
What are you most proud of in your career thus far?
I'm most proud of my accomplishments in the technology arena as both a minority and women in STEM. I've been fortunate to have opportunities to lead successful teams and implement great products to assist my customers.
What inspires you most to do the work that you do?
I believe that technology is perhaps the greatest advancement of all time. As millennials, we've seen first hand how transforming technology is to our every day lives. It allows people to connect with each other and improve business processes in new ways imaginable. This is what inspires me to work in this field and making sure I can provide access to all.
What major impact do you see millennials making in the business and community?
I see us changing the way we do business. Instead of lengthy phone calls, we may rely more on email and text which is more efficient of our time. We thrive for work-life balance and want to make sure we can do something we love without having to sacrifice so much of time. For the community, millennials are advancing causes everyday. Movements have been easier than ever with online petitions and fundraising through sites such as GoFundMe. We know how to connect causes with people that care about them.
What advice do you have for millennials about to enter the workforce?
Be patient. Millennials think we have all the solutions (and many times we do) but even if that's the case, it can't always be implemented immediately. You may wonder why you can't have the latest gadgets or software at work and everything has a process. Just be patient, make yourself known as a resource and everything will happen in due time.
What makes you an original millennial?
I'm an original millennial because I strive everyday to break down barriers. I'm still fighting women making up less than 25% of the IT industry and African Americans making up less than 3%. I'm still fighting why Computer Science isn't offered in every high school. I use my talents for the good of my country and community and I'm working to fight stereotypes of millennials daily.
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